Here goes! This is my first ever attempt at a Trip report on one of our Kruger trips.
Mid July - Hubby decides he needs a break a.s.a.p. Get online to book a trip to KNP. He wants to go next week, next joke! Park is fully booked until end of September. So I manage to get a booking for the second week of October, eight days of relaxation coming up, but it's so far away. I soothe him and tell him it's only 2 months away.
Three weeks before the departure date he is already chomping at the bit! We are now counting the sleeps. At last it's six sleeps to go, the trailer is sorted out and packed to the hilt. The packing list has been Triple checked, the cooler boxes are ready to be filled, the car has been serviced.
Friday the 5th has arrived, fill the fuel tank - eek! Shock! Horror! The fuel price always goes up just before we go away.
We leave home in Gauteng at 02h00 to get to Malelane gate by 06h30. There is a queue at the gate but we are processed through really quickly.
Cameras are ready to photograph whatever crosses our path on the way to Olifants Camp where we are spending the first night in luxury in a chalet!
We saw lots of Elephants both Matriarch herds and Lonesome Bulls. Also a few of our friends that are not to be named. Buffalo by the hundreds, Kudu and Impala. None of the cats willing to be seen on the first day.
We asked for permission to leave our trailer at Satara overnight as hubby did not want to tow it up the mountain!
We booked in at Olifants and settled down for a quiet evening and boy was it quiet. Not a single nighttime sound to be heard. After a good nights sleep we loaded up and made our way slowly back to Satara. Lots of game spotting on the way.
Finding a shady campsite at Satara can be a mission in itself, shaded sites are at a premium here. We were lucky and found a site close to the ablution block in the Northern corner. Turns out we parked across the way from Super Mongoose and her SO.
It's great to meet other members of the forum and hear about their experiences here in Kruger.
Monday 8th October - Time to go shopping! We're off to Phalaborwa for fresh meat and other supplies. We leave camp at 05h40 and head North. Got to stop at Letaba for breakfast, this is a tradition. We have a meal at Letaba every time we come to Kruger. Great Breakfast and onwards to town.
Lots of Buffalo and Elephants along the way.
The staff at the gate are friendly and efficient, we are issued our re-entry pass and can go shopping. Oh my the transport strike has reached Limpopo and the shelves are almost bare. At the bakery in P'n P there is almost fisticuffs when the fresh bread is brought out. We get what we can and leave. Back to the peace and tranquility of Kruger.
On the way back we see some really irresponsible people out of their vehicle at the Shipukuylia Pan, taking photos this with a herd of Elephants not more than 30meters away! Reported the incident to Letaba Ranger.
That's the first few days for now... More to follow!