Tuesday, April 21, 2015

On Safari With Curtis 19 - 20 April 2015

19 April 2015

A start of a new tour and the first activity was the sundowner drive, a nice relaxing way to start the tour and experience Kruger later in the evening. were buffalo, elephant, impala, klipspringer and hippo.

20 April 2015

This morning was a cold start and soon the cold turned to a thick cover of fog. Only being able to see fifteen meters in front kind of limits the ability to find animals and for the first thirty minutes nothing was spotted. As the fog cleared we found our first highlight.

Found by a colleague we found ourselves surrounded by a pack of African wild dog. The pack was very active and wherever we looked, left or right, in front or behind we could see dogs. The dogs weren't concerned with the cars and would just run along side the vehicle giving us plenty of time to get that perfect photo.

The second highlight happened fairly soon after as we found a clan of hyena, again all around us the number of animals was in the double digits. Big and small interacting with each other around us. Such was their comfort with us a smaller hyena decided to have a little nibble on the back of my vehicle which got him a little reprimand from me. Nevertheless a great sighting.

Other animals seen today were elephants, rhino, buffalo, zebra, kudu, waterbuck, impala, giraffe, warthog, sable, vervets and hippo.

Birds seen include lilac breasted rollers, blacksmith lapwings, fish eagle, cape glossy starlings, red and yellow-billed hornbills and red-billed oxpeckers.

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