We take three very different drives this week.
On Monday, a quiet evening drive around HWE, besides impala a small herd of kudu and 4 giraffe, we spot a pair of bateleur eagle, don’t often see these magnificent eagles here on the estate.
Thursday 7, We are into Olifants, my cousin David Allan is with us and we are off nice and early and it’s already pretty warm, a jersey or jacket not needed. This extreme drought and very hot weather is doing Olifants no favours plus the damage done by the elephants is of concern, we can only hope for some early rain. Game wise, a very quiet drive, we take the sable turn off, turn left down the single pylons and right onto molope drive, just the odd impala here and there, past Q’s corner, across the palm and along mashatu dr. just some impala and the same applies for around rhino. We find more impala on the 4 pylons, Taking the link road we continue along wildebeest drive for sand dam, here we find more impala and a giraffe, So across to nkhonkoni, except for a couple of steenbok, in fact we ended up counting 15 of them, nothing else about. We continue on and take a right up bongani’s beat, crossing under the 4 pylons, a fairly large herd of impala and 2 giraffe, we go left and take bush willow drive all the way to double dam, zip about, so along bateleur drive for double, where we stop off for breakfast, much warmer now, so there’s a steady stream of impala and the odd kudu all coming into drink from every direction. We need to head for the office so up to natural pan, down to sand dam and along kudu loop for hide, find plenty more impala coming into drink, go mongoose rd, and then onto the office, fuel up and a brief chat, getting really warm now so onto the e/e and home.
Into the Park this morning, between the control gate and the booking office, about 5k’s, a pack of 5 hyena, 3 rhino, a couple of elephant, kudu and impala, nice start to the morning, but it gets better. As usual we set off along the H7 and at the turn for R106, lying out in the open, two members of the pride who have the white cubs, the one lioness in particular very pale. We continue on along the H7, plenty of impala about, a couple of herds of elephant, but some distance from the road and along the timbavti river more impala, zebra and giraffe. We go left for the Girivana waterhole, get ourselves settled and wait to see what comes into drink, first up a herd of elephant, followed a short while
later by another herd and then from the north a number of giraffe slowly come in and it seems there’s not much water in the trough so they all head upto the tank, we eventually count 18 in all. We then head down to the Nsemani dam on the H7, and although the
water is dropping rapidly there’s just masses of game about, we park off and watch the continual ebb and flow of game coming into drink, impala, wildebeest, zebra, kudu, buffalo, elephant, a woolyknecked stork and a saddle billed stork are also busy in the muddy water. We finally decide to move on, first to Satara, for a pit stop and then south
down the H1-3, to the S126, (Sweni Road) finding plenty of impala once more, giraffe, wildebeest and kudu. We stop at the Muzandzeni picnic sight for our lunch, at the waterhole close by impala, kudu and a couple of elephant bulls. Time to head for home so along the S36 to connect with the H7 and at the Rockvale waterhole, we enjoy a special
sighting, there are few elephant bulls at the supply tank but at the waterhole it’s self, which is very close to the road, we find first a hyena, having a wonderful time in the
trough and then David suddenly says, hey here’s a pack of wild dogs, hard to give a accurate count but between 25 & 30 dogs and a surprising amount of pups and S/A’s the pics and video tell the whole story, enjoy and fortunately too, only 4 cars arrive as well so really great. Getting late so we have to move on the dogs all very lethargic, due to the heat, even when a herd of impala and then a herd of zebra come into drink. Along the H7 a fair amount of game all the way to Orpen, what a wonderful day.
That’s the lot for this week, You all take care now, R&T, N&M 🐘🐘🐘