Jenb, your room is ready any time
you too Gwen and Dotty
never know what you might see.
Candy, the toilet paper issue kills me, what do people think?
Anne Catherine, the bushes didn't help, but I found that towards the end of my trip I was managing the camera much better.
Annelie, keep tuned
Pumbaa, Wanderw, Anne Marie, Suej, Salva and Senyetse, thank you for your input.
Since we ended on the Hartie/Tsessebe moment, I am going to continue from there.
What a day it turned out to be.
I stopped at Afsaal for a quick lunch. I still could not wipe the satisfied smile off my face
My reckoning was that I could reach Croc Bridge by at least 3:30 and maybe plan a short late afternoon drive.
Well, never plan anything too well in Kruger
I decided to drive via the Gardenia hide, and pop into see if there was anything of interest. I remembered that when I drove with Jeanus, I really enjoyed bits of the road very much.
At some point, close to the hide, I decided to find some trees in order to have a little catnap.
I am the master of the 10 minute cat nap.
I was over looking a dry river bed and no catnap I'm afraid. My time was taken by a group of Ellies digging for water.
They were intent on getting something from the ground.
No cat nap it seemed, just too much adrenaline here.
So off I continued to the hide.
Shortly before I reached the hide, I saw them
three "this is a big sighting" group of cars.
I stopped next to the last car in the row,
"Wild dog", he mouthed..
went MM's heart..
and there they were
I could not believe my luck.
We stayed still for a looong time. First one car left, then the other car. I was all alone with these most exquisite creatures.
I noticed how skittishly they slept. Their ears followed sounds depite the resemblance of sleeping.
I admired their lean, lean muscular builds.
Not an ounce of fat here, just pure sinew, bone and muscle.
every so often a dog would stand up, stretch and go back to sleep.
A water bird cried in the distance and the one dog jumped up.
As quick as lightining he was gone
I waited with baited breath, would he return with a tea time snack for the group?
and return he did, empty mouthed, but looking oh so good.
I snapped away
I looked at my camera and it said,
no more memory
stay tuned for the next episode