May 24, Lower Sabie - Pretoriuskop
Today I move from Lower Sabie to Pretoriuskop. After a few kilometers I must return to Lower Sabie because I still have the key from the hut in my possession. (When I made my reservation it was not possible to reserve for the campground due to the renovation, but I noticed the campground was more than half full during my stay.)
Back on the road again I decide to go to Pretoriuskop via the S 28, the S 26, Mpondo Dam, Renosterkoppies and then the tar road to Pretoriuskop. I take my time and arrive at Pretoriuskop at half past two. During the trip I see impala, zebra, wildebeest, vervet monkey, giraffe, kudu, dwarf mongoose, elephant, baboon, common duiker, slender mongoose, buffalo, tree squirrel, waterbuck and lots of birds.
Brownhooded kingfisher (Thanks Bush Baptist)
Although it is busy at the Pretoriuskop campground I find a nice spot for my tent. Helmeted Guineafowl search for food at the campground. After doing the Shabeni loop I see a white rhino, another white rhino and two more white rhino, all four in three kilometers or so. I cross the tar road and do the Circle road and see more duikers, warthog and kudu. I am looking for a sunset picture but the grass is too high and I go back to the main road where I find some zebra.
When I come back at my tent, my tent is surrounded by tents and a lot of serious braai equipment. A man introduces himself as Peter and he tells me there will be around 20 people tonight, adults and children. Later a woman, Angela, tells me there will be 40 people in the weekend. (Looking back: there was not much noise, it was quiet at half past nine and both Peter and Angela invited me for a drink. The only thing that made me a bit nervous were the children playing/running around my tent and that is why I moved my tent the next day.)