August 16 – Lower Sabie to Satara

I woke up to the sound of Lions roaring at Lower Sabie.  I was dressed and ready to go a little before the gate opened.  There were 4 others ahead of me at the gate and we discussed how close the Lions were.  We all agreed that they were not far away.  The plan was that we would all go directly to the tar road in front and have our headlights on to see if they were across the road there.

We did as planned – but the Lions stopped roaring and we could not find them.

We all went our own way at that point.  I took a quick drive over to Sunset Dam – so my first critters of the day were Hippos.  I had a cup of coffee there and then headed for Satara, where I would be meeting Janine as well as seeing Penny and Jurek again.

I finally saw Rhinos after several days of not seeing any.  I also saw Elephants, Hyaena, Kudu, Helmeted Guinea Fowl, Giraffe, Lilac-breasted Roller, Crested Barbet, Burchell’s Coucal, Waterbuck, Warthogs, Impalas, Zebras, Baboons, Cape Turtle Dove, Laughing Dove, Bateleur, Wildebeest and the grand finale was a beautiful Cheetah.  Funny thing is that I started the day off thinking that it was time to see a Cheetah.  🙂

The Lion that has the Porcupine quills in her face was nowhere to be seen.  One Hyaena that I found was under the tree that the Leopard had been in with her kill for 2 days.  Unfortunately, he didn’t hang around for pictures, but I found another sleepy one later on anyway.

Janine checked in just before I did and then headed out to where the Cheetah was.  We must have passed on the road.  She found the Cheetah who was still there and she also found a buffalo that had been killed by Lions a few days ago.  She said there were Vultures there, but I hadn’t seen them. Guess they were on break when I went by, but this was very close to where the Cheetah was.

Janine came prepared to feed us all and she really does know how to cook.  She brought bobotai and rice for the main course and Penny brought a salad.  I just brought myself.  🙂   For desert, Janine had made a Milk Tart.  It was all so yummy and I ate too much.

We sat and talked for awhile (mostly about Africam, of course) and then we went our separate ways.  I am so lucky to have met Janine, Penny and Jurek.  🙂

Elephant - Aug 16
Elephant – Aug 16
White Rhino - Aug 16
White Rhino – Aug 16
White Rhino - Aug 16
White Rhino – Aug 16
View - Aug 16
View – Aug 16
Kudu - Aug 16
Kudu – Aug 16
Helmeted Guinea Fowl - Aug 16
Helmeted Guinea Fowl – Aug 16
Giraffe - Aug 16
Giraffe – Aug 16
Burchell's Coucal - Aug 16
Burchell’s Coucal – Aug 16
Giraffe - Aug 16
Giraffe – Aug 16
Sleeping Hyaena - Aug 16
Sleeping Hyaena – Aug 16
Kudu - Aug 16
Kudu – Aug 16
Laughing Dove - Aug 16
Laughing Dove – Aug 16
Yellow-billed Hornbill - Aug 16
Yellow-billed Hornbill – Aug 16
Wildebeest - Aug 16
Wildebeest – Aug 16
Waterbuck - Aug 16
Waterbuck – Aug 16
Warthogs - Aug 16
Warthogs – Aug 16
Giraffe - Aug 16
Giraffe – Aug 16
Zebra - Aug 16
Zebra – Aug 16
Zebra - Aug 16
Zebra – Aug 16
Giraffe & Zebra - Aug 16
Giraffe & Zebra – Aug 16
Baboons - Aug 16
Baboons – Aug 16
Bateleur - Aug 16
Bateleur – Aug 16
Cheetah - Aug 16
Cheetah – Aug 16
Cheetah - Aug 16
Cheetah – Aug 16
Cheetah - Aug 16
Cheetah – Aug 16
My Satara Home - Aug 16 (Thanks for the picture Penny)
My Satara Home – Aug 16 (Thanks for the picture Penny)
The roof from inside
The roof from inside

Janine and I at Satara - Aug 16 (thanks for the picture Penny)
Janine and I at Satara – Aug 16 (thanks for the picture Penny)

Continued here.

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