Crawling along to the exit...
We woke up early like every morning but this time it was drizzling and we had to pack up
The packing was quick and then we showered while my mum was getting her camera and handbag I heard the bushbabies that Wendy telling me about. We searched and voila in the rooftop of the bungalow next to us they where hiding.
We packed our last things and miraculously it stopped raining.
And we bid farewell to Crocbridge as we were on our way to Phabeni to exit. We just left the camp when we were greeted by our first BIG5 member. They were lounging in the grass all still sleepy.
And not even 100m past the buffs we reached our first roadblock of about 5 cars. And what my this block on the road hold for us?
2 Kitty-cats still very sleepy
We had to drive on as I was on a tight leash. We had 7 hours to reach Phabeni. My mum had to go to church and there was no arguing with her. On the H4-2 we were greeted by ellies
and a lonesome vulture
Then a groot meneer was walking to us and mommy dearest started to get panicky
I stood still and then reversed when I had to. He was all chilled out and went into the bushes about 5m from our car. They are gentle giants, you should just not test them
Just before Mlondozi turn off we were greeted by a pair of loving kitty-cats. My mum just kept on saying that he looked very sad. She was lying flat so I didn't take kiekies of her. I knew they were a breeding pair and was allowed to sit with them for 15 minutes but then mum so it is time to move on my child...
Goddbye my kitties and on we moved towards Lower Sabie. A slippery landsnail asked us for directions on our way and we kindly obliged
And then close to where we had our lion sighting the previous day we saw 3 ladies sleeping on a sandbed in the Sabie river. Now that is what I think is a lekker thing to do.
We arrived at Lower Sabie 30 minutes late and still we made time to drink a coffee at Lower Sabie. We also saw Gerharddb and bro and told them about all the kitties. At lake Panic I took a few kiekies of birdies.
3 banded Plover
Wahlberg stretching his wings
On Eloff street we were entertained by furry vervets. This particular one was busy eating a seed of some sort.
And then I always stop for these. Just show you that good can come out of shitty situations
We met Cheetah2111 on the road and was told about the nyalas of which we saw nothing. But it was so nice to see him again. We have become great friends on the forum and I believe a lot of the mites can concur that we have cause quite a few stirs on certain topics.
We said our goodbyes and later on the road we saw a bushbuck lady with a baby. (COuldn't take a nice kiekie of the baby as she was in hiding)
At Skuks I got a BBM about a leppie on the Lake Panic road and as we didn't see any leppies that trip I decided to take the chance as it was on our way to the S1 and we still had time. We turned onto the road and another BBM came through warning us not to go check out the leppie which was very strange. I wondered why till I got to the 'sighting' There were a lot of cars for such a little road and we waited in a long cue. Everybody behave well and we did move on slowly but surely until this douche hooted a few times behind us and then past all of us!
The leopard stood up and jumped out of the tree and disappeared into the distance. We were sooooooooooo close just to miss out on our leppie.
The rest of the road was very quiet with some general game and a few birdies. I was lucky enough to see some hamerkop just before Phabeni Gate and was glad that my trip was finishing with such a special sighting. We left the park with sad faces (but I was also thinking about my 2 upcoming trips in November and December so I knew it won't be too long till we meet again)
We took the long road home and mum got to go to church that evening. This was an amazing trip with a lot of friends that I met and great sightings that I could share with my mum. We have booked another 2 trips for 2013. July 5 days and August the long weekend so more entertainment will be coming your way this year.