Thank you Gemma, Joe, Lorraine, Elsa, Pumba and Stu for your encouragement and also to RichardJ who we met in Jan 09 at the 'infamous' buff v' lions v's rhino sighting (you can check out his report) Also Penny who I chat with on Wildearth.tv and has a vast knowledge from her many visits.
Day 3 cont
Got to Sunset but where were all the hippos? Hiding under the water I think as it was getting very hot! (30degrees++) There was however a large flock of yellow billed storks around the left side, the usual pied wagtails on the bank, with blacksmith plovers, a jacana, grey heron, cape glossies looking for peoples crumbs
, there were also many terrapins and a hadeda ibis on a moving rock that turned out to be a hippos back!
Pies eaten, some biltong scoffed it was time to hit the road again. As we left there was a large male waterbuck with his five lovely ladies also taking lunch on the other side of the road. I love their wet, heart shape noses. They too looked hot in their thick coats.
We had some great sightngs again, we think mainly because of the time of year. When we have been in January we must drive past lots of things just sitting in the high lush grass or leafy trees. We discussed which was best ; more sightings or prettier scenery but decided both had their meritsand just being here at all is what matters. I love the sign off that one 'mite has "a bad day in Kruger is better than a good day at the office" How true!
On the way up we came across lots of impies, kudus, a bushbuck, 3 ellie herds with 8 -10 in each, duiker, many journeys of giraffe and two buff herds with 20+.
Some good bird seen too - especially nice a striped swallow group doing their aerobatics, a fish eagle, a brown snake eagle and a cute little bee-eater.
Here is one of the curious giraffe, looking down his nose at us!
We eventually arrived at Skuks at 5.40pm - a full but great day.
We got our key for our riverside bungalow (no. 94) quickly and headed to the shop as we had decided to braii tonight and we needed supplies! There wasn't much meat left so we found a lamb rib thing? and yum yum wors! Mark picked up his Castle and me some fruity alcho pop things, Oh and a bag of wood. I haven't cooked on wood since I was in the Girl Guides age 13 and on previous visits used charcoal, but as Martie's braii tasted so much better we wanted the wood taste again. We are finding things much more expensive, since Jan we have 25% less Rand to £.
It was getting dusky by the time we arrived so we threw the bags in and got ourselves a drink to enjoy the last of the light.
I started the fire while we still had some light left and here I'll make your mouth water!
The seats outside no. 94 were wooden dining room chairs which was strange on the stoep. They are usually canvas or proper outdoor chairs.
We also became aware of several 'friends' getting their dinner with the help of our lights.
After dinner and a few light libations more we decided to take a walk round camp. It was just after 9pm and although everyone talks about Skuks as big and noisy it has always been quiet (people wise) down at the river. Tonight was no exception apart from the loud crying of a bush baby in a tree in front of the restaurant. On shining the torch we noticed he had many friends with him, jumping around in the tree. It was great to stand and watch them.
We stayed up until after 10pm again just taking in the amazing bush sounds of frogs and owls. Time for bed dreaming of another day in paradise.....