August 28 – Nkorho, Sabi Sands

I had a good sleep in a very comfortable bed at Nkorho.  🙂

The alarm had been set for 5:00 am, so there would be time to grab a cup of coffee before the morning drive starts at 6:00 am.

Our sightings for the morning drive were Elephant, Nyala, Rhino, Impala, Kudu, Hippo, African Fish Eagle, Common Duiker, Red-billed and Yellow-billed Hornbills, Honey Badger and a Leopard whose name I think is Kwatile.  The one thing about these drives is that I don’t have my notebook and pen with me and for some reason, her name just didn’t stick with me.  Cedric assured me that she has been around for some time though and I did confirm after that it was indeed Kwatile.  🙂

After not being able to leave the road in Kruger, it will take a bit of getting used to driving off-road here when a sighting (especially kitties) are nearby.  We drove over trees and gulleys and anything in between – but we sure got a great sighting of Kwatile.

Breakfast was ready for us when we returned.  There is a generous selection of foods out on the tables where you help yourself and then one of the ladies comes along to take your order for the meal that they make up for you.

After breakfast, I joined the bush walk and enjoyed the movement out in the fresh air and sunshine.  Cedric gave us lots of information on tracks and other things we found along the way.

Then it was time for a swim to cool off.  The water was chilly when you first got in, but felt good very soon.  Then it was time for lunch and it was all you could eat, with a combination of hot and cold foods.

I seem to spend a lot of time eating here.  🙂  As well as the 3 meals, we stop on the game drives for a snack and drink unless we are in the middle of a sighting.  Cedric and Norman would set up a table with a tablecloth and pour what we wanted to drink and hand out the snacks.

On the afternoon drive we saw Elephants, Waterbuck, Kudu, Warthog, Nyala, Small Spotted Genet, African Wild Cat and Thandi, the Leopard.  We followed Thandi for awhile, hoping to find her cub(s), but she was not going to allow that to happen, so we finally left her.  We were a little late getting back because of Thandi, so dinner was ready almost immediately.

The days are very full here with 6 hours of drives, 1 hour of walking (if you want) and 3 big meals to eat.  After the evening drive we have our dinner in the Boma and then it is time to head for bed – knowing its an early wake up again in the morning.  I download my pictures of the day when back in the chalet and then it is time to sleep.

Elephant - Aug 28
Elephant – Aug 28
Elephant - Aug 28
Elephant – Aug 28
Elephant - Aug 28
Elephant – Aug 28

Too bad I didn’t take a video of her with this branch (or one of the other ones we watched her with).  She twirls the branch around in her mouth and takes all the bark and tender wood off the outside.  You can see where it goes in on the left and comes out on the right all cleaned off.

Elephant - Aug 28
Elephant – Aug 28
Elephants - Aug 28
Elephants – Aug 28
Common Duiker - Aug 28
Common Duiker – Aug 28
Hippo - Aug 28
Hippo – Aug 28
African Fish Eagle - Aug 28
African Fish Eagle – Aug 28
White Rhino - Aug 26
White Rhino – Aug 26
White Rhino - Aug 28
White Rhino – Aug 28
Nyalas - Aug 28
Nyalas – Aug 28
Kudu - Aug 28
Kudu – Aug 28
Giraffe - Aug 28
Giraffe – Aug 28
Kwatile - Aug 28
Kwatile – Aug 28
Kwatile - Aug 28
Kwatile – Aug 28
Kwatile - Aug 28
Kwatile – Aug 28
Red-billed Hornbill - Aug 28
Red-billed Hornbill – Aug 28
Lilac-breasted Roller - Aug 28
Lilac-breasted Roller – Aug 28
Kudu Corner - Aug 28
Kudu Corner – Aug 28

Yesterday when I drove up the driveway to Nkorho, it felt like I was coming home.  I had never been here before, but it was just so familiar.  I got almost the same feeling when I walked over to and saw Kudu Corner.  I’ve seen it many times in pictures and and I knew it was Kudu Corner as soon as I saw it.  I could have set up a lawn chair and relaxed there for awhile.

Impalas at Kudu Corner - Aug 28
Impalas at Kudu Corner – Aug 28
Elephants - Aug 28
Elephants – Aug 28
Elephant - Aug 28
Elephant – Aug 28
Elephants - Aug 28
Elephants – Aug 28

Video of an Elephant pushing a tree down

Dwarf Mongoose - Aug 28
Dwarf Mongoose – Aug 28
Sunset - Aug 28
Sunset – Aug 28

We stopped to have our sundowners with this view.  🙂

Sunset - Aug 28
Sunset – Aug 28
Thandi - Aug 28
Thandi – Aug 28
Thandi - Aug 28
Thandi – Aug 28
Thandi - Aug 28
Thandi – Aug 28

Two gorgeous Leopards in one day!  The pictures of Thandi don’t do her justice.  I should have spent more time working on taking night time pictures before heading over there.

Continued here.

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