Monday 05, The usual weather pattern to start the week, in fact we get a light drizzle both on our way in and for a short time soon after we start our drive, taking shelter under the rwl bridge at the start of hyena way, doesn’t last long though and doubt it’s measurable, makes for a fiery sunrise though. The drive pretty quiet, the exception being a elephant bull enjoying some marula fruits on mashatu drive and a little further on a magnificent martial eagle, they are nesting in a tall appleblaar opposite Q’s corner. For the rest of our short drive a couple of zebra along the 4 pylons, 2 giraffe just short of double dam and the usual spread of impala about, more here less there. We meet Brian
& Claire, Mario & Meagan at 2 trees for an 8,30 breakfast and leave for home at around 11,30 after a most enjoyable morning.
Thursday 08, A bit of cloud cover about this am, mostly high cirrus, which makes for a lovely sunrise, but it soon burns off and it turns into a really warm day. First up a herd of wildebeest in the aircraft parking area, we count 8, 2 of them calves, impala and 8 zebra half way down the runway, warthog has more impala as does buff plains one and just leaving nkhonkoni another herd of 16 wildebeest, 6 of them being calves, with them are a herd of 7 zebra, really great to see good numbers of plains game. We find more impala around both sand dam along kudu loop and around hide plus a couple of giraffe. In complete contrast lisbon is very quiet this morning, nothing around either of the dams, spot a pair of steenbok at the link road. Down south around rhino and sable a couple of herds of impala but not nearly as many further north.
Monday 12, A bit of high cirrus about but a slight nip in the air and clear, coming into the garages an elephant bull crosses the road ahead of us, we swap and take the parallel
clearing road down to warthog, plenty of impala about and zebra, 2 herds one of 8 and the other on warthog of 4, and a small herd of 4 wildebeest, one of which is a small calf, later in the morning when we pass through we find another herd of 7 wildebeest. we take the river road, cross mike’s link, finding more impala, the same along hyena way and we have just reached the single pylons crossing when Brian calls in lion at the wallows and also across the palm from them a small herd of buffalo, about 15 buff in all and the pride, 2 lioness and 5 cubs, the mashatu pride ???While sitting there watching the lion Willem (48)calls in wild dog on buff plains 2, so away we go and , they are lying up but suddenly dash off after a impala, they have no luck, so after awhile return to their shady tree once more. We decide to head back to the lions, no sign so meet the Makare’s for breakfast at sable, it’s pretty late and hot by this time so make our way back to the car park and home.
Tuesday 13, Strong wind gets up during the night and we even have a drop or two of rain, so morning still overcast with just a slight breeze. First up this morning, 2 lion, both carrying light manes are lying on the road about 500ms up from the control gate, as I approach them the one tries to get through the Jenjane electric fence, decides against it and they both cross the railway tracks and disappear into Tshukudu, After the usual car swop head down the runway and there just masses of impala about, after the wonderful rains, the northern part of Olifants are just lush green and as a result plenty of impala about, in particular warthog, hide dam, hide loop and onto kudu loop and down the 4 pylons and sable plains. Lisbon is quieter, but at natural pan I bump into the new “Happiness” for the first time, her herd crosses the road ahead of me but when she appears on the other side of the pan, which is full at the moment, she proceeds to come rushing round the pan at me, but some loud shouting, banging the side of the landy, stopped her in her tracks and after looking down her trunk, turned and charged off with the rest of herd. After checking out both double and big head south down the
4 pylons, taking the link road that takes you onto wildebeest drive, here I find a beautiful leopard relaxing in a tree, after a while she comes down a moves off. enjoy the pics. Meet Brian & Claire for some breakfast at rhino, no sign of either the lion or wild dog this am. Slowly make my way back to the airstrip via zebra drive, buff plains , impala and a herd of 16 wildebeest, 6 of them calves at the top buff plains one, nice! still plenty of impala about on warthog and parallel clearing and to end 3 giraffe on members way.
Wednesday 14 to Friday 16, in the Park with Brian and Claire, outstanding 3 days, first they have had substantial rains in the that area. I’ve never seen the area so lush and green, the grass cover just unbelievable, we stayed at Talamati, what did we see, what with the rain, plenty of water about and grass cover, so just hundreds of elephants, and I mean hundreds, from bulls to huge herds and with the heat we enjoyed some wonderful viewing of whole herds in some of the larger dams, having a great time cooling off in the water plus a couple of decent sized herds of buffalo at the dams as well, lion were in short supply seeing only 2 males at a waterhole at Muzandzeni. Sitting at the hide at Talamati we watched a couple herds of elephant come into drink and a couple of cheetah on the plains just lying up watching the impala and wildebeest with all their calves. Two special spots stand out though, a cheetah and her 2 tiny cubs not far from Tshokwane, and finally, at Lugmag Dam, 5 wild dog lying on the road in the shade of a marula tree and directly above them, eating on an impala, a beautiful leopard, unfortunately no pics left my camera in camp 🤬🤬🤬
Saturday, 17, Stay home started raining during the night and is still raining at around 10am, finally get 21 mms in all.😀😀😀
Sunday 18, Stunning day to end the week, that’s it. You all take care now.