18 Jan African Safari Planning
African Safari Planning
If you go on African safari holidays you will experience a land of sunlight, spectacular scenery and abundant wildlife. You will have an opportunity of a lifetime that will remain in your wonderful memories. The stunning panoramic vistas, the animals of the Kruger National Park and the beautiful plant life will all combine to give you an exciting adventure holiday you dreamed about.
Safari holidays are extremely popular and people come from all over the world to experience this unique adventure and activity filled experience.
On Safari With Gert
26 February 2017
Today we moved camp again, but headed out for a quick morning drive before breakfast. We found a large breeding herd of Elephant with a very small baby in their midst, crossing the road in front of us! The rest of the day’s highlights came after we checked in to our new camp and went out for a short evening drive. While taking a slow drive through the riverine forest, we spotted 2 Leopard in a small clearing in the undergrowth! They were a male and female combination, both looked quite young, beautiful animals and they turned out to be a mating pa ir! The female was quite nervous at first, but the male rather relaxed. We watched them for about 20 minutes as they lay there looking around, the female relaxing a bit eventually but we left them in peace to drive on a bit, before coming back to check on them very shortly before closing time. We got them again, not having moved much, but this time we got to see – and hear – the courting and mating process ! A spectacular sighting to end the day! As it was heavily overcast, it started getting dark early and we were also lucky enough to find a few nocturnal birds out, most notably Square-tailed Nightjar, Bronze-winged Courser and Verraux’s Eagle-Owl!
27 February 2017
We set out early this morning for a drive North and were incredibly lucky again to find Lions in the road; first up a young female, she lay in the middle of the road as we rounded a bend! We heard others calling to her and she responded and followed them into the bush. About 4 km further on, 2 large males were at a junction i n the road, marking territory to the obvious discomfort of a nearby Impala herd! They leisurely moved into the bush and got comfortable between the Mopanitre es about 15 m in. We also saw 2 pairs of Jackal on the road throughout the course of the morning; first Black-backed Jackal and later, remarkably, a pair of Side-striped Jackal! They were inspecting the contents of fresh Elephant dung for a tasty treat – perhaps dung beetles or even fruit, as they are known to eat fruit; a trait to which the Jackal berry tree owes it’s common name. They trotted along the road towards us, popping in and out of the grass, eventually staying in and we moved on, a memorable sighting indeed! We also came across a group of 7 Ostriches, 1 of the three males in particular showing off with chest out and wings spread, designed to intimidate other m ales yet impress the females. Shortly before closing time we found two playful lioness on the sand in the riverbed, another great day on Safari!
28 February 2017
This morning we left camp early, luggage loaded. We were extremely lucky as we found more Lions in the road! A magnificent male and two females in great condition, putting on a display of courtship and mating; in less than an hour the male mated twice with one and 3 times the other female – in the road in front of us and ever closer to the vehicle! They eventually came so close that we decided to move on – a great way to start the day! We also had a very good day for Raptors, with sightings of African Hawk-Eagle, Tawny, Wahlberg’s, Lesser-Spotted, Martial and Steppe Eagle, Africa n Fish-Eagle, Bateleur, as well as Lappet-Faced, Hooded and White-Headed Vultures! Cannot ask for more than that, not to mention a flock of around 7-8 hundred White Storks, certainly an impressive sight!
On Safari With Kara
27 February 2017
I picked up my 5 new guests from Rocky’s drift to start our 3 night safari together. They were from Maine USA and little family eager to see and spot as much as they can. Their first night they had a sunset drive from the camp which they joined another guide and could follow 2 male lions making their way down the road which I was really happy they got to experience.
28 February 2017
Our first drive together we started early to dodge most of the sun and see some animals active. Our first sighting was some impalas with a big family of monkey’s being silly and jumping around. Later we saw a big dung Beatle trying to roll his ball of dung up a hill which clearly was not very successful and was the highlight of day watching the struggle and itching to help him. A family off mongoose was warming up in the late afternoon sun on a rocky outcrop. Fighting, playing and hunting for food. During the day we picked up 2 Ausies who joined us and they also went out on a sunset drive where they saw a Lioness with her youngsters.
01 March 2017
Today we made our way to Berg en Dal where we were going to sleep our last night. On our way there we stopped at Skukuza for breakfast where we could see some buffalos moving through the river and storks. We finally found some Rhinos and the moment the ice was broken we saw rhinos upon rhinos. Which made my day and my guest really happy because I hadn’t seen any for a while. We spotted a Kori Bustard as well which is the largest flying bird and then some Ground hornbills on our drive later in the afternoon to a dam in the area. And so many Zebra which made Jeremy really excited.
02 March 2017
Our last morning together we headed out and luck was on our side again with a young female lion lying as sleep in the middle of the tar road so oblivious to all the cameras around her. Later she got up and walked pass our vehicle and off the road into the thickets. Our drive ended after breakfast with giraffes close to the gate crossing the road and a big bull flirting with a female in estrous. At the bridge by the exit we had 4 hippos and 3 Crocodiles baking in the sun. Which was the perfect ending. I dropped them of again with dez and said our goodbyes.
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