First 2 nights of 11 in the famous KNP!
Yellow ribbon arrived at 15:00 at Punda Maria Gate.
Quick check in. All people there very helpful. The woman at the barrier gaves me a paperbag for the litter (i love this) and opened the barrier with the words:"Dont speeding." First stop was at the center of the local people. Nice place and friendly people. I couldnt buy any curious, because i have no space in my suitcase. On the parking place i saw a Gecko.
But its very loud in the park. In the bush, i think, there must sit billions of insects and make big scratching noises. Unbelievable.
On the way to S98 i saw very close 3 tawny eagles.
On the S98 a crested francolin and grey lorie. No more action. Very dry many parts of this area. On the way grey duiker, steenbok and impala.
At 17:00 i checked in at Punda Maria Camp. Also very helpful people. I get the Safari Tent No. 3, very nice place to stay. Throw my things on the bed and leave at 17:45 camp for a short run on the Mahonie Loop.
From Camp coming i turned left in the Mahonie Loop. Very nice and scenic road. About 3 km after the camp i saw on the right site a male lion. Could be 200 meters away from me.
At the water hole on the left i saw some nice birds and a fresh water turtle. on the way back to the camp i saw close to the camp a group of baboons in the bushes running. A good beginning for my KNP adventure.
For dinner i made pasta with a vegetable-garlic-tomato soup. And some Castle. Than again the insects starts to "sing". And when they finished hyenas began with their chorus. I love it!
I leaved PM at 4:33 and i went again left into the Mahonie Loop. At the Waterhole i saw again lovely Birds. Also a big snail on the road
and impies. Also clossy starling and grey toko. After the Matukwale Dam i saw some nyala. Than the 3rd Big 5 sighting of my holiday, 2 buffalos. At 8:00 i came back to PM for a quick brekkie.
8:20 on the way to Pafuri Picnic Spot. 1 km behind the gate i saw a big marabou stork on the tarred Road.
On the Klopperfontein Loop i saw +- 20 buffs, burchell's zebras, a red buck, a lone elephant (4th Big 5) and nice red flowers. At Klopperfontein Dam i saw lovely egyptian goose and dragonflies and again an ellie. On the H1-8 nothing happened. It goes hotter and hotter and the area was very, very dry. Only some Baboons are to seen and at the floodlevel sign near the Luvuvhu i saw a lone nyala with baboons under a tree.
At 12:00 i came to Pafuri Picnic Spot, but there were no Frank. I only could see a malachite kingfisher flying over the river. And a male nyala for a drink.When i want to go, Calvin gives me a sign to come to him. And than he showed me bathing ellies in the river.
How nice. When the ellies leaves the water, i also wanted to go. But we heard another ellie in the bush. It could be a big bull sayed Calvin. He asked me to wait till he went in his house. Perhaps it could be that the ellie does not let him in and i could be the last visitor for the day. No problem and after a few minutes Calvin was safe.
Now i runs the S63. And here lots of game. Stunning. The Fevertree Forest is beautiful and all around waterbucks, baboons,
vervet monkeys, impalas and babies,
nyalas, kudus, zebras, crocodiles, Senegalliest kingfisher and pied kingfisher.
At 14:00 i arrived at Crooks Corner. Much water and some birds like yellow billed egret.
On the way back to PM i saw on H1-8 now more Game and Birds, highlight an Ellie having a bath and splashing
and a Witwenente.
Also a sharpe's grysbok.
Im back at 16:00 and tried the trail in the camp. Interestening insects and the scratching critters.
And than it begins to rain. Rain? Without clouds? Oh no, the critters starts to pee or something like this. I decide to leave the trail very quick.
I took a look to the camping area and the nice pool than i went up to my tent. When i took my small dinner i saw in the far flashes. Then came wind, much wind and thunder and rain. Many rain. A real big thunderstorm.
When i lay in the bed i heard a noise. Like water dipping on the floor. And right in the showerroom came water threw the roof. And the roof had a big curve from all the water on it. So im a little bit scared for the moment if the roof could rip. So i tried to move the roof up to let the water came down. And this wars very heavy, but i heard the water falling outside splashing on the floor. And this did i for the whole night. What an eperience. Also now i realised water came under the door in the tent. Amazing.
After the action of the night i oversleept a little bit this morning. I leaved PM at 7:30. Rain and all is wet. Many water in the bush. I took the H13-1. On the way i noticed that all loops are closed of the water.
Between S58 and H1-8 i saw a frog
and black birds. Than i turned on the H1-8. On the H1-7 blocked 3 buffs for more than 15 minutes the road.
Than i saw close to the road the first giraffes near to zebras.
Only rhe road between S57 and NÃ‚Â´warihlangari was open to the S56. So i tried it. But in both directions came after a few km blocking threw water or mud. At one i think i could try threw. Idiot. With lot of luck i could go back off the mud.
But the small part of the S56 i saw was very productive. Tons of birds like owl, fish eagle, yellow billed hornbill, saddle-billed stork, dwarf mungoose, tree squirrels Impies and others. Very good.
Than i went back to H1-7. At bridge over the Nkulembeni stood an ellie in the river, only 2 meters from my car. No danger, he in the river i on the bridge, cool.. Than he decided to go up and cross the road and now i saw close by a 2nd.
After the Shingwedzibridge i met a group of vervet monkeys. When i arrived at Shingwedzi at 12:00 the rain stopped. I checked in, throw again my bags on the bed and take a break.
At 13:30 i leaved SW threw the main gate and took on the left the S135. There i saw wonderful marabou stork, about 10 all in one lane. Also a big herd of giraffes and impies.
I finished the day with a braai pack from the shop and a little bit of castle.
To be continued