It was time to pack up and leave Kruger National Park today. I left the gate at Tambotti shortly after 6:00 am and headed to Satara. I couldn’t show up at Nkorho too early.
At Satara I filled the car with gas. The sightings in Kruger today were Steenbok, Baboons, Elephant, Blacksmith Lapwing, Warthogs, Giraffe, Waterbuck, Kudu, Helmeted Guinea Fowl, Giraffe, Red-billed and Yellow-billed Hornbills, Impalas, Slender Mongoose, Zebras, Lilac-breasted Roller, Nyala, African Fish Eagle, Egyptian Geese, Crowned Lapwing, Fork-tailed Drongos, Impalas, Hippos. The last critter I saw just before heading out of Kruger was a Giraffe.
I was so glad that Penny and Jurek had taken me over some of the road so I knew what to expect. There were signs at the turns, but it was often quite a distance between signs and having gone over part of it really helped.
Outside of the park and before I entered Sabi Sands were Wildebeest and Impala. Impalas were my first sighting once I entered Sabi Sands.
I had to stop and take a picture of Nkorho’s sign as I was entering. This is the place that I absolutely had to go after watching Africam’s camera at the waterhole for so many years. I think I could get used to the service here. They greeted me as I drove up, and one carried my luggage to my chalet and parked the car, while another was giving me a tour and list of times for activities. I arrived there just in time to have lunch and right after that was my first afternoon drive. My Ranger is Cedric and my tracker is Norman.
On the drive we saw Elephants, Cape Buffalo, 2 Cheetahs, Kudu, Nyala, Hippos, Crocodiles, Giraffe, Side-striped Jackal, Steenbok, Bush baby and Dwarf Mongoose. We also saw a bird giving a display when Cedric and Norman were off tracking Thandi, the Leopard. When we described what he did to Cedric, he said it was a Red-crested Korhaan. What the bird did was fly straight up in the air – then he stopped flapping his wings and started dropping straight back to the ground. He opened his wings again just before he would have hit the ground and glided to a gentle landing. The little Bush baby was adorable also. It was getting dark out then – so it was his eyes glowing that made us see him. Then he hung from the branch he was on and dropped to the ground – bouncing a a few times till he got to the next tree. It was light enough to see him once we had located him in the first place, but not light enough to get a picture – especially since he did not stop moving. It was too dark to get pictures of the Cheetah brothers also. We could see them, but they do not put lights on Cheetahs – only on the nocturnal animals.
After the drive we had our dinner in the Boma. It was a wonderful meal and afterwards, the ladies sang and danced for us. We can often hear the ladies while watching the camera at the waterhole, so it was a real treat to get to see them.
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