Wednesday 28, The weather much the same as before we left last week, but of course
Olifants has been transformed once more with all the rain that has fallen, lush green everywhere and all dams, mud holes and the various, normally dry drainage lines, all carrying water, wonderful as winter is just round the corner. Overall the drive on the
quiet side , the jackal family all on the runway, the youngsters playing mad dogs, and the older pups almost the size of the parents. Just the odd impala on the open plains and those we do see are still in the woodland, we catch a herd of 9 wildebeest, 3 of them
calves, walking up from hide dam towards the 4 pylons, 4 giraffe at sand dam as well as nkhonkoni dam. A lion was seen on pels near the causeway but we were too far away and the Makare’s (56) caught a brief glimpse of a pair of leopards along mashatu drive. We met them later at hide for breakfast. 3 hippo in hide at the moment and on the e/e a couple of kudu. Birds this am, fish eagle at big, walhbergs below hide, roller on hide loop.
Thursday 01 March 2018, The usual weather pattern to start the morning, after our car swop we set off for the sable dam area, through mikes link and along hyena way, just the odd impala about, we go right along the single pylons and check out the waterhole at the kink, nothing about so we continue along the single pylons all the way to boy boy road then left back for sable dam, find a fair sized herd of impala along here, nothing about around sable so we continue onto rhino, past the wallows and along mashatu drive, impala here and there, we cross the palm and take the road that runs along opposite rhino hide, but all quiet, back along the 4 pylons and at the turn off for rhino a herd of impala and a large troop of baboon. After checking out rhino we head in the direction of buff plains 3 and find plenty of vultures along zebra way, apparently a giraffe kill there last week, unfortunately too far in to be able to see anything. We take the road down through buff plains two and find plenty of impala, and then along to
nkhonkoni dam where we find a unit parked, with most of it’s occupants standing out of their landy, they beckon us over and inform us that they think they heard leopard mating below the dam so we go down and where the old turn around was, park and
listen out but no luck, ( It’s unfortunate that so many owners get out of their vehicles at waterholes to chat and have drinks and even breakfast, very seldom will any animal and especially members of the cat family come into drink while they are able to see you out of your 4×4, I’m pretty sure this mating pair would have come into drink much earlier if people hd just stayed in their cars, so please when you want to stop for drinks etc etc, do so under a nice shady tree some way from the waterhole or use our super picnic sites, so you don’t spoil it for others) we decide to move on and back track through buff plains 3 finding a herd of 6 zebra and a large herd of impala. We join the Makare’s for breakfast at rhino before heading back for the airstrip, along mashatu drive, passing the large marula tree, which is in full fruit at the moment, we find plenty of impala and a troop of baboon all enjoying fruit. We take the old cutline to the single pylons, more impala, 2 kudu cows and little further on a kudu bull. We have just got to the cross roads with the vetsak/nkhonkoni road when Glen (79) calls in a pair of leopards at nkhonkoni dam, so we join them for some really great viewing to finish the morning.
Friday 02, The overcast and cool mornings continue, heading down the airstrip I find a herd of impala and 4 zebra, across the palm and onto warthog some more impala, decide
to take the rwlr and then onto mala lane for hide, as I come round onto the parking on the east side, the 3 members of the original E/E pride come walking down hide loop, they
have a quick drink before disappearing into the bush north of hide, I take the road for nkhonkoni dam and then onto buff plains, here plenty of impala, 4 giraffe, continue down snake alley and first along hyena way, find another herd of impala, left along the single pylons and then back on the sable plains side, just a lone jackal, so past the wallows and onto mashatu, just the odd impala about, onto the 4 pylons and south down to the klaserie cutline, head up towards big dam and at the palm crossing a very large herd of impala and a couple of giraffe, a little further on a small herd of elephant cross onto our side and move off in the direction of the 4 pylons. (Note the tiny calf with them) Turning left onto fungwe drive I find another large herd of impala, 6 zebra and 4 giraffe,
spot impala here and there down to hide. Brian and Claire join me for our breakfast before heading for the office I take ingwe drive and find just impala and on red crested drive at the junction with mongoose drive another 4 giraffe. Leaving the office I take mica road and find another large herd of impala plus 5 zebra, with a pic of the stallion keeping an eye out for any danger That’s the drive.
Sunday 04, A bit of a short week but some exciting sightings, the mating leopard in particular. You all take care now.
R&T, N&M. 🐘🐘🐘