Day 7 ( Saterday 25 July ’09)5:30
Mom!!!! Roan got more blankets than me…
MOM!!! That’s not true, Eric took them all...
It’s freezing. The meter on the watch says its 1˚C. We're all awake now and no one wants to get out of bed! But Eric is the first who desperately needed the bathroom, so we all listened how he complained that the toilet seat was ice cold. Roan was smart, as soon as Eric got up; he ran and sat on a ‘bit’ warmer seat.
I got up, kept my PJ’s on and putted on another layer of clothes…. Covered myself with a blanket and went outside to sit and watch the sun rise.
The rest joined me around 7:00 and as we sat there eating breakfast (coffee and ouma rusks) we realized we haven’t seen any large predators yet. Not even hyena. So we were on another mission…FINDING a predator.
Roan enjoying the ouma rusks.
We left at 8:00 and saw a lot of antelopes, elephants, warthog’s, baboons, crocodiles and fish eagle’s at the nsemani dam. We spend about 30 minutes there, just watching.
It was very busy there, with a lot off cars, and as I was watching the traffic, I suddenly saw a YR coming towards us. I waived friendly and turned down my window. The lady saw me and gave me a smile, but drove passed me.
I have no idea who she was… What a pity, I would have loved meeting another forum member.
We also came across this baby elephant trying to get up after a little play in the dust. (I hope this video works, as it’s the first time posting one on the forum.)
Just before Satara we saw 2 cars standing next to each other. And then…. out of the bushes came a big male lion… YES….our first lion in 7 days. We were so exited.
We saw him just for about 2 minutes. He passed our car thru the bushes, and then crossed the road before he disappeared into the bushes again. So in a way, if we stayed longer at the dam, we wouldn’t have seen a lion today.
We had a quick stop at Satara to get some fuel and continued to lower sabie. We stopped for lunch at Tshokwane picnic site and had very tasty kudu worsrolls. There were a few bad behaving monkeys and birds as usual.
Some people got up from their tables, leaving half full plates behind, and before we knew it about 20 or 30 birds wiped their plates clean in a matter of seconds.
We sat there for a while, when the next family got up, leaving a feast on the table. I stood up, cleaned it up and guarded the table…
This upset me a bit, even if people don’t feed the animals/birds, they still get fed this way.
Luckily a waiter saw me guarding the table and quickly came to clean it up.
We had lunch but I have to say, I was not eating at peace. The people next to me got up, and they were not even gone for a second when a big baboon ran passed us and on to their table.
This time Philip got up and chased the baboon away. He wanted to leave, but I felt like going inside the cafeteria and asking them for a work application form. I will work for FREE, armed with a catapult, cleaning up after people, if it will keep the birds/monkeys and baboons away.
We cleaned up after ourselves, leaving nothing for them to eat on our plates and took the H10 road. Last year we had 2 lion sightings on this road. But this year we weren’t so lucky.
We saw some impala’s, zebra’s and the leftovers of a leopard in a tree, but even that was so far, we had to use the binocular to see it. We got out at the Nkumbe lookout to stretch our legs. The only thing we saw with our binoculars was 1 giraffe. SO could not believe it. Never In the past years, have we seen so little wildlife. Philip was convinced there were more out there…He kept on looking and searching
We got back into the car and headed to Lower Sabie. We also saw this beautiful giant kingfisher on the bridge outside Lower Sabie
Checking in went smoothly. We asked to book a sunset drive at biyamiti, but that was not possible any more. So we booked a sunset drive for tomorrow night at Lower Sabie. We heard that Martie will probably be our guide, so we’re very excited about that.
As we drove to our hut, I saw a car coming towards us with a man inside, looking just like the friend of my sister. He had a big smile on his face, but alone in the car.
I almost had a heart attack and asked Philip to turn the car around and follow him….What was he doing here?...ALONE... We saw he parked next to the fuel station, and as we pulled up next to him, my sister jumped up in the seat next to him, and my other sister jumped up at the back seat. All of them laughing with red faces.
They wanted to surprise us tonight when we sat around the fire, but I caught them… I was so surprised as I knew the whole kruger is fully booked this weekend. They had luck when they called a week earlier, and got 2 nights in Lower Sabie. After hugging and greeting each other, they decided to go for drive, and I had to do the necessary washing.
We got hut number 49. It’s a nice big hut with 5 beds and a lot of space, but with no bathroom. It was a big adventure for the kids to walk to the ablutions.
While I was in the washing room, I saw the lady from the reception walking passed me. I talked to her a bit and asked her if there is some children in camp this weekend. I told her about the gift bags, and as she told me about the 6 or so children in camp this weekend, a 12 year old boy walked towards us.
I told her I will have a bags and soccer balls ready for the children at our hut at about 18:00. She gave the boy a task to tell all the kids to be there at 18:00. I finished my washing, and went back and helped Philip pumping up a lot of balls.
17:45 all the kids came, accompanied by the receptionist and I gave them the things. Although some of them were older and would probably not enjoy the colouring books and puzzle so much, the rest of the stuff they can use at school. The boys were so happy with the balls. You could see their faces.
.. Sorry, this is the only pic we have.
My sisters (who is also forum members) and friend came by. We were sitting next to the fire, chatting and telling stories off all we experienced during the day in the park. They’ve seen lions, leopard twice, came across an angry elephant and saw many beautiful birds.
What can I say; we had a very nice evening.