1 December 2016 - We set off this morning after an early breakfast, again in cool and cloudy conditions, with the bush refreshed after a heavy overnight rainstorm. Early on, we found a very large herd of Buffalo on both sides of the road, very close to us and also crossing right in front of our vehicle. They were mostly females and calves of various ages, some very large cows in their midst. A little further on we found an Ascari of Elephant bulls, 3 young bulls in their late teens joined up with an adult bull to teach them the tricks of the trade. They were on a rocky outcrop, enjoying the cool, fresh rainwater collected in the rock pools, before also crossing the road in front of us, the old bull leading the way with the 3 younger bulls respectfully following. Later on we also found 3 White Rhino, a cow, her calf of about 2 years old and an adult bull. The bull was following her very closely, constantly testing the female, checking if she was in oestrus and ready to mate. He seemed to be getting the right signals, as he never let her out of sight, but they disappeared into thicker bush and we didn't see the eventual result. During the late afternoon we visited a waterhole and watched a few Hippos and a Crocodile in the water, with a wide variety of birds along the way - another great day on Safari!
3 December 2016 - Today we set off with low expectations after yesterday's fantastic sightings and decided to break the day up and do a morning and afternoon drive. A cloudy day and cool temperatures as we set off from camp. The park is changing dramatically after the rains we've had and it's a relief to see grass again after a long winter. Lots of adorable impala lambs sticking close to their mothers, unsure of their new environment. We watched countless dung beetles hovering over fresh buffalo dung pick ing the perfect place to land and collect dung, fascinating to watch. A vervet monkey with the tiniest of babies I've ever seen! We headed back to camp via pretoriouskop camp and saw a few cars ahead so drove to see what they'd seen...A leopard hanging lazily in a marula. We watched for a while as he moved around for a few minutes and then flopped down again. Lovely to see the elusive leopard. Our afternoon drive was purely about the wonderful landscape and the gol den hour, where just before the sun goes down everything has a warm glow about it, heading back to camp we saw magnificent elephants crossing the road.
4 December 2016 - Our last drive for bobbi and Kim as we head to phabeni gate. Highlight was coming across a small pride of lions close to the road very well hidden by the grass! Today we could see was going to be incredibly hot so sightings may be affected...as we drove to phabeni gate though we came across a pack of at least 10 wild dogs resting and panting under the shade of a guarri bush, 2 impala walked past and the hardly took notice of them it was so hot! After our goodbyes, Bronwyn, Isabel and I headed back to camp for a refreshing dip in the pool.. very well deserved.
5 December 2016 Today our safari ends with Bronwyn and Isabel heading to Durban. General game along the way and again more amazing dung beetle sightings.... it's not always about the big animals, the small creatures are fascinating to watch and play an important role in the ecosystem of the Kruger. Another incredible safari with lovely guests.
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