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My first visit to South Africa took place in 1998 and included a 2 day stay in Sabi Sands. I managed to see the big 5 and all the other usual suspects. Even though I have loved animals and nature all my life I cant really say that I fell in love. In 2002 I was invited to South Africa to see some friends including a selfdrive in Kruger. I combined this with a trip to Botswana and I got the bug. Now therewas no way back! We drove from Joburg to Mopane restcamp which is more or less in the middle of Kruger. An area with many Mopane trees an therefore also Buffalo and Elephant. The next morning we saw a Buffalo carcass. We later found out that it had been killed by a delivery truck. Sofar no activity at the carcass. A curious Giraffe The highlight of the trip happened when we saw a car parked closed to a drainage pipe. When we enquired we learned that a Hyena was giving birth and a relative were moving the cubs. The relative We could hear sounds indicating that there was another cub to come and a few minutes later mommy appeared. On the way back to camp we drove past the Buffalo carcass. A single Hyena ran away and there were a few Vultures in the nearby trees. 3species of vultures Morning in camp. The next morning there was a Leopard and a lot of vehicles at the Buffalo carcass. However I have to say that all vehicles behaved quite well. After a few minutes other vehicles congregated just up the road. Lions and Buffaloes! The Lions took down a Buffalo 50m from the road not knowing that there was a much easier prey available just down the road. Unfortunately it happened behind some bushes so we could not see it but there was a lot of growling and snarling so I am quite sure they made a kill. On the way back to camp we saw Martial Eagles mating (sorry for the poor quality of the picture. In camp I got a nice portrait of a Yellowbilled hornbill
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