Hello again. As promised more detail about the sections of the park. The south of the park is well known for its spectacular sightings, thanks to the well-developed road networks and volume of visitors. Sightings information is accurate and easily shared amongst people at rest camps and even on the roads. This area is characterised by its relatively vast open plains mixed with riverine bush and in areas the occasional granite outcrops. Species to be on the lookout for in the southern section are definitely the black rhinoceros, African Wild dog, cheetah and a small antelope species called a klipspringer that you might find at these rocky outcrops.
As far as birds go, there are hundreds, but the ones that jump to mind have to be the big 6 of birds (Lappet faced vulture, Martial eagle, Saddle billed stork, Kori Bustard, Ground Hornbill and the elusive Pel’s fishing owl), Narina trogon and crowned and trumpeter hornbills. The year round supply of water by the Crocodile, Sabie and Sand rivers as well as big dams like Transport, Mpondo and Mlondozi dams ensures for great general game viewing and bird watching. Big herds of elephant and buffalo frequent the south and are almost a guaranteed tick on the list. As for the predators, well where there is prey you will find the predators, and the H4-1 road between Skukuza and Lower Sabie is always productive when it comes to the big cats. The open plains are also ideal habitat for cheetah and wild dog and, though a rare sighting, east of Pretoriuskop and north of Lower Sabie are good areas to start the search.
In my next blog I’ll cover the central section. Until then