We had a wonderful 4 night visit to Kruger last week Ã¢â‚¬â€œ took my SOS Ã¢â‚¬â€œ significant otherÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s sister.
We entered the park on Wednesday at Crocbride. The weather was overcast with clouds that promised rain Ã¢â‚¬â€œ also perfect game viewing weather. Unfortunately we saw no rain during our stay.
En route from Crocbridge to Roodewal, our more exceptional sightings were:
Rhino, two times Ã¢â‚¬â€œ one group near Crocbridge and a single one on the H-10
Cheetah Ã¢â‚¬â€œ initially sat on top of a termite heap and then crossed the road. Ã¢â‚¬â€œ on the H-10
Lions at a kill Ã¢â‚¬â€œ they were unfortunately a bit hidden by some bushes so we could not see what they caught. Ã¢â‚¬â€œ H1-3 between Tshokwane and Satara
Buffalo Ã¢â‚¬â€œ H1-3 between Tshokwane and Satara
Ostriches on the H-10
Ground hornbills on the S39
Very relaxed klipspringers in the road at Nkumbe
Had various elephant sightings. Most notable was that of two young bulls playing just north of Satara
Our first night at Roodewal was truly memorable. Firstly, being completely alone in the camp, and secondly, the lions. There were two prides on opposite sides of the camp Ã¢â‚¬â€œ east and west. Both prides were quite close and when they started talking we got it in stereo. This was unbelievable and something I will remember for a long time.
On Thursday we paid Olifants a visit Ã¢â‚¬â€œ hamburger lunch
We did not see much Ã¢â‚¬â€œ only left Roodewal at 09:30 and with the clouds gone it was boiling hot. Saw some elephant, rhino and had a lion sighting on our way back to Roodewal at the intersection of the H1-5 and S91.
The Olfants River has a little bit more water now than what it had on WTMÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s photos Ã¢â‚¬â€œ apparently the dams released some water Ã¢â‚¬â€œ but it is still only a stream compared to other years.
Back at camp we were treated with elephants in the riverbed. Also saw bushbuck and were amused by the antics of the baboons. We also had a very good laugh at the vervets who it seems are permanent residents inside the camp.
On our second evening we had more energy and did a patrol of the perimeter fence. We were quite surprised to find elephant dung INSIDE
A few words on Roodewal:
Before even considering to pay R375 p/p for accommodation outside Kruger, rather take this camp for R1500 p/n Ã¢â‚¬â€œ base rate is for 4 people. Having a camp all to yourself, for this price, is an absolute bargain. This was our second visit to Roodewal and I have to comment that it does seem the facilities were better maintained than how it was with the previous visit. The service is also very good.
The staff helped us to unload our vehicle and even prepared the dinner table by putting on a tablecloth.
The following photo says it all:
On Friday we travelled south to Biyamiti. On the Ã¢â‚¬Å“topÃ¢â‚¬Â