15 May 2011

Friday 13 May....

Decided to go and buy another table as the one we have is too small for the 2 of us to paint on.
Drove to Nelspruit at 7am, did all the shopping we needed to do...had a nice breakfast at the new mall in Nelspruit.
Took a slow drive back entering Croc Bridge.
Saw plenty Impala, Wildebeest and White Rhino on our way to camp.
Outside camp the Baboons were around as usual ambling towards their tree where they will rest for the night..
This Baboon looked like he was giving us a halfharted smile....

Is this pose ok?
At Sunset dam this Monitor Lizard just stared  towards the water....did not move till we drove away

Saturday 14 May...

We stayed in camp to do a few chores and to do some painting. Painted most of the day...was really relaxing.
These cute little birds came visiting our bird bath...shame the one Mousebird did not have a tail he battled to get to the water and balance himself.

This Starling we named "hoppie" he runs sideways...the one leg was a bit bigger than the other one and he looked like he is off balance when he come towards us...

The Black Collared Barbets also visited our bird bath, they are such pretty birds.

The Bullbulls just love the sugar water in the feeder...

We invited Corrie and Nonnie for supper...cooked a leg of lamb with roast potatoes and veggies. I made an instant pudding and opened a can of fruit. While I prepared the pudding Andrew decided to go for a quick drive just before the gates close. Well needless to say he saw a Leopard! The photo is not great as it was getting dark and it was sleeping near the riverbed, but at least he can show that he saw it

We had a super supper...needless to say we had too much wine :)

15 May....

We woke up early with sound of Lions roaring. Decided to go and look for them, quickly boiled water for the flask and drove towards Sunset dam just outside camp. As we drove past the dam towards where all the cars were I saw on my left something big out of the water looking like a moving log....we reversed and saw a huge crocodile had just cought an Impala and was dragging it into the water to drown it. Could not take a photo because by the time we got our camera's the croc was long gone into the water. We carried on towards the cars where we saw 3 big male lions....they were coming from the river side over the road towards the dam. I managed to get a photo of one because it was chaos with the cars all trying to get a photo.  They dissappered into the thick bush and we lost sight of them.

Got back to camp to collect our picnic basket and food as we all decided to go for our last breakfast to Mholondozi as the picnic site is going to be closed from monday for upgrading.
After breakfast it was now getting hot, so we decided to head back to camp. On our way back we saw a Cheetah, but it was to quick for us to take a photo, just started to walk into the thick bush.
Lazed around camp. At 4pm we went to Sunset dam to try and see if the lions were there, but again it was chaos as everybody wanted to take a photo of the big crocodile, he swallowed the impala but only the Impalas head and horns were sticking out of its mouth...the other crocs were also trying to get a piece but he just twirled around lashing out with his tail for them to get away...in the photo  you can see the Impala's head sticking out. We drove on towards the place where Andrew saw the Leopard but it was no where to be seen. We turned around back to camp passed the dam and all was calm after the croc swallowed its meal and got back into the water.
Just after the camp's gate closed the Lions decided to come out and roar in the road!
They are still roaring...walking up the road towards the bridge.
Hope we will see them again tomorrow.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

And so the sightings keep coming! It is Murphy's law that if you dont go out something will be seen. Nice to know that you are both relaxing and enjoying the park. Kepp Well.