Guinea Pig wrote:
Has just returned to Berg-en-Dal. Seen crowned eagle and side striped jackal. 5 Hyenas killed an impala right outside the camp last night.
I assume these are only for today. I can't wait for his full report on Monday!
arrived back home back on Saturday at around 13:45 and was off to the doc for a malaria test and back in time for the rugby. Haven't felt so crap for a looong tiime. Became ill on Thursday with fever and major cramps in my left leg. Test came back negative and it turned out to be a nice middle ear infection.
Saw a huge herd of buff close to Bnd as we entered the Park. 1 guy drove by himself and saw the leopard on the gravel Matjulu loop road.
The other group entered Phabeni and drove down towards P-kop. They saw a pride of 12 lions at transport dam.
Picked up at 15:00 and drove down towards Boesman's passing Wolhuter trail. Saw ele and rhino on our way there. 3 huge tuskers awaited us at the waterhole just outside the boesman's camp. Had a lovely dinner and saw some rhino coming down for a drink at the WH as well as the resident "vlakhaas".
Was awoken at 3:30 by a bull ele breaking trees down right next to our bungalow, at most 3 meters away. Followed it to the toilet area for about 30min. Lovely wakeup call.
Went out for a 9km walk at 6:30. Saw some lovely ele's about 70m from us. Birding was prolific with good numbers of blue waxbill, red-billed firefinch, scimitarbill, red-billed oxpecker and striped-kingfishers.
Got about 20m from 4 rhino and watched them for about 10min before they me aware of us. Banded mongoose gave us away. Climbed a lovely lookout point on a hill and had a quick breakfeast snack. Saw a couple of rhino from the lookout.
Saw more rhino on the walk and got to a nice ele bed. The ele's body was nicely imprinted on the soft soil. Saw the ele soon after that and crossed the spoor of a daggaboy and for various reasons moved away from it.
Then... Almost stumbling into a sleeping rhino an oxpecker gave us the warning just in time. Got back to camp at about 11:00 with a lovely breakfast and followed by a 2 hour siesta.
More naimals came down to the WH including ele, rhino, kudu, impala and warthog. Green pigeons littered the trees nearby. Up to 12 birds was seen in a tree.
The afternoon walk was gentle and ended up on the western border of Kruger overlooking the Nsikazi river. Kudu bulls, fisheagle, black crake and a old ele bull kept us company. 1 guy saw a civet later but us others had lekka sundowners and missed it. Saw my first Gymnogene too!!!
After a lovely nightdrive which produced sightings of Spotted Eagle owls and more rhino we ariived back at camp and had a lovely dinner. Followed by some great laughter and even greater story telling by our ranger.
Saw a lovely civet just on the other side of the fence later. started to feel ill and went to bed at around 10:00.
Got up slowly, not feeling well at all. Went for a 10km walk in some very hot conditions through a beautifull little valley. Had a lovely sunrise view from a nearby koppie. Beautifull area this trail is situated in. Saw more rhino, ele's and a big herd of buff. Hyeana and leopard spoor were common.
Had a lovely snack overlooking a dry stream. Got picked up by our cook at 11:00. Had a beer and arrived at camp to where I immediately went to bed as I really was burning up with fever.
Missed breakfast when I woke up. Had a shower and 2 myprodols and felt a bit better. Went to see the boeman paintings. What an awesome experience!! Had magnificent sundowners on a koppie and saw more rhino and heard red-crested korhaan amongst other birds.
Went back to camp for dinner and after 2 myprodols got into bed. 2 rhino bulls having a huge fight over a cow at the WH.
5 hyaenas brought down an impala about 10m from the fence. One massive commotion through the night. They finished it completely except for the stomach.
Saw a side-striped Jackal after brekkies and got a lovely sighting of a crowned eagle. Just before BnD as we drove back we saw plenty of buff, ele's giraffe, kudu, zebs and impala. Never saw so many animals in the area before.
On our way back through Schoemans kloof we saw a long-crested eagle perching on the tel pole.
What an awesome trip with some lovely food!! Oh yes, I forgot my hiking boots at home.
K-way sandals works just as well.