Thank You All!!
Appreciate all the comments from everybody.
LO is luckily fine and back to her normal busy self.
Now lets get back to the TR, well this is where the actual TR starts..
I 1st have to apologise and say the 1st part won't contain any photos, reason to be provided as we go along.
So we left off on Thursday. Thursday is going, well, like any Thursday at work. The phone rings and it is mommy dearest. What did I do wrong now, I am a married man.
Oops, maybe she just wants to know how things going. Hi Mom. The pleasentries out of the way, the following 2 questions gets asked, and no points for my answers to either.
1) I have a extra ticket for the rugby on Friday night, would you like to go? (Nelspruit 1st game in the new stadium)
2) We (mom and dad) are doing a daytrip on Saturday, interested in going since SO is working?
Is this real? Of course I say yes. Now I did mention I am a married man and thus needed to confirm with So, mentioning to her I already said yes.
Luckily my wife is a very understanding person and allows me my pleasures in life - rugby, KNP, braaivleis and beer. Ok so I organise a babysitter for LO, then the beer for Friday and then the beer for Saturday. The parents will arrange some meat to braai and a snack for the road(biltong)
Come Friday, it is work in the morning. Skottel next to the stadium in the afternoon, rugby in the evening, and partying late at night. 12h15 yes it is after midnight
it is time to eat again and 12h45 it is of to bed.Saturday 28 Aug 2010
04h30 and the alarm goes off. Everything was prepacked, so all we do is load the car, have some coffee and wake up. After only 2 and a bit hours sleep it does tend to take longer than usual, which is not quick in the best of times.
05h10 and off we go, towards White River, at casterbridge and dad who always does the driving on the outside, wants to continue to Phabeni. NO!!!!!!!!! We will be there only after 6 and that can not happen. Being a mommy's boy I know how to say things to get her on my side and 30seconds later we are on our way to Numbi
. On the way some idoit almost collides head-on with a truck as he tries to overtake us around a bend.
We stay calm and make steady if a tad slow progress to the gate.
05h55 and we arrive and the idoit is the car immediatly in front of us. What did he gain? in front of him isabout 5 cars. Good it wont take long
06h00 Gates open on the dot. Standing in line with the idiot now behind me
I overhear a guide promising leopards, lions, cheetahs, wild dogs and other special sightings to his clients.
Where is the zoo? And he was not joking, because when confronted, by somebody else because I dont get upset over things like that when in relaxing mood, he made it clear he is a professional.
06h15 We are ready to go. A BIG UP to the staff at the gate that can work so quickly and efficiently so early in the morning. Quick check on all equipment, coffee and my turn to drive. Lets GO!!!
We turn left towards Mestel dam and there is the locals a huge herd of impala, wrong side for photos. Nothing at the dam, so we fill up the mugs and head on, turn right towards Shabeni loop and we see Rhino and buffalo.
We turn left on the loop and almost immediatly encounter kudu and 100m furter elephant. Everytime though the sun was against good pics. So we slowly carry on and then encounter my Fav. Hyeana, in the middle of the road. I was still busy lifting the camera when it ran off into the bushes.
We keep searching on the rocks for klipspringer, but to no avail. There is some baboons and we stop, hoping for some nice pics. Engine off. Waiting. The dad goes - "Whats that there?" the rest goes like this:
Lvb - Where
Dad - Behind that tree
Lvb - Rock
Dad - No
Lvb - No could be rhino
Dad - no
Lvb - CAN IT BE!!!!!! It is a ...........
dad - YES!!!!
Lvb - They do exist!
Guide (same as earlier) - What are you looking at
Lvb (pointing) - ..........
Guide (while speeding off) - No its only a rock
Dad - Its moving
Lvb - It is. It is. We were right It is a ............
Well till next time. Enjoy the weekend everybody and stay tuned.