Day 4 MorningThe early Bird catches the Bird Volume 3Goodbye Tambots and H7!
After a short doze it was time to pack up the last things and be off!
Goodbye Tamboti. Know that I will one day be back! I will tell many people about how great you are. Many of my friends will come visit you yet. Do look after Oom Theuns and Tannie Zetel when they come to spend time with you. May you reveal to them marvelous creatures!
I get to the Tamboti gate in pole position with a flask of coffee to start to remove the famous morning face!
The kind Sir opens the gate slightly early for me again – you legend you!
Righty tighty keep those eyes peeled for the glint of cheetah eyes! I have my spotlight next to me on my passenger seat for when I think there is something in the darkness! It is the end of June and the gate opening time is about to get later. So every morning I enjoy a good amount of darkness!
I don't see anything for quit a while until my headlights catch a familiar shape in the road! Its the nursery school run by MRS Golden.
These must be the same cubs I saw yesterday afternoon! But this time with a dose of meet the parents. They were all lovey dovey in this family.
There are two females and a male that I can see besides the littlies!
See in this photo the smaaaalie sitting with dad!
There are also those that take after mom and are busy bee's and a daddy's girl!
It started getting lighter and I could not believe I had this sighting all to myself!!!!!!!
They started moving off into the bush where they would find shade from the harsh sun that they know is coming!
Dad gave me the beady eye as I pulled up next to him. I had been with these folks for a good while now and had to move on if I was ever going to arrive at Shing!
I drive a couple of K's down the road and do my Liewe Heksie duty!
In exchange for a handful of their breakfast billtong I will give these people the lion sighting they seek.
They had come from the Satara side and judging from the bored expression on their face had not seen much! But once the Heksie message was delivered that frown was turned upside down. It is always the wife in the passenger seat who shows the greatest excitement at such news. The driver must learn – The Hekse on this Tamboti side are not as deceiving as the Timbavati lot!
In the bad light heading towards satara I see the typical aMiNals of the open plains. What a pleasure to see some of these guys!
Blue Wilderbeest and Zebra gang together in their usual solid partnership. Had I known this would be the last Wildes I would see for the next three days I might have stopped for longer!
I stop at Satara to do my Lion Man duty of pinning up the lions on a pin up board that is empty!
The H1-4 North of Satara is one of my favorite roads in the park!
I see a bunch of game quite far off – too far to get a photo. Warthogs, Giraff and Zebra are in attendance.
Further down the road I see Ostriches, steenbokkies, and Impi Warriors!
Look at the beautiful Olifants River flowing strongly even at the end of June!
here is a massive herd of buffalo that is peacefully making their way down to the river and grazing along the way! The herd is widely spread out and trees obstruct a perspective shot of how large the herd is, but I would guesstimate 2-300! I was the MOST happy to see these guys! Some people drive past buffalo without a bother but I really love these mighty creatures!
All heads down eating until the big boy comes and gives a grunt of an instruction. Just then all the buffs in unison look at at the boss. I'm not sure what he had to say, but everyone knew what it was!
As the road moved away from the Olifants river the Mopani forest started. I don't know if Bushbuddies has been converted to a Mopani lover … but as for myself it still aches my life!
I stopped off at Letaba and visited the Urination Station (sorry Bushcraft this TR has really been lacking mention of this but I plan to put in an effort from now onwards
After the station where urination is in operation I take a quick visit to the Elephant Hall where I am once again amazed by how long Mufunyane's tusks were!
The familiar old Bushbuck lady with the black ring around the neck is walking over the flower bed.
I know I can shout at my dogs when they do this at home but what does one say to a bushbuck??
On the road again! Two camps away from Shing!
Just North of Letaba I see more familiar faces! The same old troop ob Bobjins I saw almost exactly here in the road in November. I recognize Mr Limp-along!
They always entertaining!
Mopani had a welcoming committee of two big Ellies!
After visiting the station where urination is in operation (there we go again!) I had a look at another beautiful landmark of the Kruger! The poioneer dam!
I was wondering how many crocs live in this vast expanse of water.
The next place where I did the touristy thing is at the tropic of capricorn!
Have you ever read this board? It is super interesting! It is at this latitude that the suns rays strike the earth vertically on only one day of the year. At noon on about the 21st of December.
Pretty cool hey?
After this the Mopani forest dominated in combination with the extreme heat nothing much to see until I got to Shing. But I was very happy to get there at half past 1 in the afternoon!
Giving me enough time to set up camp and go on a drive to Kannidood dam I have heard so much about!
First time camping – doing it alone! So much adventure!
This was the place where I would stay for the next three nights! Plenty of unforgettable sightings, friends made, hilarious and unexpected moments I shared at this amazing place!