The last stretch... which does take longer than we expect
So after buying ice cold refreshments
we take on the last stretch of our journey towards Croc Bridge. Well before that we decide to drive over the low water bridge to check out what the Sabie River has to offer.
We see hippsters on both sides of the river, one chilling in the sun and the other one cooling down in the river.
Also terry climbs out of the water to come and greet us
We make a quick u-turn and then just before we get off the bridge this birdie stops us so that his kiekie can be taken. Can anybody help with his ID? I do think it is a pied wagtail but I can be wrong...
So back on the H4-2 and we drive all chilled out while a lot of cars pass us
We got to see a Fish Eagle
as well as a burchells coucal
Then I see in the road another car that is taking kiekies of something next to the road, I crawl closer and I start getting very exciting and jump up and down in the car
because there is a black bellied bustard next to the road plonking for us all-or that is what he sounds like
I go crazy taking kiekies not caring what is going on around me exchanging cameras just every now and then. But then the unspeakable happens...
I hear the words HEKSIE
now that can only mean that in the other car there is a forumite
and who else than Mr. Leachyness. We have a lekker chat, I tell him about the mini meet the next day and then he says cheers and he leaves me. Now what was that about I wonder, I thought we were kuiering lekker over here? Why the sudden goodbye?
and then as I look back to see him off I see that there is about 10 cars behind me waiting for us to finish our conversation and move on so they can get to the gate
Well we let them all pass and then start driving in our pace again. My mum then suddenly says stop and again she spots an amazing and first sighting for us
a scrubhare hidden away in the grass
People just drove past us not caring what we looked at. What a special sighting they missed. Was our first hare in the park.
Then on we went seeing the following on our way to the camp:
our first vrakkie for the trip, which was very strange
and one tooth ellie
We got to the camp at last and booked in. I especially made mum phone to get us safari tent no7 in front of the fence as WendyA said it is one of the best spots at CB. We bought some wood at the Parkshop (which I will never do again because we actually got 5 trees in the bag) and as I forgot to buy Savanna aka KPA's in Pretoors just a few for the night. We unpacked and then I started the fire with the 5 trees. Yes I'm not exaggerating as the pieces of wood was as big as my thigh...
I did get after a bit of sweat the fire burning and then waited for it to get just right for our Skaap chops
mum was busy making a greensalad, getting the potato salad from the fridge and some pickled beetroot. THe whole time we saw thunderclouds coming closer and the lightning. With that baba hyena visited us. I left my camera in the car as I wanted to chill the moment I got at the tent so I enjoyed the sighting while sipping on my KPA. Just as I took the meat off the fire it started to rain, yes we were very lucky and we ate like kings that night. We kuiered a bit while mum bbm'd all the family stating that they wouldn't believe how many km's we drove in 12 hours... 181 km
then as I finished my last KPA we moved into the tent to get ready to go to bed. It was raining lekker and just so peaceful. I was sitting on the bed when mum asked: 'Heks what is on the roof?'
Heks: 'a bug mum'
Heks mum: 'Its a scorpion'
heks: 'no mum....' heks stand on bed 'get the plakkie its a scorpion'
So I take a pot to try to get him from the roof to the floor so mum can get rid of this yellow mean motherbug.
After two tries to get him from the roof I succeed just to find that we don't know where he fell
ya lekker blonde I know. And then after searching for a few minutes we decide to leave him be. And then go to sleep.
Well I can say was that it wasn't such a lekker peaceful sleep, as I had scorpimares... I actually woke up and told my mum that its on the wall-imagining the scorpion... tbc
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