Sunday 15 November 2020
We wake to another bright sunshiny day and leave camp at about 6:00 am. As we turn onto the H1-4 I comment to the earl, “Wow – the wildebeest are in a frolicking mood this morning.”
One, in particular, is running backwards and forwards and grunting a greeting to the nearby zebra who are also trotting about nervously. And then I see them – two hyaenas.
Then an amazing thing happens. The wildebeest charge at the hyaenas and they dash across the road in terror!
The next interesting sighting is of a feathered kind
On the S90 we get a new bird for this year’s Kruger list
The Big Six birds to seek in Kruger are:- Pel’s Fishing Owl, Ground Hornbill, Lappet Faced Vulture, Kori Bustard, Saddle-billed Stork and Martial Eagle.
We are lucky to get four of them in quick succession.
High up in a tree I spot two lappet-faced vultures. They are on a nest and I see the baby briefly jump up and then disappear again.
After our breakfast stop at N’wanetsi picnic site, we once again visit Sweni Hide. On Friday it was absolutely awesome. Today it the scene is different but just as exciting. The elephants do not appear and the hippo are very quiet. But a crocodile lurks in the shallows and we watch to see what happens as the animals come down to drink.
We spend over an hour in the hide and then continue our game drive. We see more birds, the usual gang of plains animals and even some distant lion. But the hide is the highlight of our day.