Tuesday, June 30, 2015

On safari With Robbie and the Film Crew 29 June 2015

29 June 2015

What more can be said about today! It would take hours actually!

To see two top film makers spending hours filming the insects pollinating the Euphorbias at Kruger gate moved my soul!

To think that these tiny creatures fascinate them just as an Elephant would shows one why they are where they are today!!!!

We filmed planes game, Elephant bulls feeding,  Bateleurs gliding, Giraffes browsing and Rhinos mating which was a second up for me ever!!!!

The Kruger trip has earned the most likes out of all their world destinations on their Facebook page and this was later enhanced by their footage of Southern Ground Hornbills and 2 leopards static on a granite outcrop found at 5:15 this afternoon!

I could go on and on but it's up at five tomorrow so rest is needed!

Keeping you guys posted tomorrow evening!

On Safari With Curtis 29 June 2015

29 June 2015

Today turned out to be a rather fruitless day in respect of cat sightings but we did still manage to get some great sightings of other species.

One of these was a rhino sighting, although we had seen numerous rhinos yesterday this one ended up being the best of them as the rhino walked past our vehicle and over the road giving us a clear view of it.

The second highlight was hyena or too be more precise a family of hyena. Mum or babysitter were busy sleeping in the shade but the youngsters were all having lots of fun. The youngsters seemed to be of mixed ages with some having all their spotter coat while a couple where still totally black and yet to get their spots.

We also saw plenty of elephants, buffalo, zebra, kudu, waterbuck, giraffes, warthog, Impala, common duiker, banded mongoose, tree squirrel, hippo and vervets.

Birds included hornbills, white backed vultures, magpie shrike and brown snake eagle.

Monday, June 29, 2015

On Safari With Curtis

27 June 2015

A new tour and once checked in the guests were off out on their sunset drive. Sometimes these drives can be relatively quiet but not tonight's.

I think all the guests would agree that their highlight was the sighting of two male lions which were lying right next to the road.

They were also spoilt with a great sighting of the rare wild dog, white rhino, zebra, hippo and kudu.

28 June 2015

This morning we hoped to add to last nights great start!!!

Our first highlight was a herd of six elephants close to the road. The first Ellie's of this tour and we ended up spending nearly an hour with them. They were close to the road and they then gathered around an old fallen Marula tree which was interesting them. Maybe curious of all the smells of the other elephants which had pushed the tree over a couple of weeks ago.

Our second highlight was a lovely herd of buffalo which we found. As we drove closer we found buffalo on both side of us and crossing over the road in front. Again lovely just to sit and watch and listen as the herd went about their day.

Other animals seen were lots of rhino sightings, giraffes, kudu, waterbuck, zebra, Impala, klipspringer, common duiker, steenbok, hippo, hyena and crocodile.

Birds including lilac breasted roller, red billed Oxpecker, cape glossy starling, African jacana and grey heron.

On Safari With Robbie and the Film Crew

25 June 2015

Today we leave the bush camp and head back into the Kruger National Park.

26 June 2015

Today was kind of a miracle, as up until this morning the crew had zero footage of cats in Kruger!

This all changed in a time frame of 35 minutes where leopard, Cheetah and lion were all sighted with excellent filming opportunity!

The 3 Cheetah we saw had also just killed an Impala which was a bonus for the crew who are all smiles!

27 June 2015

Today was quite something in many aspects as for the crew we ticked them off or added them to the "magnificent 7" club!

What was more interesting though that this has been achieved doing not more than 50 km of safari on any given day! More phenomenal was the fact that although found over a two day stretch the 7 were found in a 2,3 km area close to the Transport dam where "Battle of Kruger" happened!!!

It's never really that this occurs...  Just lucky the film crew was on board!

At Lake Panic bird hide the crew where in their element...  Filming waterhole activity for nearly 4 hours!

On the way back to camp we got a huge herd of Buff which was also on our "need " list!!!

The film director is now looking at the Kruger section of their 24 countries visited being a 2 part series as opposed to all the other national parks having just one!

He is right!!!

After all this is the best place on earth so it deserves the most coverage!

28 June 2015

The film crew got an introduction to Kruger’s massive Buffalo herds twice today!  Two superb sightings were called in by the safari rangers of Team Nhongo!

Thank you Curtis and Mark...  The film directors are more than happy!

Later in the afternoon Mark also called us to an exceptionally good leopard which the guys managed to film for a while!

A dispute and good audio amongst Rhino (w) was also documented!

Fauna and flora on top of one of the regions great granite domes was also filmed extensively!

It was basically one of those days that simply went by in a flash!

Friday, June 26, 2015

On Safari With Curtis 25 June 2015

25 June 2015

Our final day on tour and we left camp for one final drive.

This morning was a much quieter affair than the previous days but we still managed to get a few last great sightings.

The highlight of this morning was the buffalo herd we found right next to the road, the herd then preceded to cross over the road in front in a long continuous stream for about five minutes. I didn't try to count but estimate about 300 animals in this herd.

We also had sightings of white rhino, elephants, kudu, waterbuck, giraffe, Impala, hippo, zebra and wildebeest.

Then it was time to head back to nelspruit and say our farewells. Been great having Mairead and Kevin on tour, have fun in the rest of South Africa and safe travels home.