Elsa, RayK, Kallis, Chirinda, Carol, SM, Pumbaa, Sparrow, Trrp, Hilda, Barry and Philip.............many thanks for your lovely comments!!Day 45 (Dec 15th)
Today we packed up, and left camp by 6am. It was a sunny morning, so we knew we wouldn't have brilliant sightings.
We crossed the causeway, and were delighted to see our Openbill again, and a small croc, who had his mouth open, displaying a very yellow inner lining!!
The water was just like glass, and with the trees reflected in it, it made a wonderful sight and photo opportunity.
I have always loved this causeway, in all seasons, as it always has plenty to offer.
We decided to see how the Giraffe carcass was doing, and wondered what might be there, having a feast............Jackals and maybe Vultures?
We were disappointed to find nothing at all, though there still seemed to be plenty of flesh on the upper legs!! Perhaps we had just called in at the wrong time?
We saw our family of six Giraffe again, only this time they had increased to nine!! However they were all spread out, munching on the leaves of various bushes, so no good photos.
We also saw some Warthogs, Nyalas, a Steenie and a few Ellies, and then we were very excited to see a family of Banded Mongooses...........too quick for a photo, but a first for all of us!!
We joined the main road, and motored at a steady speed to Mopani, with very little to see, though at one of the waterholes we did see a huge breeding herd drinking thirstily from the water tower, and there was one Ellie who was intent on having a really good scratch up against a tree trunk. He looked so comical, and reminded us of Balou in the Jungle Book film!!
We had another delicious (early) brunch at Mopani, and chatted to the manager, who is really on the ball, and making his mark there. Well done Adrian!!
Then it was home time, and as it was now midday and very hot, we decided to drive at a steady 50 back to Phala, as we didn't think that we would see much.
We had only just left Mopani, when our daughter shouted......"I think it's probably just a rock, but...............stop Dad!!!"
Well it's just as well we did, because flopped down under a tree, was a magnificent male Lion!!! It was not the best of views, but a male Lion is a male Lion, and another first for the kids!!
We saw a few of our regular friends on the H14, including a huge dagga boy, and we were very amused to see a "headless" Giraffe!!
We arrived home mid pm........exhausted, but very happy with our four nights into paradise.
Too tired to cook, we ordered a Take Away from the pub, which was delish, and we squeezed the last of the Amarula out of the bottle, and reflected on our time in the far north of my beloved park!!
So many "firsts for the kids" and they had loved it all..........and a return for Dungy and me, to our land of mystery, enchanted forests and hidden gems!!
We will be back!!
To be continued.............