Just a few animals
Trip Start Oct 18, 2012
24Trip End Nov 30, 2012
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We went on the 5am bush walk in the morning which of course left at 5.45; this was interesting enough but we were hardly liable to see many animals - just circling vultures out of our range along the Oliphant River. On the drive back we saw more Giraffes, wart hogs, Impala, Water Bok and Black Back Jackall and then breakfast at ten and back to bed for 2 hours.
The afternoon game drive was similar but the highlight was a large white rhino up real close
We transferred to Marcs Treehouse which was a wooden 'tree house style' on stilts but really quaint. There are more animals around the camp here (Nyalla & Monkeys) and another BBQ style dinner.
On Wednesday we spent all day in Kruger NP although the weather was a little windy & cloudy which probably reduced what we saw (no lions!) but we still have a very long list of the usual suspects. The highlight was a fish eagle taking a lizard from the bank above a lake. The park has lots of paved roads & self-drive visitors so it was quite different to anything we have seen before - Liz even got pie & chips for lunch (as due to a strike the cafe menu was limited). Another tip - an open sided vehicle gets cold when it's windy & cloudy. There were also lots of birds for Liz inc the pretty rare Ground Hornbill & a 'German' Stork. A very nice day ending up with another BBQ.
The next morning we go to Moloholo Rehab Centre where a passionate guy takes in orphaned/injured & poisoned animals - mainly as a result of poachers or farmers - so we got to stroke a cheetah, feed a vulture (with a big leather glove on) & see baby rhinos as well as young orphaned lions, rhino & leopard. They also had lots of eagles so a nice morning
On Friday I took another trip into Kruger all day while the girls went off to a boat trip on the lake at the Bylde Valley Dam. Don't ask who got it right but in one of those 'timed it right' moments saw a cheetah with 4 cubs drag an impala it had just killed into a bush only for the vultures to attract a lion who chased away the cheetah and her cubs; meanwhile a leopard took over the kill until the lion returned (the cheetahs got away) and chased off the leopard who posed up a nearby tree. No I did not make that up. Not sure how to follow that but the good stuff I saw included ground hornbills, buffaloes, lots of elephants with babies, crocodiles, eagles, baboons etc.
Liz & Jacqueline enjoyed their day but I think I made the right call.
On our final day we had a nice morning bush walk getting up close with Nyala before the drive back to Joburg via a rather cloudy Bylde Canyon (apparently the 3rd deepest in the world).
So a successful trip and back to the compounded hotel in a thundery Joburg before the Botswana trip starts the next day