August Friday 02,
We pop into the park for the morning, via the Orpen gate, we stay on the tarmac, see plenty of impala, wildebeest, zebra, a herd of elephant and a small herd of buffalo in the
timbavati river, on our way to the Girivana waterhole, arriving there around 8 and here we stay till mid day and in that time a never ending procession of game arrive to drink at
the trough. First up the lioness with her 3 cubs who then after having a go at some impala, unfortunately the cubs gave her away, move off into the dry watercourse, This then allows the general game to arrive, wildebeest, impala, zebra, kudu, warthog, come into drink, no sooner does one herd leave than another is waiting to come into drink, the zebra herds numbering anything between 10 and 40 animals at a time, the wildebeest much the same size and of course masses of impala and shortly before we are about to leave a herd of elephant arrive, wonderful. The best sighting of the morning must go to a pair of fish eagles, this pair arrive and share a dead stump for awhile before crossing to
the trough and almost immediately disappear into the water and completely dominate
the water, keeping all the zebra, impala and wildebeest at bay. My photo’s tell the whole story of not only them but the whole morning, a special sighting. A last bit of excitement the lioness suddenly charges out from thick bush but she is too far off. On the way home, more elephant and general game.
In to Olifants this am, a beautiful but warm morning, think the last of winter is behind us and by the time we get home at around 11,30 the temp already on 30. We go right at our cutline and then left along the single pylons, impala and 4 zebra. we stay on the single pylons till sable plains then along to sable dam, all quiet in this area as is mashatu drive with a few impala around, we take zebra dr and find our first large herd of impala and with them a herd of 15 wildebeest and further on just before buff plains 3, more impala and 3 giraffe, buff plains 2 and 1 have just a few impala and at nkhonkoni all is quiet, so past sand, zip about and we take a right up bongani’s rd. joining the road from natural pan to big. Here we stop for breakfast and as it warms up more and more impala wander in from all sides to drink, we continue along baterleur dr. for double and as usual find plenty of impala at the link. A lone steenbok and giraffe are at double, we take the cutline upto crooks corner, finding another large herd of impala under the 4 pylons. We make for the office along red crested drive, passing the odd herd of impala. Office on the e/e road and home.
A weak sun greets us as we head into the Park, at around 5 Ks in, we come on a pack/band of hyena, all lying on the road, fortunately just a couple of other cars are
there, a little further on, a herd of ellies near the road, of course impala, plenty of
general is about as well. We decide to return to Girivana for the morning and once more we enjoy some really great viewing, The magnificent fig marks the water hole and we haven’t been there long when the first impala come into drink and they are soon
followed by wildebeest and zebra and a family of hogs. Suddenly they all scatter and from the right of our position the lioness appears with her three cubs, who all make there way upto the trough to drink. At the same time up at the tank, which supplies the water for the trough, a couple of elephant bulls have wandered in and are drinking from the tank itself. The lioness having finished her drink, spies something off to our left and
leaving her cubs at the trough makes her way down past us and disappears into long grass,
as this is happening, one of the bull elephants starts down to the trough and the three cubs follow the mums foot steps and end up just below the car and then when the ellie
gets too close they move off and he finally returns to the tank once more. On the way home, along the timbavati river some buffalo and a herd of elephant. We are home by 3, another super morning, enjoy the pics and video.
A heavy ground mist starts our morning, visibility limited to twenty metres or so, fortunately it slowly lifts and by the time we cross the mahlabetzi it’s almost cleared. We take the members way turn off, check out the airstrip, warthog pan area, just the odd impala about before heading up parallel clearing down hippo way and right on to pels loop, find a small herd of impala and just before going down pels pass a small herd of kudu, one bull, carrying a single horn, along pels, some impala, a troop of baboon and a troop of monkeys, nothing about at the causeway so back along red duiker drive and left along hillside link, then up kudu dr. We join a lion sighting on serengetti plains, we are in time to see one of the two lion before he moves in to thick bush and disappears. Through warthog once more, right along the railway line road and off along hyena way, molope dr for Q’s corner, nothing about and it’s not till we get to rhino pan that we find a herd of impala , a couple of kudu bulls and a giraffe.We take zebra dr. for the buff plains area, finding only a few small herds of impala, all quiet around nkhonkoni dam, so along to Geoff’s table for our breakfast and from our vantage point, and now that it’s warmer we can see herds of impala making their way towards warthog to drink, we also spot a couple of giraffe slowly moving toward the water, that’s the drive.
Sunday 19, Our good friends the Makare’s from the States and the Ryans from Cape Town have arrived so I’ve decided to post this and start afresh on Monday. You all take care now. R&T, N&M.🐘🐘🐘