So we stop for snacks on top of a hill.
I have realized by this time that, besides my friend, my fellow walkers expect the big 5 and aren’t too pleased with a glimpse of a rhino, bokkies and birds. I also notice the hill we are atop is quite bare of trees...odd. Bishop tells us later that it was once inhabited by people, ah that explains it! He then shows us a grind stone used by those people. I am so excited ( studying archaeology as part of my degree) but everyone else looks mildly bored while I fire away with my camera. For me it is a very special sighting!
Bishop leads us back and I am most impressed when we arrive back at the vehicle. I am of course hopelessly lost by this time. Bishop tells me you can drop him anywhere in the bush, he will find his way back. Well do the same to me and I would stil be wondering round in the same circle….well until a hungry kitty finds me.
On the way back to camp I find out Bishop can call birds! Man I wish I had known this while we were walking..although in hind sight I reckon my fellow walkers may have throttled me and left my corpse for those hungry kitties
And now I get to my saga
The rental car had to be returned to KMIA airport. So we left the park, my parents driving in the kombi we leave at our bush house, me and friend in rental car. We drop the rental car off and spend the day in Hazyview doing odds end ends, then head back through the park at Phabeni gate intending to exit at Kruger gate, carefully timed so as to have enough time to stop for sightings and get out the gate before closure.
We drive in Phabeni gate and I swear not even 2km down the road the kombi rather unspectacularly dies, no jerking, no sputtering, just dies! We try restart but no luck. We phone the emergency number on the form given at the gate. They are busy rescuing someone else and will only get to us in 1.5 hours! After gate closure! So we phone the section ranger who leaves a message at the gate…we hope!
Eventually our rescue arrives, hooks us up without a problem and off we go….stopping a few metres down the road for a group of cars, I stick my head out the window as we creep slowly past and ask what they are seeing. A leopard had walked over the road, we just missed it
This was to happen to me another 2x before I finally spotted that elusive cat!
We are towed to the gate along the Sabie River road, I must add it was the most pleasant towing experience of my life, what an excellent tow truck driver! We spot ellies and three very bemused hyena before we get to the gate where, thankfully they let us out.