|African Elephant bull|
Following our stay at Satara (see here) we headed north to Olifants Camp, known for beautiful views atop cliffs across the Olifants River towards the Mozambique border.
On the way and around Olifants
we found many more elephants, including some fine bulls and large
|Cow elephant with calf|
|Elephant & Impala|
It's impossible to tire of seeing Giraffe, and they were quite numerous throughout Kruger.
|Greater Kudu, Burchell's Zebra, Impala|
Plenty of waterbirds were about the river including African Openbill, and Saddle-billed Storks mixing it with Impala. Kori Bustard was quite common in more open areas.
|Saddle-billed Stork & Impala|
This trip was primarily for mammal-spotting so birds were not a high priority. But we were happy enough to see nice birds including Lilac-breasted Roller, Arrow-marked Babbler, Grey-headed Bush-shrike, Southern White-crowned Shrike and Magpie Shrike.
|Southern White-crowned Shrike|
Crested Francolin, Red-necked Spurfowl and Natal Spurfowl were common.
Raptors included White-backed, White-headed and Lappet-faced vultures, Bateleur, Martial Eagle and Black-breasted and Brown snake-eagles.
We saw Slender Mongoose and Dwarf Mongoose roadside a few times, along with South African Ground-Squirrel.
|South African Ground-Squirrel|
|Rangers with black mamba skin.|
We were walking along the river bank when a large male leopard appeared just 30 metres away. We were upwind and it was looking the other way so didn't notice us. It soon heard us though and melted into the scrub. Nearby were the remains of an Impala it had killed and dragged up a tree.
|Leopard's Impala kill|
|Leopard with cub (rear)|
|Burchell's Zebra & Wilderbeeste|
We stopped at a picnic spot for lunch – one of the few places in the park where you are allowed to leave the vehicle, which can be frustrating. Large numbers of small birds were coming in to drink at birdbaths provided, including Blue Waxbill and Red-billed Firefinch. Earlier we had seen large numbers of Red-billed Quelea, supposedly the world's commonest bird.
|Red-billed Firefinch & Blue Waxbill|
As stopped again at the waterhole near Satara that was so productive earlier in the trip. A very large herd of Cape Buffalo were wallowing in what was left of the mud.
|Elephants at the waterhole|
|Rhino at the waterhole|
|Buffalo at the waterhole|
|Taita Falcon site|