Long hot day! and correction - it did rain in the night as I discovered when packing up the tent!
I left BnD about 0845, having had the dwarf mongoose gang come to supervise the packing up..... Right outside the gate I met the herd of elephants, but fortunately not on the road! It was fairly quiet after that, apart from a few more eles, until the open area south of Afsaal which was full of zebs, impala, warthogs and wildebeest. No sign of the rhinos. Couple more eles en route to Skukuza. Stopped briefly to get paper from the hole in the wall.....
The rest of the trip up was quiet, and I got to Satara about 1300. No one else at reception so quick check-in! And then found a great spot near the bottom of the camp-site, at the fence, under 3 trees for shade, and right near a new power box!! Absolutely ideal - and just a few minutes later and an older couple would have beaten me to it. They had parked their caravan and were walking around looking for a spot - I drove around, saw this one and pulled straight in.
Sat and relaxed and then headed for the S100 at 1500. Right outside the gate was a traffic jam - lion under a bush. No chance of getting a decent view so I went on. The S100 was alive! Large herds of zebs, wildebeest and impala all over
Several groups of waterbuck too, and one small group of kudus plus lone giraffes and one herd.
Stopped at Gudzani waterhole, but nothing doing there so decided to go back and enjoy the S100 some more.
Less than 2km along I found a different kind of animal - in a bright blue tin can speeding along with a male passenger sitting in the window, arm spread over the car roof for support. Perhaps they were wanting to add to the suicide/manslaughter figures??????? I called in a report to the Satara manager immediately!
Shortly after that there was another herd of elephants, and several buffalos.
Back on the main road I was met by a wall of cars coming towards me - the lion was on the move!
The annoyance on faces of those coming towards me was amusing - they obviously did not appreciate giving up their place in the cavalcade to let me through!
On the opposite side of the road were a couple of mating lions! The female had a collar, so I suspect she is one of the two who kept me awake last January....
Stopped to get a take-away meal, and was just about to eat when the hyena wandered past along the fence!
I am tempted to stay on - but it is easy to get here anytime, so will keep to my plan and go on to Shingwedzi tomorrow.
So - Satara is cooking at present! Hot, lots of animals, bush dry looking.