Day #3 Friday 28th August – Berg en dal
An early start, to a long day. Raymond took us to his community of Justica, which is out through the Paul Kruger Gate. This meant potential excellent sightings from Berg en dal & Paul Kruger Gate. Sometimes hopes do not live up to their promise.
We visited 3 pre-schools & a primary school. We also watched some cultural singing & dancing. Before we left Australia, we posted a box of small gifts to distribute during our community visit. We are now 11kg lighter.
It was an excellent visit, and a great way of teaching gudge(Cameron) & Brook, the privileges they take for granted back home in their schooling & daily life. Thanks Raymond for an excellent & sobering experience.
Then it was back into the park, and a late bite to eat at Skukuza. We had no sooner seated ourselves, when we were approached by a “stranger”. We were taught, and our children have been taught, never trust a stranger. This “stranger” walked up and said, “hello Lorraine & David”. We were lost for words, and even who it might be. LP finally guessed who it was. Robert T
. He was waiting for the other BUFF suspects.
We left Skukuza to check a sighting on the H1-2, not far from the camp. At the 4 ways outside Skukuza gate, we spotted yellow & red ribbons. None other than the infamous Martie G
. 2 new forumites in a short time. We then checked the sighting, and continued our sightings drive back to Berg en dal.
The roads travelled in order were. S110, H3, H1-1, H11, H1-2, H1-1, S114, H3 & S110.
The sightings(quiet day) in order were. Nomadic lions x 4, rhino x 3, wildebeest, zebras, rhino & calf, giraffes, hyaena x 4, impalas, guinea fowl, waterbucks, francolins, warthog x 7, lilac breasted roller, magpie shrike, vultures on dead giraffe, white-necked raven, bateleur, elephants, Robert T
, buffalos, skukuza bats, Martie G
, wahlberg’s eagle, LIT with impala kill, BIG 5 BIG 5
, kudu, fork tailed drongo, p@m
(again), rhino x 2(laying down), duiker, black-breasted swallow, black-backed jackal, dwarf mongoose, rhino x 2, burchells starling, hamerkop, fish eagle, darter, grey heron, Egyptian geese, monitor, martial eagle, swainson’s spurfowl, grey lowrie, WILD DOG x 2WILD DOG x 2WILD DOG x 2
, brown snake-eagle, white-tailed mongoose & scrub.
Did i mention that we saw wild dogs
As per advice handed out by BB about Tamboti, I would like to give the same about Berg en dal. Do Not go there & do a drive with Raymond or his colleagues. The Sightings are Terrible.
Photos can be found on Lorraines BLOGHERE