Blogs from Kruger National Park, Mpumalanga , South Africa, Africa - page 6

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Geo: -23.9561, 31.4416Back at Lower Sabie and our days our getting close to being over. This was our last day in Lower Sabie and where should we go? We decided to head down toward Crocodile Bridge taking one of the dirt roads to see what we could see. We had heard the lions at night but decided to try this road and see if some of the predators would be seen. The first thing we saw jumping across the road was a hare of some sort. Unfortunately it was not a spring hare but still was nice to see.We were not yet to the bridge where there is a nice waterhole for the animals when we saw animals on the road..........two lions walking down the road. The park service had burned the sides of the road ... read more
Early morning lions
Early morning lions
Early morning lions


Geo: -23.9561, 31.4416June 23Up the next morning and went over to join our friends at their campsite. Bob is not camping and so he also joined us there. Taking down the roof top tent did not seem as easy as it had when they were shown how to do this at Shoestrings. Hope things get better. They are off to other parts of the park today but we will stay behind to enjoy Lower Sabie.Finally, all was packed up and we headed to the spectacular Lower Sabie River deck for breakfast at the new Mugg and Bean. Margaret, the lady that had served us the first day was a waitperson again and gave us excellent service. We all got our order in and then were enjoying all the wildlife in the river area that we were ... read more
Lions in the Sand
Lions in the Sand
Lions in the Sand


Geo: -23.9561, 31.4416Walking SafariWe left the gate at 5:50. We had waited for some people who were no shows and so there were only fourof us plus the two guides. We headed down the first dirt road to the right and then cut over on one of those roads that we are not allowed to enter. We then connected back with the road to Crocodile Bridge and pulled over to the side.They gave quite a long introduction about rules of the walk. The most important things we learned was to walk single file so we would look like some very immense creature not to be bothered with. He also told us not to lag behind and if we needed to stop for something, slap your thigh, whistle, but not call out unless you saw a predator ... read more
Walking Safari Kruger NP
Walking Safari Kruger NP
Walking Safari Kruger NP


Geo: -23.9561, 31.4416Started our game drive this morning with a laugh as we watched a hyena with a Coke can in its mouth cross the road. We are not quite sure why it felt it needed this can but.......there it was. We were moving from Skukuza to Lower Sabie and so we were heading down that direction on this morning drive.We had to creep slowly past a massive elephant that was right up against the side of the road but we made it safely. Continuing down the road we saw two cars stopped one each direction and we asked what they had seen since we could not see anything. They said the people in the car facing the other direction had seen a leopard cross the road from the river side back into the bush. We ... read more
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Geo: -23.9561, 31.4416After such a great day seeing so much on Paul Kruger Gate road from Skukuza, we headed that way again out this morning. Saw some very nice herds of elephants along the road and near the Paul Kruger gate. We do not go all the way to the gate except for a restroom stop but turn around and head back.Got back to camp and decided to go on our exercise walk around the camp. Stopped at the sightings board to see what has been seen this morning. Of course, you cannot always be sure the magnets have actually been put at real sightings or just put on the board by small children or adults with a "bad a sense of humor." We always take them with a grain of salt but you also get ... read more
wild dog
very close to the car
sniffing around


Geo: -23.9561, 31.4416Got up and once again saw a lot of hyenas including lots of babies and even another pregnant one. Went a little further and a real treat --a honey badger crossed the road in front of us at a trot!Decided to check out Lake Panic Hide. This is always one of our favorite hides to visit. Last year we were here in October and there were a lot of young birds just testing their wings, and moving about. It was very noisy and very active. This year it was not as busy and of course there were no young birds around. It was still a very pleasant visit with a lovely goliath heron.Headed on down Paul Kruger gate road and decided to take the dirt road to the left right before the gate. We ... read more
Two Cheetah Hunting
Two Cheetah Hunting
Two Cheetah Hunting


Geo: -23.9561, 31.4416Up and did our usual early morning run and saw lots of hyena, hyena babies and even a very white baby. I had made a comment earlier about not seeing many hyenas and now we are seeing them everywhere.Came back and did our hour walk while we were cooking some black beans. Had grilled cheese and salad. Went for our evening drive. Saw a very nice nyala and continued down the road. All of a sudden heard a buck snort and the guineas start going wild. We stopped and backed up to see what was happening and saw another car stopped. Some people told us a leopard had just run across the road in front of them. We have learned to listen for the different animal alert signals when a predator is in the ... read more
Baby hyena
rhino
hornbill


Geo: -23.9561, 31.4416Got packed up and left Lower Sabie shortly after the gate opened. Got there fairly early and people were already starting to look for places to camp. We saw a space up near the ablutions and had started to unload when Robert said, "I think that jeep has moved over to there and the campsite he was in is now empty." So off he went to look and whistled to come on. Threw the things in the car and got the new site. It is in the line of trees that are near our favorite kitchen cooking area. Got ourselves set up. There is a cluster of trees on one side of us that should block someone from getting right on our other side. It was interesting to keep seeing vehicles moving in and ... read more
Cheetah hunting
Cheetah hunting
Cheetah hunting


Geo: -23.9561, 31.4416yoga, then leopard crossing by Olifants Bridge, waterhole with malachite kingfisher, saddlebill storks, and buffalo, visit with our neighborsGot up and decided to drive to the Olifants River and do our yoga. We got there and am sure we entertained some of the people as we stretched this way and that. Watched the crocs, hippos and elephants for awhile and Laura had seen some people go across from where we were parked and were laughing and so decided to see what they were looking at. There was a huge croc on a rock that was too small for him and he was hanging off both ends. So funny.An overland truck had pulled up on the other end of the bridge and they were having a wonderful time taking pictures of the whole group on ... read more
Yoga on Oliphants River Bridge, with croc, leopard
Yoga on Oliphants River Bridge, with croc, leopard
Yoga on Oliphants River Bridge, with croc, leopard


Geo: -23.9561, 31.4416Up and out the gate...a little different when there are only fourteen or so campsites. We were trying to decide exactly where to go when we spotted a jackal on the side of the road ahead off us. Tried to catch up with it and see if it was the black backed jackal or not. Could not catch up with the guy! Decided to stop because we were afraid we might cause him harm by wearing him out.Had decided to go down Timbavati road from the other direction than we had when we were here last year. Saw a kori bustard on the side of the road that was quite nice and then we started pulling into some of the pull arounds that let you look down on the river. We saw something we ... read more
Drama and Play on Upper Timbavati
Drama and Play on Upper Timbavaati
Drama and Play on Upper Timbavaati




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