Hi everyone. Here's the report of our long awaited and wonderful trip to paradise. And yes we are now absolutely hooked!!
Day 1/ 10 hour flight from Paris with a quick, no hassle way through the airport (just stopping to get some extra cash from the ATM) to get our Condor rental car. Then off for the 5 hour drive to Numbi Gate. (Beautiful drive from Nelspruit by the way)
No game at all seen on the drive to Pretoriuskop. Too tired to braai we just got a hamburger and went to bed early.
Up at five next morning, we went for a morning drive before breakfast and got to see some black-backed jackals.
and enjoyed the beautiful scenery.
and our first elephants which were being very boisterous on a dirt road.
After waiting 20 minutes, we crept past with our hearts pounding and were filled up with adrenalin for the rest of the morning!
On our first day we did a round trip Pkop to Skukuza and also saw Guinea fowl (loved them), hippos in the Sabie, baboons, impala, giraffe and two lions on a mound of rocks on the H1-1.
The evening was spent braaing (obviously) under a beautiful sky full of stars, listening to the sounds coming from the perimeter fence. Had we been eaten by something on our day trip and gone to heaven???
Pretorius was a wonderful quiet camp (our first one ever too) and left us wondering why anybody choosing to swim in the pool should be offered in sacrifice to the leopards ( very low fence and no protection on the trees hanging over it!!)
Day 2/ Out as soon as the gates opened and off to Lower Sabie. Got to enjoy this:
before seeing our first and only hyena with youngster again on the H1-1
Couldn't resist this little fella at the Nkuhlu picnic spot:
Discovered Lower Sabie and its wonderful viewing deck. Had a mini braai in the evening but hadn't realised that our bungalow had no utensils. And when I say no utensils, that means no utensils: no knife, nor spoon, nor... So I threw some chicken pieces on there anyway and found a branch to turn them with, all this under the very observant eyes of our neighbours. Ended up eating partly raw chicken off a paper bag. Lots of fun!!
Day 3/ Went for a morning walk
where we saw a leopard with two cubs just south of LS (H4-2) on the drive there (no photos) and then two white rhino on the walk. Amazing, awe-inspiring, terrifying.
Later on further down south we came across Noah's ark. All around Croc Bridge : 1 white rhino, lots of giraffe, zebra, vervets, baboons, wildebeest and a herd of 15 elephant. A group of 5 giraffe were all lying together as if they were chatting while knitting. Back up towards LS where we saw two more White rhino on the S28. Around five pm we were on the LS Sabie bridge where we met Freda thanks to our yellow ribbon. Had a wonderful evening meeting up with Arks for drinks and then a braai at her place. We were invited and felt like very special privileged guests.
(Wish I'd taken a photo of my gloriously pathetic braai of the night before to compare!)
The rest of the report coming up very soon!!!