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Warming up in Kruger (2.1)

We woke up early on Thursday the 23rd. Even though we were still quite tired, we had a long drive ahead (Mopani) and wanted to get an early start. The weather was lovely and we left Skukuza with great expectations 😉
Our first full day in the park … what would we see?

Would we see sable, leopard in tree, lion …?

Sable Antelope

Sable Antelope

Leopard

Leopard in Tree

Lion

… uhm … yes.

We came across the herd of Sable Antelope on the H1-2, about 45 minutes after we left Skukuza. I think there must have been around 15 antelope in the herd. There were quite a few young ones too. I was mega excited about this super sighting and clicked away.  But they stayed in the bush, so I couldn’t get a clear shot. Not to worry, we got to see the elusive Sable Antelope again. Yay.

Several cars whizzed by, unaware of the uniqueness of this sighting. Just as we were about to drive on, we were flagged down by kindred spirits who told us about the leopard in tree a few kilos further on. Our smiles got even bigger and we drove on, windows open, enjoying the lovely weather, bird sounds and cool African breeze until we spotted 5 cars on the side of the road. Yep. LIT. (leopard in tree)

Leopard in Tree

We stayed with the lazy leopard for about 15 minutes, and then drove on towards our first pit stop of the day: Tshokwane Picnic Spot, where we arrived at 7 for a quick stop and stretch.

.. to be continued ..

More cats?

Lioness & Lion

I’m going back to Africa for a couple of weeks at the end of this year. I hope to take a gazillion photos in Kruger National Park. Hopefully of more cats, I could really do with a good photo of leopard, cheetah or serval. Although just seeing one of these animals would be equally wonderful.

I’m bringing both my cameras, the Canon D40 and the Panasonic Lumix FZ30. I think I might need an imagetank. Anyone have any recommendations?

Safari Saturday