Saturday, September 26, 2009

Surviving SAPS.

Wednesday 23rd September.

I forgot to mention in the last post that I did see the bum and tail of a leopard on the other side of the riverbed.It wasn’t until the tail disappeared that I realised what I had seen.

Also spotted a large hyaena and two rhino as well in the fading light.

First sighting across the river bed as we were preparing to leave was six hyaenas.

We had planned to take S25 to Crocodile Bridge, but bureaucracy or Murphy's law “threw another spanner in the works” and we had to travel via SAPS at Skukuza.

This is another story best left untouched.

Brown hooded kingfisher I hope.


Verreaux’s Eagle-Owl

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Pied kingfisher with last of fish in his mouth

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I’m outta here.


Business with SAPS completed we start down the H4-1 for Nkuhlu.

We encounter a mega traffic jam 6 ks from Skukuza.

There are in excess of 50 vehicles all lobbying for a prime spot.

Not a thought for the lions that they are traumatising with the revving engines .One lion is sitting on the edge of the tar road and cars are driving either side of him. One person is completely out of his car.

We eventually weave our way past and catch a fleeting glimpse of some of the pride striding along to the river.

Closer to Lower Sabie we spy this little group on the other side of the river


Love the guy with his legs in the air.


Bags unloaded at Crocodile Bridge camp we take a short drive

Ellies, warthog and rhino and another two of my favourite spotties, doing what cheetahs do best.


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What a welcome to Crocodile Bridge

Tomorrow its off to search for the wild dogs that were sighted the past few days.

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