This is unlikely to be the longest travel report ever posted on the forum but it covers the first 4 days of a 14 day in which I introduced my family to wonders of South Africa. I’d worked as a student during the building of the Ngodwana paper mill, not far from Nelspruit in the eighties and had visited the Kruger on three separate weekends. On one of those visits I photographed this old gent.
We flew out from the UK on the 28th July arriving in Johannesburg early on Sunday morning before catching the connecting flight to Mpumalanga airport. After a shopping stop off at White River we headed up to Phabeni gate, I’d followed the posts about the road to Numbi on the forum. We finally made the gate just after 1:15pm; the staff on the gate were very pleasant and helpful. Once signed in we headed off down the S1 to Pretoriuskop and the question was asked how long before we made our first sighting? It was not long at all, in fact 2mins before we sight this zebra and foal.
But that was the last sighting until we unloaded the car at Pretoriuskop and sat eating lunch watching the impalas eating their lunch in the camp. It was still early so I dragged my family back into the car just before 4 and headed out on the dirt roads to the west of the camp. There was not much to be seen until we reach the small loop road when spotted these birds.
I cannot work out what they are, I know the picture not the best it was getting dark and I’m hoping one of the mites can help. Another 100m further around the corner we spotted two wild dogs crossing the road and got a quick snap off before they disappeared into the long grass
We also spotted this Lilac breasted roller a bit of colour in all the burnt bush
We were now getting close to gate closing time so headed back towards the camp when the dogs popped out of the bush in front of us and proceeded up the road towards the junction.
Please excuse the pictures I've had to edit them in Photoshop the camera got turn to manual setting. We returned to the camp very pleased with ourselves especially as we'd had the dogs to ourselves