Thank you all for your kind comments. I appreciate them all. In reply to Meandering Mouse's observation, yes it was green south of Satara when I arrived. North of Satara was drier but that soon changed after the rains and it is amazing how quickly the veld recovers after the rains. By the time I left it was green all over with acres of yellow flowers on the grasslands.
Wednesday 21/11 continued.
I decided that for my afternoon drive I would take the S90 and back to Satara via the northern section of the Timbavati road (S39). As I was driving out the camp gates I met a bull elephant. At first I thought he was going to walk into camp but veered of to the south!
Onto the S90. This is not the busiest road in the area but I always enjoy driving on it even if I see very little. There are usually elephant bulls around and being grassland you can see them far off. This day was no exception. I saw this large bull far off with long tusks. I waited for him to get closer. It can be frustrating waiting for elephants. They can move so slowly as they graze and browse. Eventually he was in range of my short lens and then crossed the road. My patience paid off.
I know this bull has a name. Not sure what it is. His tusks are long but not very thick.
Onto Bangu waterhole. Unfortunately I think they have closed the waterhole. No water, no animals. Not even a zebra or an impala.
Onto the S89 and then the S39. I was excited to see a male Bush-Buck out in the open. I have very few photos of the males. This guy allowed me to photograph him a number of times before disappearing into the thick riverine bush.
And another photo of this handsome antelope.
The Wildebeest had not started dropping their young yet. Well I had not seen any yet. One of the mainstays of the Park and not the easiest animal to photograph. Well that's my experience.
I saw this group of Giraffe on the other side of the river near the Ratelpan Bird hide. Some predator must have spooked them as they all 'galloped' off. I waited several minutes to see if the predator would emerge. Not today!
More to follow.............