Sorry the author has kept everyone waiting
Managed to easily slip into the hole, but didn't try all that hard to escape.
Thank you to all who have been patiently waiting
lp did not finish the above sentence. After waiting it should have said - ,as i have made prings take me to the coffee shop everyday for the past 4 weeks. Not his fault.
Day #24 18th September Satara – Lower Sabie.
A Yellow Ribbon Day.
Today we had to move to Lower Sabie. We packed the van and went to the shop, and made one last check of the webcam.
When we came back to our van, Lorraine noticed a yellow ribbon in the parking area behind us. It turned out to be a Mobster from New York. He must have been a Godfather, as his family was using a NASA Telescope.
I am sure none of us would be allowed to have a loan of one. It was RayK and his family, Colette (SO), Danielle (Daughter) & John(SIL).
We arranged to meet in Lower Sabie, as they were in the tents also. We then felt very special, as we escorted “the family” for a long distance down the road to LS. linklink
As we were getting close to Tshokwane, we came to a traffic jam. There was a Leopard in a tree, quite some distance from the road. flinklink
It was not easy to see (except for the Godfathers family, who had it sitting in their van with the NASA telescope). After a while we made a management decision to continue on to Tshokwane for a break, and to see if we could find one of the most elusive sightings in Kruger, David the manager.
He is still on our to find list……possibly as elusive as a brown hyaena.
A coffee, boerewors, pap and sheeba were next on the to find list. Once we were refreshed, we set off to Lower Sabie on the H10.
As we were just climbing up the rise towards the Nkumbe view site, we found a car stopped on the right hand side of the road. About 20mtrs from the road, a young leopard was relaxing on a small rock.
We spent quite some time with it. We found out later that the NASA telescope has one disadvantage. It can’t find things that are very close to the road. linklinklinklink
We continued on in search of Klipspringers as we have always found them in this rocky area. They did not let us down. linklinklink
Just before we reached the S29, we had another traffic jam. Lions had killed a Giraffe, but they had gone missing from the scene. We waited for some time, but nothing was moving and we like others decided to go. Just as we started to move, a lioness appeared through the bushes behind the kill. She did a circuit around the giraffe, then flopped down, rolled on her back and played with the neck. She then started to feed. linklinklink
When we left, we came across another yellow ribbon. It was TonyT. We arranged to meet the next day along with RayK.
At reception we were given tent #’s 27,28,29. We were told that #29 was not ready, as the people had overstayed their departure time. When we got to the tents, staff were busy emptying the contents in to a bakkie. As the last remaining staff member was finishing the cleaning of the tent, the previous occupants returned from a drive, and headed to the tent with their groceries. Boy did they get a shock.
All their belongings were gone (as it turned out) from the tent they were still booked into. Somehow their booking for that night (they had been there for 6 days) had overlapped our booking & accommodation request. They had only booked several weeks before, where we had 11 months before. They left without any problems.
At 16.45 we took a short drive down the H4-2, before returning and going to the takeaway for our evening meal. linklink
Roads travelled - H1-3, H10, H4-1 & H4-2.
Sightings in order - RayK & “family”, Wildebeest, Guinea Fowl, Zebra’s, Bushbuck, Kudu, Waterbuck, Giraffe, Steenbok, Warthogs, Impala, Vultures, Vervets, Abdims Stork, Elephants, Bateleur Eagle, Leopard in tree, Steppe Buzzard, Young Leopard on rock, Burchells Coucal, 3 x Klipspringer, Duiker, 2 x Rhino, 1 x Rhino, Lion at Giraffe kill, 1 x Rhino, TonyT, Hippo’s, Crocodiles, Hyaena & Slender Mongoose.
on behalf of prings