Day # 29 3rd September Biyamiti - Crocodile Bridge
A Day of Excellent Sightings and a 100 Kilometer detour.
Today we had to move to Crocodile Bridge. We had planned to leave Biyamiti late and travel direct on the S25. However after the incident of yesterday, we had to travel via Skukuza Police Station to report the theft. Owing to the amount involved, this was a decision that took no time in considering. Funny, that when the bungalows next to us were being cleaned today there was only one cleaner and not two. We were told by a level of management yesterday, that this is normal and not two. We packed the van and set off via the reception. Not impressed to see that my written report from yesterday was still lying on the counter where I had put it at the Camp Manager’s (who was on duty) instructions. As the Manager was away today at a meeting, one would have thought that it would have made the manager’s office owing to the seriousness of the theft.
We had some good sightings on the way to Skukuza.
We spent over an hour at the Police station giving a written report. As Katie is nearly through her studies as a LAW student, she knew the ramifications in giving false evidence. We were told that it would be investigated and we would be contacted. (We did get a call from the Detective on the case, on the 1st October to tell us they were going to the camp to investigate). When we told the Police, that we were told that the staff were trusted, they laughed.
We departed Skukuza at 11.25 and set off for Nkhulu in search of Wacktazz & Buff Pies. Just a short distance down the H4-1 we came across a major traffic jam. A pride of 10+ Lions were walking along between the river and the road. They were being followed/harassed by over 50 vehicles. As we had to do this detour and time was getting on, we had little interest in watching. We drove down the wrong side of the road (when we could) to get around the spectacle that was taking place. Not an easy thing to do, when the observers thought that you were trying to get a better view than them. We eventually got past and continued on to Nkhulu. At last we found the buffalo hunter and enjoyed a buff pie.
It was very busy there as a regular large group of game vehicles had arrived for the occupants to be fed. We had a short talk with Wacktazz before we continued on to Croc Bridge.
We booked in and settled into our bungalows. At 15.45 we headed out for a short drive down the S28. We had only gone a short distance, when a work contractor’s truck coming in the opposite, stopped us and asked a stupid question, “Do you want to see 2 cheetahs”. We must have looked like children who had found out how to take the lid off a confectionary jar. We followed their instructions and did a right hand turn on to the private road to Shishangeni Lodge. No we did not break any rules. There were no visible signs (as there is throughout the park) telling you not to enter. We only had to travel less than 200mtrs to find them lying under a bush. As it was hot, they had no intention of moving much. We spent about 40 mins with them,
before a vehicle coming from the Lodge told everyone that the Lodges rangers were coming. We left and took a short drive further up the S28. When we returned back past the lodge road, one of the ranger’s vehicles was parked across it. We headed back to camp and had a box braai. linklinklinklinklinklinklinklinklinklinklink
Roads Travelled - S139, S114, H1-1, H4-1, H4-2 & S28
Sightings - 6 x Hyaena (through camp fence), Crested Barbet, Impala, Kingfisher, Buffalo, Verreaux’s Eagle-Owl, Kudu’s, Giraffe, Dwarf Mongoose, 2 x Fish eagles, Kingfisher with fish, Egyptian geese, Elephants, Steenbok, Brown Snake-Eagle, Rey Duiker, Guinea Fowl, Banded Mongoose, +10 Lion, Nyala, Wacktazz, Waterbuck, Korhan, Vultures, Hippo’s, 4 x Lion, Crocodiles, Warthogs, Scrub Hare, Wildebeest, 2 x Cheetah, Rhino + calf, Large herd Elephants, Rhino & Zebra.