This is how a day should start...
Sleeping like a baby that night listening to owls and the wind in the grass and trees
It wasn't at all a problem to wake up at 4:00 in the morning to have an ice cold shower. Because we only slept over it wasn't necessary to go around the house and put on the gas and then light the geezer so the cold shower was my own doing
.Then I wake up mum, while she had a cold bath I pack the car and then we left Sabie Park to drive back to Hazyview so that we can enter Kruger at the Phabeni Gate. We were all tra-la-la when my mum just mention that I have to keep my eyes open for animals crossing the road after the incident last night
and as she says it I brake instantly because 5 buffaloes decide to cross the R536. Why are they escaping from the Kruger??? I had such a skrik and our equipment was in the back that I didn't have the time to take a kiekie. Who would expect seeing one of the Big 5 even before entering the Gate?
Now we get to Phabeni Gate all excited as the day already started with a BANG!!! We get out all our gear, camera hanging on the neck, map between the seats and binocs on the dash. We are ready for the Kruger
But is she ready for us?
Our route was S1 -> S65 -> H1-1 -> H4-1 -H4->2 to Crocodile Bridge that day. And me mum is a bit flabbergasted because she can't believe that we drove 181km in 12 hours
Now our first sighting is how most of us enter the Park, a herd of imps.
and then we saw some G-raffs
and zebs, the baby was so cute
After them we got to see our first Big5 member in the Park. This ellie was all by his lonesome and very chilled out so we went bos with the kiekies. He obliged in posing like a model for us
On the S65 we saw a group of vervets. Very interesting for me was the fact that one was sitting in the grass and chowing away on flowers and leaves. Since when do they eat that? My kiekie of that one wasn't that good so I'm posting one of his bud checking us from the tree,
We also saw a cutie pie-he posed just perfectly for a kiekie. Actually all the steenbokkies were very kind, none of them were skittish and all out in the open. I have a lot of nice
We also so this one dwarf mongoose-it was actually our only mongoose sighting that whole weekend. And it was very quick.
And then this nice looking kudu, they seemed to not have like us either this weekend. Because I have no kiekie with their faces turned towards me
As we are nearing the end of the S65 I receive a bbm of lions at Transport dam and ask mum what does she think? Well a bit of info about mum is that she has 7 cats and I have 1 so knowing that you must make the conclusion that she/we love cats and had to turn right towards Transport. On our way a JJ flash us and inform us that 700m into the Transportdam road is a leppie in the road now you would think that we are super excited. The leppie we didn't see but who would. There were 3 cars that swooshed past us to go and check out the lions!!!!!!
Ya you guys don't want to hear what I uttered under my breath when that happened. All I see is dust and the best was that the rushed towards the dam on the left and the lions actually were chilling on the right. We were ecstatic when we saw this
we were only 2 cars when we arrived
We sat with them for about 20 minutes as it was starting to get crowded, about 15 cars, and then the golden kitties decided to do what cats do best.
Just before we left the jam a JJ asked me what the 'H' stands for on my YR, and he didn't even know that there is such a thing like SANParks forum... I will show you guys on my next episode what my YR looked like. All I can say is that I made it myself and I think its superbious. tbc
TR: On the Stoep of the Kruger
TR: On the Stoep of the Olifants
TR: The lion, witch and long lost marbles
TR: Binocs and Broomsticks
TR: Its raining cats and dogs in KNP
New TR: Searching for Kitty Kats in Kruger