I was able once again to be in the KNP between Christmas and New Year (fast becoming a tradition now), scraped together some funds, booked late, and could get 5 nights 28th Dec 2010-1 Jan 2011, only at Pretoriuskop, which camp I love, it has a great atmosphere. Intending to leave, as I usually do, at 04:00, I overslept, and only got going at 06:00 which meant 2 lost hours in KNP. Uneventful trip, though I knew that once I was in the Park it would change to VERY EVENTFUL trip. Stop over at Pick n’ Pay in Nelspruit to do last minute shopping, and the obligatory and traditional koeksister, fill up the tank and it was off arriving just before 11:00. Only to be met by that most horrible of sights-a very long queue of cars. A long 15 minute wait, then we were allowed in, and then it was the human queue next. They were very slow at reception, for me that is, but the queue moved reasonably well, breezed through the booking, and I was off to find a spot to enjoy my coffee and koeksister.
Had a wonderful time, great sightings, experiences and memories. Some scary, some plain interesting, and one sad. 5 nights in Pretoriuskop meant 10 visits to Shitlave and Transport Dams, 10 trips down Napi Boulders road, every visit enjoyed to the full.
For this TR, I thought that instead of it being random, like my last one, this one would be also random
. Well a sort of orderly random
, meaning I would post photos, first of flowers, then of insects, reptiles and amphibians (of which there was only one, but thoroughly enjoyed that sighting) birds, mammals and scenic/panoramic pics. I did think in posting one of each in batches, but that is too much like hard work. Besides, looking again at all these photos is not good for my health
I also got to meet some forumites, which added to the enjoyment of my time in the Park. I better not try and remember all to them, (the grey matter is going black fast) lest I get into trouble and it will be
Let me start with this photos, dedicated to the wonderful forumites I met during my time.
Seen in Skukuza Gardens
And then some more photos, dedicated to all forumites.