The elephants of the Sabie River area
We arrived at Skukuza at noon and tried to get our chalet. After the check in procedure we were informed that the key of our chalet had not been returned yet.
At the reception they told us to go to #124, it is open and we can unload our car.
The key will be available at the reception at 1 p.m.
#124 was a little rondavel with open kitchen.larger view
The door of the rondavel was locked, no chambermaid available to ask for help.
So we were back at the reception asking for another accomodation, but they told us they were fully booked. Finally we got a backup key for our rondavel and started to unload the car.
At 1 p.m. we tried to change the backup key and get the regular key, but there was still no other key available. We should keep the backup key.
What was wrong with this rondavel?
Our plans were to have an afternoon visit at Lower Sabie, we didn't want to spend more time at the reception.
On the road along the Sabie River we were heading towards Lower Sabie.
Warthogs, impalas and elephants enjoyed the green at both sides of the road.
Vervet monkeys were waiting for the next guests at Nkuhlu picnic spot.
We saw hippos in the water of the Sabie River and came along this elephant turning around and coming closer to the road.larger view larger view larger view larger view
As it came much closer we continued our way to Lower Sabie. There were giraffes at the other side of the river. At Sunset Dam as usual a lot of hippos swam in the water. A waterbuck enjoyed the shade of a tree and crocodiles were waiting for their next prey.larger view larger view
We were lucky the big tourist buses already left and we had a quiet Day Visitor area.
After a visit to the shop we had an ice in the shade with the nice view at Lower Sabie Dam. Our sweet drinks attracted the bees very much and as we didn't get rid of them we ended our pause at Lower Sabie and had a look at camp from the Dam bridge.
What a beautiful view of the Sabie River from the dam.larger view
On our way back to Skukuza at the road along the Sabie river we had again a lot of elephants. Once we watched an elephant herd close to the road a truck arrived.
It didn't slow down and the ellies jumped into the bushes as the speedy truck passed us. Never saw such frightend ellies before.
These ones had more luck, the road was not that busy as we saw them.
It was a little one with an itchy foot
and a big ellie without tusks.larger view larger view
From the bridge over the Sabie River on the road to Thokwane we watched a nyala family walking towards the banks of the river.larger view
We returned to the road along the Sand River, the place were we saw the leopard this noon, but it was quiet. The area had a lot of spiderwebs.
The Golden Orb Web Spider had done a big job. larger view
Back at the bridge over the Sabie River we watched a hamerkop in the low water.larger view
It was time to return to the camp, we had reserved a table at Selati restaurant this evening.Reports 2008 West Coast National Park Cape of Good Hope National Park and BouldersKaroo National Park
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