Hi guys - once again thank you for responses .
it is always "lekker" to braai in Kruger , and this was no exception
Micetta , Scipio , Elsa , X - Continuing - Tuesday 14th September
Well , having experienced some car problems right at the start of KNP visit , certainly does not leave one with a " lekker " feeling . Rather a sense of uncertainty - remember we are now entering a zone with little or no cell-phone reception . What happens if we have a breakdown and need assistance ? What if , what if , etc etc ......
Decision time -
considering that it does seem to be a fuel problem , and therefore ( hopefully ) , unlikely to have a total breakdown , we decide to carry on . In any event , no need to speed , do we
Therefore , using an old rugby rallying cry " Haak Phalaborwa ! -- Stoot ! " ( Hook Phalaborwa - Push ! ) , and off we go , check in at gate , " Satara , here we come "
First turn-off to Sable dam , but nothing . On again , a couple of impala , then we see this little steenbokkie , just standing , enjoying the shade .
Carry on , back to the tar road , and then coming up to the Masorini Arch site turn-off , we see 4 ellie bulls , dozing , ears flapping . One of them pushes against the tree , testing his strength against it . He lost
We stop at Letaba , buy an ice-cream , and sit on the bench outside reception area . Also in the parking area , four people with two vehicles , one speaking on his cell-phone , making arrangements to meet somewhere . Then they all get into the two vehicles , the one towing the other
Oh dear , oh dear . At least we are still mobile
The tar road between Letaba and Olifants is being covered by a thick layer of sand - already the layer is showing signs of corrugation - I suppose it does help to preserve the tarmac surface , but the question comes up - are they going to do this to all the tar roads ? Time will tell , but maybe we can get some comment from Sanparks
It is hot , and there are not many animals around , but we do manage to see some -impala , giraffe , waterbuck , then just north of Ngotso , a huge , huge herd of buffalo , moving in a southerly direction . Amongst the trees we see some ellies , and further up some more ellies crossing the road .
Take a pic of the buffs with ellis behind them , and move on .
At the water hole another lot of ellies , a few bulls tussling a bit , but then right next to the road this big old man - huge tusks .
We go on to look at another big guy , he has one broken tusk and moves off into the bush , so we turn back to the old man - I want some more pics of him
And just before we get to him , what do we see ? A lion , its head just visible , about 100 meters from the ellie .
We cannot believe how our luck has turned , but time is moving on , and we have to get to Satara before 6.00 pm