Thank you everybody ......in all fairness I did not get notification that this thread had been updated. So I was blissfully unaware that you are all waiting for more ...I suppose that goes down as an excuse in Dreamer's book
But anyway..here is a little bit more for you !17 September
We left Wilderness as planned at 9h00 in the morning. We had spent a pleasant hour or so on the balcony with our morning coffee but it wasn’t too hard to leave though because the weather was miserable.
I was hoping yet again that I would drive out of this miserable weather. Our plan was to stop for lunch at the Knysna Elephant Sanctuary and to stock up with groceries at the Pick ‘n Pay in Plettenberg Bay. Collecting a speeding fine going into Plett was not part of my plan but I did it anyway
…who in their right minds trap on a downhill
The weather cleared up after all and apart from major roadworks that cost us an awful amount of time we had a pleasant journey. At last I reached the turn off to Addo. I took the turn off that takes one through Motherwell…never again will I take that route.
Yes, I know you advised me not to go that way, Warthogb….. but I didn’t listen did I now?
I will in future. It really is a bad road…potholes deluxe and as for all the sheep and goats on the road.
There was such a long queue at reception that it took us a fair amount of time to check in. By the time we had unpacked and settled into our chalet there was not much time to go out on a drive. The wind was howling and sitting out on the balcony was rather unpleasant so we moved the table inside and proceeded to have sundowners inside instead!!!
Debbie cooked up a storm for supper…delicious chicken and veg !! Thanks Deb..always happy when I do not have to do the cooking !
After supper I bundled everybody into the car and we went down to the waterhole.
The wind had dropped somewhat but strangely enough we were the only people at the waterhole. All was quiet …not a bird, not a jackal..nothing!
Just as I was thinking it was time to call it a night I saw some movement in the bushes.
A quick look through the binos confirmed my suspicions…oh yes two rhino moving towards the waterhole.
Joyce was so excited…she had not seen rhino on our last visit to Addo. They did not stay there for long though….they seemed restless and did not venture to the waterhole to drink at all.
I scanned the bushes but I could see nothing else. I couldn’t help but think that there was something out there that was upsetting the rhino. The rhino left like ghosts in the night.
We made our way back to the chalet . I had been a bit disappointed that we had not had time to go out on a drive when we arrived but this sighting at the waterhole made up for it.
It was time to call it a night. I was busy making up my sleeper couch for the night when I heard it…the awesome guttural roar of a lion.
I spun around to look at Joyce who was already in bed and we both said “ lion “.
Of course I flew outside with the spotlight but I could see absolutely nothing. I went back inside to ask Debbie who was in the bath if she had heard the lion. She had not and was very disappointed.
We then sat on the balcony for a while but we did not hear the lion again. We eventually gave up and went inside. My turn in the bath…and yes Murphy’s law…I heard the lion again. I yelled to Debbie to go out and look for him with the spotlight but I think she was a bit nervous to do so.
All was quiet….I had one last look outside and finally decided it was time to go to bed.
We settled down, switched off the lights and I suddenly became aware of how tired I was .
Sleep should come quickly…but…no…..it was not to be.
We heard the unmistakable laugh of a hyena. It was really close. I am sure that if I could have seen Joyce and Debbie’s eyes they would have been like saucers.
The next minute we heard screaming jackals followed by the roar of a lion.
Yet again I flew out of bed armed with the spotlight …but I could not see the culprits. But one thing was for sure they were very close by! Eventually I gave up and went back inside……there was one hang of a party going on out there…and we had not been invited.
This laughing, screaming and roaring went on for ages….I presumed they were all arguing over a kill. I guessed this is why the rhino were not too eager to show themselves at the waterhole…they could probably sense that the lions were close by.
In all my visits to Addo I had never heard the lions roaring in the camp……what an evening it had been !!!!
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