We got up this morning to find that overnight the weather freakishly made a huge u-turn. It was very cold, rainy, and very windy. We were out first again at the gate and we were off to Satara hoping to at least see one cat!!
We drove for about an hour without seeing anything, the rain made if very difficult.
Eventually we drove over the olifants bridge and about 2 km from the bridge we came across a hyeana den
There was another car already and the hyeana's was busy taking a liking to the poor bloke's wheel caps, Eventually one of them ripped the wheel cap of and ran into the bush
(Pics not too great as the rain and overcast made it difficult)
The other hyeana's joined him ad they chased each other with the wheel cap...very funny
After about 30 min they started settling down for a nap with some nervous looking giraffe across the street.
We continued on and there was plenty general game on this road but they all were lying down or behind trees for protection.
We saw another jackal in the distance, and this guy also trying to get out of the rain
We arrived at Satara and we spoke to the couple that lost their wheelcap to the hyeana's, and they asked us.."wow did you see those wild dog run away with the wheel cap"
As the weather was crap, we decided we could rather spend the day on the road than in camp, and off we went to the S100
The S100 was teaming with life, and we saw Zebra, giraffe, wildebeest, ellie, buffalo. Also had a close encouter with what looks like another emerging tusker, that started chasing us,he was def in must.
Shame very wet
We reached the t-juntion and turned right, didnt see anything on this road except impies. Turned back on the tar road back to Satara, and also just saw wildebeest in the distance on this road.....
We got back to camp and made some coffee, but still the weather was horrible. We checked out the sightings board and saw lion and cheetah sightings on the orpen road.
Back out we went, but once again we didn't see anything untill we reached the timbavati gravel road....
Went up this road and saw some ground hornbills, and some zebra. Although it was very nice driving around, the weather unfortunatley just made game viewing very limited..
Got back to camp and we went shopping at the shop for warm clothes for that nights game drive...
The sunset drive was fully booked and everybody was dressed from head to toe.
(This was an extremly cold drive)
The driver headed up the s90 and we saw some buffs, ellie drinking at waterhole, and general game. Came across a jackal that posed for a pic before running off
One girl screamed stop and she said she saw a leopard 2 km into the bush....
We waited and waited trying to see something, but ja nothing.
By now the tourists at the back got very bored and started chatting so loudly that it p***** every body off. An american lady stood up and shouted at them.... All of a sudden they were screaming at each other in the middle of the bush...
The poor driver was shocked and didn't know what to do...
I almost got up to sort this thing out with the only way I know how
, but SO calmed me down and we told the driver to just go back to camp...That basically ruined the whole night for us all. On the way back we saw some white rhino and this guy looking for something to eat...
We came back and i asked the driver if he was ok, he was still shocked. After this ordeal we decided that we would just go home the next morning as the weather report was even worse for the next day, and by now I had this real bad taste in my mouth!!!!
Next morning and weather was still bad, we took a leisurly drive towards Orpen but unfortunatley no good sithings.
Will mis you Kruger
Letaba is a beautiful place, although big, it keeps that peacefull and tranquil feeling, the real bush feeling.
Staff was friendly all round and the museum was great, there is also some great game viewing roads around this camp.
The night drive was crap, and they might have to take a look at this!!!
Personally I will stay away from Satara for awhile as it just feels too crowded and the whole reason for coming to Kruger is for the peace and quiet. The more people flock to this camp the more I get pushed away from it, everytime I am in Kruger we stay atleast 2-3 nights in Satara, but I will def skip it next time round, and not just because of the people, but the staff at reception and shop was not friendly at all, cleaning staff were very friendly though. Maybe they can be promoted to reception staff (were you would want a friendly face!!!).
Alot of game in the area though and we were unfortunate to not see any cats, but I think the weather played a big role.
Next time I will rather go for a B&D visit, maybe Lourens can regain my belief in game drives!!!!