Ok, next installment, (This is taking forever!!!! But I am having fun!)
Promise Day 5, 6 and 7 will be quick!!! or should I say shorter!
Day 3 - Wednesday 16th November 2005
I really wanted to see some “kitties" so woke quite early, (well for me) and drove to the Nsemani dam on the H7, lots of buffs and an ellie again. (No pic this time, but am sure same ellie). Nothing happening at the dam though, maybe I was too late at 6:10am!
No kitties anywhere!
Then back and along the H6 to N'wanetsi Lookout and dam. What a lovely road, not a lot of game, but it was very pretty and lacked vehicles! (Only really saw rangers riding bikes on this road). However saw lots of giraffe, zebra and a couple of ostrich.
It was strange cause there were actually three ostriches, even though only two in this pic, and the third was a female. I thought it would have been two females and a male together rather!!! (Does this mean that Angel ostriches have lots of sense??
There were some beautiful trees, big ones, along this road, some with circles of stones around the base, I did take pics of these, to show you on the forum and ask questions, but they were on my little camera, which got stolen the night I came home! Does anyone know what these stones mean and who put them there?
(just slipping in an extra)
Isn't Loamsie grinning just like a cheshire CAT here?)
When I arrived at the Lookout Point at N'wanetsi there was no one there. I sat there, alone, in the peace and quite and had a cup of coffee, watched the birds and relaxed a bit, before leaving.
On the way back saw some of the most beautiful water bucks I have ever seen. BUT No Kitties.
(The one is my new avatar!)
Got back to Satara in time for breakfast and coffee before setting off again, this time to Olifants. I decided that I must do some traveling today as tomorrow I would rest and spend most of the day in camp.
I filled up with diesel before heading out again and there was someone trying to get his tyre fixed after having a puncture, (one of my worst fears being alone in the park!) - (Bert's blanket??)
I stuck to the tar road to Olifants, and saw Rhino and baby resting/sleeping under a tree, (wise animals)
(Only just enought shade for them)
Note only very little bush between us!!!
a few baboons
(Typical mousketeer the way they sat and displayed!!!)
It was very very hot, and it was actually a relief to be in an air conditioned double cab!! I just love the scenery in that part of the park, open plains and being able to see for miles.
A grey Merc whizzed past me at a tremendous rate, (this was about 2 kms from the bridge over the Olifants River) and I thought, “You stupid..." Anyways when I got to the bridge the car was parked on it with its bonnet up. I stopped and asked if they had a problem, with which the man, in broken English said, that he aplogised for going at such speed but he was running out of oil, and needed to get to Olifants in a hurry. I suppose a good excuse, he was adding oil to his engine) He then jumped into his car and headed of, once again at speed!
I love this pic, its so full of emotion.....
Just as I was getting to the end of the bridge, an ENORMOUS Ellie wandered out onto the main road and started heading onto the bridge... I was in shock!! Where do I go now? Only backwards!!! The man in the grey Merc must have only just missed bumping into him too. I never even bothered to get my camera out, just sat with my heart beating wildly in my chest!! My foot on the clutch and the double cab in reverse!
Luckily for me, the Ellie stopped, thought for a moment or two, (it seemed like hours!) and then turned and wandered off into the bush. Whew!
Arrived at Olifants about midday, got a toasted sarmie and a bottle of water and headed down to the vantage point. It was HOT, like you can't believe. I was told about 43 degrees... and not a breath of air.
There was a little water in the river and I spotted three water buck, a solitary giraffe, (the others probably hiding in the trees). It was fascinating sitting there quietly listening to the other visitors chatting about what they had seen. Suddenly in the distance a herd of ellies set off across the sand to the water, amongst them was a really tiny ellie. This was miles away but I got a pic of it anyway.
I had a long chat with one of the shop assistants at Olifants re the lack of rain and how the crocodiles were all heading towards Mozambique. As he said to me as I paid for my bottle of water, “We are lucky we can buy water, the impala's and animals can't". What a wonderful statement.
After about 2 hours I left, it was so hot it was unpleasant being outside. The air conditioning of the double cab was preferable.
Saw two cars with lots of people stopped on the Bridge over the Olifants river, they were all out of their vehicles, I was not sure whether this was a place where people were legally allowed out of their vehicles or not, so took a couple of pictures of them!!!!
Saw a few big ellies on my way back to Satara,
Note less bush, in fact only a small branch between us!
but prefer this pic!!
but it was just too hot for any sensible animals (SO NO KITTIES) to be anywhere but hiding in the shade. There was not a breeze anywhere
I made an observation on my way when I waved to every vehicle I saw, that no women drivers waved, a few men did, all parks and work or delivery vehicle drivers waved. Most people were just looking straight ahead and I doubt if some of them were observing the speed limit. Maybe it was too Hot!!! (However this was the case everyday, so can't blame it on the heat!)
Arrived back at Satara at about 4:00 and collapsed on my bed in my wonderful air conditioned hut. (Noticed that the people next to me were busy preparing a potjie, cutting and stirring, their potjie was on a gas bottle and they must have been so hot!)
the first kiss(!) before the signing
Left again just after 5:00, (The people next door were STILL tending their potjie!) It was still hot, but I went to park next to the Nsemani dam again, saw zebra, warthogs and I am sure the same big ellie. BUT STILL NO KITTIES!
Where is the bush????
He was a really lovely Ellie, and at no time, and I am sure it was the same one every day, was he at all worried or upset, but just lovely.
Got back just after 6:15 and the people next door were still cutting, stirring and tending their potjie!!!! It was still HOT. Had a shower and when I got out found the wind was a howling gale and within a few minutes the temperature fell by many degrees as it was suddenly quite chilly!! An amazing change in literally just a few minutes.
(Maybe Kitties tomorrow I thought and hoped).
(My braai fire making improved once again this evening!)
My chops and wors tasted really good!!!