It was still August and the gate only opened at 7 am but we didn’t make it out until about 8:30. We saw more roan and then came across a herd of about 20 sable.
Most of them were lying in the tall grass so it was hard to get a good shot. We stayed with them for about half an hour but they didn’t get up. They were probably too cold.
We continued on and came across 3 very white zebra.
We made our way to the bird hide and just as we were getting out of the vehicle, our friends pulled up. We didn’t stay very long, it was too cold. But we did see vervets, nyala and kudu. It was getting close to lunch time, so we decided that we would meet up at the restaurant at Mosu. When we arrived, we asked for a table and they asked us if we had a reservation. We responded ‘No, is there no space?’ while looking over a totally empty dining room. We had a delicious lunch and by the time we left the dining room was still less than a quarter full.
We saw a lot of young animals, as well as some with strange horns. I’m guessing that this guy is probably one of the most photographed animals in the park.
This is probably because there are no predators in the park. It is used primarily as a breeding area for endangered antelope.
We did notice that almost every single termite mound had been broken open. No idea why.
The next day, someone stopped and told us they had seen a white rhino and calf. We didn’t see them, but we did see some old middens. All in all, we saw: black wildebeest, warthog, grey duiker, kudu, gemsbok, Burchell’s zebra, red hartebeest, springbok, steenbok, chacma baboon, porcupine, vervet, black-backed jackal, cape grey mongoose, buffalo, blesbok, blue wildebeest, eland, giraffe, impala, mountain reedbuck, roan, sable, tsessebe and vervet.
Others have described the park as a little gem, and it really is. We spent 3 nights / 2 full days and I think that is the right amount of time. We did notice that the animals were very skittish / shy. There are a number of possible reasons for that:
• There was a game capture in July where 228 animals were captured and sold. This brought in over R3,000,000. One male buffalo brought in just over R1,000,000. This is according to SANParks Times, September 2013 edition.
• There are no predators in the park, but the park animals supply the restaurant.
• There were very few people when we were there. Maybe the animals just aren’t used to vehicles. Most animals would run away from the road when they heard a vehicle approach. That makes it tough to get a good photo. Binoculars are a necessity in this park.
These are just my observations. Maybe there are other reasons.