Its an early good evening to all again….this really reminds me of the beginning of my trip….many days ago…I would get back to camp…prepare my dinner, make my fire, download the pics and then while my supper was cooking ….blog! No visitors, no one knew about me! Relaxing….and I thoroughly enjoyed meeting all the ppl at the busy camps…but now its back to downhill and the connection..Im connecting through my Nokia tonight, I had signal all day when I checked…but come time to upload pics and start blogging..nothing!
Not many days left….only 76 days and although I really enjoyed my experience in Kruger and talking to all of you, and meeting some or lots of you, the time has come that I realize I have done it….and really miss my husband (Engel) as the days count down and cant actually wait to get back home!
PS Medium rare, I do miss the leopards, but sure that before I leave this area and move back up north I will at least find another one…then maybe you can name me….the no leopard lady! DeleneD Maroela camp do have electricity…many years ago they didnt, but its different now, although they still have the communual freezers, think its from days before…..Louise Van Niekerk, I truly apologize I got confused last night….Pantera leo saw a Serval..in Afrikaans a “Tierboskat”…a caracal is a “Rooikat”…Green Widow, glad I dont have traffic probs in KNP, but I know that once I go back to Doha….its even worse than JHB! I really do not look forward to the traffic….but then….that is my home and I really look forward to going home! stevhil…Maroela camp is right next to Tamboti tented camp…about 6km from Orpen camp…really a gem…only camping here, but if you not into it…then stay at Tamboti…they have the normal budget tents that can sleep 2 or 4ppl or the luxury ones that can sleep 2 adults and a child with shower and toilet….my favorite for visiting Kruger without camping, must be Tamboti! Tim and Mel and girls….still remember you and that nice stir fry we had at Skukuza! Glad you had a nice Xmas time….not in Kruger….but still with some animals! Elizma, wow, what an experience you had! Not sure I would see the same…already missed the kill at the fence at Satara the night before I arrived in August/…but then, who knows what Kruger will show me! I once again thank you all for reading and commenting…it really makes it worthwhile bringing this blog to you….no matter how much I miss GW….Engel, thanks for your comments through a busy period….I love you too!
I left Satara at 7am and was going through my checklist…stays up, roof down, windows closed, handbrake off, electricity cable unplugged……and then SimonB came to ask a few questions….and I forgot the rest of the list! SimonB, nice meeting you and so sorry I missed those lions right outside the fence last night…but, glad you saw it! A quick stop at the petrol station to fill up the slug and I was on my way!
Right outside the gate, on his way to the webcam waterhole..an Elephant…then a few buffs lying down in the morning chill…lots of clouds about and the wind was blowing an ice wind, maybe from the UK to Kruger! I turned off towards Orpen…right turn…and then saw a curtain flapping in the wind…heard a noise…and can you believe, I forgot to close the caravan door! My checklist not done properly and I wondered why the petrol attendant or the 2 cars I passed did not say anything! I stopped and waited for a car to come…then a young guy I stopped…he was looking into the bush to see the lion or leopard I stopped him for! A nice guy and thank you so much for your help in stopping next to me so I could get out and lock the door!
All the way to Orpen (as you have to book in at Orpen camp) I only saw another Elephant far away, more buffs and the usual Zebra, Giraffe, Impala and a few Kudu! I got to reception and how great my surprise was when the lady told me…..”You are only suppose to come to Maroela on the 16th”!….Oh my, I did not even check my reservation….thougth I was suppose to be here today! At least it was not a problem…she quickly changed it and this is where I am! Really could have done the S100 a few more times without worrying about time!
Got to Maroela and can you believe the campsite was almost empty…another fam busy packing up, but the best site in this camp…empty…right by the fence and not too uneven…I quickly pulled in, checked the levels on the caravan and had to take out my levelling blocks for the one side…that done and the caravan was almost as level as you can ever get it! Then…..I could not unhook the caravan…with it elevated on the one side it was stuck to the hook of the car….no probs…I can show a few men a few things about camping…but I dont have the same strenght as them…I quickly asked for help and these guys had to jump on the back and it eventually came loose…one of those days I would not have been able to do it myself!
As I was setting up camp….the monkeys came…and I could not believe that someone that could leave their previous campsite so clean had thrown their left over bread over the fence….needless to say, the monkeys thougth it was me feeding them! This pic of one of them eating the bread!
Although I have nice shade for 90% of the day…its also a trampoline for the monkeys to jump on my already torn awning…I was told by the man that came to help me that it would be senseless to try and repair it, rather buy a new one! No ways Im spending the money now with so few days left…I tried to repair it with a plastic bag and tape…and lets hope I dont get wet or have no awning left at the end of my stay at Maroela!
I finished setting up camp and was actually very worried that I would be the only person in camp tonight….then another couple arrived in a big caravan…and some in a camper van….great I wont be alone to face the night! I did not go for an afternoon drive…and started my fire to cook my roast pork and vegs…..Im also trying the roast potatoes from Marty and fam that they showed us at Satara…..basically….potatoes cut in half….if big…in quarters..rub with oil and coarse salt…then wrapped in foil and put on the coals! Not sure if mine will be the same as his…but only time will tell…the bugs are here as well…and its really like rain all over…just little black smelly ones all over you….luckily again…I have my vegs in foil and the box is covering my roast!
As I cant show you any pics of animals, here is Maroela camp and my campsite….
and looking up toward the ablution block…only one here…and quite a walk to it…
Luckily I have a porta potti, not sure I want to “brace this walk” in the middle of the night…..and the view from the ablutions to the kitchen and freezers…
and the look of the gate from the inside out ….no cattle grid, so I cannot imagine what comes in during the day with no one there watching!
and looking back from the gate to the other campsites….
And with that I have come to the end of my first day at Maroela camp…I sure do look forward to the night sounds we have always experienced at Tamboti and Orpen camp…but also glad my neighbours are here for the next 10days, not sure how I would have handled being here all bymyself in the camp tonight…it seems like the bugs are going to bed…and maybe I can check my roast now!
Until tomorrow, hopefully my connection better…