Friday, April 29, 2016

On Safari With Gert 28 April 2016

28 April 2016

Starting a new Safari today with Nicole and Krista from the USA, we entered the park just after midday.

Although quite hot, we still had good general game sightings, including Zebra, Blue Wildebeest, Giraffe and a few large Kudu Bulls. We also found a few Buffalo at various locations, in the shady spots or by the waterside, as well as some large Elephant Bulls and a White Rhino crossing the road in front of us!

The highlight of the afternoon was most likely our stop at a large waterhole where we had some Hippos out of the water and a bit of action when an African Fish-Eagle swooped down from its perch to grab a fish which ventured to close to the surface for its own good!

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

On Safari With Amanda 18 April 2016

18 April 2016

Last day for my 2 lovely English guests as we headed out after breakfast for a drive.

Driving along the napi road we spotted an adorable baby giraffe, just standing looking at us and close by was his mum, giraffes are generally curious animals and always give us a good stare before continuing munching away on their food!

An update of lions feeding on an Elephant that had died of natural causes and we head off, there not more than 50m from the road was a young male lion feeding on the elephant, hidden out of view was another male lion resting. We sat and watched as the smell of the elephant was quite pungent! 

We decided to have a visit to shitlave dam where we came across over 100 buffalos drinking at the dam, amazing to see.

So now we are 3 after saying our goodbyes my remaining guests went for a siesta before their sunset drive, hopefully to return with stories of a wonderful drive.

Monday, April 18, 2016

On Safari With Amanda From 17 April 2016

17 April 2016

A new safari and new guests from Canada and the UK.

A gloriously sunny day in the park today as we left for an afternoon drive. 

First animals we came across were giraffe, top on my guests list of favorite animals.

We watched them browsing and munching away before they headed off out of sight.

A nice drive around the koppies and we spotted a couple of klipspringers resting on a rock. 

Zebras alarm calling and a couple of cars in front of us and we knew something exciting was there...we missed the leopard by minutes apparently! That's how it goes in the bush right time right place. We watched the adult zebras stand protectively around a young zebra and in the background was a lone wildebeest and buffalo!

An update from one of our guides informed me of wild dogs, 5 of them basking in the sun and they were still there when we arrived. Incredible to see as there are roughly only 250-300 left in the park.

So we headed back to camp after a very rewarding drive but not before a lone bull elephant prevented us from getting to the gate! We followed him as he ambled slowly along the dirt road before turning off and heading into the bush.

Tomorrow is another day in the Kruger and after a filling supper we all turn in for an early night.

Friday, April 15, 2016

On Safari With Amanda from 13 April 2016

13 April 2016

Today we say goodbye to our 2 English guests but not before a morning drive!

After a fantastic drive this morning all of my guests were on a sunset drive leaving at 4:30.

They returned with excitement after seeing 2 leopards one was eating an impala it had caught earlier in the day and another one very close to them coming for a drink!

So we had a lovely supper and retired early contented.

14 April 2016

Lovely Elephants along the way to the gate and very fresh lion tracks close by the dam over the recent tire tracks so very fresh but no sign of them! After a lovely breakfast we said our goodbyes and my remaining 6 guests and I headed home to camp. Lots and lots of zebras, just what my guests wanted to see! We decided to return to the sight of the leopard and his kill but no sign of either.. although not more than 1km down the road lay, a very handsome male lion, my guests couldn't be happier. 

Our last supper together was delicious and we chatted about the days sightings. 

So another safari comes to an end...but not before seeing some incredible rhinos and my personal favorite, 8 Sable antelope including young ones just before shitlave dam. ..amazing.

We say our farewells as my lovely guests depart for their next adventure

On Safari With Gert 14 April 2016

14 April 2016

Setting out early this morning, we were treated to another brilliant sunrise and also, sadly, the last one for this Safari!

We drove out to a nearby dam where we found a few Waterbuck in the area. We watched an African Fish-Eagle overlooking the virtually undisturbed surface with Egyptian Geese, Blacksmith Lapwing and Grey Heron peacefully foraging along the fringes. A male Pin-tailed Whydah flitted about in full breeding plumage, advertising territory as the season comes to a close. A few more weeks and he'll be as plain and short-tailed as the females he is currently courting!

We did a final loop around one of the many impressive granite outcrops characterizing the terrain, stopping for a few great photographic opportunities of the lovely vistas and variety of plants currently in flower. We also found a herd of 10 adult Buffalo bulls grazing in the long grass.

Only a short drive, as this was our morning of departure, we headed back to camp for a last hearty breakfast before packing and heading out of the park, bringing an end to a very successful 7 day Safari.