The story continues...............Day 110 (Feb 18th)
Well the day had dawned when we must leave Phalaborwa, after four months.
We had enjoyed some wonderful visits in through the Phala Gate, with some amazing sightings, both human and of the animal kingdom!!
We knew we would miss it dreadfully, even though we were looking forward to the coast, our only consolation was that we were to be spending 4 nights with Elsa and Klystron at Burchell's near Kruger Gate, and then 2 nights at Malelane Camp.
We wanted to drive along the S100, so made the decision to drive down the R40 to Orpen, and enter the park there, instead of through the Phala Gate.
It was a lovely sunny morning, and after checking the cottage with the caretaker (just to make sure we hadn't stolen the family silver!!) we loaded the car and set off for Orpen.
We saw Zebbies, Wildebeest, Giraffe, Impala and Kudu just past the gate, and Warthog and a lovely raptor a little further on...............had we come to a zoo we wondered!!!
We had to take the detour around the dirt road to avoid the big hole in the H7, but saw absolutley nothing.
The S100 was very quiet, we were the only car, and the animals all seemed to be play hide and seek!!!
Eventually we had some luck in the form of a lovely lioness who was enjoying the sunshine!! What a beauty!!! The S100 had delivered!!
We made our way down the main road towards Tshokwane, and saw two amorous Hippos at the dam!!!
Time was getting away from us, so we continued down to Kruger gate, where we had arranged to meet Elsa and Klystron on the bridge.
Oh, and by the way, somewhere between Orpen and Kruger gate we saw a pair of White Rhinos.
We also saw what I am 99% certain was a Blackie, but he disappeared before I could properly check him out!!
Our friends were waiting for us on the bridge, and we followed them back to Burchell's, all set for four days of "fun friendship and Kruger " to coin a phrase!!
That night Elsa cooked us a lekker beef strogonoff, and imagine our delight when a cute little Genet paid us a fleeting visit!!
As we sipped our Amarulas, we caught up on what had happened during the week we'd been apart, and then it was time for bed, so that we would be fully rested for all that tomorrow may show us..............