This is how we will remember Nicol: Gun in hand telling us something interesting!
That evening we sit till quite late chatting about what we have seen and learned on the trip. Plus a few extra tales from Nicol about his time as a ranger. Enjoying the silence around us for the last time but we promise each other that we will be doing our next trail soon! It is fantastic to have a group like ours that get on so well so that we can repeat our escapes over and over.
23 April 2011
The next morning we pack up and load the van for our trip back to Berg-en-dal. The journey produces a few more sights.
As Elson called it a singing Pavarotti Terrapin because of the way he is stretched out!
After goodbyes are said at Berg-en-dal we head to Skukuza for our next night in the park.
Right outside the gate, we spot a Nellie the Ellie!
Not so scary from inside our rental car! Near to Afsaal we find one of Tracey’s favourites...
A delicious boerewors roll at Afsaal while dodging the bees and then back on the road again. We continue up the H3, the next photo is not that great but we are so lucky to spot a leopard on the move! Ourselves and one other car saw it as it dashed across the road. A look over it’s shoulder and it was gone
The rest of the drive up to Skukuza did not present anyting spectacular but a few cute sightings. These two ellies were saying “Who smell’s there?” in unison!
And then we saw our friends who have the dirty job of “cleaning” up after the giants!
A perfect ball!
Above us were more creatures that clean up after others... Vultures!
Personally the next is a first for me: Ground Hornbills in a tree.
I even managed to catch one in flight. I am still learning so it is not perfect but I will get there
Not to sure what kind of bird this is but he posed nicely!
A “Zebra” crossing is always a photo op!
Then right near Skukuza we another rhino. Really we have been spoilt with Rhino sightings and I would be devastated if poachers get there way, by killing these prehistoric beasts just because men in the East are not getting with the program called Viagra!! Come on guys it is small and blue and does way more for you than the horn on a beautiful creature....
Our small bungalows at Skukuza seem like 5 star luxury! We grab a hot shower and settle for a late afternoon sunset around the camp fire. How blessed we are to be here in paradise.
Early wake up as we head out of the park to a private game lodge for some “spa” treatment. Some R n’ R after the hike. But we come back in for one night at Orpen on the 26th of April.
We have never stayed at Orpen and I must say that is a real hidden jewel! A Stunning 6 sleeper hut, lots of grass area and a great hide. Plus it is small and intimate. Here peoples still braai and sit around their fires
We head out to Nwanetsi Picnic Spot. One of my favourites. Refreshed and happy the Pink Lady
is over joyed to be in paradise with hubby and great friends.
After breakfast we head up to Gudzani dam where we are rewarded again with a fleeting sight of leopard. Too quick to even fire off a shot!
(A photographic shot that is!!)
Not far from the damn we are rewarded with a pride of lions. These two must be sisters or mother and daughter ... they look so alike!
Sadly on our way to Orpen on the H7 we find a dead snake
This would not happen if someone kept to the speed limit!!!
Right at the camp entrance we see this beauty.
I love eagles and especially Martial's.
We book an early morning drive on the 27th of April and have an awesome time. I get to meet “KTP Hooked”
on their final day in the park! What a lovely couple. So interesting to share their adventures. Wow it is great to meet fellow formites!
On our drive we see see hyena, lion, bush baby x 2 and the other usuals. It is rather dark so the photo’s are not really great. Our guide is amazing. She takes us to where she thinks there are wild dogs but alas nothing ;( As some of you may know I am chasing the illusive Wild Dog for 15 years now!!! It is the one major predator that I have not seen. So many trips and not even a glimpse. But hey, if it keeps me coming back!!!! Who am I kidding even if I never see one or if I see one every time.....
I’LL BE BACK!!!!!!