After an early morning drive on Saturday we packed up and moved 20 meters to the picnic site at Olifants.
We did not want to move out of the hut after 9am as we know how busy the domestics are trying to get the huts ready for the next occupants.
We hired the usual skottle and had a wonderful breakfast. The picnic site is well maintained and the attendant, an elderly lady, was very pleasant and friendly. :
Next stop, after the most exciting sighting I’ve ever had in Kruger (you’ll just have to wait till I get to the sightings chapters)
we arrived at Satara at 11.55am. The reception was busy so we had to wait a few minutes to be served, but as was the norm for this trip, everything was efficiently and speedily managed. The receptionist kindly also booked us on a night drive for the following evening in Skukuza.
Unusually for this trip, when we arrived at our allocated hut it was not ready. The cleaner was still busy and explained that the previous occupants had departed very late.
Now this, in my opinion, is unfair both to the staff and the in-coming guests. I place no blame on the Satara staff, assuming what she told us was correct. We simply relaxed under the trees and within 15 mins she had our accommodation ready for us.
I really like the upgraded accommodation at Satara with the enlarged verandah and upgraded ablution facilities. Well done to Kruger for these changes.
Sunday night was spent at Skukuza…. Never my favourite camp as it is too big and too busy. As per our pattern thus far on this trip we arrived at around lunch time and reception was yet again on the ball.
Our allocated hut was no7 and as I walked in I noticed something was wrong. There was only one bath towel (for 3 of us). No hand towels or soaps.
I immediately phoned reception (about 2.30pm) and asked for towels. After unpacking we went for a swim at the nearby pool. When we returned an hour later there will still no towels.
I phoned reception again but could no reply for about 15 min. Eventually at 4pm I spoke to them again and within 5 mins they were delivered.
At 4.45pm we went back to the gate area for our night drive. Our guide was Oupa, a very pleasant and informative man. It was not his fault we saw so little, although I must say I would not have chosen the S114 as we have never had any luck along this route in the past. He did take time to give us information about the few birds and animals we did see and he was very knowledgeable.
Even C our own friendly field guide could not find fault with his information and attitude to queries and his guests.
On Monday we had to leave for home. Our trip was over, with just a last comment that our exit was handled efficiently.