Good Evening again…its another one of those with these awfull black bugs around…and a slow internet connection….at least I know the bugs will dissapear again soon…the connection will hang around until I leave Maroela! Almost 2hrs just to uplaod a few pics…and Im connecting through my phone…the wireless thingy does not even pick up a signal..but that is part of my life…and I know …the further north I go again..the more difficult it will be to blog!
Inyati, cant believe you saw those lions so close to camp…I have not seen them..and when I blogged last night…that was the last I heard of them…gave me a sleepless night, lying in bed waiting to hear them again..but not to be…I eventually fell asleep at 2am!!
Barry and Hilda Els…when you save an animal from the road…I salute you…if you have made sure that its ok and safe..I have been accused of double standards for praising ppl getting out to save a chameleon on the road…me, I could not do it…too scared to touch it! Green Widow, thanks for the compliment..Queen of Kruger sounds very nice! just hope I can deliver! Lala, although a day late…happy 60th Birthday to your SO…may you have many more wonderful birthdays together! jaycee, I know its very difficult, as Fathima has said many times before to keep a record of ppl reading the blog…especially when they comment the first time and dont mention their location! Thanks for trying anyway…I dont think we will ever know exactly how many individuals read this blog! Glad you liked the pic of the Impala lamb suckling…one of many I favor as well! BevG….2 weeks at Tamboti…in my humble opinion is far too much..you dont have a variety of roads to travel from the time you leave camp, unless you travel all day you would have to take the same road everyday until you get to the junctions…I know you dont want to pack up and move…but maybe you should look at the safari tents at LSabie as well…spend a week here..if you have to…and then move to the tents at LSabie..think you would be very surprised with the number of roads available to you as opposed to here! The ablutions from tent 20 is a bit of a walk….3 or 400m I would say…but a great view from tent 20! Tibby, thanks for telling Ronnie that you would like to bring the awning to me…but it will be send with a courier..not sure when…as Engel said…..lets hope Loftus can keep to their word this time with the timing! If you do buy an inverter, make sure its the right size….not like me who burned it out! Also, remember that they use inverters at Tsendze for the electric fence…and Rodger and Elina are more than happy to charge a battery of a cell or cam for you! Joan, not sure if you are a forum member or have read about the sanparks forum.. if not you dont have to email me your sightings…most members coming to kruger writes a trip report….a great thing as all who reads can relive with you what you have seen! Go to www.sanparks.org/forum and hope you sign up! So much to learn from the site! Duffy, as said, I did not hear them again, but had the priviledge of hearing those mating sounds close to BnDal when I was there…as you said…a bit scary, but awesome! D-Ann, I must say the weather is very weird at the moment…we had a few very hot days over December and Jan…but I have an airconditioner in my caravan…so if it was too hot I would just go inside…I had a few very hot and sweating days sitting at amazing sightings…then all you do…take a facecloth..dip it into your coolerbox and enjoy the coolness coming from it! Not everyones cup of tea, but you can cope! Marty, those potatoes of yours is definately not for my fire! I saw again last night…it must be a cool fire..two of them were edible..not like yours nice and crispy…but for those interested in making Marty’s potatoes on the fire…here it is….cut your potatoes in half…if too big…in quarters…rub with oil and coarse salt..then wrap in tin foil…place on the coals…think thats it…hope someone else can get it perfect…as I have not been able to! Thanks for the offer with the awning…will let you know via email if they let me down again…maybe you can go and wake them up! Hopefully not necessary! M’Africa from 2 continents away…this is the best pic I could get of the tree….so much others around at the moment…and as you can see, Im very close to this tree…when I look up, I see the stem! Hope you enjoy the pic…
Sweetpea I know that many animals cross the road infront of us and its all got to do with your speed, but sometimes its unavoidable….today I had to drive over ants in the road, think they called army ants…it really felt so bad..but it was either that or turn around! Im sure many ppl feel sorry when they hit an animal, reptile, bird etc…rusky and fam, you have been reading and commenting on this blog from the beginning, so Im sure you can related to how time has flown by! Hope that one day we can meet, and as you said….hopefully in Kruger! Koemaan Pretoria, so glad I could teach you something as well…ppl are not always told how to behave….and many dont even read the pamplet given to them at the gate….believe me, when I first came to Kruger many years ago I also did many things wrong…and I hope I can continue teaching, educating ppl on how to behave! Not good for some to hear whats right and whats wrong…but I will not stop! Mike and Delene, I think and hope that a lot more rain will fall in Kruger in February…and hopefully the new awning will do its job! Ria, Im very interested in your pics of Alexander..please can you copy and paste them into an email to me at email@example.com also glad you saw those pics ont he webcam of the impala…and so glad it got out!
Now time to get back to today! No cats or dogs, just a very overcast and rather cool day…as said many times before, I cant believe im driving with a jacket in my car in January! As you know, there are not many roads to take from here…so I took the tar road to Satara, did the Rabelaise loop and only saw Impala! The first time I picked up my camera was at Nsemani dam….a big herd of buffalo..not sure why some would lie in the water while its so cool outside…
It looks like this is the mating season for the buffs…and some were only there to try and impress the ladies…so much head butting and fighting going on…
From there until close to Satara, nothing…then I found this little Zebra suckling on the mother…really nice to see all these youngs ones being born…and being part of Kruger…today also a very young kudu baby…it was the size of a little steenbok…no pic as the grass is just so long I could not see it, only the ears..but this Zebra…
I wanted to speak to Gordon at Satara about something…but he was not there, will only be back on Monday…so I ordered a toasted Bacon, Egg and Cheese sandwich, filled the slug and left….decided to do the Sweni road back to camp…2 White Rhino but far off into the bush….then this what I think could be an immature Martial eagle raiding the nest of another bird…at first I thought it was feeding its chicks, but seeing it tearing apart whatever and swallowing…not to be…
About 10km from camp these giraffes having a tussle as well…first just 2 of them, but then a third joined in…I wonder if they ever break their necks swinging it like that!
and close to camp this Saddle Billed Stork…a female all by herself..no male or juvenile in sight!
With that back to camp…had to do my laundry as I dont have anymore clean underwear…so drove to Orpen, but they only have a washing machine…no tumble drier..so, I decided to not do washing, will drive back to Satara tomorrow and do it there…at least still got one clean panty! I did see this cage at the camp and ask one of the attendants what it was for…told they are trying to trap the Honey Badger that has become such a pain in the camp…sure he knows that there are better juicy food int he fridges and freezers than in this cage…but I wish them all the best in capturing this “domesticated” budger!
The thing about staying in this camp is that you come here for the peace and quiet..not for the sightings, although you do find it…but with the limitation on the roads you can travel…it can become a bit “boring”..especially for those who are only in Kruger for a few days!
I went for a quick pm drive…but where to go…up the tar road was the only option….nothing…only Impala…down the Rebalaise loop and still nothing…so tonight…another great day in Kruger for me, but no cats for you..and sorry to dissapoint you but no sounds tonight!
With that the end of another day in Kruger…I have my meat on the fire for my spaghetti bolognaise…take the easy way out…brown my meat in a bit of oil…add a bottle or packet of pasta sauce (tonight ricotta cheese) and make my spaghetti in the microwave…so quick and a very nice and filling meal!
PS …Engel, so glad that you can read and still try and comment in the times you fly….you not even sure if its day or night and take the time to do it…..love you too!