Today we were leaving Letaba where we stayed in the tented camp which was an awesome camp and heading to Skukuza’s tented camp
(the rolling eyes will be explained at the end of the day). The trip down produced the Big Five twice for us on one day. Other sightings were as follows #Bush buck, Impala, Hyena, White Rhino, Kudu, Giraffe, Hippo, Elephant, 3 Lion (sleeping), Steenbok, Zebra, huge herd Buffalo, Reed buck, Wildebeest, Water buck, Leopard with kill, Buffalo, Wart hog, Elephant, White Rhino, Leopard on rock, Baboons, Vervet monkeys. 3 Male Lion (sleeping), Dwarf mongoose, 2 Hyena at fence, #Terrapin, Snake, #Fish eagle, Woodland Kingfisher. Cori bustard, Red crested cuckoo, Batleur.
The ellie statue at Letaba’s ellie museum, which I visited again
At the Olifants River there were a couple of vultures thermo ling in the morning sky and this Woodlands king fisher was flying around the area where we stopped for coffee.
I love the trees and the sizes of some of them you find in KNP like this one and then down the road this Batleur was busy on the floor, he was not to bothered with us being close by.
We spotted a snake crossing the road, looked like a black mamba but I’m not sure, if anyone can help with the ID it would be appreciated. Unfortunately I was only able to get these photos
Further down the road we saw Ellies, buffalo and the general game as well as this rhino next to the road
Next up was 3 lionesses in the distance under a bush.
Just before Satara we spotted a Reedbuck at the side of the road, there were 2 of them grazing but only the one was in the open (this was another first for me in KNP
We stopped in at Satara for a leg stretch and then were on our way again, just before Kumana Dam something caught my eye in a tree
, we stopped and checked…it was a kill
We sat there for a while looking for its owner. We were the only ones in the area; many people stopped asked what it was and checked out the kill then left. We started to feel like moving on as the kill looked old but thanks to my mom’s persistence we stayed. We searched the area and then it was spotted…the spotted culprit responsible for holding us up. Far off to the one side about 50m from the tree under a bush in front of a rock. It lay there watching us and then decided to move to a spot where it could not be seen taking a piece of its meal with it.
Going down the H1-2 we saw our second leopard for the day, not a great view of it but it’s a leopard
And then a bit further on we watched these baboons playing around and the two kudus butting heads.
We got to Skukuza booked in and then did a drive along the river where we saw these 3 guys lazing in the bush
All in all another fantastic day, had two hyena visit at the fence for the braai, I must however say one thing about Skukuza. It was a real disappointment in comparison to Letaba, and all the other camps I have stayed at. This was my first visit to Skukuza and it will also be my last. For it being the “flagship” in my eyes for Kruger National Park as most tourists visit this camp and it being the busiest camp, I do not understand how this camp can let itself go to such a state of disrepair. The linen was dirty
, the unit did not have all the things it was supposed to have
, the drains in the kitchens were blocked
and the taps were leaking. The furniture for the unit was in a bad state and needed much attention, the bathrooms needed attention too. The noise from the staff village was annoying to say the least
; it was as if I was in the city and not the “bush”. The restaurant toilets had no soap, towels, toilet paper or pape towel’s and this was at lunchtime when they are at their busiest
, I brought this to the attention of the staff and was told “I must go get soap from the linen room myself”
. All in all Skukuza was a real let-down to a fantastic 2 weeks in the park.