Ok time to start the trip report with my first disclaimer due to the current request of not posting rhino sightings I didnt take any pictures that will be published however I can safely say that between Punda Maria and Berg en Dal we saw plenty of Rhinos
- A serious of unfortunate events.
The time had finally come for us all to start on journey to Kruger the excitement that had built up to fever pitch would subside to frustration within the next 30 odd hours. Just to highlight the first days travelling My missus, her son, mum, and our 10 month old baby all set off on what would become one of the longest ever journeys filled with many moments of
Arriving at Johburg we met up with a family friend who supplied some sandwiches drinks, and GOLD (Borewors & Biltong) for the Journey. We picked up the hire car and Set of for Punda Maria gate for our first night under the stars. Making great time we hit the R81 for Giryani at about 1:30pm so our hopes were high that we would be in the park by 4pm for a small drive however we were hit with major roadworks meaning every 5kms there seemed to be a 15 minute wait and 10kms of single file travel
eventually arriving at the gate at 7:00pm we were able to arrange a late pick up and were escorted to our camp site. Setting up camp under the stars and song filled air (owls and night jars calling) we were slowly starting to relax with a cold castle (considering we couldnt find a braai ) when first our camp light broke, then both our torches ran leaving us in darkness
plan B use the car lights and start the engine intermittingly which as you can guess could only result in ?? yep total darkness and a dead battery
in fact the only person seeming to enjoy it was our baby revelling in his new found freedom and dirt to play in! We decided to call it a night and hit the sack knowing it could only get better!Day 2 -
- A serious of unfortunate events Kruger Bites back
Waking up nice and early we managed to get some much appreciated help to start our car and head off for our morning drive. We had been warned that this was a bad winter but didnt believe it until the overcast and cold morning produced very little as we took the S60 & H1-8 on our way to the Pafuri Picnic Spot with the missus starting realise I wasnt joking when I said that to see her leopard and lion she so desperatly wanted to see would be difficult and to prepare herself for not seeing them! we did mangage to get a nice glimpse and pic of this lovely steenbok
This alerted me to the fact I hadnt loaded my sim card into the camera leaving me with only limited internal memory (leaving me 3 more photos) which Im sure you could imagine didnt improve my sense of humour!
Pafuri picnic spot was beautiful with many vultures circling overhead just before we got there. We stopped counting when we reached 50!, we did scan for a kill but couldnt find anything
so we just settled for a lovely cup of coffee and some biltong before heading off. Our next animal was the only one we saw on the trip and one of my wishlist.
With my mood finally starting to lift at the Nyala sighting I took a wrong turning and found ourselves at the Pafuri gate oops. Guess it was going be one of those trips. So turning back for camp with the missus complaining on the lack of wildlife and suggesting we should have gone somewhere else
Kruger struck back with its very own brand of Magic walking across the road.
Just enough time for my last two shots, I'm not sure what happened to the leopard right eye seems cloudy? still with our first joint wishlist sightings we were all content and decided some R & R was in order for the afternoon and settled in for a nice steak and vors Braai washed down with some cold castles whislt contemplating our next days adventure under the skies (the stars in Punda Maria need to be seen to be believed) - I hope this is what heaven is like