Hello again to all of you! Another slow day, but Im not complaining…as said before..if I see lions, leopards, wilddogs, cheetah everyday you will become very bored! At least I can show you other things in Kruger and Im also thankful for that!
I thank many more of you for the birthday wishes….but as said..its just another day and glad I could spent it in Kruger! I did not think I would sleep last night after my long sleep in the pm…but the minute I put my head down I was sleeping like a baby! Only woke up at 5am! A long day of driving and packing up, so will get to the comments quickly..yet again! Also, if you have sent me an email….I will get to it..Gabbi (Pta) I did look at that site at Maroela, but there is a permanent group set up just to the right of it, right behind the ablution block…so no choice for me to park there! Louis Dreyer, please thank Pieter for the big birthday hug…really appreciated! Trekboer Thomas, I think there is a very good chance that I will still be awake or even blogging at midnight at Maroela, although I think that I will have a lot more time to myself as not many visitors would come after gate closing time…how special would it be to see that Porcupine…or even the Pangolin that was seen by forum member Meandering Mouse! Fathima, so glad you enjoyed the article…and to think you were part of all my planning….my tired days…and offcourse the excitement! Hope you have many more clouds in Doha before the winter is done! Jenette, the summer here in Kruger is very weird at the moment, you dont know what you should wear when you wake up in the am….longs or shorts….TShirt or strappy top….jacket….mine is now permanantly in the car…too many mornings I was too cold to look for any animals! Wendy Wilson I look forward to seeing the Scops Owl at Maroela, saw the one here at Satara today when I went to the shop, so in the open….but I did not have my cam with me! Overseas Leopard…I have not taken any videos…did try when I started, but with only 2 hands, a slug to drive and 2 cameras I could not fit in the video….the ones I took was a real disaster…and I would rather capture that moment on the cam instead of on the video camera!
Today was pack up day, but before I could do that I have made arrangements to meet a forum member, Pantera Leo, at Tsokwane! I woke up as said at 5am, had my tea outside and just stared into the bush! Last morning I can sit here at Satara and not worry about anything…just what I can see and what I would see! By 6 I was ready, got the cams into the car…the coolerbox filled with ice and the little other things I take…then…I could not find the keys for the car! I looked and looked, almost turning the caravan upside down…at last I thought of looking inside the car. When I get to a quick sighting I would switch the car off and turn on again…just onto the ignition….not with the engine running…Im not sure what happened when I got back to camp yesterday…my mind probably a million miles away…but there in the ignition my keys! And whats worse…..the car was still switched on! Needless to say…I had a very flat battery! Luckily some other campers were up….Denny and Yolandi thank you so much for your help…he came with their car and I had the jumper leads out…no idea how they work, although Engel had told me a few times…..too scared they would shock me! Denny also did not know, but to our rescue came his wife and in no time showed us how to do it….and the slug was ready to go!
I drove very slow….max 30km/h, but the animals were still hiding away from me….I did stop for this Namaqua dove on the way to Nkaya pan….
Its very frustrating to take a pic of a bird with no sun..it almost looks dead without the glints in the eye…but another one that I have not shown you before, I think! The only other pic I took on the almost 50km down was of the Mazithi Dam…not to show you how much water is in it…but the big dark clouds in the background!
I got to Tsokwane about 15minutes before the arranged time and although no cell signal decided to take the time to sort out my Inbox on my cell.really have so many old msg and no time to delete! While I was doing that a couple came over and ask if I was Martie……they are from the free state…will tell you later about them….then another lady came…Elmarie…who also just read the blog and has never commented….nice to meet you too! Pantera Leo came with his grandfather and nephew and niece…so nice to eventually meet you, sorry Nkumbe could not come…but glad you had such awesome sightings around LS….not everyday ppl see a Caracal!
I returned to camp the same way…..and found this Bateleur close to the road, but obviously sitting in the wrong light…
shortly after this Francolin with her little chicks…..
and my last sighting for today all these Giraffes lying down…I have seen one or 2 of them at a time, but today I counted 9 having a snooze…could not fit them all into the lens!
Back at camp and it was time to start the cleaning and packing up process…as said before, I wash everything before I move…its almost like arriving at the next camp in a new caravan…but today, I did not pack up the cover from the bottom or the groundsheet…with so many stories of snakes around…and thank heavens I have not seen one….I did not feel comfortable sitting out here without it! Even without the awning and the sides I feel very exposed and naked…..tomorrow am I will quickly pack up the last of the things and then it is off to Maroela….I really look fwd to the camp as I have just heard so much about it…
As the sun was setting the ppl I met at Tsokwane…Sanet Cronje and her husband…..cant remember his name now! Again!!! came around for a quick chat, they are from Bothaville in the free state and again…only read the blog….good friends of Soekie that was so kind to bring me all the jams etc from the farm when I was at Skukuza! Great to meet you too and thanks for reading the blog….like I thank all of you reading! Then Tibby came around to say goodbye, but sure I will still see them somewhere on the road as they are only leaving Saturday! Thanks again for the nice gift…..Its really my pleasure bringing Kruger to you everynight. Sanet said that she had anallized the blog and the week after the new moon my sightings have been very poor! Lets hope the week after has passed now and maybe I can bring you some more great sightings in the next few days! If not….then just enjoy Kruger through my eyes and words!