Tomorrow morning we'll be off on our next trip into paradise.
I was hoping to have most of our stuff packed and ready to load into the BluTuna but as usual, everything gets left to the last moment
My intention is to post new reports on a daily basis while we are in/around the park but that depends entirely on how good the internet connection is where we are staying.
Our Itinerary :-
28/10/2011-03/11/2011 Day Visitor - Croc Bridge Gate (Ngwenya Lodge - Komatipoort)
05-06/11/2011 Day Visitor - Pafuri Gate (Pafuri River Camp)
11/11/2011 Lower Sabie
For the first week at Ngewnya Lodge we have some extra baggage
; the SO's sister, who hasn't been to KNP for many years, and her daughter who is a KNP rookie (I'm going to be a Rose among the Thorns
). A small amount of pressure then, having the responsibility of initiating a rookie teenager into the wonders of The Park.
There is also my son who accompanied us to the KNP at least once a year between 1988 and 2004. He now lives in Japan - and will be with us via this TR and daily emails - internet connection permitting.
I have a keen sense of anticipation about this trip, probably caused by reading all of the wonderful trip reports on this forum - I hope I haven't raised my expectations too high! I can't wait to get back to my favourite place on the planet.
Our wishlist for this trip....
Things we've never seen in the park...
Pangolin, Aardvark, Bush Pig, Striped Polecat, Suni
Gorgeous Bush-Shrike, Tambourine Dove, Racket-Tailed Roller, Pennant-Winged Nightjar, Long-Crested Eagle.
Things we've seen once....
Black Rhino, Cape Clawless Otter, Caracal
Pel's Fishing Owl, Narina Trogon, Crowned Eagle.
Things we've seen twice...
Serval, Lichtenstein's Hartebeest.
Honey Badger, Painted Dogs, Leopard, Cheetah, AWC, Big Tuskers, Roan, Sable, Eland, Porcupine, Genet and any other animals, birds, insects, reptiles and amphibians that cross our path.
All of the above in good light and in camera range - I should be so lucky
Before anyone asks, I have a Nikon D5100 and a D5000 with Nikkor 18-55mm & 55-200mm and a Sigma 150-500mm. The SO has a Nikon S640 Point-and-Squirt for the scenery.