Monday 14, Wishing everyone a happy and healthy 2019. It certainly has started well here at Olifants and the surrounding areas, with wonderful soaking rains, the bush lush and green, rivers and dams full to over flowing, just a wonderful start to the year.
We’ve just crossed the railway line onto members way when suddenly out of the thick bush a herd of 5 elephants dash across the road and head off in the direction of wild dog pan, we continue onto the parking garages, drop off the one car and set off down to
warthog, plenty of impala on both parallel clearing and all around warthog pan. we take the palm loop road and find more impala on serengeti, through neil’s link and then back along the railroad all the way to the turn off for hyena way and then onto molope drive which we follow all the way to sable, plenty of impala, on both sides of the palm loop, on sable plains a lone wildebeest bull. past Q’s corner, the rubbing post and along mashatu drive and near the nyala tree, across the palm we pick up 3 lion, all sleeping.So onto rhino, african wattle is out in flower and I also catch a green pigeon, close by, more impala and we head along zebra way for buff plains 3, all quiet here but when we cross
through on buff 2, just masses of game, impala of course, 7 kudu bulls and 6 giraffe, at the moment all the impala youngsters are in nurseries , beautiful sight. Nothing around nkhonkoni dam, so we head down to hide, finding just the odd impala about and we continue up to jackal plains, where once more just masses of impala and another 5
giraffe. We find 3 hippo in double this morning and the odd impala about, along bateleur dr. at the link, plenty of impala and 2 more giraffe. We stop off for breakfast at big, watch impala and 4 more giraffe come into drink
We make for natural pan, and another 2 giraffe, go left down wozani dr. and then left up mpisi dr and onto the klaserie cutline and head south, not much about, the odd impala about, off along klaserie link, past rhino once more and where we left the lion, there is now a herd of about 40 elephants enjoying the mud wallows really having a great time, much to the annoyance of the 3 lion, who move off into thick bush. We head up the old cutline, take the new short cut down onto hyena way, through to mike’s link and back to the top of the air strip, Finally to end this first drive of the year something special.
” Alastair & Michelle McKenzie and their two children Lex & Greg , have been owners at ORGR for many years, they form part of the much larger McKenzie family, who own Unit 60.
Around July last year Greg, their son, was involved in a horrific car accident, which almost claimed his life, suffering horrendous injuries, the most serious being to his brain. He has had a long hard struggle to return to normal, and is still in the process of doing this. Part of his rehabilitation, was to write an essay of 2000 words, on a Blade of Grass. I have included it below and I strongly urge everyone to read it, I think it’s remarkable. Greg is 26 years old”. Please click on the link.the foxtail buffalo grass
Wednesday 16, Warm overcast, masses of cloud about and during the morning partly clears away. Airstrip then down along Pel’s, very little to report, troop of monkeys and a lone bushbuck, the river running fairly full and very muddy. A giraffe at idube and a few
waterbuck on the plains, take M&M’s road and continue along the palm loop for warthog, impala here and there and on serengeti, lying up in the middle of the clearing two lioness, they later move through on to the railway road, almost opposite the turn off onto mala lane. Warthog is packed with impala and when I pass through later in the morning, there seem to be even more and a couple of giraffe. Kallan call some buffalo, behind rhino pan but by the time I get there no sign, I continue onto klaserie link and then off at fungwe for big, here there is another huge herd of impala, much fewer around double. I
take ingwe, right up bush willow, right again down bongani,s, 4 pylons and sand dam, find a very large herd of impala rams, back track down to rhino then across to sable, giraffe and impala at the water hole, and on the plains, more impala, 9 wildebeest, with a couple of calves and 6 zebra, decide to have a late breakfast at Q’s and while sitting there a small herd of elephant appear out of the palm, about a 100 metres or so down stream. I cross the palm at the rubbing post, then along hyena way for the rail road which I stay on till the vetsak crossing. Just before the crossing, spot a impala, who’s one horn has been ripped out and it’s lying flat down on his face, poor condition, call Errol and he comes out and puts the animal down, informs me later even his jaw was broken, fight, lion, leopard, only speculate. A couple of waterbuck cross the railroad on the way out.
Friday 18, The weather, a carbon copy of Wednesday’s, the game, much quieter this morning, we follow much the same route as Wednesday’s, along the pels, a couple of impala and a troop of monkeys, the olifants, running even fuller and muddier.
We continue up to idube, all quiet so up kudu drive, short cut and along the palm, large herd of impala on serengeti, the youngsters having a great time chasing all over. We find more impala on warthog, at vetsak crossing, go left for mala lane and hide, just the odd
impala about, on hide loop, though a huge herd of impala, stretching up towards the 4 pylons,, pick up msimbi dr. left onto bush willow, impala and a couple of giraffe, left again along ingwe, more impala and another giraffe, just the odd impala around double so along bateleur dr for big, where we stop for our breakfast, and in the hour or so we are there, not a single animal appears. On to natural pan and here we find more impala and another giraffe, we go left onto wozani dr. and right along mpisi, just the odd impala
about, under the 4 pylons and left onto wildebeest drive for rhino. Plenty of impala about at rhino, we head for sable along mashatu dr. and across on the plains, near the wallows, impala, a giraffe and troop of baboons, past Q’s corner and along molope dr. and on the sable plains, impala in numbers , and an increase in both the zebra and
wildebeest, from Wednesday, 8 zebra and here’s the best part, 20 wildebeest, 8 of them calves, super. A little further on along molope, we find 4 buffalo bulls, lying up in the palm, in the shade, close to one of the wallows. Thats the drive.
Sunday 20, A visit from one of the hog family’s who feed on the bird food, spilt from the tray. That’s the lot for the week, you all take care now.
Roars 7 Trumpets, Neil & Morag, 🐘🐘🐘