Its a very cloudy, windy and coldish good evening to you all tonight…and while Im sitting here, my fire almost ready…I can hear the distant sound of a lion roaring…. certainly hope it comes even closer!
As you know I had to go to Hoedspruit today, so sightings on the few km I travelled inside Kruger not great! First let me get to the comments, which would probably take up more space than my blog again!
Greenwidow, ppl come and go on the forum…some have left forever, and some have changed their names…they dont all comment….many of the readers of this blog is from the public…ppl who have never heard about the Sanparks Forums..I always try to introduce them to it..so much they can learn from it! stevhil, I think you are talking about the Giroyondo Border post…I wrote about it while at Tsendze and also a month ago with my daughters…not many sightings in the area as the traffic is really horrendous! Tibby I will get to the story of the awning later….I have an inverter on my car…way back at Tsendze it packed up as it was not strong enough…but Engel (GW) got that sorted out…called the supplier in S.A from Doha and Susan (SIL) was coming through and all sorted out…I can charge all my equipment…cams, laptop, phones etc while driving during the day! BevG and those who have met me…real nice that you can actually picture me sitting here right now talking to all of you! Erika will see you at Balule for the weekend of the 5th Feb, cant wait to show you how I actually do it! Trekboer Thomas, if we do get this reunion off the ground….can you imagine 900 odd ppl at one gathering….maybe something others in Kruger would not want or desire…the same as you at Shingwedzi???? You in charge, control it….and let me know what happens! Duffy I also enjoy meeting and talking to ppl….and although its quiet in camp…its real nice to just sit and do my own thing! And offcourse, bring you an early blog! Ina le Roux, although a few years ago Im sure you still miss your husband..and so sad that he had to go as well…really glad that I can also bring you a piece of Kruger that makes you remember those days…really my pleasure, but also sad to think that I bring memories to ppl who might not want to remember…not talking about you….but others….Hope you can come back to Kruger and experience the sounds, the silence, the smells on your own and have a moment remembering! Chrissie, that book I made was only a little bit of pics I took to show how I love Kruger…truly not a book ppl would want to buy! I have been in contact with some publishers….but Im not a writer…and no ways I can take what Ive written and put it into a manuscript! Sone from Centurion…jackals are very interesting to watch….and sometimes ppl see one and drive on…and before you know it…it was a side striped jackal..not often seen by many ppl! So do stop and look…M’Africa…now Im confused…standing at the gate…I have the attendants huts next to me….no big tree in sight…the wooden lookout is right next to me..and next to it a very big Jackal Berry tree! Is this the one you talking about? Ann, no need to be scared of the lions and leopards at picnic spots, they are just as scared of you! Im sure if you arrive and the attendant is hiding away you must look and see if anything around…the last resort…run and slam the door behind you! Liza Opperman congratulations on your wedding anniversary…enjoy the movies…something we never do together…or alone…not movie ppl…but hope you ahve an awesome evening together! Ada, now Ive heard it all…the Pussy Cat Queen…have been called the Queen of Leopards before….but truly hope as I move further north and the cats dissapear that you will call me the Queen of Birds! Faan Opperman,wow, you were in Maroela this past weekend and did not come to say hello? The camp was real quiet, and glad you introduced the grandchildren to Kruger…something they need to learn from a young age…it will always stay with them! Yula and JenE….I think you need to come and visit me more often in Kruger….The Leopard was actually a Cheetah! At least you did not call it a Lion! JenE…..funny is it? I can imagine those lions chasing me down the hill….wonder what you would have SMS to the Family??? You are a great speaker of words…and I can just imagine! Feisal Im still in Kruger in March, but will be all over…when are you coming…hopefully can taste that Indian food…just not too hot…..the food we got from Sarah at Skukuza was very tasty and a real treat from my usual braai, sa food..and so on! Again I thank you all for reading and commenting!
Before I start this blog…I thank Annette(click click) for showing you this pic of this big male she took while in the area..remember I could only give you far away ones….
I woke up this am with a very overcast and black sky, sure it was going to rain….but I could not wait to have the awning repaired….so, I had to pack away into the caravan what I could and hope to not come back to a flooded campsite…it took me about 2hrs to get all sorted…the awning (rally tent) in the back of the slug and I was on my way! I did take the big cam with me just incase…not much driving in Kruger..the 3 or so Km to the reception and then the 6 to the outside boom gate. I drove passed the webcam waterhole that is situated just on the outside of the fence at Orpen…then stopped…reversed and looked again…an Impala having a swim???? NO cant be…I took this pic of it..
and then a closer look…shame the poor thing was stuck in the waterhole, not sure how it had fallen in..I took this one pic and then drove to reception to report it!
Sure that many of you who watch the webcams might have seen it! Really sad, but then I drove back there…knew I could not stay too long as I had to get to Hoedspruit…and not even 5min later she got her front leg hooked on the outside and jumped out…so glad she got out…might be a bit bruised, but that is what I look like after setting up camp!
After the boom gates at the new reception you have about 6km that you still drive inside the park…the speed limit is 50 and its really sad to see how many ppl speeding on this road…then I found a chamelion again trying to cross the road…I blocked the road, my hazard light on….and another car coming from the front…they were new to Kruger and was so excited to see one! I reversed….and in no time we had a traffic jam of 4 cars….I again could not wait…and not sure what happened to it…did it cross safely?
I left Kruger and drove to Hoedspruit, have been told that the 4×4 shop has the details of someone that could fix the awning…got there at 9:30 and what helpfull ppl you have in Hoedspruit! They directed me to Stolps Upholstery and the woman there was more than just kind! She did tell me that my awnign was a bit tattered, but will try and do as best they can! 3 hrs I had to wait, but no prob…I took the slug for a much needed wash and vacuum..almost 2hrs for them to get it looking a bit decent again! I had to get to the post office to send a fax again…took another half hour…then a call from Engel…nice to have a decent conversation again…and back to the awning place…still not done I went to get the supply of 8 cases of beer and could fit in 16 bags of wood..a quick burger from Steers and I was almost on my way….the awning was done..andwhat a wonderful and thorough job they did! Thank you, I never asked you name, but hopefully some others in need of this kind of thing in Kruger will come to hear of you!
On my way back, sadly a roadkill….a black mamba I think that was run over by a car….
Back at camp just before 3pm, it was time to set up again! Really takes a lot of effort putting this awning up by yourself..not much time…but I have to walk backwards and forwards to make sure it fed through properly…and now, maybe you will not believe me..but this is what happened! I pulled on the right..and it was stuck…then I went back to the left, pulled it back…and Oh My! Another hole in the awning…I could not believe it…I was really so despondent..all that way to fix it…and now another tear! I SMS Engel and he told me…Engel get a new one…..so I continued setting up..then searched the internet…but in the end decided it was best to contact Loftus caravans as they know what I bought….so now..a new awning in the making…hopefully I will get it in about 10 days time! Cant wait to have a new one and not worry about another hole with rain coming through!
At 4:30 I had enough….went to read my book for an hour…and then started my fire, the pics, the comments and the blog…not a very relaxing day…but another day in Kruger with what you have to do..what goes wrong, what goes right…and again..Im just greatefull that Im still here….in the end the money spend on the new awning will add value to the caravan which I have to sell in the next 60 odd days!
With that my roast potatoes (which I learned from my twin Marty) is going…hope they dont burn again tonight..if so I will ask him to post on how its done…and I have fish in the pan on the fire…might make a salad if I feel like it…but now…time to say good night!