Lol Yvonne , this is like the argument of the toilet seat getting left up or down - "hey , sign out when u finished on the forums "
Elsa , yes the spar shop in the mall burnt inside , hopefully they get it up again soon .
11th August .
We got out of camp a few mins after gates opened , and headed towards the enterior areas of the south .
We had a fairly uneventfull first 2 hours , but then the sightings started rolling in .
This was a pretty impresive heard of kudu bulls , not something you see evey day .
Then , yet another black stork .
We headed to skukuza to refuel , get some cash , and just float about the camp .
My kids where amazed by the bats under the roofs in the fast food area .
Its great to sit and relax looking over the river at this camp , a really stuning spot .
After lunch we headed for our first visit to lake panic , and wow ,it was really as good as eveyone says .
I think if you are staying at skukuza , you should be able to get some really good shots in the early morning and late afternoon .
Reed cormorant -
While we where sitting there relaxing , my wife got very exited when she spotted that 1 of the crocs had caught a snake , we watched it gobble up its lunchtime snack .
Does anyone want to have a go at an i.d. on the snake/eel ?
It looked a bit like a puff adder to me .
After the great stop in here , we left the hide , and where told by a tour guide about the wherabouts of a leopard up in the tree along the sand road going along the sabie river .
We headed along here , and where treated to our best ever leopard sighting in a tree .
She was not at all bothered by the cars , but did manage to hide herself pretty well .
At one stage we where the only car at the sighting , and managed to get a great spot .
She moved about a few times , so I managed to get some different angled shots .
We couldnt tear ourselves away from here , so we set a cut of time to leave ,which would allow us enough to get back to croc bridge without to much of a rush .
This was all good and well , but when it came time to leave , we where well and trully stuck in the middle of a traffic jam
After about 30 minutes , we managed to work ourselves out of the mess , and headed for croc bridge at the max speed limits .
We made up a bit of time by not stopping for anything
, but I just had to stop and bang of a few shots of this bateleur in the late afternoon light .
We had to miss Lower sabie , even though we didn't have any meat for the evenings supper , but didnt worry about it as we planned to get to croc bridge about 10 mins b4 gates closing and get stuff at the shop there .
About half way to croc bridge the fun began however , with a HUGE bull elephant that had decided he was the owner of the road , and was chasing about 4 cars back up the road .
The road had a sand road heading to the right , which the four cars went up .
I of course decided that this elephant had an issue with these 4 cars , and that he would follow them up the road .
My SO said im blimming stupid and that I should follow the other people .
Turns out I should have listened to her , as the ellie carried on up the tar road towards us
I tried all my scare tactics (Ya right , buky vs 8 ton ellie bull in musth) , which didnt work , so we where now well and trully stuck , and no other cars where heading this way to back us up .
We even tried going back up the tar , and sitting quietly for a few minutes so he could head of the road , while we where out of sight - didn't work .
By this time the gates had allready closed , and I told my SO the only thing to do was to head back up to lower sabie , and then south along the start of the s28 , and then on the sand road that cuts back to the tar in the direction of croc bridge .
You have no idea how scarry that thick bush is along that road in the pitch black , I was really nipping
We where so late , that we came up behind lower sabies night drive truck that had stopped at 3 lioneses in the road .
The driver saw us , and reversed so that we could pull next to him .My SO just burst into tears telling him about out plight , but the guy obviously could see we werent out joy riding , so he told us to just stick behind him until we hit the tar road .
I drove nice and quietly , and switched of engine and lights and hung back at any of there sightings , so we hope we never disturbed them to much .
The field guide waved us goodbye when reaching the tar , and we headed the last few kilos back to camp without any hassles .
We arrived back at 7 o'clock , but the guard obviously had been told to look out for us by 1 of the other cars , and let us in without to much hassles .
We really enjoyed our braaied cheese grillers , and a couple of other bits and pieces we managed to summon up for supper , having missed the shop by an hour .
What an experience it was , and 1 we will be glad not to have to repeat in a hurry .