9 July 2008
We woke up to the scuttling sounds of something outside...
Of course Monkey's on the hunt. Despite the fact that we turned the fridge they somehow managed to get hold of our cheese! Even my basic CSI knowledge proved that the tiny teeth marks in the plastic feta container were left by a monkey. Primates with expensive taste!
After packing up (minus one tub of feta) we were on the road again. Our usual tradition is to head out early and find a spot to watch the sunrise while sipping on hot coffee
and dunking an Ouma. ( not my granny but rather a delicious rusk)
Oh what would life be with out coffee! Yeah Baby bring on the caffeine.
This morning we are once again spoilt by a stunning sunrise.
The early morning browsers were out in full force enjoying the cool morning with us as we drove along the S93 loop road.
After spending some time on the H8 we were heading back towards Satara, swinging back by our little Hyena friends where we turned down the Timbavati Road. Although we have never really seen anything major along this route we love the scenery and tranquil atmosphere as you drive along the river. We saw some loners like this little steenbok.
And these beautiful Zebra's giving each other some TLC.
(sigh...this looked very romantic to a woman getting her first alone time with her hubby in a long time. No kiddies to distract
) Moving on rapidly...
The hides allow us to enjoy the sounds and smells of the river - outside of the car, so we always stop for a peep and a good old leg stretch! What could we see?
Hippos doing what they do best - suntaning!
Not even 5 minutes drive later we came across a herd of ellies making their way down to the river for a drink!
This little baby(still learning to control it's trunk) got the suitable "ooh and ah". Of course we love all God's creatures "great" and "small" and the little tortoise was so small we nearly didn't see him in the road going about his business.
When we arrived at Satara for check-in the unit was not ready for us
So after a bit of a debate we thought we would take a little spin down to the S100. Why the debate?
Well (and I know there are many out there who swear by this road) we have never seen more than antelope on this famous "Cat" Highway! So I thought it would be better to take a little trip down the H7 toward Nsemani (a route that usually gives us something to talk about) Anyway, I digress, Ray was sure that this would be the time that was different. After topping up on some water and snacks at the Satara shop we hit the road.
Driving along at 1pm on the heat of the day we didn't really expect to see anything but Ray was determined.
He took every loop down to the river that he could. We drove like a snail.
Finally we went down one little loop that was so difficult to navigate that I thought we might get stuck,
and it was a damn good thing we didn't, because as we came back out and were ready to turn back onto the road NOT 10m away a female lioness popped out the bush. Closely followed by her male companion!
They had obviously been really busy
(doing what male and female lions do when left alone!) and went down to the river for a drink and were now ready for round 2!
What a sighting and we were the only ones there! I was so excited to see them that close and undisturbed by others. AND REALLY GRATEFUL
that we did take this famous S100! She finally gave us some of that s100 magic!
Who says you don't see much at lunch time?
Now we were bubbling and took the Satara-Nwanetsi Road back. Along the way we were entertained by a comical giraffe.
This giraffe got himself tangled in a little bush. He seemed to be really stuck when he managed to wiggle himself loose. Good thing the lions weren't near
We also managed to spot this Martial Eagle eyeing out things from a tree.
That evening we took a little drive and enjoyed a sundowner at Nsemani Dam.
I WANT TO GO BACK NOW!!!!!!
What a fantastic day and it was not over yet!
On our way back to Satara (cutting it mighty fine with the gate time) we saw two young male lions crossing the road.
It was a bit dark so the photo is not that great. He walked along the road next to the line of cars heading back to make the gate in time. What a way to end the day.