Summer safari in South Africa – the wet season looms

The onset of summer in the greater Kruger, Sabi Sands and surrounds means the onset of the stormy season and what can often be torrential rain. Below we feature a few recently captured scenes from the ever changing bush as the wet season swings into action.

Last year the Sand River flooded causing damage to roads and property all over Limpopo province, the Timbavati and the Sabi Sands. See Kruger Park Floods January 2012

Of course rainĀ  is expected during the wet seasonalthough 2012 was a freak year – it does make for some different game viewing. See our follow up post after the flood Kruger Floods produce rare game viewing opportunities

Uploaded only last week is footage of Savanna Lodge guests crossing the Sand River. While not as high as last year, the waters are up enough for guests to almost get their feet wet !

It is a good idea to be back at the lodge before the rain starts at this time of year. Crossing rivers becomes very difficult if they rise quickly !

Eagle Owl check out this great amateur footage of a animal not generally seen, and often overlooked for cats, elephants and other big 5 members. The Eagle Owl, one of, if not as quoted by the guide, the largest of owl species, is a formidable predator in its own right with the capability to bring down small mammals.

Sabi Sands elephant family sightingthis footage admittedly is long, but if you make a cup of tea and sit and watch you will see some wonderful footage of a herd of elephants including young and old alike make their way to a waterhole for a drink and some socialising. Check it out !

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