Thanks all for your great comments!DAY 3 - Best Day Ever!
Which is my favourite law on earth? Easy!
It's the only law (Besides for gravity) that never fails!
Every trip we go on our friend Murphy helps us out.
This day of the trip was no different!
It goes like this...
I woke up as usual got the coffee ready as usual and then woke every one up as usual.
But today was going to be a great day filled with sightings the second my sister said:
"I'm too tired. You go with out me and then at 8:00am come back and I'll be ready."
We said fine. We would come back at 8am. Or so we thought.
After we all had our morning drinks we were off to start the best day so far for me in Kruger.
We decided that we were going to go to transport dam sit a while and get back to my sister by 8am.
So we were on our way. (Murphy's law, do us proud!)
We turned on to the H1-1 and we got hit by the beautiful sunrise covered by major mist that was everywhere.
Due to the mist our sightings up until then were pretty slow.
But we turned onto the turnoff to transport dam and finally saw a car stopped.
First predator for the day!
And first hyena for the trip! (we were discussing that morning how we wanted to see them as they are my dads favourite!)
How fast that hyena did actually disappear
We got to transport dam and it was quiet but beautiful!
The mist made it seem so special.
Finally some animals arrived.
At about 7:30am a car arrived at the dam and said that there were lions on the H3 just south of the H1-1.
We had seen 2 leopard and 4 wild dogs by then with no lions!!
Looking at the time we thought that we would never get back by 8am to fetch my sister so lets just try.
We got there and we saw a traffic jam and we got so excited! We asked a car what they we looking at and of course the usual "You just missed a pride of 14 lions." Bla Bla Bla...
But the car turned out to be a friend of ours so we discussed our sightings and shared some photos. He said that he was on the prowl for leopards.
We told him so were we and that he should follow us back to Skukuza and maybe we'll get lucky.
He said he'll meet us there but he would take the H3 and H1-1. Big Mistake!
We thought to ourselves. AGGHH!
What a waste of time and petrol, which by the way we were running out of, to go look for those lions.
We needed to go to Skukuza and fill up.
We thought of taking the route S112, S114, H1-1 and then back to camp to fetch my sister well after 8am but with her missing nothing interesting at least, besides for the hyena.
We left our friend at the turn off to the S112, while we turned he continued.
We drive extra slowly as we know that there is a common leopard in that area.
Soon about a km down the road, what do we see walking in the road?
We quickly took a photo as he was walking towards the bush.
Once he left to off road we said "Oh well, thats the end of that incredible sighting."
But we didn't leave. We waited.
The waiting paid off as we finally saw this coming out the bush:
This beautiful leopard then crossed the road and sat for a few minutes.
We realized what he was looking at when he started to stare and lock his ears on his target.
It was an impala on the opposite side of the road.
The leopard started to walk and cross the road again, and again sat.
It started to crouch towards the impala, we wanted to get a good view of the impala so we moved the car.
We waited 20 minutes and nothing happened and the leopard disappeared.
We thought of how Murphy was there for us the whole time!
And he didn't think this was enough.
When we decided to leave that unbelievable leopard experience to head to skukuza, a car showed up and asked us what we were looking at.
We said "we just spent the last 45 minutes with a hunting leopard. And you?"
He looked surprised and said "Oh great! But go down a few kms and at Kwaggaspan there are cheetahs"
We asked them if they would still be there and they said that they were walking off and probably gone.
They soon left and we discussed if we should go to the "alleged" cheetah sighting or go back to camp even later than we had expected.
After a great argument that ended with "It's her fault she didn't come with"
that we decided to check out the cheetahs.
What a great decision!
We arrived at Kwaggaspan with the 2 cheetah waiting for us.
We waited with them for about 10 minutes and then they started to walk around the water and drink.
The other one at the other end looked in the water and jump with fright from his reflection.
But then got over it.
We had had the most incredible morning full of spotted animals, and it was the first time ever we had gone from a leopard to cheetah in a space of 10 minutes!
We filled up at Skukuza and proudly told another forum member about the cheetah. They were so excited as they hadn't seen cheetah in a long time!
Nothing too interesting on the way back to camp to fetch my sister as we didn't want to make our morning trip report even more unbearable as it already was.
Back at camp we wanted to make it up to her by going on a drive. Even though everyone was so tired after such an eventful morning.
She agreed and off we went for our sunset drive.
We decided to take a route that we had never done before.
The H2-2 voortrecker road.
We turned onto that road and had a great start with a road block.
We finally reach Komapiti dam and as we turn towards the water I see a head sticking out of a bush!
Finally! The last of the magnificent 7! (Which we always see first)
Good thing we didn't come 30 seconds later.
So that was it for the sleepy lion that was going to do nothing for the rest of the day.
We then went to Shitlhave dam to watch the sunset there which was beautiful!
So I hope you enjoyed Day 3 - my best day in Kruger so far!
DAY 3 SUMMARY:
1. Banded Mongoose - 2
2. Blue Wildebeest - 1
3. Bushbuck -2
4. Chacma baboons - 305. Cheetah - 2
6. Crocodile - 1
7. Elephant - 70
8. Giraffe - 15
9. Hippos -5
11. Kudu – 712. Leopard - 1
13. Lion – 114. Spotted Hyena- 2
15. Tree squirrel - 1
16. Vervet monkey - 2
17. Warthog - 5
18. Waterbuck - 4
To be continued... with another sighting that I have NEVER seen before but I have been looking for the past 7 years!