Thanks Boorgatspook - Kruger sunsets are always special to me! Day 2 – A robbery and lightning bolts everywhere
You know the feeling when you’re sleeping very soundly and suddenly wakes up to find yourself in the darkness with no idea where you are? That’s what happens to me this morning just after 3 when the alarm clock goes off.
Time to get up.
I stumble to put the kettle on the two plate stove – rightly thinking that it will take ages to get to boil. A shower wakes me up and after some rusks and a hot cup of coffee I am looking forward to a lovely day in the KNP.
We are at the gate before it opens, but we are only eighth in line. These people take this very seriously.
The gate is opened and we’re off. Today we’re exploring the Orpen road, where somebody saw wild dog yesterday if the sightings board is to be believed.
As it becomes lighter we see plains game such as impala, blue wildebeest and zebras with a few giraffes thrown in. A Kori bustard walks around looking important.
Then, on the right, in the lovely green grass, two cheetahs are lying sleeping.Large viewLarge view
So close to them on the other side of the road that this is probably no coincidence, a jackal is rooting around in the ground.Large view
The cheetahs don’t look as if they are planning to move soon and we drive onward. A big raptor is sitting in the road with something looking like a snake in its claws. Unfortunately as we approach it flies away and I cannot get a photograph or identification.
Close to the gate I keep my eyes peeled for wild dog, but no luck. We turn around and drive back. The cheetahs are still there, still lying around lazily. We take the S36 to the Muzandzeni picnic spot for breakfast and another coffee.
I need it as by this time I am feeling very drowsy. We have some muesli and joghurt, and use the restrooms, that are a bit gross unfortunately.
We drive back on the Sweni road where we see a lot of steenbuck and duikers. Some buffalo are grazing near the road and this raptor is on the lookout for breakfast.Large view
As we drive up to one of the numerous pools beside the road (and sometimes in the road) two Egyptian geese loudly announce their arrival as they land beside us.Large view
Back at camp I reconnect with my lovely bed and when I wake up again, it is past lunchtime. Poor SO is very hungry and suggests that we go get something at the cafeteria.
I eat fish and chips (nice, although the fish was a bit oily) and SO enjoys his chicken salad.
This water monitor walks past the waterhole on the camp side of the fence. A warthog goes to drink at the water and I think about everybody watching him on the webcams at this very moment and feel blessed.
Here is your fellow would be waterholewatcher:Large view
When we get to the bungalow I see that I made a huge miscalculation. You see, I saw the monkeys hanging around yesterday afternoon and realized that any food left outside will be an obvious target.
I also noticed the cupboards have pieces of wire in the locks to keep the monkeys out. What I did not realize is that the thieving band of robbers know very well how to open a fridge door.
When we arrive two of the culprits are sitting on the steps, trying to open two joghurt containers. They run away fast when they see us, but make sure that they take their loot with them. Here is the thief, trying to get it open. In the end it bit through the side of the container. Large view
Looks like we’ll have to barricade the fridge as well whenever we go out. Sigh.
Our afternoon drive is a proper exploration of the H6 and S100. We find two elephants, waterbuck and a cute troop of baboons.Large view
A big water leguaan is slithering about at the low water bridge over the Nwanetsi river.Large view
There are a massive lot of hippos there and it stinks to high heaven. The water looks dark and smelly. We wonder why? Maybe there are too many of them in the confined space of the pool?Large view
We also see this water thick-knee. This is one of my favourite photos.Large view
Just before camp we spend a bit of time watching frisky zebras and then it’s gate closing time. Tonight we dine in the restaurant – at R165 per head I hope the food is lovely.
Unfortunately it is only okay, nothing spectacular and we leave feeling a bit unsatisfied with the whole thing. A lot of the food lacked taste, and it’s a pity.
Outside, nature is putting up a wild display of thunder and lighting, but no rain is falling. I spend a lot of time sitting on our stoepie before I am able to capture this. I go to sleep feeling very chuffed!Large view