August 22 – Shingwedzi to Olifants

I woke up to the sound of Lions roaring this morning.  I was up and ready to go by 6:00 a.m. to look for them.  🙂

The same as at Lower Sabi, we all headed out together to see if we could find them, but again, they stopped roaring before the gate opened.  There are a lot more road choices at Shingwedzi along with 2 roads on the east exit and the main one with turnoffs.  We were all checking with each other, but no one had found them by the time I decided to head south.

First critter today were Baboons – actually 2 troops of them on the road as I was leaving.  They were slow to move so I moved slowly with them as they finally decided to move over.  My first picture was of the sunrise and soon after that I found 5 Hyaenas lying by the side of the road.  I thought at first that there were 4, with 1 young one suckling, another young one lying nearby and another adult near that one.  They all had very full bellies.  Later I realized that 2 were suckling on their mom.

Other sightings for the day include Impalas, Zebras, Fork-tailed Drongo, Magpie Shrike, Lilac-breasted Roller, Steenbok, Nyala, Kudu, Cape Buffalo, Korhaan, Wildebeest, Elephants, Giant Kingfisher, Waterbuck, Cormorants, Hippos, Hooded Vulture, Red-billed Quelea, White-fronted Bee-eater and a Tawny Eagle.

It is a pretty hot day today and I arrived at Oliphants too early to check in.  I sat at the covered viewing area for awhile, enjoying the shade and the view.  A couple from South Africa joined me and we talked until it was time for me to check in.

While talking to them I mentioned that the whole point of the trip was to come here to see the animals in the wild and then I said but . . as I paused, she said, “but it became more than that”.  That was exactly what I had been about to say and what I have told others – but she already knew that.  🙂

I had said before that I wasn’t just here for the big 5 (Elephant, Rhino, Buffalo, Lion, Leopard – for those who don’t know).  I also wanted to see the birds and the reptiles and I wanted to taste the foods and everything.  I got just as excited on seeing my first Honey Badger and Black-backed Jackal as I do for seeing any of the big 5.  Being up close to the Giant Kingfisher and watching him dive down and catch a fish was also exciting.

While eating supper tonight, I was entertained by a couple of tiny Stripped Skinks who scurried along the floors and up the tree beside me.  Then on the way back to my bungalow, I found out that they have at least one resident Bushbuck.  It was a young male that I saw and he posed for a picture for me.  🙂

Sunrise - Aug 22
Sunrise – Aug 22
Hyaenas - Aug 22
Hyaenas – Aug 22
Hyaenas - Aug 22
Hyaenas – Aug 22 – the 3rd youngster
Hyaenas - Aug 22
Hyaenas – Aug 22
Mom Hyaena looking up - Aug 22
Mom Hyaena looking up – Aug 22
Burned area - Aug 22
Burned area – Aug 22

There were a lot of burned areas throughout the park.  Some had been controlled burns and some were caused by careless smokers.  There is no way I could tell the difference.  This will be nice and green once the rains start again.

Kudu - Aug 22
Kudu – Aug 22
Impala - Aug 22
Impala – Aug 22
Cape Buffalo - Aug 22
Cape Buffalo – Aug 22
Cape Buffalo - Aug 22
Cape Buffalo – Aug 22
Elephant - Aug 22
Elephant – Aug 22
Elephant - Aug 22
Elephant – Aug 22
Elephant - Aug 22
Elephant – Aug 22
Elephant - Aug 22
Elephant – Aug 22
Elephant - Aug 22
Elephant – Aug 22
Korhaan of some kind (I think) - Aug 22
Korhaan of some kind (I think – s/he wouldn’t turn around) – Aug 22
View - Aug 22
View – Aug 22
Zebra - Aug 22
Zebra – Aug 22
Elephant - Aug 22
Elephant – Aug 22
Elephant - Aug 22
Elephant – Aug 22
Elephant - Aug 22
Elephant – Aug 22
Elephant - Aug 22
Elephant – Aug 22
Wildebeest - Aug 22
Wildebeest – Aug 22
Red-billed Quelea - Aug 22
Red-billed Quelea – Aug 22
Steenbok - Aug 22
Steenbok – Aug 22
Egyptian Goose - Aug 22
Egyptian Goose – Aug 22
White-fronted Bee-eater - Aug 22
White-fronted Bee-eater – Aug 22
Giant Kingfisher - Aug 22
Giant Kingfisher – Aug 22
Giant Kingfisher - Aug 22
Giant Kingfisher – Aug 22

He was perched on the edge of the bridge, watching the fish below.  Then he dove down.

Giant Kingfisher - Aug 22
Giant Kingfisher – Aug 22
Waterbuck - Aug 22
Waterbuck – Aug 22
Hippos - Aug 22
Hippos – Aug 22
Hippo - Aug 22
Hippo – Aug 22
Hooded Vulture - Aug 22
White-back Vulture – Aug 22
View from viewing area at Olifants - Aug 22
View from viewing area at Olifants – Aug 22
Tawny Eagle - Aug 22
Tawny Eagle – Aug 22
View from viewing area at Olifants - Aug 22
View from viewing area at Olifants – Aug 22
Elephants - Aug 22
Elephants – Aug 22
Elephants - Aug 22
Elephants – Aug 22
My Bungalow at Olifants
My Bungalow at Olifants
My Bungalow from the road below
My Bungalow from the road below

There is a nice drop to the next road, and only one row between my bungalow and the riverbed.

My view
My view – zoomed in.  I wasn’t that close to the next bungalow.
Side-striped Skink - Aug 22
Side-striped Skink – Aug 22
Bushbuck - Aug 22
Bushbuck – Aug 22

Continued here.

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2 thoughts on “August 22 – Shingwedzi to Olifants

  1. Some great close ups here Mavis! Love your cute little bungalow! Those hyenas look so sweet, but I’ve heard that when there are two, one usually kills the other. How touching!

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    1. Thanks Karen. I loved all the tents, bungalows and huts that I stayed in. Actually, it really didn’t matter what I was in – just that I was there.

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