Day 3… Olifants (this one is for you Noel)
We wake up this morning and are glad that our door wasn’t broken in half during the night by the badgerillas, I cautiously look outside and everything is still fine, just our dustbin has been moved so that they could eat the contents of the bins. We quickly start packing the i10 again for the road to one of the most beautiful camps. After successfully stuffing my car till there is no space, we quickly drive to the bathrooms-believe me it is safer than walking-and do the frilly things. We left the camp before 6 which was lekker even though it was very dark, but our plan was to do the S100 as well today so we needed an early start. This is how dark it is at 6:00 in the morning, if you squint your eyes you can maybe surely definitely see an ellie,
We had the normal antelope like kudu,
And zeb on the H7, someone asked us about lions which I never saw and Nsemani only had hippsters this morning. Just past the H7/S100/H1-3 junction we had a highlight for mum in the road, just sorry he was a bit far and running away from us.
We got to Satara to have a wee break and fill the car with petrol, whilst the petrol was pumping I just heard a cackling and the aloes were full of the green wood hoopoes,
We then moved to the S100, as mum never before had the privilege to have a drive on this ‘lion-free’ road. We drove straight into a roadblock-of which no one was the true Krugerian to inform us what they were looking at, so after stretching the neck a few times and having the oh so famous ? look we moved on. A highlight for us came afterwards when I spotted my second pearlie for the trip.
We also had buff, and the normal S100 antelope
Another rush sighting was this hyena, it happened so quickly that I took only half a kiekie…
We spend some time with a troop of verves, behind them there were warties, gnus and zebs
We enjoyed this drive as there were animals everywhere but one thing we didn’t expect was when we went around a bend saw 3 cars parked on the right side of the road… We slacked of even more and so the S100 showed us today who is boss…
We spend about an hour with them and I believe that at most there were 15 cars, but they were spread all over so nobody were blocked in and no hooting or bad behavior. We turned left on the S41 and then turned on the S90 to go back to Satara for another break, we had a few good sightings on these roads: kori bustard (mums fave bird, she invented her own degrees of comparison for the non-flying bird: korhaan-kori bustard-ostrich) so seeing them makes her heart flutter with joy…
More waterbuck, giraffe and steenbok,
Having a quick break and showing the Satara scopsies for mum, we ordered coffee at the restaurant and I bought a mini Amarula to have a delishioush MMC on our way to Olifants. Listen here, no matter what they say the power of MMC works as we didn’t even drive 10km then we had another kitty sighting on the H1-4…
This was a quick sighting and then they decided to make like flat kitties and disappear in the grass for no one to see until they want to show themselves again. This is our second time going to Olifants and this road has delivered great bird sightings everytime. Here are some of our winged friends: LBR with kill
We had two more kori bustard sightings which got mum very excited
We turned on the S91 to take the river road to Olifants instead of the tar which was a curse and a blessing for me that day…
Some sightings that we had on that road was squirrel, squirrel and squirrel… oh how I hate squirrels…
And dwarf mongoose
This is why I have written off SQUIR-REL for the time being…Ok so we are driving on the Balule dirt road (S91/S92) towards Olifants and ooooo I see a squirrel on a branch posing beautifully for me mum. I stop and shout and reverse and as we get ready to take a kiekie, squirrel he runs- I swear and on we go... Then mum screams leopard and points-I see no leopard but a caracal bum trotting away exactly in line where I stopped before I reversed for the squirrel. So the damn thing got such a fright about us stopping for the squirrel he turned and ran away! If I didn't look at the squirrel I would've seen a caracal and taken kiekies!!!!! So here we are and we have no pics of the caracal or squirrel...
We are entering Olifants and I’m sulking and hitting myself against the head and swearing the day I decide to take kiekies of squirrels, and I quickly book in as I just want to get an ice cold KPA to numb my ordeal. Mum use the toilet facilities and as she flushes the water goes absolutely everywhere, the bathroom floor is full of water etc. Totally not happy with this we decide to report this after I finish my KPA and then go for an afternoon drive whilst they fix it. This was about 15:30 and after being very helpful we leave the front desk to check out a road that we have never driven before, the S44.
It follows the Olifants and Letaba river which is both magnificent rivers, definitely a sight to see. The sightings wasn’t that good but it was still a beautiful road. We had a red crested korhaan strutting her stuff
The olifants river at the look-out point (just check the view)
And to end the day another sunset
Now to end a wonderful day we wanted to get home, pop open another KPA and start braaing B-U-T unknowingly as we got in our bungalow we get a surprise of toiletwater still everywhere on the bathroom floor and no sign of any one who came to fix our problem!!!!!! Now I’m de-moer-in and tired and its dark and we have to drive back to reception to ask them if it is too hard for them to fix something like a clogged drain and clean… I don’t even get out of the car as I would’ve scorched the living daylights out of anyone I spoke to. I just sat in my car, lit a cigarette and swore in our eleven official languages. Mum came back and said that we had got a key to another bungalow, so that meant that we had to repack the car to drive about 500m to unpack again???? I was seeing red!!!!!!! We didn’t get any help as we moved in the dark, now why couldn’t they just come up with this solution when we were there the first time? After blowing off some steam and downing a few KPA’s I got the fire ready for lamb chops and corn in foil. We shared a glass of OBS and mum was feeling sorry for me about the caracal sighting that I couldn’t get past (this is the second time I got to see one but have no proof of). We stayed up till 22:00 and then hit our pillows hard. The car was already packed as the bungalows are fully equipped which is one bonus. I couldn’t even think of the day and then I was gone into dreamland.
To be continued…