After the best site in a long time we took the H10 to Rietpan were we saw the following, gray heron a catching a fish, (kill no: 2 for the trip) ellies, lions, Rino’s, white-faced ducks, hooded and lappet faced vultures, hyena cooling off in the water next to a lappet faced vulture (ignoring each other completely), reedbuck, giraffe, and black back jackal. All of them next to the water hole or vicinity of the water hole in a radius of a 100-meter
Early the next morning we left for Pretoriuskop and our meeting with krokodile and Tokoloshe later the day. On our way we saw the normal and njala just before Skukuza. Then we started seeing these ugly scars on the tar roads.
Clearly an indication that there were speedsters in the park. With this result.
White browed Coucal
A few days later whilst on our way to Satatra we had a very close encounter with one of these speedsters. He overtook me with on coming traffic, realized it that he was not going to make in and turned in onto my vehicle. I had the caravan behind me and had to choose either being involved in an accident or the veldt. I chose the later. Fortunately there were no dongas or any obstacles next to the road and I could control the vehicle and the caravan as at that stage I only traveled at 30km per hour. The cowboy continued with out even looking back. This type of reckless you expect on or national roads not in our parks. When are the people going to learn that speed kills?
That evening we had a very pleasant braai (barbeque) with crocodile, tokoloshe and their friend John. Phil wanted to show us that the English can also braai and took our orders how we wanted our meat to be tanned. I must compliment him the meat were very tasty and well prepared. Phil you have my permission to do it again. Crocodile had an ultra violet light with her and she and Kittie explored the camp looking for scorpions and other night creatures that might glow in the dark. That evening we also met Gordon who would be our guide the following day on the morning drive. He has a vast knowledge on nature and very patiently explained all the questions of the tourists. Well-done Gordon.
Unfortunately a very bored guy sat next to me at the back of the vehicle and from the very beginning of the drive complained to his mother it’s boring. He even shouted to Gordon O.K we seen enough lets go. Gordon ignored his rudeness and continued explaining nature to the tourist. Eventually I told him to shut up and that there are other people on the vehicle that is not bored and instantly made a new enemy.
It was Krokodile and Phil’s last day in the park. However we kept on meeting each other at various water holes and at lake panic were we said our final goodbyes as it was late and they still had to travel to Crocodile bridge.
We are looking forward to our next meeting. Kittie and I spend 5 memorable hours at lake panic. The bird hide is very busy and there is a constant flow of people visiting the bird hide. To name only a few animals and birds that we saw; hippo, waterbuck, bushbuck, huge crocs, white stork, white-faced duck, green-back heron, hammerkop, a gray heron and his partner building a nest, darter, reed cormorant, Meyer’s parrot, two pigmy king fishers feeding their little one, pied king fisher and white breasted cormorant.
Every night just after sunset we switched the caravans out side light on to see which type of insects will be attracted. We had a very interesting time trying to identify them and were able to I D quite a number of them. (There are so much more in nature than speeding from one water hole to another looking for the big 5)
Giant Forest Cicada
Mantid. With one of these fellows in your caravan you don’t have to worry about flies and mossies
We did it early in the mornings as well at about 04H00. Strangely enough we had honeybees visiting us at Pretoriuskop. Can someone please explain their behavior, as it was still dark at that time of the morning?