Day 20- 22: Friday- Sunday, March 23-25, 2018. India to South Africa!

Left Delhi with a layover in Mumbai, then 2nd stop over in Nairobi, Kenya. Our flight was delayed and we missed out flight to Johannesburg. Was given a hotel night and visa for Kenya and got rebooked the next morning.

Arrived in Johannesburg and stayed at a hotel halfway to Kruger at Amaralliys Guest House.

The next day drove to the Kruger area and saw the God’s window viewpoint and Sabi waterfalls.

Stayed at a private game reserve camp the lower part of Kruger in Sabi Sands called Umkumbe. It’s a cute lodge right inside a reserve and there is a nice deck where you can observe wildlife. There is a small pool, library, billiard table, and gym. It was about $300usd per person a night. At night, guests in certain rooms need to be escorted back since wild animals my be lurking. Our rooms in the Kruger area had mosquito nets around the beds.It was a nice experience and we can only go out at night on a safari and see nocturnal animal activity. An elephant was just there an hour before us arriving. Food, safari’s and bush walks are included and the rooms are not locked (safe inside). I recommend doing one night on a place like this to get the experience.

 

Schedule is as follows:

5:30a -8:30a safari

8:30a breakfast

11:00a bush walk ( was cancelled since it was a little windy and animals get skiddish)

2p lunch

4:30p-7:30p/8p safari

8p dinner

 

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Did a 4:30p night safari and saw 2 leopards, wildebeests, warthogs, 2 hyenas, impalas, Kudu ( look like antelope), zebras, Cape Buffalo, and a variety of birds including an eagle. The leopards are more nocturnal and rare to see so two spottings are very rare. One was trying to find the other to fight and was spraying his scent as they are territorial. There was also hyena trying to catch a leopard.

 

During our afternoon/ evening and the next am safari we saw the following animals:

Shrub hare

Marshall eagle with a 2.5 meter wing span

Lilac breasted roller

Tawny Eagle

Blue Sterling

Zazu hornbill

European roller

lap wings

Shelly’s Franklin (like a quail)

Wilderbeast - kanu

Oxfactors clean buffalo yellow tailed

 

Slambi - group

Mala - impala

Mono man

Manigi rain vula air

Mfuzi - female

Madaga male

Gala lion

 

Random Kruger facts:

793 different types of birds total in Kruger

75k hectors in total in Sabi Sands, 2 m in Kruger, and 4m hectors in the greater Kruger are.

 

Everyone tries to see the Big 5 - named this because hard to hunt: Cape buffalo, elephant, rhino, leopard, and lion.

 

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Cape buffalo - they will come back and charge you, dangerous, duggerboys, live 25 years only sexually active 8-14, 200-300, difficult to tell emotions which make them deadly animals, bigger head piece, see nuts and penis on males, have TB, if it looks like they are smiling it means smelling female scent (Jacobson organ can smell if women going to heat) thickest skull males head butt two cars 60 miles per hour

Kudo - sexual dimorphism big ears and bigger antelope, sees well and lives in bushes

Zebra- dazzle is a group of zebra referring go the way the run across each other to confuse predators with their stripes. Zebras aka “striped donkeys.” There was a research study which found that zebras fart about 7k times a day

Wilderbeest - poor mans Buffalo run 50-100 meters and then forget why they’re running

Duiker “diver”- second smallest antelope in sands

Women have hair on horns (buffalo)

Warthogs- hogwarts joke 4 warts in men, 2 in women. They chase leopards away

Impala - seen so often such as McDonalds our safari driver referred to them as McDonalds.

Vervet - silver

Bushbaby or greater Gallagher - thick tail

Baboon

11 official languages:clicking sounding language is unofficial

Elephant male in heat has sweat gland and drip of semen down leg

Leopard has white eyeliner - to help them see at night, if they bark they want to fight, marking territory- live to fight another day

Cheetah black eyeliner to block sun

Hyena send scouts do not hunt in packs, can crush bone

Mukulu - large

Umkumbe- white rhino

 

Termite hill then tree- symbiotic relationship. Tree gets nutrients and pathways for roots. Termites get to eat the tree. Tree grows half as big due to this

 

Nov - feb time to see the baby animals

Jun-July dry season so shorter grass and near watering holes

 

Botswana is a good place to see the elephants

Kenya’s flatter landscape is easier to see cheetah and hyena

 

Elephants drink 100-227 l a day. Feed 16 hrs a day. Elimindate 155kg of 3. -5 dung boluses every 1-4 hr

 

Shaangan language:

Ndlovu - elephant

Hello - kun jan ee?

Good - ya pee lah

Ya bong qa

Shaangan

Maaaangwa - zebra

Bandit mongoose - only one live in families over 40 members - mob snakes compete with zazu related to meerkat

 

The guide was speaking a bush language shagan from Tonga and Zulu.

Claudia Wong