Shy Kudu and dueling Impala

Trip Start Dec 16, 2005
Trip End Jun 12, 2006

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Wednesday, May 24, 2006

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After driving back to Berg-en-Dal camp we were on our own again armed with a load more information on animal tracking.

We almost immediately ran into a giraffe just after we left camp as he was crossing the road in front of us. We later watched a group of at least 20 vultures circling in the sky above what we can only assume was a kill. 5 of the Africa white backed vultures ended up landing in the tree just next to our car.

We went out of the park to do some shopping so we could do our own cooking and get breakfast on the go for the next few days.

Coming back in through Malelane gate there was a cool bridge we sat on that crossed crocodile river. Besides the crocs we spotted some very interesting birds with one of the larger ones been a goliath heron.

On the drive back to our furnished tent at Skukuza Rest Camp we crossed a small river where we saw some water monitors that must have been 4 feet long and a herd of water buffalo that slowly walked up the riverbank towards us.

We had a nice drive that evening with a host of dueling impala, baboons grooming each other, vervet monkeys hanging from trees and a kudu that didn't want to stick around to be photographed.

The huge tent we stayed in was more than adequate for our modest needs and contained a fridge that was good for keeping all our beer and wine nice and cool.

I've loved having the field guides in this park and it's great for spotting and identifying all the different birds and an animal species.

Today we saw a good number of birds including goliath heron, African pied wagtail, black crake, great white egret, gray heron, hadeda ibis, blacksmith plover, fish eagle, hammer kop, yellow throated longclaw, black eyed bulbul, African black backed vulture and heuglin's robin.
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