SO and I stayed in the hide in April.
It was very nice and surprisingly warm and no mozzies either!
It was very strange but exciting to be alone in the middle of nowhere.
I couldn't go to bed without washing so in the end we put a little bit of our coffee water in an empty 2l ice-cream container and we had a quick wash in the moonlight, while we were blinding the universe it began raining very lightly (might have been the angels crying over their lost eyesight!).
The 'composting' loo is not for the fainthearted and I discovered that I am fainthearted
So no coffee or champagne for me!
We used their bedding but always travel with our own pillows and sleeping bags.
We did not use our sleeping bags at all.
The mattresses were very comfortable.
I did not plan to sleep much because I didn't want to miss anything.
Early morning it sounded like a bird or bat swooping over the hide a few times but I couldn't figure out what it was.
Apart from the hippos splashing about all night there wasn't much else that moved about that we knew about.
We left a little before gate opening time to head to Tsendze for an urgent bathroom break and a very nice open air shower!
I didn't have enough cash on me the day before and none of the ATM's were working so reception kept my exit permit as deposit.
We had to go back to reception and they only open at 07:00.
Our second visit was totally different.
This time it was full house as we always go to Kruger with friends during June/July.
We were very disorganized.
I told everybody to just pack an overnight bag, but in the end it looked like an airport baggage hall!
We had our hamburgers in the boma and sat around the fire.
It was very different visit.
My daughter and I had to take our 'bath' on the 'stoep' of the loo!!
SO stood guard, and we closed the loo door to keep the creepy crawlies and the 'ides of march' inside, and away from us.
I don't know if we scared the hippos but they were not as sociable as during our April visit - I did apologize.
I stayed awake for long periods and when I did sleep it was a very light sleep which I find very nice.
(I normally don't sleep, I loose consciousness at night and only regain consciousness 6 hours later:redface: )
Around 03:30 I heard a lion making that weird throaty grunt sound but they were not very close.
The wind was blowing and it was heavenly lying there all nice and cozy in bed listening to the sounds outside.
(It was decided before hand that the sounds inside shall never be discussed anywhere
We got up early and started to get ready to evacuate the building...
After a few unorganized trips bumping into each other and looking for car keys.
This was just to chaotic for SO and he organized us stack every family's luggage just inside the gate.
Once everything was ready he 'posted' lookouts with flashlights (did I mention it was pre-dawn?)
We loaded everything into the vehicles.
I went back in to have a quick crawl about to ensure nothing was overlooked when I heard a sound.
I don't know what made that sound.
My stomach told me it was leopard.
The next thing I see is everybody flowing into the hide with wide eyes
I don't know how they managed to 'flow' like that, no noise just forward movement.
What to do?
My daughter said she saw a spotted back leg and a long hanging tail.
She did not see it before it made that sound...
We did make it back to the cars safely, but by this time everything - including the matresses - was just shoved in and the doors closed and locked!
We drove back to Mopani and the hour we had to wait for reception to open was spent tidying the vehicles up at the picnic site.
Our 2015 holiday is booked and the deposit will be paid tomorrow, but this time we will be going to Sable...