Monday 22, Not sure what the weather was trying to do this morning, but one thing it didn’t do was rain, heavy overcast with the odd glimpse of blue. Our viewing though, top drawer. First up a leopard lying in the road just where members way meets the e/e, it’s still dark so a bad photo with the spot, as it slips away. After changing to the landy, head off in the direction of sable, as last night, the 2 lioness’s and 5 cubs from the mashatu pride had killed a buffalo close to the road from sable to rhino, just before you cross the palm,
so we are the only vehicle there and we enjoy some great viewing. We continue onto
rhino, plenty of impala about and we take wildebeest drive for sand, where we find even more impala, then across to nkhonkoni on the off chance we might get lucky with the
pair of mating leopards, no luck with the leopard but 8 buffalo instead come into drink, so down to hide, impala and a small herd of 4 zebra. We continue up to jackal plains,
plenty of impala all the way to the 4 pylons, down to double and we arrive to find 9 wild dog, all very excited at the waters edge, it’s obvious we have just missed something as
we see 2 dogs swimming back to shore and a third one still on that small island, it’s obvious that by their actions that the dog on the island must be the alfa female, she also has a collar, they are keen to get going, not without the main lady, there’s much chirping, with their tails flying and very excited, then they all move up onto the the wall and wait for the female who’s still on the island, she sets off for the shore a couple of times but turns back, not sure if the close proximity of the hippo worried her but eventually she swims over and away they all go. Fantastic sighting. We continue along ingwe drive for big and
find just masses of impala and 8 zebra at the dam. We head for the 4 pylons, nothing around natural pan and then we go north up the 4 pylons road in the hope the dogs may have head for hide, no luck so we decide to go past hide, and sand and check out the lions once more, we find around rhino, impala, kudu and zebra, but the lion have moved off and instead a couple of jackal and hundreds of vultures, then up the cutline along the single pylons, more impala and another herd of 4 kudu. At warthog just the odd impala about and except for the odd impala a very quiet drive out.
Thursday 25, The weather still doesn’t know what it’s doing, heavy overcast, a spit and a spot, then blue sky and finally back to solid overcast for the day. Drive in this morning, find our first impala just short of the garages, impala wise this am, very quite finding only one large herd around sand dam. We do find the 3 lion, one just in the sage at neil’s link and the other two across the palm lying up on the open area at the bottom of the short cut. These three guys seem to be hanging around this area, serengeti, palm loop, warthog pan, parallel clearing, airstrip etc on a fairly regular basis, you see them at hide either all together or on their own but they seem to gravitate back along the palm.
We leave the lion and head up the short cut cross over onto kudu drive, all quiet around idube, so down to, first the causeway and then along pels, impala, a couple beautiful bush buck rams, very dark, a troop of baboon and the odd impala, we flush a pair of hawk eagles as well. Fig tree grove is also quiet as is the drive along madrid road we take a T,C&R break next to unit 56 and enjoy the stillness and beauty of this spot, a small herd of impala are grazing across on ONGR. Then it’s up through natures valley and all the way along the cutline with ikozi till the old e/e, in at wild dog, the odd impala about and then down tsikitsor rd. where we find a small herd of elephant, feeding on either side of the road, we approach them cautiously after the last few incidents with a herd of elephant but these herd are very relaxed so no problem, across onto sable plains, again just the odd impala about and the same around rhino, later as we are on our way out, we hear someone call in a small herd of buffalo on the 4 pylons just south of rhino, from rhino back along mashatu drive, flush an eagle owl, then up snake alley through the buff plains area, impala and at nkhonkoni a small herd of impala are at the water, we head over sand where as I have mentioned the only large herd of the morning. We stop off at hide for our breakfast before heading back to the garages, swap cars and just before our cutline, a herd of 4 zebra.
Friday 26, A repeat of yesterdays morning weather, game wise a very quiet morning, even the impala were hard to find, mostly tucked away in the woodland, in particular at the top of jackal plains, around olifants se’pan, on the rusermi cutline, 3 hippo in double and along the klaserie cutline more impala, a couple of giraffe on mashatu drive and with them a large troop of baboon, all the youngsters having fun in the sand in the palm, we stop off for our breakfast at sand dam, watch impala and a couple of giraffe, so across to nkhonkoni, just a small herd of impala at the water and then close to the single pylons a herd of 7 zebra and that’s about the drive.
Saturday 28, Weather same old same old, promises promises but zip rain, and the game viewing this morning, much along the same lines, very very quiet this morning, of course impala either on their own, in small and large herds, just dependant on which dam you happen to be at, so we end the week on a quiet note.
You all take care now, R&T, N&M.. 🐘🐘🐘