Hi , branches lying in the road are a big culprit of punctures ,
and the jagged bits sticking out really damage tyres .
I have helped about 3 people stranded in kruger now , 2 with breakdowns and 1 with a puncture .
Most memorable story is this 1 though .
Myself and my boet took 2 of our staff up into kruger after we did a job repairing a machine in Louis Tichardt (We are Jhb company , and this was there first trip to a game reserve) .
We stayed at Orpen on our second night and where on the way along the Sweni road when
we came across a white merc with 2 elderly couples in the car.
They had been stuck there for over 45 mins and we where the first car to come along (they where there from early as they stayed at Talamati).
Apparently they were following a pair of lionesses when car had died
After a good scan of the bush , and posting my now very exited staff members on the roof of my double cab as look outs (How good an idea this was , i don't know , seeing as neither had ever seen a lion in the bush before) , we proceeded to check the vehicle , and found the immobilizer to be faulty .
Luckily we had an assortment of tools and spares as the machine we repaired in Louis Trichardt was an electronic forklift .
After stripping the immobilizer box , and proceeding to "hot wire" the car so it could work without it , I heard the following from the 2 aerial watchmen
Charles "Do you see something over there down the road"
Vusi "yes , isn't it a lion "
Charles "yes I think there are 3 "
So I look up to see the 2 lionesses and a male lying on the side of the road a fair distance off, needless to say , the progress of the repairs happened very hastily after that and we got the vehicle back on the road in double ... no triple quick time .
I don't think I have ever seen a group of people so thankful in all my life, was great and was even better to know they where there on a round table fund raising weekend .
Got a letter from the gent after about a month thanking us and saying the vehicle had gotten them home safe and sound .
Well , we where handsomely rewarded for our good samaritan deed , and our viewing for the 3 night long weekend entering at punda , and exiting at numbi , was this -
African wild cat , wild dog , cheeta , lions , plenty of ellys buff and all the rest , and an awesome night drive at lower sabie with good sightings of lion,rhino,elephant,buffalo and other night goodies .
I doubt many people have had a first time trip to kruger like my 2 staff members .