April 26th Biyamiti to SataraMorning Drive: S25/H4-2/H4-1/H1-2/H1-3
We had a long drive ahead of us today, so the car packing mission started early.
The first sighting of the day was this Fish Eagle just before the H4-2
The first few km of the H4-2 produced an elephant crossing
The next 50km produced an endless train of day visitors and we all lost interest due to the crowds and the continuous stop, start, overtaking, etc , but fortunately things thinned out at the H12 Bridge and we stopped to take a pic of fatty.
I was relieved when we finally reached Tshokwane as it had been a long drive for the rats and mine were pretty close to having a major boxing match in the back, but what I didn’t realize at the time was that this was going to be our strangest Tshokwane stop ever.
We ordered bacon and eggs, toasted sarmies, etc and settled under the boma to eat, but as I took my first bite of bacon, Hawkeyes shouted “Snake!!!” which caused me to nearly choke on the bacon and I gave up trying to say “Where?”
The snake was on the thatched roof of the shop opposite us, so everyone ran over to get a closer look. It didn’t look like a Boomslang, so what was it? I didn’t like the shape of his head, but it couldn’t be a green mamba, so it must be a green grass snake???
My stomach was calling me back to the table, so I decided to reverse back in that direction, but as I arrived I saw Melly and another gentleman having what looked like a rather nervous conversation a few meters from our table and Melly whispered “There’s a snake on Hawkeyes chair”
This really put the cat amongst the pigeons as Hawkeyes was a few seconds away from sitting down and if she hadn’t see the first snake, which was still on the roof, this one would have ended up on her lap. The SO was giving me the hairy eyeball and I guessed what she was thinking, but decided it would be safer to keep quiet.
What to do now, but I remember thinking “That snake is too close to my breakfast and it’s getting cold!!” I think that if I had said that at the time the SO would have slapped me, but I found myself trying to steal bacon without getting bitten.
A staff member arrived with a rake and successfully captured both snakes and released them into the thicker bush.
A few minutes later and halfway through our breakfast The Cow shouted “Snake!!!” which caused me to choke on my toast now. Another 2 snakes had come out of the thatch, but this time 1 looked more like a Boomslang.
The staff member repeated his rake capture technique and safe release. It may have been the heat, but we had now seen 4 snakes in 20 minutes.
We all returned to the table, but found that while everyone was distracted, this scallywag had raided the table and stolen what he could, including Supernova’s toast.
After an interesting breakfast it was loo time, but the SO and all the rats were too nervous to go and Melly was already halfway to the car, but after some convincing The Cow and all the rats were on their way to the ladies.
I was about to “relax” in the men’s when I heard “Snake!!” and screeching kids, which resulted in another near accident on my part and a 50m sprint to the ladies.
This time The Cow was giving me 2 hairy eyeballs and all the kids were talking at once, but all I could hear was Bushpiggy shouting “Snake attack”.
They had walked around the corner and found 2 cleaning ladies with mops ushering a larger green snake into the bush. I found the snake in a tree a few meters away and it looked the same as the others, but bigger, so I had to stand guard while all rushed their pit stop.
Finally I could visit the men’s, but I found myself checking out the thatch first.
I can’t remember what was said to me when I returned to the car, but my ear was still sore 10 minutes later. All I can remember is watching the road and nodding my head every 10 seconds, which seemed to produce the required result.To be continued