Monday's walk was a bit wet in the middle, but otherwise good. We managed to sneak up on a couple of rhinos, and saw zebs, giraffe, impala, ground hornbills while out too.
Tuesday I did a sunset drive for the gate. Again total Kruger newbies, so a responsibility but also a joy to introduce them. We had 2 great ellie sightings - one on the Croc river road where I rounded a bend and he was in the middle of the road heading our way. We both stopped, and watched each other. He looked calm, but kept walking our way. A few nervous comments behind me......I realised I could reverse, but it would only start a 'chase', so I decided to do some gentle revving instead - leaving the option of reverse still open. He stopped, and rocked a little on one foot but showed no anger. I revved again....he turned and gently strolled off to the side of the road and began to eat. I watched, he turned to the road again, I revved and he moved away again. Told the guests I would move past him quickly in case he was upset with us, but as I drew level with him I could see he was OK, so slowed just past him and allowed more photos.
The second was also a 'surprise' as we descended to the Mlambane drift as he appeared from behind the steep bank as we got to the drift level. He stood and watched us, closer than the first ellie.....and raised his trunk to smell us. I knew he wanted to come our way, so rather than upset him told the guests we would move on, and looked back to see him on the causeway behind us!
Found 4 'flat lines' in the grass later.....and when Rastah arrived we left as the only action we had was a lifted head and a yawn from the closest male! But later found another 2 male lions on the move, much more interesting!
Also impalas, scrub hares, spotted eagle owls, hippos, hyenas.
Wednesday again a walk for BnD - and again a rhino close. We had stopped to look at a garden-orb-web spider, Peter moved on and the guests took another photo or two so I hung back a little.....and as Peter rounded a bush in front of us he saw the rhino as it saw us. No chance of moving round to a better position as when we moved he turned and moved off.
Last night a sunset drive for BnD - frustrating as it was for delegates to a conference. Some were late, so we left late. Still had warthogs, wild dogs (I had seen them earlier on my way through), but missed a leopard because of the delay. Had ellies, but one guest was very nervous of them so did not stop long at either sighting. Zebs, kudus, impalas, scrub hares, spotted eagle owls, 2 lots of hyenas.....
Back to do a morning drive today.....and as a number of guests did not turn up I ended up coming home again. Saw the wild dogs again though!
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Completed over 4 years in Kruger in my caravan.
If I were normal I wouldn't be me!