Thanks SammyA, Trrp-trrrrrrr, isinkwe, hilda, melph68, PhilipJ, barryels, and Meandering Mouse for all you comments. The cheetah sighting was so special for all on board.
We eventually left the cheetahs and our driver said we were really running late for the bush braai.
we apparently had about 15 kms to drive to the area.
These 2 young male lions held us up for a bit longer. They were sauntering along the road and we followed them slowly for quite awhile
When we left them it was only a short distance to the bush braai turnoff.
We drove down a track and could smell the smoke and food cooking from the braai. We decided the young male lions could defintley be able to smell the meat cooking also !!!!!!
On the way down the track in front of the vehicle we saw scrub hare and 2 tiny babies. They were caught in the lights of the vehicle and didn't know where to run to. The babies were just adorable.
We also saw a small spotted genet in the truck lights.
After winding down the track we came to a gate on a large fenced area. The driver got out, opened the gate and drove in. We all hopped out and he backed the vehicle out and closed the gate again.
The fenced area was roughly 100 m in diameter (hard to judge as it was night time). Just inside the fenced are were very subtle lights (around the whole perimeter) - they were actually candles with large brown paper bags over them. They created a lovely atmosphere. Everyone was amazed at how wonderful the whole area looked.
There was a candle lit table set with silverware and white serviettes. A group of staff cooking the BBQ and big steel pots simmering with vegetables and maize (can't remember the African name for it).
Also a table set with salads, and another with drinks.
We never realized (until we saw the set up) how much was entailed in preparing and setting up the braai for our group.
The 8 of us stood around talking to the staff (drinks in hand of course), and then eventually sat down for the meal. The food was great and the service from the staff really first class.
During the meal our Granddaughter and her friend were on at the end of the table closest to the fence - they could hear the hyena's just outside the fence and walked over closer to have a look. I was very nervous about them doing this (as Grandmothers are of course) as the fence was only about waist high, and I was sure the 2 young male lions were eyeing off us/ or the food. Foolish me.
By this time I was overdue for a toilet stop. There was a toilet in the far corner of the fenced area, but it seemed a long way to venture - eventually I asked one of the armed guards to escort me - as you can guess I'm not very brave. The toilet building was a permanent fixture made of rock and white washed - it blended in very well with the bush close to it.
I hardly took any photo's but here's a couple my granddaughter took.
After the lovely meal the driver bought the vehicle back into the fenced area and we drove the short distance (about 5 kms) back to Skukuza.
We arrived back at camp about 8.30 p.m What an amazing evening we had.
We were so pleased that we had booked a bush braai, and apart from the braai the cheetah sighting - only about 15 ft from the vehicle was an absolute highlight for us all.
To be continued -
the next day I spend the whole day with my Granddaughter and her friend while my other half stays back in camp. I suspect that 3 ladies at once were too much for him after just the 2 of us for the many days previous. He is also a bit deaf and conversations with more than one person at a time are very challenging for him.