And again a very early good evening to you all again, I think….the internet connection is very slow and keeps on bumping me off! Even if I wanted to blog last night I could not…the signal at Tamboti was non existent…even on my mobile phone I only had one bar…strange as Maroela is only 2km away, and although I have probs connecting..I can!
Quickly to the comments, well Im trying…..Tjoppa, no more days after the 1st April, its time to go home! Hope your daughter gets to see some crocs in Kruger! Green Widow, I tried to edit my post the other night to tell you that I had the left over roast in a pita…with thinly sliced tomatoe, cucumber, lettuce and lots of Homous! Not sure what Engel will say if I tell him Im coming back to Kruger for a week or so again! It will have to wait a few years before I can try that one! Diane and Bruce, you want peace and quiet…then Maroela is the one, well I have not been to Balule yet, but will tell you all about it in Feb! stu and toni, really nice to as you say, recharge my batteries….the internet connection is making it a bit difficult to “relax” they jackal den a real good treat! Annette, no sweat about the spotlight…it would be nice to have, but Im fine with just sitting here with my fire! Im sure we can use yours at Skukuza at the cricket weekend..and maybe see something! Sweetpea, can you imagine doing this 20yrs ago….I would be finished before a letter would have reached Engel! Also, I dont think that 20yrs ago it was “allowed…or honorobale” to leave your husband miles away and set off living your dream! Karen, so glad you are taking the time out to go and see the first born grandchild! Have an awesome time and dont forget to send me pics of this bundle of joy! Fenwickh, with SO on such a long flight yesterday he probably missed your comment about the Cob! Really nice fish, but I like it fried in a batter…or grilled…hope you have many more great catches and will see you sometime this year! Barry and Hilda, thank for your eventual comment….I have said many times before, Im not doing this blog to get gifts…and really it would only be my pleasure to meet you somewhere…no need for a gift…I can do without those until I open the little or big box from Engel! Hope you have a good time and great sightings…and look forward to seeing you somewhere! Email me and we will make arrangements email@example.com Ken, thanks for telling your fam in Bahrain about the blog….that is just so close to where I stay in Qatar! soozy, I hope I meet up with lastpride…can still remember their wedding at Biyamiti, using the same caterers as what we had for our 25th anniversary at LSabie! I once again thank you all for reading and commenting…now its time to get on with it before my connection is gone again!
What a great evening last night to end yet another very slow day in Kruger!
Yesterday I drove a long way….from here all the way to Girivana dam, up to Timbavati Picnic Spot and the S39 Timbavati River Road back to the tar…sightings once again were very slow..and with the overcast and cool weather (Im not complaining) the animals were yet again hiding away. I did find this Great Spotted Cuckoo just before Girivana Dam…
and a giraffe that did not mind me watching him having his breakfast or lunch!
Back to camp and I got ready for my night at Tamboti with Norms and friends….they arrived at 2:30 and I went to Orpen to check in for the night….Norms had pre-booked tents 20 and 21…(me in no. 20) a great view, no trees infront, just the dry riverbed. I bought some ice..filled a coolerbox…toileteries etc and I was on my way after they had a beer or 2 here at my caravan.
A great evening, great company…and the food they made…awesome! Roast vegs, Smash (which is sweet potatoe with garlic and herbs cooked and roughly mashed) and fillet steak! I can tell you these guys can cook…all done to perfection! We did take a pic of 3 of us together, norms brother a bit cam shy, but I dont know what happened to the pic…as its not on my cam and neither are the ones I took of the view from my tent..! A nice eve and Norms, Gordon and Tod (Ted) I think, thank you so much for all the talk…the food and most of all the company…hopefully the 2 of you reading and not commenting will do so one day!
Norms walked me back to my tent…and we had another beer and almost midnight it was time to say goodnight…I really enjoyed the eve. I woke up just after 5 and had the sound of rain falling…pulled the blanket over me and went back to sleep until 6..they were almost ready to leave and I hope you have an awesome birding trip and see all you wish to see…Already the wattle cranes at Dullstroom a highlight for you, but hopefully Kruger can show you more!
I got back to my campsite here at Maroela and had to try and sort out the awning again with the rain welling up on the side…that done…and I was on my way! Always after a good meal Im really hungry in the am…so, I decided to drive to Satara on the tar road and get an early lunch/brunch and return to camp…but, you know the story of my life in Kruger….I never got there!
About 5km from the time I turned onto the H1-4 (tar road to Satara) a big herd of buffs crossing the road…the rain was pelting down and I did not even try to take a pic…but then…one buff was going a bit crazy on the side of the road behind a bush….An Oh MY…..she just had a baby! Im so sorry I did not take more notice of the ones on the side….but I did try to get pics of this little one and his mom…..not great pics…but you can see how wet it still is, definately not from the rain….and the umbilical cord still dangling down…and the mother with the afterbirth etc still hanging out…just so wish I could have given you a better pic of this!
I was not sure if I should feel sorry for my cam getting drenched or this little guy/girl that could not even have a lie down after it was born! I have more pics of the mother in the bush with this lot hanging out of her, but really not good enough to show you here on the blog!
What a special sighting…and maybe that set the tune for the day…not great pics…but a day I will once again remember for a long time!
Just after the crossing for the S36 to Talamati and the S39 to Timbavati…a few cars on the side….2 Cheetahs..I was told last night by norms that he had seen the 2 brothers and that one was limping…te ppl here told me the same…so I waited…and waited…well…..7hrs I waited hoping to get a glimpse of the one with the sore foot/leg to see what was wrong…but not to be..he just lay under the tree and did not move! I will call Satara tomorrow to report and maybe someone can go and have a look and see what is wrong…the other one…did get up and not the same quality of pics as I took at LSabie, but just to show you the one Cheetah! I got there at 8:30….and an hour or so later, this one sat up!
and another 3hrs later decided to walk to another tree!
Then nothing for a few hours, I was starving! The only things in the car, a packet of Japanese Rice Crackers left by MIL (jaycee) and half a packet of sparkels sweets..but I did not want to go and also met some ppl here who reads the blog…Barbara and sister Pat, then forum member droopy from Nelspruit..nice meeting you all..and again, thanks for reading the blog…while waiting this Shrike came flying by and landed close to me.
I was told about lions close to the road about 30km away, but hopefully lions I will see again….I have only seen about 10 or so cheetah in all the time I have been here…so I waited!
Just before 4pm this one got up again…and walked off further away from the road…
I could not wait any longer…starving and a full bladder it was time to go! Far away from the traffic and an open and secluded spot I first had to mark my territory…..wow, can you imagine what it feels like after 8hrs sitting and holding it in! (Please dont shoot me down….nature calls it calls…..its when ppl get out at silly places with animals in clear view and then leave their toilet paper next to the road that I get cross….know what I did was and is wrong….but I could not wait for the next 26km)
Feeling much relieved and lighter, but still hungry I could again take a slow drive and found this Eagle…first I thougth it was a Martial, but the minute I got a clear view….a Black Chested Snake Eagle! A great sighting!
and then just before camp a flock of guinea fowl running around…and Im not sure if they were chasing a mongoose or if it was chasing them! He was just so inquisitive and its not everyday that you find one posing so nicely for a pic!
It was almost 5pm when I got back…a long day of sitting in the car…I opened my freezer to take out some meat…and the first packet I took was lamb neck…another fav of mine..too late to eat anything at this time, so I quickly made my fire, deprosted my meat..and tonight lamb neck in a brown sauce with baby potatoes, carrots and rice! I cant wait to eat!
A day of good sigthings but not good pics! I will publish this post before my internet is gone again…and will come back to the comments and edit this post!