– Thanks, glad you are enjoying it. And Letaba brought me a special birthday present.
Johan van Rensburg
– Thanks, next time we will be sure and make the entire walk. We do love watching the birds (and the kitties).
– Thanks much.
– Thanks, but I do believe from what I saw in Amsterdam the red-light district has more wildlife than Kruger.
- The more time in LP the better. However I don’t think I’ll play a round of golf there unless I have a caddy armed with a .458.
– That’s great as long as that tiger doesn’t climb the ladder also.
– Sadly, after breakfast we said goodbye to the palace and left Skukuza for Letaba, about 9 a.m.. It was 160 km but we anticipated a very easy ride north on the HI-2/3/4.
We always stop when we see a southern ground-hornbill and take at least one photo.
We were making good time passing baboons and giraffes for about 45 minutes until we had to come to a sudden stop. It seemed that a herd of several hundred Cape Buffalo decided to cross the road. Needless to say, they had the right of way.
After about half an hour, they were still crossing but were pretty spread out. A large truck slowly made its way through the herd and the rest of us followed very carefully.
Further down the road we came across several waterbuck.
At the Siloweni Dam we found even more waterbuck along with some hippos and Saddle-billed storks.
We stopped at Tshokwane Picnic Spot for a stretch break.
Later we stopped at Mazithi Dam -- not much going on other than a lone hippo and a few wildebeest.
We drove by warthogs, zebra, wildebeest, Impala, more waterbuck, and 2 bushbuck.
Then, a very pregnant zebra who seemed to be telling us to move on.
We then saw a lovely African hoopoe.
Off in the distance was a Blackbacked jackal.
Also in the distance we spotted that heaviest of flying birds, a Kori bustard.
We easily saw the Ellie's but the secretarybird was almost missed.
Later on, some giraffes and a sleeping spotted hyena.
We saw elephants grazing by the Oliphants River and then we finally reached our destination at Letaba.
We finally checked into our perimeter bungalow after the people in front of us straightened out their “canceled” accommodation problem. It was hard to get accustomed to only three beds (instead of eight) one refrigerator (instead of three) and no rec room or TV. But we are rugged Texans and so survived.
Actually, the light was out in the bathroom (not a good thing), there was no tea kettle, and the refrigerator was not cold enough. After two complaints to reservations,
everything was taken care of including a new refrigerator that was installed the next day. In the meantime, some very nice saffies in the bungalow next to us loaned us a teakettle and even made space in their refrigerator for us.
We finally settled down with a bottle of wine and cheese and enjoyed a pleasant Letaba sunset.