My friend Kwikstertjie and I, decided to take a short trip. Just the 2 off us, leaving our husbands at home to care for the kids. We thought we both deserved a short vacation, no cooking for the family, cleaning after them or being a taxi driver. We thought it would be a great idea for the kids and their dads to spend some quality time together.
There is no better place to go to than KRUGER and attend the Cricket@Skukuza 2012. So we booked our tickets and off we went. 7 Days of pure Kruger bliss. 2 Nights in Olifants, 2 in Lower Sabie and 2 in Skukuza.
We arrived at Phabeni gate on Monday the 5th and took the tar road towards Skukuza. Check in went smoothly and so much faster than before with the new gates. It was 7:30 and hot already. The weather in the Netherlands was about 3˚C when we left and this morning at 7:30 it was already 26˚C.
We drove slowly and tried to absorb all the smells and sounds off the bush.
Our first animal was a beautiful Kudu girl. She welcomed us and we stared at each other for a while. I was so amazed at her beauty that I completely forgot to take a picture.
We continued our trip and found some giraffes, monkeys and our very first elephant. I discovered that Kwitstertjie is a bit afraid of ellies, as she told me that there is a 30 meter boundary I should keep at ALL TIMES on this trip.
And then, we found what is so dear to us both. Animals that are so beautiful and precious and that is also in grate danger at the moment. Rhinos. a Mom, dad and baby. This was one of our most remarkable sightings this trip. We enjoyed them so much and I felt blessed to be in their presents. We were lucky enough to be in front off the traffic jam, and had a great sighting of them crossing the road right in front off our car.
But this was also a moment I got very very angry. Just as they crossed the road a minibus taxi stopped next to us, trying to pass the cars behind us. Just as he drove passed us he laughed out very loud and told the people in the taxi, "LOOK 3 OF THEM, they can make us VERY rich hahaha". He was zig zagging thru the cars and then he was gone. It was only a few seconds later that I realized what he said. I got furious and tried to see his number plate. But he was already out
We arrived at Skukuza and had our first coffee and rusks. Sitting next to the fence we still couldn't believe that we were actually in Kruger. The beauty we found inside camp were just as pretty.
Kruger was in a bad shape after the floods. The bridges were damaged and it was overwhelming to see how high the water level was.
On our way to Satara we found this little turtle. He/she was the first of 15 turtles we found this trip. The road was so hot, poor thing.
We found some buffalo's, lot's of my favorite antelopes, impala's and these ellies at the Leeupan waterhole.
We passed Tshokwane and it was still closed. It's sad to see the damage.
At Satara we saw our little friend the scops owl again. As beautiful and patient as ever
We just stopped for a few minutes and went towards our final destination, Olifants camp. We arrived and got bungalow number 1. The view was spectacular.
It was very windy and after we unloaded our luggage, we decided to relax on the veranda and prepare our meat on the stove instead of the bbq. We enjoyed our first night extremely and the sound of the river flowing was a great sound to fall asleep with.