Day 2. Phala - Letaba
Time for the Park!!
We had an interesting time finding out at Phalaborwa that we in fact did not have a booking at Tzenze!?
That was the whole plan … to sleep over at Tzenze!? In any case, we went in with that distinctive Phala chilled out mentality that we would make the Tzenze booking once we got to Letaba.
Our first sighting on the H9 was one of the best of the day! Unfortunately the distance and branches made it impossible to take a picture of, but it was very nice to see with the naked eye! A mighty Tawny Eagle was ripping apart some small animal on the dry ground. After some speculation we agreed to call the kill a hare. The grim scene of violent death combined with the dry August ground void of grass left me thinking what a harsh place this is.
Next up, this Steenbokkie
I love the great big ears on these aMiNals! It takes some skill to discern them from rocks when they standing still. So we had to reverse back to look at this one. He posed just long enough for a pic, then bolted off!
It was a relief when we reached Sable Dam and could at last see landscape that is not bone dry! These big buffs also fancied some of the sweet green grass near the dam.
The buffs put the muddy on the outskirts of the dam to good use. Handy relief from the harsh sun just after 10am. Also basting themselves in mud was a family of 'Shallow Pigs'. What is a shallow pig?? Ah yes. I should have known!
Sable dam is quite an animal magnet really.
Impi Warriors looking good and shiny in the sun.
The long neck
This little Dassie/Rock Hyrax well spotted!
As this ground hornbill tried to demonstrate … it was Flippin hot!!
So not much more was spotted until Letaba. However we were far from bored! I was so fortunate to hear all the stories about the cricket at Skukuza through the years! Hilarious stuff! There are a few traditions I have been made aware of:
1.Tsukudu and Scipio are always the umpires with a beer in one hand, and a ciggie in another, lazily giving the signal for a wide. The best 'player' for the angel's team
2.Somebody must get naked and jump in the pool.
3.The attendance of the leopard on Moroela Loop on the Saturday morning
There were many more hilarious stories told
Before long we stopped off at Letaba
As it turns out, there isn't accommodation at Tzenze, so we had to settle for staying at Shingwedzi