As I sit here under the thatch in the kitchen/boma area (trying to get an internet connection and also some cool) I can read the plaque on the wall and the words 'be worthy of your sojourn here
Thank you for the birthday wishes for Hawk - he will thank you all himself, but in the meantime, from him via me, thanks to you all for thinking of him. He did have a lovely day. It ended up pouring down on Saturday, just as we arrived back in camp from our long drive of the day. We had supper at the restaurant, where they had prepared a specially decorated table for us for the occasion of Hawk's birthday. It was cold outside and very wet, and the restaurant full. Food was basic, but good.
We had a nice sighting on Saturday of a small ellie herd fast sleep. They stood close together and sort of leaned on each other, eyes closed and swaying slightly. We spent about half an hour with them, and then decided to quietly drive off and let them sleep in peace.
Yesterday was a rather wet pack up, although the skies did soon clear and the day ended up lovely and hot. We made our way here, checking in at Satara. It looked like good rains has fallen all the way the night before.
I will post a pic of the low water bridge which has a huge section totally washed away from the previous floods. Its a bit of a pity as we love to sit on the bridge and try and get pics of the kingfishers. But there are many other special drives and things to do in the area.
All the little rivers are running and there is water everywhere. The veld is green and lush.
This morning produced our first leopard sighting of the trip. We seem to have missed all the other leopards everyone else gets to see. Even yesterday early on the bridge over the Sabie at Lower Sabie, a SANParks staff bus stopped and told us about a leopard sighting, directing us carefully where to go .... the leopard had moved on by the time we got there.
This morning's leopard had an impie kill in a shambok tree next to the road, this from yesterday someone in camp told us, and we were lucky enough to see him lying in the shade, and very drowsy, close to the kill.
Tomorrow morning is a morning walk for us .... cannot wait
Depending on connection (and battery life, as there is no electricity here in camp) we will try report again soon and also post some pics.