OOps I overdid it...and the page turned!
Lets get to the last day with MIL and sisters in law in Kruger......(certainly not the last of this TR as I still have lots to report on my stay with VVSG and SO, click click and aunty Dot, and then the girls who came)
We left Skukuza early in the morning to drive the road down to LS and out at CB to go back to my bushhouse at Marloth where I have arranged to have a mini meet (it was still not confirmed) with a few YR ppl
I read during the week a thread on this forum about arrogant people and was surprised that I was not the only one to meet these "peeps"....come on ppl, Kruger is there to share with all......
We took the tar road (Eloff street) down to LSabie and agreed to meet at about 11am on the deck for brunch. Road very quiet until we got to a traffic jam about 5km from Nkuhlu.....I drove up to the car closest to me and the woman closed her window
then the next car and I asked what they were watching....with a very snotty and stern reply she said "lions", I asked where, but she ignored me and also closed her window
Geez ppl, Im not a stalker, just a normal person driving in Kruger and asking what you seeing??
We eventually saw them far away on the other side of the river bank....not a great sighting, but lions on the last day for MIL.....although she has seen her fill of lions and we did not stay long in the circus
I saw another 3 lions off into the bush but did not take any pics of them. In the meantime Jen and Ruth caught up with us and I felt comfortable that we will make brunch on the deck by 10, little did I know how interested they were in trees and the good thing is, they have marked, labbled, id all or most of the trees between LS and Skukuza which is so nice and Im sure it will get many more ppl interested in the identification of trees in Kruger.
MIL and I stopped at Sunset dam waiting for Ruth and Jen to arrive. There were a lot of birds and very comical herons landing on the backs of the hippos!
This family of Egyptian geese decided it was better to hide their faces or they might end up in jail for some crime commited if identified on this forum
This grumpy old man, and I dont know who offended him, it was definately not me
and the very comical herons, of which I will post more pics in my next 3 weeks in Kruger...
I had pie, chips and gravy on the deck of LS while the others ordered toasted sandwiches. When we paid I was given my plate with pie etc and walked to the table. 45 minutes later I took it back to the counter to say "how can I eat this while my friends are STILL wiating for their food"? It took another 15 odd minutes before 2 toasted cheese and a toasted cheese and tomatoe arrived and with that came my pie and gravy
LS really need to get their act together as I dont think its acceptable to wait almost an hour for a toasted sandwich. And while on the subject of the deck and all other places in Kruger and the NO Alcohol ban at picnic sites and day visitors areas, just my 2 cents worth.
While waiting for our food to come we noticed many day visitors enjoying many beers and other beverages on the deck. Which we had a very disturbing proof of later on that its not the ppl going to make their breakfast at a picnic spot enjoying a beer or 2 that is causing the problems, but to me now the ones clilling on the decks, getting shloshed, and then getting vulgar.
Also while walking back to the car we saw a family of about 12 ppl, that we have seen on the deck drinking walking with one of the camp trolleys with their charcoal and food towards the day visitors area. A new gateway for those not allowed to bring alcohol into the park. Sit on the deck, drink as much as you can and then go and braai your meat or whatever at the day visitors area
Enough of that, lets get back on the road and enjoy the sightings in Kruger! The only thing MIL have not seen to complete her big 5 holiday was the leopard, remember, I was more interested in that smoke than to look for it
Lots of Elephants wading and bathing in the river below and even a Rhino in between, until we got to 3 or 4 cars parked on the side of the road.......What?
Lying in the bush, barely noticable a Leopard
Im still convinced that MIL could only see the spots, but it was a leopard and I felt great that she came with me again and at least got to see the spots
Jen and I waited a while and was rewarded with it getting up, not a good view, but se saw it....it was just before it got up that a car coming from LS at high speed and then slowed down a woman hanging out the window started shouting the most vulgar language to us. Accusing us all of ruining Kruger and blocking roads and taking sightings for ourselves etc etc.....I was shocked...4 cars on the side of the road, what the devil was she on about
Maybe the deck did not agree with her at all
We left after we could not locate the leopard again, but Im convinced that its the Gomondwane leopard that all is seeing and I saw later on in this report
We wanted to get back to Marloth as MIL and Jen and Ruth were leaving early the next morning, but before we got there a very strange sighting.......in the lane of oncoming traffic a car was stopped.....just like that....but no one inside....as a natural Kruger person I asked Jen to stop to see what was going on...maybe the person collapsed inside???? We looked...no one inside, the car, food on the back seat and cooler boxes in the back....but no person
I opened the door of the car and saw the keys were in the ignition.......I have no idea what happened....called LSabie and CBridge gates to report and they said they would send someone....I never got a call back to say what happened
We arrived at CBridge gate far too soon, but I was not sad as I knew I would be back in 2 days time for 14 days in Kruger