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My face hurts from smiling all day. This morning, we flew to Nelspruit (Mbombela). Upon arrival, we were supposed to be transferred to a camp inside Kruger National Park. Instead we came to a camp about 40 minutes away. Even the ride itself was an adventure. They were working on the road, so we took a detour through the village. That was pretty exciting. They hook up each little house to electricity with small cable, like stereo cable running on top the ...
... It even sat still for long enough for is all to get our cameras organized. The search continued. We spotted a number of Granitis Staticus Africana, commonly known as... rocks. Before coming across a lonely buffalo then a few elephants. Later a group of hyenas casually wandered past as if we weren't even there. It wasn't until we got back to camp we found out we were on the wrong truck. The other truck came home with a most coveted prize of a leopard up close and personal. Not to ...
Got 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 ...
... something dead down on the riverbank. It was a dead elephant but nothing had gotten into the body but it was covered with vultures.
We also decided to check out Balulue because we were going to be camping there over the weekend. From what we could see outside the fence it looked nice. The bridge is out so you have to go around to get to the campground.
Lesson learned: Balaulue is off a ...
... Indian!!! We then took an unmade road following the Olifants river to the Olifants camp which is situated on a cliff top. We are stopping here for the next 2 nights. In addition we saw hippos, giraffe, water monitor and buffalo. After checking in, we went to our cottage which has views, albeit long distant, of the river in the valley below. After a quick coffee we were out again for a dusk drive. We again followed the Olifants river, but this time south of the camp. I was expecting to ...