Monday 25, The unsettled weather continues this Monday morning, one minute, stars and the moon the next completely overcast, looking as though it’s about to rain any second with lighting flashes away to the north and west, late morning it has cleared and there are just large fluffy clouds about.
So, after the swap we head down the airstrip road and find plenty of impala, a couple of giraffe and 4 zebra, cross the palm and find even more impala, bump into Sean & Carol Ryan (78) haven’t seen them for sometime, so after some catch up and plans to meet for a
coffee break, we take the vetsak road for buff plains one, a short way along find a couple of elephant bulls off to our right, we continue on and as we get to buff plains, Brian calls in a couple of lioness, lying in the grass, close to the road on sable plains, so around the plains, impala here and there plus a giraffe, we head down snake alley, cross the palm, then pass sable dam and round onto sable plains, The two lioness are just lying there without a care in the world, but off to their right and down closer to the palm there’s huge herd of impala, slowly making their way towards them as they feed, so every now and then a brief check to see where there are. Finally the impala come close enough for some action to start, I leave the video to tell the rest of the story.
As you can imagine we are there for sometime before, after the two lioness wander off down to the palm we continue on and stop off at Q’s corner for our breakfast< Brian and Claire join us. We make for rhino along mashatu dr, just impala about , then take the road to sand dam, more impala and another giraffe plus a family 4 hogs, along kudu loop for hide dam, all quiet around the dam but on mongoose plenty of impala, along red crested and then down to the office, a couple of giraffe and a small herd of nyala. On the way out along the railroad impala, troop of baboons and another 2 giraffe.
Wednesday 27, The unpredictable weather continues, clear, cloudy ?? who knows, produces a lovely sunrise though.The parallel clearing, warthog pan, which is once more just
full of impala and with them, 4 zebra and a giraffe, we cross at vetsak and head along the railroad to the mala lane turn off, finding more impala here. About half way to hide,
walking down the road towards us a pride 9 lion, we make 2 mature lioness and the rest two different ages of cubs. You will note they all are slightly darker than the two we saw
on sable plains on monday, for us a new pride, Sean and Carol join us and a little later Brian and Claire , they cross the drainage line and then head onto the rail road and finally end up on serengeti plains. We continue up the single pylons, finding a large herd of elephants, and after crossing the palm, left along molope dr to Q’s corner find plenty of fresh lion tracks, go in search but no sign of the lioness but close to the single pylons on sable plains a huge herd of impala, 11 wildebeest with 4 calves and 6 zebra plus a
troop of baboons, great sighting, we head back to sable dam then across to rhino pan via mashatu dr. just a few impala about, along the klaserie link, then all they way along the cutline, and just before the tamboti link turn off, on the klaserie side we watch 5 giraffe take off at full gallop and even hear a growl and a crash so maybe a successful hunt, frustrating though not being able to see anything. Along to Two Tree’s where we join the Ryan’s and Makare’s, for a delicious champ’s breakfast, finally heading for home at around 11,45, a most enjoyable morning. It’s hot by this time, we pass the odd impala, on our way back to the airstrip, most of whom are tucked under some shady bush or tree. what’s that rhyme?? “only mad dogs and englishmen are out in the midday sun” On the way out more impala and a couple of giraffe and a troop of baboon. Good morning.
Friday 01, March 2019, The unsettled weather conditions continue, we find the usual impala on parallel clearing, the bottom of the airstrip and on warthog pan, we then take the palm drive towards mike’s link, the actual crossing is closed due to numerous drivers not engaging 4 wheel drive before attempting to cross, with all the rain we have enjoyed the sand although looking solid on top, there is in fact water underneath, so one needs to power ones way through with 4 wheel drive engaged and if needs be, diff lock as well, this must be done before you enter the crossing. We continue past the old ian’s pan and when we cross on to hyena way we see 2 bull elephant crossing the railroad and tracks and move off into thick bush.So along molope dr, impala here and there, plenty more on sable plains and 3 zebra, past Q’s corner and onto mashatu, all quiet here. We bump into Maurice (47) at rhino pan, catch up on all the news, Maurice sets off for home and we are just leaving when impala start blowing and we pop round to the parking area for the hide and we see a herd of impala, all facing the palm, shortly after we get a brief glimpse of a leopard moving up stream, so we go up onto the 4 pylons and then park looking down on the plains faceing south below us and then suddenly there he is, he crosses the road, marks and returns the way he came, Brian and Claire arrive from the south but in spite of our directions from our advantage point, being higher up, we can not find him again, just gone down behind or in one of the bushes. The four of us enjoy breakfast before setting off for the office, impala, 4 giraffe on buff plains two, more impala around hide dam and then on the e/e on our way to the garages, a korhaan with her cick, a first for us.
Sunday 03, The usual overcast morning, according to the weather boffs, supposed to be raining, nothing yet. That’s it, you all take care now.
R&T, N&M. 🐘🐘🐘