We purchased our brai food from the shop along with the Kruger times and a Kruger waist coat for SO. While relaxing with a beer by our cottage we had a visit from some smaller monkeys, there was nothing for them so they left. A very nice couple told us that there was a rhino at the dam so we ditched our beers….Yes we did…and walked like children about to go an a rollercoaster and trying to get there before the queue gets bigger…virtually running and there he she was; our first rhino drinking from the dam stream, we spent a long time watching him. I really enjoyed berg-en-dahl camp it was small and the dam meant there was always somewhere to go and check out or relax by, we are returning here in August and I hope we have the same if not better experience there although this time we are camping and wont have the relative luxury of a cottage.
That evening we kicked in our Brai, it was dark and the frog chorus had set in, I set off several occasions to try and spot it but every time we got close the frog would shut up and id loose it, clever frog! While enjoying my burger and looking at the stars we heard a loud buzz and a rather deep grunt that sounded very close, we all stood quietly and then decided that sounded like the fence and then a big baboon, as I entered the cottage I shouted to SO not to forget my beer! Yes it was a bit cowardly but you didn’t see the size of the baboon in camp that day! Anyway we all went inside sharpish and stood by the patio doors on baboon duty, nothing happened but I think we all slept lighter that night with one ear open (if that’s possible).
Berg-en-dahl to Satara
Today was to be our most eventful of the trip, we set of 6.00 with no other cars around, something I was surprised at was how little cars we saw, most of the time we were all alone. Our first sighting was a rhino crossing the road just outside the gate.
After about twenty minutes on the road we came across some more animals in the road in the distance, as we grew closer we could see they were hyenas. We followed them for a few meters and then met the rest of the group where they began greeting each other and one regurgitated food right in front of our car. We sat with them until about five cars turned up and decided it was time to leave.
We stopped off after a while at a picnic spot for lunch and got bombarded by birds, like flying rats only a bit prettier!! Our next decision which road do we take from Skukuza, north or south of the river, we plumped for south and what a mistake that was!
We drove along and came across four cars in front an elephant and then other cars coming the other way. The elephant was walking in our direction and the cars were slowly reversing. As the elephant got closer more cars joined behind and the cars in front began three point turning, it was then a car with a trailer and us, by now the elephant could be seen to be in must and he wasn’t happy. As I went for the three point turn I noticed so had all the cars and caravans behind causing a standstill. The car and trailer went for it, the elephant turned towards it and up the verge the car had a very close escape. But then it was us, just at the right moment the elephant turned into the bush and I was off, straight past to the elephants surprise and SO’s sister who I think is still shaking. As we reached the other side a ranger in a vehicle looked at us and brushed his hand across his forehead, as if to say that was close. Typically no photos, we were all just too scared.
We drove up the road pulled over and we all discussed how close it was, I now realise after reading the forum this does quite often occur but it was a scary moment. While we were getting our breath back we spotted several ground hornbills. My SOs sister wound the window down to take some pictures, they got closer and closer until she said drive they are coming after us, so drive I did and they did seem to have taken a dislike to where we had parked, maybe this was their piece of Africa.