Imbali Safari Lodge
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We arrived in Hoedspruit, stepped off the propeller plane straight on to the runway and made our way to the terminal building, the smallest airport I've ever been in! We got our bags, picked up our hire car and we were away! It took us 2.5 hrs to get to Imbali Safari lodge, in the heart of Kruger National Park. We met a few "friends" along the way …
... disturbing the mother. Also another tawny eagle on a nest.
As we crossed back over the bridge, we could hear baboon giving the "leopard alert"! Looked and looked but could not see the leopard but the baboon continued to be very agitated. Figure there was a leopard out there for sure. Possibly the scout we had seen looking back to the shore had picked up on the baboon behavior as well!
Decided to drive over to ...
... So close we decide need to roll up the windows. We back up a bit and they stop right in front of our vehicle and mate and then move on!
Drive on further and there is another pair of mating lions but they are in the underbrush and it is hard to see them and so we try to see if we can get a picture but not much luck so move on. As we are driving along, there is a car stopped and the driver signals there ...
... visited today and replenished supplies.
Then it was time for our night drive in one of the camp vehicles. Keith manned one of the spotlights - we saw a pack of hyenas howling and they crossed the road and disappeared into the bush. The rest of the drive was reasonably quiet - a few sightings along the way.
It was freezing in the truck as there was a cold wind and although we were well dressed, we had to rug up with the blankets on ...
... too risky. It was only a minute or so and it turned and moved on. Incredible.
Dinner was a cultural experience. It was something called a 'boma'. Boma is an enclosure made of latte sticks, has an open fire and traditional food. Impala steak we all agreed was more tender than beef steak. The adrenalin came down to normal levels and we agreed we would make an earlier start than usual to catch the dawn light (best for photography) and had a most restful night.