Day 9... A day full of specials
I woke up this morning and after freshening up saw that Cheetah already disappeared into the Park so Wendy and I made a MMC and chilled in camp, we decided as it is our last day in the Central area, we would try to cover as much ground as possible. We did go everywhere our time would allow us to go, S100 to Nwanetsi and then the S40 to Timbavati and then the S39 back and my last loop, the S106 (Rabelais loop). It was a tiring day with Wendy having to take a few power naps, between our drives and me with another mishap on the H7 sommer early in the morning. Sorry folks but no pics of this one...
The first thing photographed this morning was the sunrise
And then we had a bit of a roadblock, I was sitting waiting for this herd to cross the road, of which they took their time doing this. And trying to get something from my backseat I broke my whole drivers’ seat... I didn’t have any support on the seat and could actually lie back and drive with my feet... We had to drive to the Bobbejaanskrans lookout point so I could try and fix this little mess...
After some bumping and pulling and with a lot of force I got my chair to stay put with the help of a yellow cloth of some kind. We were ready to move on and some sightings we had on the H6 were;
Zebs, warties and buff
Then at Satara we found the famous Scopsies
Then towards the picnic spot we had loads of animals, the S100 always produces, even though it is not cats there are loads of general animals on this road. One of the reasons why November is a MUST to go visit the Park is the baby imps;
At Nwanetsi there were a boiling kettle with our name on it, so we made some MMC and sat in the birdhide for a good half an hour or so to relax and enjoy the view. After Wendy’s powernap we had to take on the road again as a Brownie we had to find... Now driving back other beauties of the Park caught my attention and this is another reason to come and visit in November, the colours of the veld and the decor of the bush are just astounding... I could only ID some flowers and butterflies so any help would be apreciated...
Crinum graminicola (Graslelie)
Lantana Camara (Lantana)
I’m not sure about my ID here: Sida Rhombifolia (arrowleaf sida) with a Colotis Evagore Antigone male (small orange tip)
We had another roadblock on the dirt road,
And then our first cats in almost a week was 3 males on the Rabelais loop,
Here I got to tick another lifer, the Long-tailed Paradise Whydah
As this was our last day at Maroela we decided to start packing a few things tonight already, and Cheetah was very disappointed when we decided to not braai tonight and I packed in the charcoal. We cracked open some KPA’s and Cheets his Label and then it was time to check on the forum...
At the bathroom I had to take a pic of this frog (I think it is a foam nest frog) in the windowsill.
We went to bed early as it was packing very early the next day. And then on our way to Lower Sabie for our last 3 nights in Kruger. We had already stayed 9 nights in the Park and still not been able to spot a brownie... Maybe we would have some luck in the South?
To be continued...