Good Evening again! Another slow day, but another one in Kruger and Im not complaining! Think I should call this day….”The Day of the Jackals”!
Lots of comments and I once again thank you for reading and taking the time to comment! Sanet, I have not seen any animals around the fence…apart from the monkeys that are inside and out! Green Widow we always spent a night or 2 at Orpen and Tamboti….the new tents with the bathrooms are awesome…..but then….the experience of walking to the ablutions at night at those budget ones are great too…that is if you have someone with you! Hope you come and experience it! If I was not so far away, I would have come with you! Annette (click click) unfortunately I dont have a spotlight, so I can only see what walks pass my fires light! But still hope to see something while Im here! Quickie, offcourse we are going to meet….remember Im going to make you and your mother that breakfast at Timbavati…I cant wait to let you experience that! Drive safe….hope you have lots of sightings on the way! Tibby, so now you not at Satara anymore, but here at Maroela…nice seeing you today….hope you had better sightings than me on the way back to camp! Ingwe1, I hope that all understand the same language……I dont need to see cats…just to sit and listen, hear, smell the bush is something I will really miss once I leave Kruger! Still hope to bring you some awesome sightings, but if not, just enjoy the atmosphere with me! Trekboer Thomas, there is a lot of bush, but no water in the river…really hope we can get a heavy downpour and see this river in flood! GW (Engel)….dont worry about me…Im fine..and if the awning does not hold up…I will do without…no ways I can pitch the full tent by myself! Hope you have a good trip…and see lots of new things! Glen79 we had always experience the most awesome night sounds around the Orpen area, sadly last night, not a sound….hope it will change while Im here! RolandC, glad you heard about the blog and are reading it….wow, what a sighting you had at CBridge! Sponsors…..no one was interested in an old woman coming to Live Her Dream! Same to Tim and Mel…the only things I get..and really enjoy is the stir fry you made for us at Skukuza and the wonderful meals I have spent with many ppl from all over the world! Sure nothing will change…so few days left….but as said last night…I have done it…and Im proud of myself…and offcourse of Engel for understanding and supporting me……know its not always easy…but thank you again Engel…! Love you lots! Angie, glad I did not get shocked putting up the awning, feel sorry for your SO, but happy to hear the electrical fence is working! Pantera Leo and Nkumbe…what a gentleman of a son you have! Thanks for the compliment….I know Im not a young girl….but nice to hear I dont look as old as what he thought I would be! Brian and Marion, cant believe a whole year has passed since our celebrations at LSabie…thank you for still reading and enjoying the pics…..the painting…..so many wonderful sightings that it will really take me a while to decide on the painting! Thanks for remembering! I will post my last few camps at the bottom of this post for all to see my whereabouts! Jaycee (MIL) thank you also for doing the register…glad it can keep you occupied and out of mischief! I did miss your comments and was going to call you today….but thougth you probably got such a hectic schedule that I should not worry you!
Lily, how sad I am tonight reading your comment….please accept my condolences on the passing of your father…real pity he did not experience Maroela…sure you know in your heart that even if you took the pics he would not be here…..man, I want to cry! It just shows that life is really short…you cannot plan ahead…Will tell you about the potatoes next time…
I woke up bright and early this am…but the camp was just so quiet..I really felt like I would disturb the ppl if I started the slug (Diesel engine)…so I just sat outside and had some tea while taking in the sounds and smells of Kruger! Eventually left just after 6am…decided to drive the S145 pass Talamati Bushcamp and back up the S36 and then the tar road back to camp…a long drive off about 90km, but I had the whole day! Just before the Tjunction I found the Senegal lapwings, but really too far for a clear pic..The sun was coming up over the trees and I know that this light is so great for pics, but no animals wanted to show itself to me! Eventually this Zebra with young one and at last a pic with the early morning sun!
The rest of the way not much…the bush is really thick and I would hear an Elephant before I see it! The scenary around this area is very nice…and the 50 odd km I travelled I only saw 1 other car…its really nice to just switch off the engine and let your mind and imagination wonder! Then on the S36 just after Muzandseni Picnic spot….a Rhino, but a real shy one…I dont think he like to have his face on the blog tonight! I have to show this as Im not sure when or where I will see another one……sure you remember the beginning of my trip Engel kept on asking for Rhino and I could not find one!
Just before the turnoff to camp, a lot of vultures in trees, something I did not see when I drove passed there this am…not sure when the kill was made…but did find this jackal eating the remains with the vultures waiting!
And it seemed like the vultures were waiting for the jackal to finish his meal before they climbed into the meal…
Back at camp just after 11am…played a bit of scrabble, checked your comments and addressed a few emails…then a sandwich and time to read my book and have a lie down! 4pm up….had a nice cool shower…must say the shower I had today was probably designed for a child…I had to almost bent down to get the water to spray on my head..but still nice with good pressure…dishes done and time for a quick pm drive! This is where I met Tibby and SO that have now moved to Maroela….hope you saw more than me this pm! Up the road to a waterhole that sadly has also been disconnected….Nwatisaka or something like that and I found another jackal marking its territory….almost in the same place as where i saw it this am with the carcass…The sky was covered with clouds and definately not a golden hour drive for pics…but still nice and cool!
On the way back a Buff came storming out of the bush…stopped, smelled the air and stamped his hooves….only one of them..and although I looked as much as I could, I could not see a cat around, sorry dont have the same smell as a buff….
He then stormed a few bushes and darted across the road! Just before the Tjunction to turn off to Maroela and Tamboti camps, I found the reason for so many jackals…..a den…in this pic I think you can see 4 or so, but more lying to the side…probably 7 in all….will look out for them tomorrow to see what else they are eating!
And with that the end of another day in Kruger! Tomorrow night Im spending the night at Tamboti camp with norms, his brother and friends…if I see something awesome I will blog….if not…its a night off listening to the sounds of the bush instead of my keyboard typing and talking to you!
I wish you all a good weekend…
Until next time
PS…..My camps and whereabouts for the next 70 odd days….
Maroela – until the 29th Jan…..
LSabie..Big Birding Weekend from 29th till 31st…
Balule…1st Feb – 19 Feb..(that is if I can stand the heat without any electricity)
Letaba..20th Feb = 1st March
Shingwedzi..1st – 12 March
Skukuza (Forum Cricket weekend) 12 -14 March
Shingwedzi till 16 March
Punda Maria…16 to 24th March
Letaba 24th = 1st April!
and back on the tar road to camp…..