Tuesday, August 25, 2015

On Safari With Curtis From 21 August 2015

21 August 2015

A slightly different tour than our standard safaris as this one was the Best of Both Worlds tour.

A chance too not only experience a Safari or two but also to enjoy some amazing scenery in the area.

The first day and after checking into our lodge the guests went straight out on their sunset drive.

A gorgeous sunset this evening was followed with plenty of Impala and duiker, some elephant and buffalo, one giraffe and the highlight a female leopard relaxing right next to the road.

A great way to start the tour!!!

22 August 2015

Today was a trip away from the Kruger with a Panarama tour.

The chance to see some breathtaking scenery culminating with a drive up to the top of Blyde River Canyon.

Although Gods Window was a washout the weather did clear up to allow for some stunning views throughout the rest of the day.

23 August 2015

Today my turn to do some work as I took the guests out on a safari.

The day was a cold and overcast grey one but this didn't stop us getting some great sightings.

The first highlight was two big male lions only twenty meters from the road. With the weather conditions as they were the pair of them were in no mood for any action but they did continuously pop up their heads to watch the tourists come and go. With both in the open we could get some great photos.

The second highlight was an absolute peach. We had heard about a leopard killing an impala and so after lunch headed down that way.

Instead of finding a leopard with a kill we found four hyenas finishing off the last remains of the impala.

We then spotted a female leopard looking very nervous in the top of a tree. Eventually the hyenas moved away, with very full bellies, only to return thirty seconds later to chase the leopard back up the tree after she had the audacity to climb down.

After the hyenas had left a second time the leopard climbed down and too our surprise was joined by a second leopard, her cub, and they sniffed around looking for any scraps of the impala that might remain.

We were then told that the cub, in its excitement, had dropped the carcass out of the tree giving the hyenas a free meal!!! Then if that wasn't enough a third leopard appeared out of the bush.

After realizing dinner was cancelled the mum and cub decided to leave going through the drainage tunnel under the road and out of sight.

A fantastic end to a fantastic day!!!

Throughout the day we also saw plenty more including elephants, rhino, more lions and hyena, giraffe, warthog, zebra, wildebeest, hippo, vervets and baboons, impala, kudu, crocodile and two sightings of the rare sable.

Birds included fish eagles catching a fish and then fighting over it, bataleur, grey heron, lilac breasted rollers, vultures, tawny eagle and three separate sightings of the 'rare' southern ground hornbill.

24 August 2015

Our final morning and still time for a final activity. The bushwalking is always an activity which is enjoyed by the guests. It's a totally different experience being on foot where you can learn more about the smaller aspects of a national park.

As well as that they also saw a family herd of elephants with a few little ones, some impala and some kudu.

Then it was time to say farewell to the park, transfer to Nelspruit and say our goodbyes.

Amy, Andy, Hun and Jerry leave us to go and explore Cape Town. It has been great having you on tour and thanks for sharing so memorable experiences with us.

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