DAY 4 – LIONS AND BUFFALO (PART 3)
We arrive at half past one and thinking back as we had no problems at B & D we go to reception to book in. We are helped very friendly and no mentioning is made about the two o’clock check in time. Until………
“Sorry mam the cleaners have not returned with your chalet’s key. Can you come back at two?”
We don’t have a problem with that and go down to the shop to get wors for a nice midday braai. Ok it’s two o’clock. So back we go to reception.
This time there is now problem and chalet 163’s key is handed to us. Down the road we go all happy and excited. Wow they have those white and red tape around our chalet. Maybe they planted grass is SO’s explanation. Well that was it until we saw there are no curtains. SO goes to the chalet only to tell us to stop unpacking. There is no furniture inside and there are paint bins every where.
Now I wonder what the guy at reception ment when he said the cleaners haven’t returned the key. Could it be the painters? Surely we needed furniture. I know we had to use the communal kitchens, but the booking said 3 beds? Where were they? So back to reception we go.
“Hi, we have a small problem at chalet 163. There are no furniture inside and they are busy painting it.”
I get a bland stare. Now I start to wonder whether I spoke English? I start to explain that we can’t stay there and that one of the cleaners told us to ask for chalet 161.
Once again just a bland stare. Ok I know it is WCS time but surely they must have an idea which chalets are available and which not. Mr Sam is called and they move into the back office. From where I stand I can see they are looking at the computer and then it looks like they are having an argument. Ok don’t tell me there is no chalet available, I’m going to raise all sorts of hell.
Ok here she comes. Hand me chalet 161’s key and says “next”.
No “Sorry we made a mistake” no “Thank you for your patience with our chaos”
Well better run before they take the key back. Of we go to our new chalet. It has 3 beds. 3 Stools and a table. Pots and pans and plates. Everything we need!!!
Leopard Cub and I pack off and SO starts the fire for nice hot dogs. We settle in and unpack the gear.
At half past four we go for a short drive with the S83. Just after crossing the Sand River we see a huge pile up off cars. We stop at an old Landie and they tell us there are two ellies up the road causing the pile up. Every time one of the cars tries to pass they step into the road. We stay far away from all the cars and the ellies. If we need to make a run for it we want to be first inline!!!!
We stay there for half an hour and then we needed to make a run for the gates. All the cars on the other side of the elephants have made a U-turn and the SOV and cars on our side made a run for it pass the elephants. Where they are going I don’t have the faintest idea. It is now nearly half past five. They guy in the SOV revved his engine and blasted his tooter making the elephant “dance”. Which I did not think was very funny. Poor ellie. He was just having some fun. Hahahaha.
It is getting dark now!!!
Just look at those reverse lights!!!!!!
We made it back to camp in the nick of time!
SO starts his pap pot and tomato and onion sauce. I get the meat ready for a nice braai. What a nice day this was. Tomorrow we are going to drive up to Orpen. SO and leopard cub have a bet of some sorts and we need to go there to see who is the winner.