Friday, June 24, 2016

On Safari With Amanda From 18 June 2016

18 June 2016
A full day ahead of us today with my Melbonites and leanne, as my guests wanted to see lions and they've been scarce lately!
Beautiful elephants , giraffes and a glorious sunrise were first on the menu today on a cool morning in the park.
We arrived at skukuza for a coffee and leg stretch after a lovely panoramic view from mantikenyane koppie always a special place.
Driving towards high level bridge along eloff we saw a few cars ahead and on our right was a massive male leopard with a fresh Bushbuck kill, a few meters from the road! Amazing and so handsome.
After taking pics and spending time with him we headed off to the bridge, in the middle of the sand river we saw what looked like a log, but, was in fact a female lioness lying quite peacefully watching impalas and a magnificent herd of at least 10 Sable antelope. They were all aware of each other but the lioness had definitely lost the element of surprise if she was intending to hunt!
Satisfied we headed back to camp for a cool off before a lovely supper and an early night as it was my Australian guests last drive in the morning.

19 June 2016
Setting off and packing up we loaded into the vehicle for my guests last drive. Not more than 2kms from the gate they were greeted by a small pride of lions eating a couple of meters from the road! What a great way to start the day. A quick turn onto Shitlave dam and at the dam were 2 female lionesses. Amazing way for my guests to end their last day in the Kruger as they set off for further adventures in Africa.

20 June 2016
We left camp at 6 and headed straight to skukuza for breakfast. Elephants and giraffes on the road and plenty of zebras today. A detour along watergat road at the waterhole we found a beautiful leopard sunning himself. We all sat and watched as impala came down to drink and he crouched ready to pounce, luckily for the impala they spotted him and he sulked off behind the bushes, where he stayed before being chased away by a herd of buffalos.
Breakfast was delicious and after a drive along Napi road we arrived back at camp to relax for a night drive, as we drove into camp and parked up we heard the leopard outside the camp so who knows what the night will bring for my guests!!!

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