A nice good evening to you all again..I think that today I should call this blog the one of “hundreds and thousands”, you know like the little things you sprinkle on your birthday cake..and a few odd cherries inbetween!
I thank you all again for the comments and obviously for reading the blog. Quickie, I have had some great sightings on the road between S100 and Gudzani dam before, cant really recall the numbers now, and sitting in darkness here too scared to switch on the light! I also thank Nedret for sorting out the problem with the pics so quickly..really appreciate you taking your holiday time to help me out here! Those who did not see the pics last night, I uploaded them to yesterday!
I will get on quickly with this blog as Im sitting outside and eventually got going with the pics…..you will see later on what happened!
I woke up at 5am and it was still very overcast..once again did not set my alarm as its Sunday, day visitors, ppl still on holiday etc….I rather wait, enjoy the view from the fence and then leave when Im ready. While sipping my tea I decided to check the blog..and can you believe Nedret had sorted out the prob with the pics! So, I started uplaoding and inserting the pics into the blog of yesterday. I only left camp at 7am!
I know that ppl told me that the Orpen to Satara road is “hot” at the moment, but as I will be spending 2 weeks at Maroela after Satara and wont have many roads to travel, I decided to take the tar road up towards Olifants, then turn off on the Timbavati road pass Roodewal and the hide! I love the area around Satara as you have so many open plains and the animal sightings are very clear and you can see far off into the distance. At the gate a few Buffs, Zebra and Blue Wildebeest..then I stopped for these 2 Elephants in the distance.
The plains around here are almost “littered” with White Storks and dont forget the Zebra and Blue Wildebeest…really so nice to see hundreds of them just having a good time…
Not much further on apart from a few Kori Bustards in the bush and far away…I stopped at Ngotso Dam and was very sad to see it empty! Not a drop of water! Took the road to Timbavati and stopped at Piet Grobelaar dam..its almost overflowing! Really nice to see water is around for the animals.
A quick stop at Ratelpan hide and I got these Spur Winged Geese…
Also the Quelas are around and you see thousands of them just landing and taking off….
I actually wanted to stop at Timbavati Picnic spot to see how wheelchair friendly it was…but forgot! Got back on the S40 to return to camp. Not long after and not many sightings of “special” things this lion popped out of the grass!
She then got up to walk away..and next to her another head popped up….3 females it seemed all by themselves..Im sure some males were around, but I did not see them!
I returned to camp at 1pm…quickly sorted out my wildcard renewal and then back to camp…played a bit of scrabble with Fathima and it was time to lie down and read my book…
I have not had vegs for a few days and only have butternut, potatoes and onion left over, so I took out some chops and tonight making a “pampoen bredie” pumpkin (well butternut stew) its basically lamb, onions and pumpkin) have not eaten it yet, but will do so soon.
I did not go for a pm drive…started the fire as I knew it would take a while to cook my food, but started the fire with the bad wood…at least I still had half a bag of charcoal…then Boesman and SO came around..Im parked on the same spot they were at in August! Nice seeing you again, and glad you had good sightings…then as the fire was hot I had more visitors Diane and Bruce who reads and comments also came around…Dianne, so glad I could bring a bit of sunshine and hope into your life after the strokes….glad you read the blog and hopefully I will bring you all more great sightings and make someones day as I go along! They left and I just started the pot when Glen came around with is daughter, so sorry I mistook you for someone else….still nice to have met you all.
My food eventually got onto the fire..and then the Bugs arrived…Millions of little beatles that tormented us all here at camp..they were in my hair, my eyes, my ears and I had to shut down the computer before they carried that away! My neighbours Russel, who reads the blog…and wife had the same prob…at first I thougth it was raining, but soon found out we had a serious problem tonight! At least I made food in a pot and they could not get in as long as it was closed…not sure how many got in while I checked it and added my butternut!
Now I had a nice call from Engel and have to call an end to this blog….still need to eat…and the bugs are still flying around…will have a nice meal inside the caravan…and hopefull will get rid of the bugs on me!
PS…Engel ..luv u too!!!! Only about 87 days till I see you again!!!