Thanks to everyone for so patiently waiting for my next episode and also your very kind comments.LETABA
Arrived at reception in the afternoon and stood in queue to check in. Each counter (two of them) seemed to take forever! As each guest was checking in – they all returned to their vehicles looking for “permits” in the meantime clerks just waited!
Finally received keys to our three-bed bungalow in the semi-circle on perimeter. Why they are described as perimeter I’ll never know, it was a long walk to the river?
You wonder why I booked a three bed when there was only two of us (luckily I did) as I always over pack (even for one night) Can’t imagine how small a two bed unit was -must have been a nightmare?
The bathroom (shower & toilet) was so small; I mean REALLY small, the only way to access loo, was to open door, which then only allowed you to step into the shower, then you could close the door behind you, step out of shower and you had access to the loo!!! Not funny in the middle of the night and with a sick hubby as well!
The beds were up against the wall with not an inch for a small side table or even a shelf behind beds, a glass of water/torch etc had to be placed on the floor next to bed.
So much for me trying to control accommodation.
The next trick was moving the fridge against the wall
, if you think of a solution to help SANParks find a better idea – Let’s start a thread on the forum. Surely a “boer maak a plan” The fridge out of it's nook, takes up a lot of the already limited space on the verandah?Okay lets forget about the problems – we were in paradise after all.
We unpacked EVERYTHING from the car and as I sorted stuff out and loaded the fridge (Yes, I know you are thinking - ONLY ONE NIGHT) hubby took a walk to fence. When he arrived back “There’s an elephant in the riverbed, go and have a look, I need to rest a bit” As a second thought, was he trying to get rid of me or was there REALLY an Ellie to see?
So off I wandered past the Lala Palms while SO was having his own lala (nap
in translation) and just missed having my head taken off by a dead palm branch that fell at that exact moment!
I now tried to keeps eyes upwards and downwards (noticed the “Bat House” in the centre of the semi-circle - Must find out what that’s all about) - Tie a string to finger as a reminder girl!!!
as there was a huge amount of bat poo in that semi-circle..
As I neared the pathway, I could see the elephant and this one only had ONE tusk – gee what’s with me seeing Ellies with missing or broken teeth?
As the Elephant started moving off he decided it was time to lighten the load!
A little bit later a couple of young boys were running along the pathway and throwing stones over the fence!
and generally behaving badly! Surely not at the Ellie? No, it was at this beautiful bushbuck. Gave them a piece of my mind!
While I was frantically trying to get the best position for a photo, I noticed a woman sitting on a bench (which had the best vantage point) reading a magazine – not a wildlife one – NO, a scandal mag?
Okay, I told myself visitors have different priorities when in camp?
On way back to the bungalow I noticed the vervet monkeys running riot in the camp – literally casing the joint at each unit, then, if nothing to be had, on they moved – eventually they arrived at our bungalow and took up position on the tree, just waiting for an opportunity to be naughty..
When they realised we also had nothing to offer they moved on, swinging up to higher branches, jumping onto neighbours thatch roof and then across to another tree in another circle of huts..
Back at the bungalow hubby was virtually passed out and that seemed to put paid to having a braai for the evening meal.
I did some of my own reading and then listened to our neighbours start their Saturday night party.
Fortunately their alcohol acted as a sleeping tonic and after an hour or so they must have passed out – Just at the time SO awoke and felt well enough to start a fire and we did manage to have a fabulous braai and I was very thankful.
Morning brought rain and we took a walk to the restaurant to have a look what was on the menu? – no thanks, not for us - very unappetising to say the least.
We packed up the car and moved out, deciding to drive to Skukuza and to exit at Kruger gate.
We deposited the keys at reception and with them our observation skills!
To be continued…