Hello again to all of you! Another earliesh blog as camp is just so quiet…I can only see one other fire and there are only 4 campers in camp! Really nice to have this silence! Today, another one of those sitting at one sighting, waiting for that shot to bring to you…but not to be….Im so cross with myself..really could have waited, but did not! Will tell you all about it in this blog!
After the nice rain we had the last 2 days the smelly bugs are back…I wish I can just wish them away! Quickly to the comments..and offcourse a warm welcome to the new readers! Suzet in the south of Kruger I have found the best camps to be Skukuza and BnDal for camping and sightings, the camp at LSabie is great for sightings, but the camping area is very small…if you only have a small tent it shoudl be fine, but a caravan and car…really not enough space..but then sightings good so we compromise! Albert and Shirley, I have posted many reports when I started in the North about the camping, sightings and facilities in the North…definately not the same amount of animals as in the South…but then, you get to see the rare ones…Eland, Sable, Tsessebe, Roan and a lion or leopard thrown inbetween…a different kind of life…and many birds! As Im moving back up north I will once again bring you my sightings and findings! I think Satara in the central area is very nice, and then Letaba in the North…great camp! Trekboer Thomas, how do I thank you for that nice poem/writing you posted! It was a real pleasure meeting you and sharing a meal with you, thanks for still reading the blog! I love Kruger the planning of my trip can be seen here, a lot of chatter and advice inbetween…..First the introduction page….
and the planning here!
Green Widow, I have the pics back, forgot that I inserted a new SD card that was lying around…so first of all tonight a few pics from my night at Tambotie! No, I did not know that we won the cricket…I like to watch the 1 day games…that is when Im home! Tibby, sorry you had to go…and had to pack up in the rain! Im glad you home safe and Im sure your daughter is even happier! My awning sags on the one side if it rains because of the tear…I cant pull it in or out more as it will just tear more…its now to the double stitch and I certainly hope that it will stop it from going anymore…in the meantime…still held on by tape…but will take it to another place I was told about today in Hoedspruit, hopefully onThursday to see if it can be stitched! Will try your advice the next time the rain comes pelting down and see if it helps! VVSG, glad all went ok with your son at varsity now….hope the empty nest with only the dogs dont keep you from visiting again! Fathima, good luck with the move! Only 1 day to get operational!!! Think last time we took 3! Enjoy and at least I know where you will be! Ecospook, not many road to travel from Maroela, so Im sure we will meet somewhere on the road this weekend! Maybe you can read the blog to see whats about in the area before you come! ndloti…I dont have a spotlight, not because I did not want one, but just never thougth about getting it…I think that whats distracting for some provides great sightings for others…each to his own…you like to sit here in darkness and just take in the smells of the bush, the rustle, the sound…others would like to see what is making that noise…we cant condemn them….let them enjoy their few days in Kruger as we do ours. Im sure many ppl think and feel the same way as us, but we cant make them do it! GW (Engel) dedication sitting at a sighting for 7hrs, you had that too…and you did not complain at all! Thanks for spending the time here and sitting there in the heat of the day….you now know what it feels like to be in a car with me in Kruger with the time on my hands to wait! Steve, sorry I forgot to mention meeting you last night, but I could not remember what name you gave me…surely it was not steve?? I would have remembered that..same as my husband! Sorry you could not wait…but glad I could show you when they moved! A Pangolin….I dont think they exist in Kruger anymore! Annette (click click) thanks for the thread on the forum about the injured Cheetah…will surely read it soon! Again I thank you all for reading and those for commenting…really a pleasure to bring Kruger to you daily!
As said I found the pics of Tambotie on another SD card…first up the view from tent 20. Really a nice setting and how awesome it would be to see water in this river with this view!
and I also forgot to mention our visitor while we were sitting outside…this Large Spotted Genet came and Im not sure if it wanted to chase us away….or just yawned!
I got woken up just before 5am with a message from Engel as he was going to bed in South America…the time differences really throws me out completely….I did not get up…just curled back up in bed and slept for another hour or so…then it was time to clean up a bit after the rain….still not 100% as I have to wait for the mud to dry out…eventually by 7:30 I was on my way! Not much…and I was not sure where I would drive today…as said, not many roads to choose from here….I turned off Rebalaise…and not even 30om further on some lions….This female lying in the bush…and she had a collar on…I scanned the bush…and saw another 2 behind her but really very difficult to see! Found a nice spot…the only car there….and is my nature looked around before i opened all the windows…then….another 9 lions lying on the opposite of the road far off the road! I parked where I could see them all sleeping…and this female with the collar started roaring…I met the same ppl, Dirk, I think that I met at Skukuza, dont know if you remember…the guy with the big 800mm lens…..he said he did not think it was her roaring…maybe another one…but from my pics…i think it was her! It just looks like she enjoyed it and it came straight out from her lungs and belly!
Eventually the one male got up on the opposite side of the road, and that is what caught my attention….probably one of the biggest male lions I have ever seen in Kruger! His mane was full and stretched all the way down to his knees….this is where I was going to sit today, and hopefully get a better pic!
I counted 9 females and 2 big males, apart from the 2 or 3 I could see ont he left…still wonder why they were not all together…then the other male got up…just as big…man, how I wished they would walk towards me!
They all layed down and went back to sleep…not a movement….so, I came back to camp…warmed up my leftover luch from last night and went back to the lions…these males were some I wished to see! Had my lunch with the sleeping lions…then waited…it was really hot sitting there and just watch sleeping lions! At 2:30 I decided to drive back to Orpen, go to the shop for what I needed and back to camp for a bit of leg stretch….By 4 I was back on the road to the lions….and can you believe! They were gone!!!! I wanted to kick myself!! Why did I not wait!!! Then that is what happens in Kruger…I watched sleeping lions for 5hrs..and the minute I leave, they get up and leave too!
I still did the Rebalaise loop and as no lions could take the road to the S36 to look for the Cheetahs that ppl have seen all day…but this pm no cheetahs about…I did find this Zebra with a collar…poor thing…it was really worrying it….the minute she put her head down to graze it would hit her on her jaw! She would shake her head to try and get it back, buyt not very successfull!
and my last sighting for today…this Southern White Crowned Shrike, although I have seen many it was nice to get a good pic of one! And think that this is what I say about the sun and the birds….dont think any flash can give you this light..only if its close by…the sun has a magic of its own!
with that back to camp just before gate closing time! My fire is going…im only having a toasted sandwich tonight after my big lunch, but Im roasting the chicken fillets for tomorrow night as I would like to make a chic and broccoli bake….so cold chicken always nice to use, and much easier!
Now time to log off…