Day 4, Part 2:
We arrived at Tshokwane at around 11:45.....lets call this a brunch
It was really really full, but luckilly we had no problem finding a nice little spot to cook up. also had no problems finding skottels
Anyway, we all sat down and started unpacking out goodies, with eyes at the back of our heads by the way (especially having lost sugar to the monkeys 2days before
) sly little devils
we had a lovely breakfast, with a few little visitors sharing our food, namely doves, starlings, hornbills, squirrels.....luckilly the monkeys kept thier distance.
Meg writing in her diary while the boys finish off the cooking
Me enjoying a bacon roll
Poor little dove trying to get a taste
Bully the hornbill stealing all the food
After a great meal, with our tummy's happy, we continued on our way towards Satara. We were making great time, for a change
, so continued slowly along the H1-3 and just enjoyed. The road was quiet at first until we reached the Mazithi dam, where we sat for a while to take in the silence. what a beautiful spot
We saw some nice game there, including waterbuck, Crocadile, grey herons, geese, barbets, impala and a very well hidden flock of vultures.
Waterbuck at Mazithi dam
we then went to view the Baobab, which was absolutely lovely. no matter how many times i see one of these trees, it still amazes me how large and beautiful they are. Making our way back from the baobab tree towards the main road (H1-3) we saw a magnificent Brown snake eagle. one of the best I've seen.
Brown snake eagle
as soon as we reached the main road again, we noticed an ele making his way towards the Mazithi dam, so we waited. it was worth the wait. he ended up drinking water from the concrete water storage. it was really cute to watch
He eventually made his way back into the bush.
We decided to continue alont the H1-3 for a while and spotted 2 georgeous steenbok. obviously a breeding pair. they were very inquisitive and not so shy as i've usually known. we also started to see the 'satara herds' now.
Steenbok breeding pair
as we approached the S125 loop we noticed we had about 3 and a half hours left of the day, with only 28km left on the H1-3 to get to Satara. so we decided to take the loop, since we had the time. so, we did just that, but unfortunately, we did not check how long this loop actually was
well, before the stressing out of time issues, we travelled for quite a while first, seeing some more waterbuck. i have never seen so much waterbuck on one road ever before. we must have seen approx 4 big herds
we also saw a lot of zebra
well, eventually, we reached the S36 turnoff, where we all got the shock of our lives. distance to Satara had changed from 27km to approx 70km. oh my gosh, you can imagine the laughter in the car. we all knew we now had a huge task on our hands of getting to Satara on time, but just couldn't help laughing it off. well, the next few km's along the S36 are a bit of a blurr, as i was going too fast to look for any animals (before you all stress out, i was only doing 60km, not like 80
) i do however remember seeing a lot more waterbuck and another steenbok pair. on nearing the main road (H7), Megan decides shes bursting to go to the loo. golly, what a trip. so, we found an area where there was very little bush so we could keep watch and made a really quick pitstop
We eventually reached the H7, now having 30-40min left to get to camp. we continued at a hurried pace, but not too quick as the francolins all seemed to be suicidal that day
We reached Nsemani dam, where there were a million vehicles. we thought we could have a quick look and so we did. there was a major herd of Buffalo crossing the dam. approx 500 i would say. it was a sight i'd never seen before. we were all quite amazed and ended up watching for about 5-10min. there was also an african fish eagle, but unfortunately the light was too bad to get a decent shot.
with 15min, we decided to make way. the sun was setting and the sky was so pretty. we came across a pair of lilac breasted rollers on the way, and just had to take a picture. they are like lures to cameras. you just have to get those colours on film.
The prettiest pair that day
As we approached the gate, we spotted a hyena, but he was moving way to quickly for me to get a shot, so we decided to get the sunset instead.
Meg also started experimenting on what a photo would look like taken from a mirror. it turned out really pretty too.
well, we made it in the gate, with 5min to spare. again in the nick of time. and we thought we were doing fine with time
i wonder if we'll ever get it right. we spent about an hour at the reception waiting in queues for check in, for buying food, coldrinks, coal, etc. i also had to go check out the cam, but unfortunately nothing there.
we made our way to our huts, which were so cozy, and happilly, right next to eachother. we had a huge braai that night with chicken breasts, wors, potato salad and garlic bread. it really was a lovely night.........but a really cold one though. the sounds at satara are so wonderful. we sat listening to the hyenas, jackals and skops owls for a long time, before we decided to go check the satara cam again. again, nothing
just my luck, the night i'm there live, theres no thirsty hyena
we all wanted a really early morning, so got to bed at around 10. we had our hot water bottles, full tummies, great memories from a great day, and had a wonderful sleep.