The plastic eating band was back, ready for a next snack!
Up again, out of the tent ready for a new assault!
It was almost midnight and I noticed the tent outside was slightly frozen.
And then… started one of the longest nights of my life!
I threw all the stones I could find (some on the car by the way) followed by wood left by the brai and they kept moving back, coming back, leaving….They seemed very pleased with this new game. For a while I was wondering if they were not playing with me bringing back stones as my dog would do with his ball.
Once my stock of stones was over, a new idea came (yes I know in the middle of the night facing those nice creatures you are not the most clever guy you should think you are !)
I thought they could be frightened by the light of my camera flash lamp. So every time, the flash was ready I was lightening the place and won some time.
From time to time I was shouting believing that finally the assistant could hear me
and come with the cavalry.
My concern was that they could have pulled the tyres to pieces as I had in mind some article from a magazine read some time ago, they usually start their three courses dinner by the wheels.
It was my first time in the Kalahari with less experience than today and I was wondering how we will do with a destroyed car to reach Twee Rivieren the following morning.
But it was not anymore the following morning as it was already almost 5 am
I realized they had left and that I was leaning against the tent and the gate, half awake and half frozen.
It was so silent ,as it happened when a typhoon leaves a region with a lot of ruins.
I looked around and carefully opened the small gate to evaluate the situation. A lot of pieces from the car around the parking place, no more side mirror, no more number plates, pieces missing and chewed here and there but thanks to my fierce battle the 4 wheels and tyres were safe.
What a night! I was telling myself it was my last night ever in a wildness camp, in a national park, in Africa, in…
But since then every year, as a lot of forumites, I need to be there, counting the days for my next trip as soon as I come back home
To close this long story, just a few words
After a nice sunrise with a welcomed cup of hot coffee, I went out to look for the assistant “on duty” to tell him my frustration after this so long night. He listened carefully to my story and with a large smile told me: “Why didn’t you call me!”
He came back to the tent with me and I was pleased he was there as my three friends were not so far away ,slowly coming closer.
He told me to put all pieces from the car in a plastic bag to show to police officer at Twee Rivieren when making an official declaration of this incident
In the meantime, my neighbors were coming to see if there was a problem and they did not seem to be so surprised .
I was not obviously the first one (and not the last one) to be welcomed by cute and nasty hyenas in KTC. And ,by the way ,they told me they slept quite well and heard no noise at all during that night GRRRRRR!
One of them seeing I was a little bit upset by that scaring night
You’ll see later you will enjoy telling this story to friends
Time will change this scaring night to very good memories
He was totally right
Thanks forumites for your patience and this piecemeal story. I will do shorter next time
I have now to go and prepare my bag for my next stay in Kruger.
Only 8 nights left!
See you soon