Monday 24, A mild clear morning to start the week. Our drive this am, very quiet, while we are doing the usual landy swop we hear lion calling off in the direction of wild dog pan so we head that way, except some impala and a lone jackal, nothing about, decide to take the road down to natures valley, impala and a couple of waterbuck, we find just impala along the madrid section so up to spaghetti junction and down parallel clearing road to warthog, find plenty of impala at the water plus a couple of giraffe, we continue down the palm, and take the new road, finding only impala at the bottom of serengeti plains, then through neil’s link and along mala lane for hide, spot a pair of fish eagles but nothing else, take Saba’s road up onto red crested drive and right along to the 4 pylons, plenty of impala about, more impala between the 2 dams. We take big dam link for the klaserie cutline, finding more impala and a couple more giraffe, then all the way along to beacon bend, turn left off the rusermi cutline road and make for 2 trees for our breakfast. We take the direct route to big dam, impala and 4 wildebeest are moving down to drink, onto natural and sand, where we find more impala just standing about, the reason being a lone hyena, lying in the water, past nkhonkoni, all quiet then airstrip, swop and we head for home.
Tuesday 25, The day starts cool and overcast, clears by mid morning. After the swap we head down first to warthog, just the odd impala about, continue across to nkhonkoni,
spot some impala on buff plains one and a couple of saddle billed storks busy feeding at nkhonkoni pan. We make for hide and as we approach spot a lone giraffe on the north side staring at some thing, we go around and sure enough we find the E/E pride all lying
up on the road to the hide. ( For those of you who don’t know giraffe are wonderful indicators of predators ) and this was proved this morning. We enjoy some great viewing before they move off. We head up to jackal plains and then down to first double then big, a couple of giraffe and closer to big, a fair number of impala, after enjoying a cuppa we take fungwe drive for the klaserie cutline, finding more impala and a couple of giraffe. Up the 4 pylons and then left along the palm road opposite rhino pan, here we find more impala and a large troop of baboons, all quiet along mashatu way and just a sprinkling of impala along the new section. We had hoped to stop for breakfast at the new picnic table but they were just finishing cleaning up etc, so we continue onto the crossing and back track a short way along hyena way before taking the single pylons road. ( What a shame that owners have already taken to driving in the river bed at the new crossing, making for a unsightly mess, pity to spoil the river bed which should only be filled with animal tracks.)So all the way to Geoff’s table for our breakfast before heading out.
Wednesday 26, David and Freda leave and Morag is struck down with the flu, so that’s it for the rest of the week, hopefully we will both be well enough by the start of next week, but don’t hold your breath. So while house bound thought I would end the drive with a few shots of some of the beautiful birds that visit our bird bath.
So till next week, you all take care now.
Roars & Trumpets, Neil & Morag