April 7 2010 – Satara
We were up at 5am to get ready for a morning drive. We managed to get out of camp at 6.10am.
We headed North on the tar road towards the Ntomeni Road (S127), stopped for brekkie at Timbavati Picnic site and then followed the S40 back to the H7 tar road. We could only do a short loop as we needed to check out. As it was we were just less than half an our late checking out.
On this drive we saw Blue Wildebeest, Zebra, Impala, Elephant, Buffalo, Giraffe, White-Headed Vultures, a Martial Eagle, Kudu, White-Backed vultures, Burchell’s Coucal and a common duiker.
We then headed to Mopani on the following roads: H1-3, S90, S92 and then stopped in Olifants for lunch. From Olifants we took the S93 to the S46 to the tar H1-6, straight to Mopani. We got into camp about 5.15pm.
We saw on this drive: Elephant, Zebra, Blue Wildebeest, Giraffe, a Koorhaan, Magpie shrikes, Lesser Grey Shrike, European roller, Flappet Lark, Goliath Heron, Hippos, Saddle-billed Stork, African Fish Eagle, Forktailed Drongo, Marabou Stork, Waterbuck, pair of Secretary Birds, Leopard Tortoise.
We’re starting to feel like there are no predators in the park. We’re really hoping for some good sighting tomorrow.
For dinner we had rice mixed with leftovers from the braai last night. It ended up tasting quite good.