Good afternoon everyone!
Its time for another episode of Malmens adventures
But first - thank you all so much for your kind comments anne-marie, Tulagi, Puppy, FC, Katja, Sparrow, Flutterby, Bush Brat, Pumbaa and Melph!!Drive from Pretoriuskop to Orpen
I got a message from Bushcraft, that they arrived at Tshokwane and will be there for breakfast. We still had a distance to drive but we were thinking to make it to Tshokwane in time. But that was a mistake.
After Skukuza we came to a bridge and a huge ellie herd was coming from the left side!
We were so fascinated to watch them that we nearly forgot to drive on to Tshokwane! Sorry Hayden
We also saw some zebras on the right side of the bridge and they all looked very nervous. We didn´t see any cats around so maybe they were not happy because of all the ellies.
After a while we continued with our drive but now it was really to late to go to Tshokwane in time. I was a little bit sad, because I was really looking forward to meet Bushcraft and his family. Suddenly we saw 2 cars coming towards us….and…YES with a YR
!!! We all stopped our cars and there was Bushcraft and his family! But we only had some minutes to chat because other cars arrived. Bushcraft told us about two big male lions 10 kilometers from Tshokwane not far away from the road. But sorry Hayden – we missed them
!! But, it was so great to meet you guys and hopefully we will have more time on our next meeting some day somewhere in the park!
We stopped at Tshokwane for breakfast but we didn´t enjoy this picnic place. Cheeky monkeys everywhere including cheeky hornbills and stupid tourists which were feeding them! We had to fight about our sandwiches which was not really funny. So we finished breakfast and were on the road again. But there were two Bushbucks – a male and a female which came also for breakfast to the picnic place till the monkey chased them away!
We did a little stop at Mazithi and could see this lonely croc there.
It was very quiet around the waterhole but suddenly we saw lots of vultures in the sky.
Maybe the lions – Bushcraft told us – had a kill or made a kill, we will never know!
Remember, we had 2 of the Big 5 that time!
We continued our drive to Orpen and did a little stop at Satara. Just before we arrived at Satara we saw another YR on the road and stopped the car. It was John n Poppy with SO and we had a little chat. They were not very lucky this time of their trip – same like us – but after that, WOW they had an amazing trip – same like us!
John it was great to meet you!!!!
John told us about a couple of lions near Nsemani, it was a mating couple and also Kamadejo told us about. So maybe we will be lucky
We stopped at Satara to visit the shop. Someone told us that the shop in Orpen is not the best. BUT, we thought the shop in Orpen was the best shop during this trip!!! Suddenly again I saw a YR!! WOW, we see more YR than some special animals like giraffes this trip, which is really funny. I went to car and had a quick chat to the people. Than we were on the road again and soon after few kilometers we came to Nsemani and……
a traffic jam! YES, we found the lions!! But, they were lying down and too far away. But, we saw them and remember the third of the Big 5!
The drive to Orpen was very quite. We had a car in front of us and I think for them the road was to boring so they turned and drove back to Satara. Till they turned nearly everything showed their presence
Giraffes, Impies, Zebras, Gnus and we had to laugh!
We checked in at Orpen and I asked for a morning drive the next day. Sorry, you were the only one and they won´t go out with only 2 people
! Our Bungalow was no. 5 and was stunning!! We were a little bit tiered and I was looking forward to stay the rest of the day in camp. But, after one hour Stef wanted to go out again.
What an excellent idea!! To be continued with Big 5 yes or no?