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“The Merry Month of May” - Jesscan’s Journal - Lower Sabie May 2015

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“The Merry Month of May” - Jesscan’s Journal - Lower Sabie May 2015

Unread postby Jesscan1 » Fri May 08, 2015 1:49 pm

“The Merry Month of May” - Jesscan’s Journal Lower Sabie May 2015
Have you ever pondered about the origin of colloquialism “The merry month of May”.

Well … William Byrd’s 17th century madrigal provides the answer:
This sweet and merry month of May,
While nature wantons in her prime,
And birds do sing and beasts do play,
For pleasure of the joyful time,
I choose the first for holiday …

These first five lines of Byrd’s madrigal herald the coming of spring in the northern hemisphere, and for Andy M and myself, the merry month of May also heralds a change in seasons and the joyful time for our first Kruger holiday of the year with the pleasure of hearing the birds sing and seeing the beasts at play.

Over the past 30 years or so, we have travelled the length and breadth of the park, usually in May and October, staying in all the main camps (except Orpen, {note to self: have to book for Orpen}), however in the latter few years, at this in-between seasons time, the focus has been on the south.
We have more than a soft spot for Lower Sabie and we are definitely not alone as LS’s popularity with other visitors is highlighted by the fact that as soon as the bookings open most of the accommodation at LS is snapped up in double quick time.
It was early in June 2014 when we checked the SAN Parks website to find that our preferred accommodation was available and we were doubly elated when, after calling Irma at Reservation House in Johannesburg, the confirmation email was received.
Eight nights in Lower Sabie. :D

The countdown is almost over. :D as departure is scheduled for first light on Sunday 10th May.

Planning for a Kruger trip (or any other bush trip for that matter) could not be done without consulting “The List”. “The List” has over the years, been edited, revised, honed, added to, deleted from and finally perfected … or has it?
Quite simply … we take everything ... well almost … as “The List” is partly based on “The Menu”, which has over time ‘morphed’ from being rather lavish (Andy’s idea) to something more simple, practical, yet healthy and yummy (my idea). Furthermore, with the well-stocked and reasonably priced shops at most main camps and since last year, with the advent of the franchise restaurants, “The List”, particularly in the provision department, has shrunk considerably.
On the other hand, the camera equipment list and the reference book list, has grown exponentially. Bird books. Tree books, Mammal books, Grasses books, Guide books (a whole shelf full) and although some of the reference books are now available digitally, nothing beats paging through a traditional book.
Speaking of tradition, an essential item on “The List” is “The Map”. I can’t recall when “The Map” was purchased and although Andy has over the years purchased a number of “the latest” KNP maps (20 at the last count) … why I have no idea … as they are all in pristine condition and have never been used, because “The Map”, dog-eared, well thumbed, it’s cover faded, the pages a little grubby, repaired umpteen times with “sticky tape”, is just so special that “The Map” is the first item on “The List”.

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This is our first attempt at a Travel Tale, so please bear with us.

“I go to nature to be soothed and healed and to have my senses put in order”.
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To be continued …

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Unread postby isinkwe » Fri May 08, 2015 2:36 pm

I have one of "those Maps" :thumbs_up: , also the first thing I pack :D :D
Have a safe trip and I hope you get all the sightings on your wish list and plenty more too :D
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Unread postby Philip1 » Fri May 08, 2015 2:58 pm

Jesscan1, looking forward to this "well planned" Advenrture. :thumbs_up:

Have a safe journey. :wink:
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Unread postby Kaapsedraai » Fri May 08, 2015 6:18 pm

Jesscan1, excellent start to this TR and interesting MAP book. :D

Looking forward to learn more about your trip :thumbs_up:

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Unread postby billyf » Sat May 09, 2015 5:10 am

Without "The Map" you could find yourself lost in KNP :D

Looking forward to your TR - great start :thumbs_up:
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Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Sat May 09, 2015 5:17 am

Jesscan, I so enjoyed your lovely baboon pictures, that I am really looking forward to see what the merry month of May brings.

I too have grown a shelf of books that far exceeds my needs, but there is nothing like the smell and texture of a book. I have books, almost pristine, that did not talk to me and others that have pages falling to the ground through frequent use. These are loved books that are paged and paged again, much like music that brings a different understanding each time the melody is heard.

Waiting with expectation.

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Unread postby hilda » Sat May 09, 2015 6:09 am

Glad I found this "Journal" right from the start Jesscan1! :dance: :dance:

Have a safe trip and enjoy every minute! Looking forward to read all about your experiences in Kruger! :popcorn:
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Unread postby Jesscan1 » Sat May 09, 2015 4:28 pm

Thanks very much Isinkwe, Philip1, Kaapsedraai, billyf, MeanderingMouse and Hilda.

Part 2

We are packed and raring to go!

All the “groceries”, kitchen stuff and other ‘essential’ stuff on “The List” have been packed into two large black ‘ammo’ boxes and along with the braai wood, loaded into the ‘boot’ of the car. On this trip we are going to test drive a Thule roof top “box”, (borrowed from our son - in anticipation of an extended eighteen day 8-National Parks trip in September) and I guess that our pull-along type wheelie bags with our clothing and some other soft items (most likely my pillow) will be stuffed into the “box” along with any “last minute items” (read - forgot to pack these). The cooler box, camera stuff and the "padkos" which all go inside the car will be loaded tomorrow morning.

Our planned entry gate is Croc Bridge … however on passing Malelane town, the debate is guaranteed to be along the lines of “Shall we travel another 60km along the N4 with all these sugar cane trucks and enter at Croc Bridge gate or enter here at the Malelane gate and spend more time in the park?” :D

Kruger here we come!

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(We will do our best to post from the Park depending on time, sightings, processing of photos and 3G Internet connection).

To be continued …

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Unread postby SurfCindy » Sat May 09, 2015 4:41 pm

Safe travels, and may Kruger show you some special sightings. Pity we wont get to have a chat at a bush braai this year :lol: but enjoy the park and look forward to hearing about your adventures.

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Unread postby Karin Mitton » Sat May 09, 2015 7:04 pm

Enter at Malelane .... Enter at Malelane!

Can't wait to hear all about your trip!

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Unread postby cheetahlady » Sun May 10, 2015 12:29 am

Safe travels and have a wonderful stay.
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Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Sun May 10, 2015 4:15 am

I can feel your excitement and I am wishing you a very safe journey. :gflower:

Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy. :thumbs_up:

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Unread postby Cape of Storms » Sun May 10, 2015 7:02 am

Great Start! I can definitely recommend Orpen as it is very much like Lower Sabie with the lawn and trees but minus the crowds! Lovely camp. LS and Orpen my two favourites. On board for this trip and hoping you entered at Malelane. The debate is always on which to come in at in our car. Depends on timing but more time in the park always wins! Saying that the year we did such to CB we started our trip with a LIT!!!

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Unread postby isinkwe » Sun May 10, 2015 7:14 am

On the subject of firewood, I learnt something new and interesting from those "more in the know" than me at the last meet and greet.
I also take my own firewood, actually we are not supposed to take wood into the Park. Although I have never been stopped at the gate or even questioned about "my" wood at the gates even after a vehicle search.

The reason

We could be transporting some strange or weird insects living in the wood into the Park that don't belong in the park. They may escape before they get burnt.

Makes sense to me :thumbs_up: , I just in the past never even gave it a thought.
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Unread postby hilda » Sun May 10, 2015 8:23 am

We also prefer to enter at Malelane Jesscan1, because of the "more time in Kruger" as Karin has said. :thumbs_up:

You should be almost there by now! Have a great time! :clap: :clap:
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