Over the past .....years, (far too many to mention), I have had the wonderful privilege of returning to Kruger over and over. The S25, being one of the very first roads I ever travelled on my very first visit to this wonderful park, needless to say, I have had many memorable sightings along this road.
A memory that always comes back to me was in the early eighties. I had been working for about a year and had saved up enough money to buy my first car, a ruby red 'Daihatsu Charade', not the largest vehicle by any means of imagination, however, it was mine and I was so pleased to be able to drive myself to Kruger, at the time, all the way from Bloemfontein.
Early one morning I found myself travelling along the S25, my Mom as passenger by my side, it was winter so a little chilly, but wonderful nonetheless. We saw some ellies at the river, a couple of giraffe, and a troupe of baboon that kept us thoroughly entertained.
My Mom and I were discussing the fact that it had been several years since we had had a black rhino sighting, and how wonderful it would be if one could just appear around the next corner.
On approaching the next bend, the hair on the back of my neck stood on end, almost as though we had wished this event to happen, but alas, to my great disappointment, it was not to be.
Travelling very slowly as I always like to do, about an hour later as I rounded a bend, a huge black blur of motion appeared about 8 - 10 meters in front of the car, a cloud of dust surrounding it, as the dust settled, in shock and absolute amazement, there in front of us, in the middle of the road, stood the most magnificent black rhino, I screeched to a halt! Creating as much of a dust cloud as this beautiful animal had, we just froze, he stared at us, we stared at him, and then, I have to admit, I started to become nervous as I realised we were possibly a little too close, and that he may feel threatened.
For me, at that moment, time stood completely still, my heart pounding in my chest....... within a flash, he turned, snorted loudly, and sped off into the bush, disappearing as quickly as he had appeared.
Since that time, I have had 2 other black rhino sightings, none as clear or close. It was one of those sightings that bring the realisation, that all sightings should be appreciated to the fullest, as they will never, ever, be repeated.
It is a moment forever ingrained in my memory.
Unfortunately, with this all happening so quickly, I had no time to grab my camera, so I have no photo's to share here, but, thank you OWN, for giving me the opportunity to share this, and bring this wonderful day to memory, once again.
He is rich or poor according to what he is, not according to what he has. ~Henry Ward Beecher