The Chick and I were woken up at 2am with a loud ping, followed by a thud!!!
We turned the light on, but could see nothing obvious,
We thought maybe a night bird had flown into the window, though that didn't seem very likely.
We eventually got back to sleep, and when we woke the following morning, we discovered the gruesome truth!!!
There, next to our suitcase, we found what had woken us up.............. a dead Bat.
He must have misjudged things and clipped the edge of the fan!!! Poor little chap!!!
We weren't sure of the procedure, as we knew that Bats are a protected species, so we let the Ranger know what had happened, just to be on the safe side.
By now the sun was coming up, and we sat on the stoep with our morning coffee, just drinking in the peace and tranquillity. Not a soul in sight..............magic!!!
Eventually, we showered, dressed, packed the car, and after dropping the keys in the box, we drove out of the gate at 7am. We were on our way to Punda Maria camp!!!
We stopped on the high level bridge, and saw a lone Ellie in the riverbed, and a few Maribou Storks in the distance.
There was some water flowing in places, but there were also large areas of dry riverbed.
We turned off up the S56, which I have to say is my absolute favourite road in Kruger, and in my opinion the prettiest.
There was a group of Buffs in the riverbed, having a wallow in the thick mud, and several water birds.
Further on we saw Impala, Giraffe, Zebbies, Waterbuck, Ellies, Steenbok, and many birds including a lovely Kori Bustard..
Eventually we arrived at Babalala picnic site, for a bathroom break, cold drink and a chicken sandwich.
We had hoped that the Roan herd that Dungy and I had seen several years ago, would be at the waterhole, as we would dearly have loved The Chick to see them, but they were nowhere to be seen.
As we watched, a small group of Ellies arrived for a drink from the water tower, and after they had drunk their fill, they wandered off (luckily away from the picnic area!!!)
Then we were on our way for the last leg of the journey to Punda, but sadly we saw very few animals, who presumably were all sheltering from the hot midday sun (Mad dogs and Englishmen!!)
We got to Punda, at 3pm, and checked into our BD3 unit.
For those of you that don't know, they are the terraced units which have been there since Adam was a lad, but have all been beautifully refurbished inside.
They have 3 single beds, ensuite shower, loo, and basin, and an inside kitchen, which was very well equipped.
Because they were built so long ago, and because of the way that they are configured, it means that there is not enough room, for each unit to have it's own braai, but there is a nice communal area, for those that wish to braai.
We knew this before we arrived, and with my mobility problems we decided to pass on this, so made a simple stirfry, which went down a treat.
We sat outside our bungalow for our obligatory glass of Amarula, and wondered what tomorrow would bring.
Would Frank be on duty at Pafuri, would Crooks Corner be open again, what wildlife would we come across?
It was a bit overcast, so we could only see the odd star twinkling, but that didn't dampen our spirits........we were still in one of the most amazing places on God's earth.............how blessed we were!!!!
With that thought in mind, we turned in for the night!!!