I know it’s time to start my TR when my alarm is set for 6.15am, but by 5am I am wide awake and going through lists in my head!
My dad suggested that this TR be called “Operation Ubhejane”
as he is on a mission to find a Black Rhino on this trip...an animal which has eluded us on all previous trips to Kruger (and there have been many....we have been visiting Kruger since 1976!
). However, since this is MY TR, the title had to feature the word ‘flutter’
just to keep up with the tradition of my previous TR’s…so a compromise has been made!
If you have read my previous TR’s you will know that Bush Brat is my 12 year old son – a true Kruger fanatic (look our for his version of events in his own TR
). My SO (NOT a Kruger fanatic) prefers to stay at home with our 3 dogs (Dumb, Dumber and Dumbest
), so instead, we always go to Kruger with my dad (navigator outside the park, and driver and chief cook and bottle washer in the park).
On our last 4 trips we always spent 4 nights in the park, but it was never enough for the Brat, and he insisted that this time we had to stay at least 7 nights, and, as is usually the way with brats...he got his way
!! The sacrifices we make for our kids!!
This trip was booked in October last year...needless to say, routes, camps, meals, and all other relevant details have been discussed extensively and exhaustively since then, and books, photos, videos and maps have been thoroughly examined...even though my SO has only visited Kruger twice, he could probably draw a detailed map while blindfolded, just from sitting through our numerous planning sessions!!
This is the itinerary: 2nd & 3rd October – Shingwedzi, 4th & 5th – Olifants, 6th – Satara, 7th & 8th – Lower Sabie. The Brat has never stayed further north than Letaba, and my Dad and I were last in Shingwedzi about 20 years ago....so we are super excited about this trip
! Enthuse, enthuse, enthusiasm
(with thanks to Cheetah2111
)!!!! The Brat would have preferred more nights at Satara instead of Olifants, but nothing was available...so, he didn’t get his way this time!
And, to be honest, we haven’t stayed at Olifants for so long (and the Brat has never stayed there) that I’m really looking forward to it.
Since our trip in October last year, the Brat has acquired a lovely new camera – the Canon SX 30-IS (did I mention that he is a spoilt Brat
) – and is on a mission to become an award-winning photographer
!! I have to say I’m a little jealous of the zoom on that thing...it puts my 75 – 300mm lens to shame!!! Alas...all my subtle hints about a nice, new, big lens have fallen on deaf ears (I’m not a spoilt brat
), but the challenge is on!! Hopefully, I can now con him into looking at birds by taunting him with some nice pics!!