Lower Sabie to Berg-en-Dal continued….
On the way to Croc Bridge for brekkie we saw some lovely birds
A wood hoopoe having a scratch (oops, I mean African hoopoe - thanks chirinda!
And a pin-tailed whydah, forgaging about on the ground
On our arrival at Croc Bridge, Dad went to get petrol while I went in to order breakfast. When I found Dad again he told me he had bumped into some forumites. He pointed out their car so I went over to say g’day. And I was delighted to meet Mellory
They too had seen a leopard that morning and had been at the same waterhole as Dad watching the hyenas.
“It was so fantastic” they kept saying… “What a sighting!"
"Where were you Mel? Sleeping in? It never pays to sleep in while at Kruger"
I know, I know…..
It seemed that everyone
we met that morning had seen lion, leopard and hyenas, except me
Unfortunately there was only time for a short chat, but before we left we bought some anti-rhino poaching caps to help support the efforts of the Honorary Rangers
Mellory and Holligan also told us that the road we'd intended to take to Berg-en-Dal (S25) was washed away. So then we went back up the H4-2 and onto the H5 where we encountered some lovely animals.
One of my favourite road blocks
Our second leopard tortoise of the day
Followed by a cute little ellie in the road
Next we came upon a Kruger jam. We drove up slowly and asked a fellow what was there. Doh again!!
We had arrived just too late to see a whole pride of lion, with cubs, wandering along the road
The pride were now far into the bush sleeping. We strained with our binoculars and could just make out lion shapes in the shadows. Then all of a sudden a lioness walked out from some bushes closer to us. I didn't have time to pick up the camera and turn it on so I just watched her through the binocs. She was only visible in a small clearing for a few seconds before she too disappeared.
But then some more movement caught my eye. Oh my word!!! 1….2….3….4 little cubs went scampering after mum.
I was ecstatic
Even though I only saw them for a few seconds, I had so wanted to see lion cubs
It was a dream come true and really helped lift my mood
After that we had a lovely run of sightings. This rhino was my 4th Big 5
Next up our Impala Pic of the Day
Followed by a very handsome young kudu lad
And I’m not sure if this is a dark or pale chanting goshawk, but Dad and I were thrilled either way