Our first animals were buffalo in the riverbed at the bridge at the gate. Next on, inside the park, as usual some Impala’s. We truly felt like we belong after spotting this.
Arrived at Skukuza, and still there is no place available, only a very expensive bungalow, which we will not be able to afford. Time is starting to run out, so we jumped in the car and headed to Satara. For the very first time in my life, I didn’t drive our normal 25km/hour speed limit that we always do. We continued on at 50km/hour, stopping only when there was something to see next to the road, like these elephants
About 20 km before we reached Satara there were a few cars next to the road with people hanging out of the windows to take pictures, and we knew that this was certainly some kind of predator, because that is the only time behave so foolishly. And what do you know, not even five metres from the road there was a beautiful LIT. Unfortunately, the bush is very dense, and we didn’t have time to try and manuever the car till we had a clear view for a pic. At least our pic show that we indeed see this LIT.
Very happy we continued to Satara, and saw this on the way.
At Satara (this was now already 16h00), we sorted out the problem, they gave us a new reservation number, and we were on our way to Balule.
I have never been close to Balule before, but are booked for the Easter Weekend 2011 for the “Forum Balule Clean up”. What a nice surprise. This is such a beautiful little camp, and I will definitely enjoy our stay here next year. At least, I will come prepared with other lightning (something not electrical). We arrived at 17h25 and took the number 1 campsite at the gate and also next to the fence. Quickly got our tent up (we are now practiced and it took us only 10 minutes) got the mattress blown up and then it was dark... and I mean it when I say it was dark!!!! We didn’t have any other form of lighting, only our torch which is always in the boot of our car. We made a fire to have a braai, and used the torch for everything. As you can see in the pic, we only took the bare necessities. At least we remembered to buy some charcoal...
By 20h00 we ate, and just relaxed in this absolute darkness. When we heard a sound at the fence, we saw a hyena at the fence in the light of the torch, and realised after a while that he is circling the camp. He run passed us a couple of times. The sounds of the other campers quieted down, and later all you could hear was the hippo’s in the river.
We settled in for the night, but after about an hour’s sleep we were woken by the sound of lions. I don’t know if they were on a kill, but the sounds they made were awesome. This kept on for most of the night. When the lions quieted down, the hippo’s started up, and then the lions started again, and so on and so on. What an amazing experience!