Day 58 (Dec 28th)
Today we hoped to go to Letaba, for lunch, and then daughter and SIL wanted to look around the Elephant Hall.
We had seen on Facebook that there were huge queues at the gate, so we weren't really sure whether it would have reached it's quota by the time we got there at 10am.
I'm glad to say that we were allowed in, and proceeded towards Letaba on the H9.
That is when I realised two fatal mistakes!!!!
Firstly I had left my camera at home, and secondly we were a bit low on petrol. We had plenty to get us to Letaba, but I know that sometimes in the holidays the pumps run dry, and we weren't sure we had enough to get back to Phala that afternoon.
We took a vote and decided to risk it, and luckily when we got to Letaba we were able to fill up, and pay by credit card, which is such a bonus!!!
Along the way we saw Ellies, Giraffe, Zebra, Impala, a cute little Steenie, Waterbuck, Hippo (at Nhlanganini Dam) and Baboon.
Lunch was very tasty, and then we had a nice look around the Elephant Hall. The kids found it very interesting , and before we knew it an hour had elapsed.
We had decided to go home via Mingerhout, and Shilawuri, so set off up the road.
We had no sooner turned right at the crossroads, when I spotted a lone Wildebeest by the side of the road.
WE turned onto the Mingerhout Road and saw a little group of Nyala, and loads of Impala with their babies.
As many of you will know, the river and Mingerhout Road, run side by side for a long way, and at one point, we looked down and saw a Purple Heron, and a Grey Heron, wading in the shallow water.
We saw more Ellies and Hippo, also Giraffe, Buffs, Zebra, Warthog, a shy buck that might have been a Sharpie, but bolted too quickly to tell, and a beautiful Tawny.
We picked up the main Phala Road, and saw not much else other than more Impies and a few distant Elllies.
Both going and coming back we had scoured Erfplaas for Desi and the Klippies, but they are nowhere to be seen at the moment!!
We arrived home very tired after a long hot day, and couldn't wait to jump into the pool.
Then it was sundowner time, and a delicious chicken stirfry.
Tomorrow we are visiting the Hoedspruit Cheetah and Endangered Species Centre, so as we sipped our Amarulas we eagerly discussed what the day might bring us.
I of course have no photos of my own, but SIL will give me some of his when he has downloaded them, so I will add them at a later date.
To be continued...............