I seem to be getting worse and worse with updating, never mind ever finishing, a trip report!
But I do have a good excuse - life when you are having such fun in Kruger, is hectic and passes by just too quickly
And then there is the matter of not always having a strong internet signal in some camps (or none at all
So, let me try and make amends to this poor neglected report!
Greeting from Olifants
Signal - consistent, but so slow I took a walk to the shop while a page was loading, so there will be no pic uploading tonight.
Weather - overcast, and warm, with a bit of a breeze.
Camp - quiet
Food intake - overdose of hamburger and chips (VEGGIE) and cold beer and wine as soon as we got into camp; even before we unpacked as it was a super surprise to find that the restaurant here has yet to close for the renovation and hand over to the new folk. (Well it was closed for a few days, but they have opened it as there is talk of a delay down the line of the renovations in other camp/s. Not sure of details.)
Bungalow - lovely! When I booked this trip in Dec last year, I was only able to get a unit with 3 beds and shower/wc, but no 'kitchen', we would need to use the communal kitchen, but would have a fridge. Today = SURPRISE!! (yes another lekker one for us!) We are in the (oh I forget the exact code) but unit we should be in, but it is a refurbished one that smells of fresh paint, and has a kitchen, and everything here is new - fridge, kettle, utensils, and what is not new has been given a good clean and fresh coat of paint. All looking good
And there is much renovation going on in the camp - the reception area is being redone and extended, as are many of the units.
So, what has happened between Sunset Dam and Olifants ...
- A lot of birding
- Not a lot of lions, tigers, leopards, cheetah, or any other cat like creature ... but some very cute hyenas. (Sure the cats are out there, and eyeing us as we pass them while they lie in the lovely long green grass and in the shade of the lovely dense green trees)
- Nice rain, and bushveld storm, cloudy days, and perfect sunny days
- A lot of tall lush green grass, at places higher than the 4x4 (the grass is a big thing in my life right now
- Lots of water, rivers running nicely
- Not too many antelope, but those we have seen are looking fat, and healthy and their coats are shining; it is indeed a time of plenty for Kruger
- Meeting up with two very special forumites, whom I will tell you more about later
- Being afforded an opportunity to hear Gen Jooste give an updated briefing on the poaching situation
- Staying at Skukuza, then Biyamiti, Tamboti and now at Olifants
And now, I best submit this post, as it might take an age to go through, and it is getting close to our bushveld bedtime!