Ok, beer cans back in place, (thank you Bouffie for returning them) maybe slightly dented, but still just working, so therefore, here goes.
DAY 3, Part 2
We finally left about who knows what time ish,
but we wanted to get to Biyamiti in good time.
From there headed straight down to Lower Sabie, not really seeing much on the way at all, a couple of rhino, one with some really nasty sores/wounds on his face, some zebra and young, which were very sweet.
a lone ellie, and nothing much else.
The Sausage Trees and Weeping Wisteria were all out in full bloom and they all looked magnificent.
We traveled down from LS on the S28 as far as the S137 (we just had to try and catch sight of the legend, Duke) where we turned to head back towards the H4-2, but all we saw there was an extremely long line of zebra all marching with great purpose going to, who knows where!!!! We had to wait for them to cross the road, we had a real “Zebra Crossing”!.
We traveled down the H4-2 for a short while, and found a large bird in a tree so stopped to try and identify it. Well whilst doing this my SO suddenly said, “Look what is that?” At the side of the road, just off the road was this impala fetus………. It had not been there for long I don’t think by the look of it.
Then we noticed, but about 20 meters away, also just off the road, what was obviously the mother.
to say the least. On the tar, in the middle of the road, just opposite where the mother lay was a large pool of blood. What had happened? What had caused this? Why was the fetus so far from the Mother? Why was the mother in such a mess? It was obviously fairly new, had not happened too much earlier. Had a car hit them? But how did they get to where they lay? It was and has remained a complete mystery to us. It was a sad and distressing sight to see. No wild animals, were around at all and so how did this happen?
Turned off on the H5 and then onto the S108 and then S25 to get to Biyamiti. Saw nothing at all on this lovely road, except for this little gem which we watched for quite some time trying to identify him………. He is clearer in this pic (which is not really very clear) than he was at the time.
Immediately after leaving the picnic spot we bumped into the zebra heard that we saw running away from the water a bit before. Among them was an adorable foal.
On the H10 we turned south towards Lower Sabie and saw a lone white rhino bull with a nasty wound on his ar…euh behind! The oxpeckers were having a ball! Poor old fella.
Jazil says: I wonder whether this is the rhino we saw, but just his back view, when we had seen his face only?
On this road (that had been so kind to us 10 months earlier) we also saw some more zebra, giraffe, impala and a lone elephant bull.
We pulled over at bustling Lower Sabie and headed for the shop. The SCC was doing such a wonderful job: it simply could not stay without reward (see later). The deck overlooking the river was very busy but it was still worth having a look at the water: ellies, hippo, …. Great place actually, maybe a bit busy for those seeking secludedness but a nice lay-out.
About 1 KM from LS in the direction of Crocodile bridge there was a lot of commotion. People had seen a leopard stalking impala! You can imagine the place soon turned into a “ Mexico City rush hour scene”. Still we wanted to hang around for a while: we could not see the leopard but the sounds and the behaviour of the nearby impala rams betrayed his presence. He prefered not to show himself however and we decided to go and try our luck around Duke waterhole hoping Kruger’s emperor would show up somewhere along the road. No such luck either! Instead of that we saw white backed vultures and a herd of giraffe with two lovely calves.
From there to the Byiamiti private road we saw nothing special! On that road we soon discovered Jazil and SO’s bakkie. They were trying to identify 2 diferent species of raptor in the same tree (at least that’s what the four of us thought since there was a pale and a dark one) It turned out to be two Wahlberg’s eagles!!!
Arrived at Biyamiti at about 4:00ish
, and went to book into our adjoining bungalows, numbers 3 and 4. We were in 3 and Salva and SO in 4, ( all arranged before hand, thankyou staff at Biyamiti), however Salva and SO found a couple sitting on their verandar!!!!!!!!! Now what? It turned out that this couple were meant to be in Number 5, but the folk in Number 5 had gone off in the morning and had not returned, and had not packed up or anything!!!!!!!!
Anyways, the staff, packed up for the non returned people in Number 5, the couple sitting on Number 4’s verandah moved to Number 5 and Salva and SO were able to move into Number 4. (Musical Bungalows by any chance??)
I have no idea what happened to the folk who had been in Number 5, apparently they had actually arrived a day early, three days previously, and were not booked in so the Staff at Biyamiti found them accommodation outside the park for the night and had to escort them to the gate as it was after closing time, and I imagine they had to do the same this night when they did return. The staff at Biyamiti are wonderful.
After the bungalow saga, perfectly described by Jazil, we went out for a short drive on the Biyamiti road in western direction! Saw elephant, close to the road, buffalo at the first waterhole you come across in that direction (can’t remember the name), impala and a lovely lilac breasted roller. We also enjoyed the view from the viewpoint over the river close to camp.
Back to camp now for diner – our last braai prepared by the SCC! Yummie: something to look forward to…
I settled in and spent the rest of the afternoon relaxing in the camp, looking for and hearing all the wonderful birds. Salva and SO went for a drive, and arrived back at some time ish!
Started to prepare our last evening meal together…….. tonight was the night for the “lamb” NOT
Prepared the chops by marinating them in lemon juice and black pepper, with a touch of Rosemary, (dried not fresh unfortunately).
Marinated the large piece of steak we had in olive oil, lemon juice, chicken spice, garlic, and origanum. Oh and BLACK PEPPER again!
Cut the tomatoes and onions and mixed them together with a touch of Balsamic Vinegar and Olive Oil, with a sprinkling of Origanum and garlic, and salt and BLACK PEPPER.
Prepared the potatoes to bake them on the coals of the braai by rubbing salt and herbs into the skin. Oh and made a couple of holes in them with a fork.
SO lit the braai and then we waited for Salva and SO to arrive! Which they eventually did, bearing with them this gift below for me.
And please note it has its very own YELLOW RIBBON!!!! Which Salva informs me is a piece of the yellow ribbon that his Mother gave him and that he was using when we first met in November 2005. What a wonderful touch, I will treasure it forever, the Yellow Ribbon, (the whisky however will not last that long!)
We had a wonderful evening, machonchans of the steak again, as we sipped on our whiskeys and bottles of wine, and then the lamb, not mutton, chops, wors, baked potatoes which we filled with butter or mayo, and my special Kruger “Tomonion Salad”.
We chatted late into the night, heaven knows what time it was when we all fell into bed…….. it was an “ish”
time though for sure. We were sad that it was our last evening together. We had had such a wonderful time together.
Once again it turned into a memorable evening! The steak machonchans with mustard were superb as was the lamb (SCC RULES:
these people know what marinating is all about) Must be boring for you readers to read the same story over and over but I am sorry…it was a darn fantastic evening once again with chatting, laughing, stories, food, wine, whiskey, amarula…. I didn’t want this evening to end to be honest but at a certain time we had to hit the sack because we had to get up early the day after: packing + of course going for an early morning drive!