We wake up early, before the crack of dawn (mum not at all impressed that I want to be in front of the gate before it actually opens)
I catch a shower and start packing the padkos for our trip. As we are new to this region we had to phone a friend
because 50/50 wouldn't do us any good (I didn't know 50 and my mum didn't know 50)
Here we wait in front of the gate (me walking around all energetic and having a cig outside while mum sits and ten to one are badmouthing me for making her wait instead of sleeipng) Oh well...
And YES offcourse I was the first car @ the gate!
At last they open the gate and off we go to explore the Olifants region
we decided to drive to Letaba via a road (don't recall any names now
) but because of the flood it was closed so had to take the inland gravel road (which at the end was FANTASTIC)
First thingy we saw was a hoendertjie-as I said, we sommer had our own names for the birdies as we don't know all of them by name, page or book for that matter
We also saw zebs and giraffes but the lighting was bad so all my pics are blurry-what I wanted to show you guys was that a baby zeb was attacked by a kitty I suppose but do live another day to tell the tale (isn't that great
) the zebbie will heal and end up being a full grown zeb!
Our first postable animal was a kudu with her DSTV dishes still intact-wonder if she can get cell reception
We get at a turn and what decides to greet us? 2 hyenas... Now we are excited-I just love these cute ugly animals and I really enjoy watching them. These two were actually walking the other way but as we approached they decide to investigate and cause a bit of havoc. We saw a sewer and guessed that it was their den and they really didn't want us there. I took of my FANTASTIC YR off just in case as they came closer (never know if they want to eat a canary tosseltjie for breakfast. The one actually tried to get the number plate and I reversed a bit.
Phew that was a close call-but we have a lot of fun! And as we pass they start chasing us. We really did enjoy this sighting and we thought that if a trip starts like this, what could be in store?
We passed a beautiful Baobab and had to take a pic.
What was strange was that my mum was actually going bos about this tree and she rolls her eyes when I want to take pics of birdies... Very strange indeed
We stopped at a tree with some Marbou Storks in it and I got to take a few pics of the undertaker
And then a very strange sighting for me (I had a ants sighting-it was so quick could only take 3 pics)
They had like an ant train that went over the road and I couldn't believe in what a tight formation they were...
We moved on and found these beautiful impies next to the road (I never noticed the very small penkoppies and this was such a joy in looking at them this weekend)
The drive was very nice and as we go from loop to loop next to the ??? river (I'm very bad indeed)
We see 2 cars in a loop and decide to join them, the very nice man tells us that there are 3 lion males across the river on the hill YEAH GOLDEN KITTIES
and we park there for about 30 minutes. They were a bit far but a kitty non the less.
Now what I tell is is the truth (I have mumproof that it happened). As we drove the morning I tell my mum, who btw hate snakes, about the python that CarolV saw on their December trip on the S29 and that it would be just a treat to see one myself. And we take the Engelhard loop (I think) and I am mos a 30% road 70% bush watcher. SOOOO as I look in the road before my eyes a python is crossing the road about almost half way in there and I slam the breaks and start uttering words to the poor innocent python that can not be mentioned
I was so shocked because here I ask for something and the BIG man out there decide to grant my wish (why?) and I couldn't do anything but freak out. And as I finally calmed down the python had such a skrik that he decide to retreat into the bushes and I have no pics.
That was truly on of the most awesome and stupidus sightings ever recorded by Heksie
We drive on while I shake my head the whole time and then see another undertaker who poses nicely for some pics.
We also find a lone buff along the way
And just as we draw closer to Letaba find an ellie next to the road flapping his ears because it is starting to get warm (not because he dislikes us ladies taking pics of him)
We enter Letaba (which looks like one of the most beautiful camps I've ever been to-will be a destination next year) and go check out the museum with all it's big tuskers.
We buy some ice cream after enjoying a very educational trip in the museum and decide on which road to journey back to Olifants because it is time to make some brunch at the camp... to be continued...