4th and last part of Kruger experience
It was not that easy to persuade my lovely sister-in-law for another Kruger trip next day - early morning we left again to Phabeni gate. They wanted to do a shopping tour for souvenirs at Lower Sabie – so off we went. Close to Skukuza, we met the local warthogs (don’t know why they changed colours, hehe--)
There’s only one animal of which I know falling on thier knees while beeing busy: The common housewife (while cleaning the floors)... Those guys were so busy and mostly walking side by side.
At about 10am, we started to melt a bit in our car, man it was hot. As Skukuza was not really our goal, we directly went down to Lower Sabie
Arriving there, jumping inside the huge store was done within seconds - buying like there's no tomorrow. We all bought new cotton shorties and shirts and pulled it over after paying – we were extremely wet – you surely can imagine how the dark spots at your butts looked like, we sat on both since hours.
The view down to the river is wonderful – there were storks, hippos, waterbuck and many more animals – but, also too many people walking around (Oh yes I know, I’m one of them) – My relatives wanted to go back as quick as possible, the heat (about 38° at early afternoon) was a bit hard to stand – we just went back on quickest possible way. That boiling day ended with a wonderful dinner close to the pool – the view over the valley was breathtaking. And my lovely sweeties decided to enjoy remaining days just at that spot.
OK, that much for family traffic. Next day, I left early morning (guess to which gate?). I wanted to see Nkuhlu. About that place, unfortunately I am missing anything of my personal written information. Perhaps someone could help me out here? Is that the area where you could sit down close to the river? With a huge souvenir shop? With this huge ugly panel? I think it was Nkuhlu, where there was a lot of traffic: Trucks, million of visitors – not a nice place. Except a bit outside, where I walked around. And this was the spot, where I broke my little toe of left foot while stepping downstairs. Beeing inattentive, I made a wrong step and BANG! hit a big stone. Wow, that did hurt! Only by today, Jan. 22nd, the black-blue nail of wounded toe completely fell off – I walked around here with very comfortable shoes as my toe was swollen and dark blue! Memories of Africa....
So what. I went on. Nobody was complaining about missing sightings, missing A/C, boiling heat in the car – I enjoyed myself beeing wet and slowly cooking in my own sweat but – after looking down to Sabie river, I made the view of my life: Elephants (how happy I was that my little digicam worked well!)
I think it was on S-79 at N’watimhiri – a small dirt road, far away from busy tar roads. Wonderful to be there. Wonderful silence. I met a huge herd of Kudu – they are so peaceful, just walking around, doing their biz...
This is another pic of a view down Sabie river – some hippo just showing their noses. Of course, I did every little loop to come closer to the river, to watch and enjoy – but, that’s the moment my written notices give up – I did not write down every single road or loop or whatsoever, I just went there. Next time, I know how to do better, I guess...
There were not that many days left, so pls let me just refer to pics I showed at „Birds“ with my lovely little buck just standing beside the Ground Hornbill
– there were millions of these fascinating little events, I learned to find Waterbuck interesting! These animals were –in my opinion- the ones I disliked the most, and then: I saw the white rings around their little butts, their carefull behaviour, their curious views – and poof! I thought they are so wonderful!
This little one said good-bye to me just over my head as I left my bungalow at Hazyview to leave my loved ones and take the last trip through Kruger before leaving finally to airport:
That very last day was a wonderful, lonely trip to Pretoriuskop – I did not see a single car! on my way! It was the very first dark day, no sun and not that hot – and it was a long ride, man!
And there it is: The entrance to Pretoriuskop, a peaceful place, looking at bit „oldfashioned“, anyhow, very silent and clean:
The road to Pretoriuskop is not that nice to drive, if you’re sitting with your butt just over the top of grass, you see nothing at all! I fully enjoyed the „hills“, means a bit of up and down the roads enabling me to see more than just the top of green – driving is somewhat boring – except, if you meet familiar people: The one and only car I met was a white X-trail like the one I had in Kgalagadi – coming closer to each other, we reduced speed, when beeing on same eye-level, the driver shouted: Hey Christel! It’s you!!! What the hell are you doing here??? It was a South African I met in the middle of nowhere on the Mata-Mata road in Kgalagadi on my very first day, he explained a lot to me regarding birds and and .... Isn’t the world a small place?? We talked for an hour, it was his last day, my last day, he was going back to PE and my destination was Europe. Wow, what a surprise.
And now, the end is near... just few kilometers before Numbi gate, I met this fine couple:
At gate they asked me (after checking if my luggage trunk was not full of Impala meat) „What did’ya see, Ma’am?“ I replied, „..oh well, not far from here Rhino plus kid...“ Same moment the guy ran down to his colleague to tell him these news, they jumped into a car and disappeared ... (I do hope they were no poachers!) I did the same, left Numbi Gate to jump into the horrible traffic direction airport – and left a giant part of my heart there. This country stole my heart, I’ve seen a lot of our world but, never came back home with such a deep impression. I'll keep it in me and for sure, it will draw me back to South Africa soon, the most impressive place I’ve ever been.
I truly hope, you guys will not be bored too much about my eventless last part, hope to see you all one day,