Monday, October 17, 2016

On Safari With Kara

My first 6 day Safari adventure was a very fun filled experience accompanied by my two guests from Hong Kong China.

Day 1

We started off from hazyview and headed to phabeni gate Kruger to start our first game drive making our way to Skukuza camp. We were greeted by quite a hand full of animals. The two sightings which was our highlights was a elephant bull swimming and playing in a dam which we got to watch for a long time then later we came across a sleeping rhino.

Day 2

We had early start and headed towards Lower sabie. The surprise of 6 ground hornbills walking in the road and a youngster complaining for food made my day.
From there it only got better when we got a herd of giraffes browsing along the road for a while then giving us the African salute and moving away.

Day 3

Today we had a nice route from Skukuza to our new camp which was Berg en Dal. The best thing about this route was the female leopard we got that was having a early morning sip of water before the heat kicked in. Following her we noticed another male leopard and there after they started mating which is a rare find here in Kruger. Along this route we noticed the environment change on the animals seeing a lot of red elephants, warthogs and rhinos after they rolled in the red soil.

Day 4

Starting early again we had a moment with a big herd of elephants, while the adults were eating the babies were sleeping and so happy dreaming in the moms shade. My guests had really hoped for wild dogs and this was the day we found 18 wild dogs sleeping right next to the road a few pups and adults. Faces smeared with blood after a successful morning hunt.

Day 5

Being a girl who loves birds and having guests who also appreciated every type of bird, we founds loads of different species. From a tawny eagle fighting off a white backed vulture while eating insides from a wild dog kill to a goliath heron catching fish in the crocodile river and my first broad billed roller for the season resting in a dead tree next to the sabie river.

Before heading back we got 3 female lionesses trying to hunt impalas in a open clearing which gave us a good view.

Day 6

Having had so many good sighting everything from here was a bonus as we could not expect anything else but nature kept on giving.

One spot there was on both sides of the road just spotted hyenas wherever you looked. Moms with babies suckling and cleaning themselves. A few fighting over ranking in the clan and other digging a hole to lay in.

Ending our safari with a zebra crossing just before the gate.

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