1-2 June 2011
02.06.2011 70 °F
A mostly seamless trip to South Africa brings us back again to marloth park. Our favorite bush babies are still competing with the fruit bat for handouts while we eat dinner. It is surprisingly cold here (about 55 degrees at night) so we didn’t braii but had pizza and pasta instead. Our first night passed catching up with Andre and Genie.
Early the next morning Curt, Genie and I head to Kruger via the crocodile bridge entrance. No big cats were seen but the day was quite interesting regardless. Lots of baboons were running amuck with babies. For quite some time we watching them eat nuts, prune and get in fights.
We saw a beautiful marshall eagle pretty close up. I got a photo of his yellow eyes looking at me but unfortunately the camera focused on the tree branch instead.
We had several first on this trip – an ostrich, puff adder and carcass which is the proof that leopards are in fact in the park despite the fact that we have yet to see one.
Probably the big thing for today was a pair of juvenile giraffe males that we saw arguing over who was stronger. They contorted their necks in all sorts of ways and whacked each other with their horns. It was a marvelous show.
Night drive – our first one in four visits – we see a hyena first thing and it walks right to us! I snap a few photos and look to see that my screen states no memory stick!!!!! Can you believe it!!! I was so busy checking my photos earlier that I forgot to take the stick out of the computer. In the end that hyena was probably the only thing I would have gotten a decent photo of anyway. Along the way we did see porcupine, African wild cats (look like domestic cats), genet, elephant, hippo, jackal, wildebeest, zebra, mongoose and lots of steenbuck. These are like the impala of the night!