Day 2 cont’d
After a brief pit stop at Satara we headed north to Olifants our next destination and low and behold a species of bird I have not seen in Kruger for a long time especially not this far north
by now the heat was starting to kick in and even the impala started to wilt away and we decided to push on a bit to Olifants and spend the afternoon in the camp. But there was one more surprise …. Stopping at the Olifants bridge a lioness had just wandered down the bank and into the reeds in the river bed … and once again the temp rose we arrived at olifants and spent the afternoon at the lookout point where I watched a croc play cat and mouse with a yellow billed stork …. was fascinating to watch (wheres a 2000mm lens when you need one)… what the final outcome was I don’t know as we had to prepare for the evenings activity.
Star gazing at Olifants
All I can say about this is WOW and if haven’t done it then DO IT … we started out just before sunset
We arrived at Nwamanzi lookout to be greeted by the folks from Astronomy Africa who treated us to some sundowners as the last rays of sun crept over the horizon and in the valley a lion roars and the hippos are grunting … life is great …
after it had darkened we began with the astronomy we were shown the basic constellations and an very informative talk we then moved onto the telescope and looked at the stars and constellations like the jewel box and then Jupiter and saw the storm bands on Jupiter as well as the four Galilean moons or surrounded in complete darkness. On the way back to camp we went on a short night drive we saw a scrub hare and very special sighting of a spring hare hopping down the road and off into the bush.
We settled back into our hut and dreamt of stars as we drifted off to sleep.
A big thanks to Alan our guide for the evening who handled a difficult group extremely well and a big thumbs up if you ever come across Alan in your Kruger wanderings rest assured you are in great hands.