Part 6 a Reason to go
When planning a vacation trip of any kind,
there are various moments of excitement triggered by different things,
eg getting the travel voucher/ticket, booking confirmation,
taking the travel bag from the cupboard, preparing the “padkos” ,
filling up the fuel tank, locking up, dropping of the dogs (
hitting the road in another direction as work, etc.
One such moment for me is when I get closer to the destination and
that “can’t wait” feeling crops up -
which was for me when we got closer to Nelspruit
(after recovering emotionally from a bad accident
close to the “Sappi” factory – a car on its roof in the middle of the road) .
It was soon after this that I realised that I have not checked the cameras
that they are ready for shooting.
This was also our first time to drive the new road that misses inner Nelspruit –
so new landmarks were noticed….
The soccer stadium
A tree ‘publicizing’ the season …
At a stage I noticed this cloud formation which was hanging there and
was visible for most of the day – and the message for me….
“This is the place to be”. You are at the right place -
We stayed over at Sabie in a tent (Number 19) on the bank of the river.
Unfortunately we did not have a full view and
most of the animal noises (hippos and baboons) came from the direction where trees obstructed the view.
We heard them all the time but did not see them at all – this photo was taken on our way to Sabie camp.
Then it was time to settle down –
we walked passed this tree at a time when these little ones
were getting ready for the night – but we unsettled them.
Then it was time to light the fire.
I was amazed that not many insects were around despite being so close to the river.
This was the first time that we stayed in the tents –
I know now the reason why they are so popular.
I enjoyed the tent more than the more modern chalet at Berg-en- Dal.
The layout of the tent was much better than the chalet at Berg en Dal
where one has to climb almost over the toilet to get into the shower!
The ‘open” side did not reward us with much animal activities but .
Again – the “lack of animals” let one focuses on other aspects of nature
In contrast with city life, nature only invested in two big traffic lights –
the moon indicating that the night shift begins and the sun,
indicating the day shift begins.
You may ask Is it really so simple?
OK, OK – I know there is a politics going around between the two forces
because of earth’s position and sometimes this sheds shadow s over earth and
disrupting the tranquilly – creating a moody atmosphere when the moon can only do its job partially
and the sun …. well it “goes down”
But this evening it seems as if sun did not mind for moon to take the stage.
Real democracy? Let your opponent be allowed to rally for votes.
As mentioned in the previous part, Leeupan was beautiful.
No lions – only a “PANic” entrance .
These fellows enjoyed the dam and we tried to catch them on camera.
I conclude with the serene image of the dam –
a picture of what nature does to one’s soul.
Soon after being back in the hustle and bustle,
I got a request to assist with a craft table at a bazaar –
either to be on duty that day, or I can donate or I can make something.
Being so energised by nature I committed myself ….
and nature inspired me to mosaic this pot stand.
Almost the final product (still to be grouted)