|Young Hyena warming up in the early morning sunshine, & startled by a loud Hadeda Ibis.....|
Previous summers have proved challenging when looking for the larger mammals in the thick bush, especially the "big 5", but this year we have had amazing safari after amazing safari........
It's been difficult to decide which of my many, many photos to publish in this post, so I hope you enjoy this selection of my favourites.
Birding is always at it's best in summer, and in addition to all the migrants we had some great encounters with the raptors.
This pair of African Fish Eagles were performing their breathtaking courtship flight before taking a break in this tree.
I was so excited that my guests spotted this rare vulture in a roadside tree. It's an immature White-headed vulture. Not quite as handsome as the mature bird but still very good looking with that pink & blue face
And of course, there's all the youngsters.....
Mid to late summer they are all getting bigger and more playful
|A "creche" of impala|
It was fascinating to see how fast wildebeest calves grow over the short wet season......
Early January, a distinctly pregnant wildebeest crossing to the greener grass..
3 weeks later and the very young calves have arrived and are out in the open..
Early March and the wildebeest calves have visible horns and darkened coats..
What safari to Kruger is complete (or blog posting) without a sighting of elephant?
There's water everywhere at this time of the year, but elephants do like their drinking water to be clean.
This low-walled reservoir at the Waterkant waterhole is a favourite destination for the eles in the area.
As soon as the drink is done, the herd hustles off to the safety of the thick bush....
In addition to multiple breeding herds we also saw many solitary bull elephant......
We didn't see rhino on every safari, but the sightings we did have were excellent.
This male had been fighting with another one right in the middle of the road.....
Two old male African buffalo cooling off in the mid-day heat.
The early morning game drives are a lot more pleasant (warmer) in summer, although most of my guests find it quite difficult to manage the 5am start :) But this year they have definitely produced the predators we were seeking.
Other advantages of the early morning are seeing the sunrise over the river and baboons on the river road.
|The Sabi River|
So the summer is not over yet, and I'm going to be seeing so much more. Just can't wait!