Hello to all
Firstly, before i continue, i know that every night in kruger is special in one way or another
, but there just has to be that one night that is so stigmatic that it will stay with you forever and ever
. I have had the privilege of having approximately 350 Kruger night's under my belt and it was really difficult to narrow it down to just 1. So i've bent the rules a little to describe 2 of my very stigmatic African Kruger night's. I've decided to do it alphabetically
1. SABLE HIDE:
Sable Hide is a bird hide during the day which transforms into a very primitive dwelling by nightfall. Situated in the North of Kruger approx 55km from Letaba towards the Phalabhorwa gate.
you are in the middle of no mans land, it's a fenced off hide that sleeps 9. No water. No electricity. No guard or ranger. nearest help is @ Letaba
. All this overlooking the sable dam. Brilliant
Not for the feint hearted
Arrived at the hide @ 17:30 and started to unpack the vehicle.
As we entered the hide we forgot all about the vehicle and the unpacking as we all just grabed our benches to view a mating pair of ellies in the dam.It was trully an awesome sight, then from the corner of my eye i spotted a single buffalo who wonderd down to have a last minuite drink before nightfall, not realizing that that was the pathfinder to a 500 strong heard. within 15 min the dam was swamped with buffalo.
About 5 min later a noise that will send any heard into a frenzy flee.
yup you got it, a Majestic Lion ROARRR!!!!. We could'nt see him but boy oh boy he must have been no more than 30 meters from us. we all sat in awe to witness the 500 strong heard stampede their way towards safer ground. The lion's ROARR sent pulsating shivers through our bodies whilst the hide vibrated
. To discribe it in one word (AWESOME).
The ellies multiplied very quickly and before you knew it there must of been some 30 to 40 of them at the water. Some of them drinking and some of them bathing. The ellies and the lion stayed with us throughout our overnight stay @ Sable Hide. Got to see a Serval at around 23:00. It came down to have a quick drink and dissapeared. (WOW)
Unfortunately we did not get to see the lion, but i think it was for the better. Reason being that he kept us in suspense the entire night.
where is he? what's he gonna do? hehehe. then he gave us a last ROARR at 5:00 in the morning.
We then made some breakfast while watching a stretch of gireffe drinkink water. Sadly it was time to depart and move on. It is a night that i will never forget.
Many people have seen lion, wildogs, cheetah and leopard to name a few, at Sable hide. In May this year there was a kill @ sable hide.
Give it a try. worth it.
Gotta run. Second best night to follow shortly.
If you have a special Kruger night, than share it with us.