And its an evening full of bugs again tonight! They are really making my life here in Kruger “horrible” at the moment! They come like a Tsunami….just take over everyting and dont care who or where you are! After sitting inside for the last 2 hours I have now come out…at least my food..left over chops and potatoes…all covered in foil is on the fire and hopefully safe from these little creatures!
A quick blog again…..I really thought of taking my bags and go tonight….such a nice eve last night around the fire…bug free…and not sure why they have to torment me like this when I dont have a man around to chase them away! Not sure any man can chase these little bugs..but still nice to have company! VVSG and SO, as many of you said..are real friends and I will never forget them…like many others I have met in Kruger….Norma and John (thesupervisor)…Corrie and Nonnie…Karen and Johan and offcourse Norms! …only to name a few, but ppl who made such a difference in my life! I always enjoy meeting you all reading the blog.and please dont ever think that you are disturbing me! As said before, if not for you….who knows where I would be tonight!
Norms and all others asking, the camp site is real quiet tonight.think the bugs only have my fire and light attracking them! Its nice to have a full campsite and you can see the fires glowing around you….real funny to only see my fire going! Glen (dbn) nice to have met you and fam as well…real sorry you could not wait around at the leopard…but then, now you know how long I wait to get that pic to bring to the blog…hope those who critizice me can understand how many hours I have to wait to get a pic for the blog! Please drive safe back to Durban and keep on reading the blog…so nice to be able to put a face to the name of those who comment! DaleneD, you were the first person that came to my mind when I drove up to Gudzani East…..remembered how you told me about the lions taking down a Zebra there…..hopefully I will still see it …and most of all take pics and bring it to you all! Fenwickh…nice meeting you all…but really not nice to hear about your tick bite fever………Hope you are well soon….got your email and will be intouch before we get back to S.A in October! Green Widow, Im still waiting for that awesome shot of a LOG walking towards me on a gravel road…just me and him! Hopefully it will happen…if not, Im very sattisfied with the pics I have taken …and cannot ask for more…but you know humans…the more you have, the more you want…..real greedy ppl we are! Cashandra..it all depends on how much more rain Kruger gets between now and April…you did not say where you will be in Kruger, which also would make a big difference! Hope you still see it green, lush and obviously full of animals! Danie and Alma Steyn…I thought I posted a pic of Nsemani Dam a few days ago…but then again, Im old and loosing my memory..will check…if I did not, I will bring you a pic tomorrow night! Ann, sorry I missed you, Karen did tell me about ppl looking for me….but Im sure as you have read the blog on Christmas day….the girls and I were watching a leopard catching an Impala! Please dont keep this compliments and complaints to yourself….the forum has a great thread about that…submit your complaints and compliments and you will be amazed with the answers you get….I think this is the link to it! Sandy Smith..who knows, maybe one day I will see the Kgalagadi….and then I can compare and decide which is best! Really do believe that each got its own magic…Lala Gilfallan and many others going back to work tomorrow…as you said…great you still have a job..many would not have that and really struggle and I feel for all those ppl….but glad you can work, have a holiday….really enjoy it…and most of all…be able to read this blog! Jaycee (MIL) I only have 79 days left in Kruger…must make the most of it…I can sleep and eat and enjoy life when I get to the sea early April….actually cant wait to get to Marsh and just chill on the rock with a fishing rod…beer in hand and wait for the waves to wash over me! Sure Im going to miss Kruger, the eves around the fire, the blog, the ppl I talk to, the whole atmosphere…but think that I have proofed I could do it…and if I must say so myself…Im proud of ME! Marty, nice to hear that the MTN connection at Balule is better than here at Satara…think not just me, but the whole world will have withdrawl symptoms if I could not blog while there! Really missing you all…your stand is still open!
Again, back to today…a late morning….as said I blogged this am.really could not and would not do it last night….We left camp at about 10am…after VVSG checked the big tent…unfortunately the sides dont zip off…so its not an option for me to use…must have the awning fixed..but then..not many days left! ChrisB and SO that I met at Shindgwedzi rihgt in the beginning of my trip came around to say hello! Nice meeting you again..sure will see you more as I move up North!
I went to the Impala caracass in the tree..it was moved from the mik in the tree to an open spot…but not much left….think the leopard had a great meal through the night without any cars around…althought Dries told me they were on the night drive vehicle and got great pics of the leopard eating! This am….only a few bones left..but I got all the Tawny Eagles (I think) and Bateleurs waiting for there turn! I could not believe how civilized they all are….the one would eat until he had his fill….and then the next would come..all patiently waiting for their turn! The poor Bateleurs had to take 2nd place…or is that 4th after all the tawnies?
Not great pics but hopefully you can see all the birds…
After watching them the vultures arrived! They have no table manners at all! I think this Tawny Eagle came to tell them to be more civilised….about 5 minutes after they gorged themselves, the kill fell off the tree and that was the end of the show!
I left and went pass Nsemani Dam and just before the dam…a great pic, specially for JenE and offcourse Engel..his fav bird…a Lilac Breasted Roller..this one with a “kill”
..then up to Girivana again, still looking for the Wild Cat with kitten….but again…not to be…I did find this Martial Eagle close to the road…another I wanted to take pics of before I leave…..unfortunately no kill with it….but he had such an attitude! First of all he ignored me completely, just looking up into the sky!
Many cars drove passed, but I would not go…so he gave me a grumpy look and I knew I had to go!
Got back to camp at about 2pm;..then Tibby came around, so glad the camp is empty and you could get your spot….the same as what Corrie and Nonnie had….and where I parked next to them in August! A quick bit of scrabble with Fathima…and then an hour snooze! Some ppl I met from White River came around…sorry cant remember your names…as I also cant find my Peacefull sleep I bought….a quick drive to the shop to buy some…..paid more than R40 for a can! and back..but on the way saw a YR….Mark Stan I think…nice meeting you and your mother….then Dries came around…..and just after we took the pics the bugs arrived!…..Again!!!
Again, no cats or dogs, but a great day in Kruger again!