Day 85 (Jan 24th)
Today was going to be our chores day.....laundry, shopping and then fish and chips at the pub!!!
However we had no electricity from midnight, and this morning there was no sign of it returning!!
It was gtting hotter by the minute, so we decided another morning in the park was in order..............at least we could have the occasional blast of cold air from the car's aircon!!
Some of the dirt roads were now open, but we didn't want to risk it in our little Atos, and as we had driven the H14 yesterday, we decided to go to Letaba and check out the water levels.
There were still very few animals in evidence, and the H9 had very little traffic, other
than a few delivery vans.
We saw a large herd of Impalas near the H9/H14 junction, but we then saw nothing until Rhidonda Pan where the newly installed Hippo was wallowing in the water.
Having said that there was a lot less water in the pan than the last time we were there, so he may be moving on soon!!
We noticed that a lot of the surface water had dried out, and the small river beds
were also drying out.
We turned left at the Letaba crossroads, and we were amazed to see how much the water levels had gone down since Monday!!
There still more water than normal, but we could now see the river banks on either side, and the river was running very slowly.
The high level bridge was open, but had suffered some damage, as debris had obviously come charging down with the raging waters of a few days ago!!
We parked up, and surveyed the scene before us. There were several water birds wading at the water's edge and several Hippos in the distance.
Dungy's tummy started rumbling, so we drove on to Letaba to get him a toastie!!
Again we were amazed at the view from the restaurant, in comparison with Monday. The levels are going down big time, and I think soon it will be almost a dry river bed again!!
On the drive home we again saw very little, other than a large herd of Buffs crossing the road near Rhidonda Pan!!
There was no sign of Desi again today, which is very worrying. I know he went AWOL once and returned, but it has been such a long period this time, I do wonder if I will ever see him again.
Dinner that night was roast pork, and afterwards a large Amarula each rounded off a strange day in our beloved park.Day 86 (Jan 25th)
We did everything today that had been planned for yesterday, before we discovered that we'd had a power cut.
We did two loads of laundry, the maid was here, and we went shopping............yes all the boring things in life, but they have to be done!!
We went to the pub at lunch time for our "cheap and cheerful" fish and chips, and then back for a relaxing afternoon and evening at the cottage.
To be continued................