A Visit to South Africa - May 2011 (Part 1)
SOUTH AFRICA - MAY 2011 (Part 1)
After spending the first night of our holiday with friends in
Nelspruit, we drove north to enter the Kruger Park at
Phalaborwa Gate. One of our first sightings was of this
elephant bull which chose to walk over rather than round
the Mopani bush!
We spent our first night at Letaba camp and were fortunate to
see 3 male lions in the riverbed in front of the restaurant.
Unfortunately it was dusk and light poor so I have no pics. Next
day we drove to Satara where we spent the next few days and
these are some of the sights we saw along the way.
This young elephant tried to tell us how big and brave he was but
he turned and ran a moment later!
On the low level bridge over the Olifants River near Balule, we
saw this lovely Malachite Kingfisher.
We also saw a large group of ostriches which are fairly common
in the open areas north of Satara.
We were lucky to see a genet in camp on 3 of the 4 nights we
were there. I didn't take pics as it was fairly far away and light
was not good. On our first drive from Satara we went south and
virtually the first sighting we saw was of 8 lions which had been
lying in long grass.
It was just after 6am and was still fairly dark. After getting up
the lions moved off. A good start to our day!! After a half an
hour or so we saw a jackal in the road and stopped to look at it -
well, we couldn't get past it!
Next I saw hyenas off to the left and then realised there was a
lioness lying right by the road. She was feeding on the remains of
a giraffe kill.
We watched for a while before she moved away.
Another sighting was of these dwarf mongooses on the road - they
are very cute little creatures.
We turned off onto a sand road and were rewarded with a couple
of good elephant sightings.
Next day we went to the Timbavati picnic site where we cooked
ourselves a scrambled egg and fried tomato breakfast under a
tree where this Scops owl was sleeping.
After leaving the picnic site we saw these two zebras fighting.
I don't think it was too serious as they eventually moved off to
rejoin the rest of the herd.
A Brown Snake eagle stayed long enough for me to grab a quick
Back at Satara we saw another Scops owl in a tree close to the
parking area near reception. It was oblivious to all the people
looking at it and walking by.
This was our last night in the Kruger Park - next day we were
driving south to stay at our timeshare at Ngwenya Lodge on
the banks of the Crocodile River. More to follow .......