Lake St Lucia Lodge
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Into the Eastern Shores reserve today, part of the iSimangeliso Wetlands. Nyala with young one seen on the way to the hippo pan. However the pan was almost dry today with a very small pool remaining. No hippo could be seen so we assume they have migrated somewhere else with more water.
On the Vlei Loop, again the water was very low. Normally this area has a large expanse of water with reeds and water lilies and reeds. Today a few sparse pools remained. ...
... to look for tracks showing where turtles had laid their eggs. I wasn't much help, I couldn't see let alone look for tracks, There were on tracks to be seen!
We returned to the jeep and continued on. Air on the tires was replaced and off we went to look for animals in the wetland area. It was a pleasant drive and we arrived back at the lodge at 10:15
Didn't see the green mamba snake as I walked to my ...
... right. We followed the track and came across them. The twenty or so elephants had been drinking and washing in the water but were now leaving. The sight of elephants in the wild was very emotional for Debbie, a real highlight for her.
All this before breakfast! We stopped for breakfast at a lovely picnic spot overlooking the Hluhluwe river.
We continued through the Hluhluwe area of the park but not much luck with seeing anything else. ...
... disturbing Cormorants, Herons and the like. A bit too far to identify. A second bird then flew along and joined it in the tree, a quick burst on the camera as it flew away may aid identification with help of Photoshop later. PS I believe they may have been African Crowned Eagles but pictures were not conclusive.
The bird list is now around the 240 mark, and we have seen over 30 species of mammals plus a few reptiles and other notable ...
... lol. Anyway back to the elephants, the sneaky little buggers must have heard us coming and crossed a road behind us and headed up a hillside where there was no road to avoid us, so we headed back to the lodge at extreme pace as the temp driver did not want to work late. We were just near Ipiva gate to cross back into Thanda when I realised my clip board had disappeared obviously flung overboard by the wild driving lol. We were back by 8.45am and had our breakfast. It's a ...