Oct 14, Day 11
Why does time fly when you are having fun? To soon we arrived at the end of our Kruger holiday. I got up early just as dawn broke and went to sit at the fence, hoping that the patrolling spottie will make another round, but he didn't, he too had to go back home.
Not to far off a few dagga boys spend the night. I took the kiekie through the fence.
It was drizzling and made breaking down camp a muddy affair. It went quickly though and when we had to fold the ground sheet last I saw all the starlings flying in and sat around. I thought they are so clever to come and look for crumbs and food, but no, they were catching the bugs that accumulated under the ground sheet. Then when we had the muddy ground sheet folded and ready to put in the bag, Skillie first had to unfolded the bag that was laying under the trailer the whole time. All of a sudden a huge Red Roman about 7/8 cm long (it's a big red hairy arachnid, but not a spider, closer to the ant family, not poisonous but a nasty bite) came out of the bag and almost ran over his hand and fell on the ground running for cover to the nearest bush. A Burchall's starling ran and grab the Red Roman, through it down, pecked it twice and it was dead. I tried to take a better look but the Starling would not let me get near, running away with the dead Red Roman in his mouth, stop, eat a bit and run again. Awesome to see, unfortunately no pics, it happened to quick.
As we were done with everything it started to rain very hard again. We had to shower after playing in the mud. We said goodbye to the nice people we met and off we went at 9 o'clock.
We stopped at the Park Shop for a last gift or two for the teenagers who stayed at home and had to study for the upcoming exams. As we left the Satara gate the sun came out.
Right on S100 turnoff we saw two Hooded vultures, it was a first for us and they were right next to the road! They were also on a termite nest, trying to catch them, but they were not so good at it as the Bateleur and Spotted Eagle were. I hardly took a photo and 10 vehicles surrounded us including the private game drives from outside Kruger and Skillie made a break for it before I could snap the second vulture....
Turned back and onto the H7 knowing it was our way home, luckily the rain stayed away for a bit and we had a few sightings before the rain came down again making it impossible to see anything.
A few Swainson's Spurfowls crossed the road.
A White-backed Vulture tried to dry his wings.
A few gorgeous Zebbies showed off their stripes.
Our last ellie having breakfast.
And then we saw the rain coming and these pictures make me long to be back in the Kruger!
The rain stopped just before the saw the Orpen gate.
Around 12 o'clock we left the Kruger behind and on the road to reality. The first thing that always hits me is all the sign boards next to the road. You don't know what to read first or last. Then the lines on the road that now tells you where to go and to stay on your side. Then the speed, 100km/h feels like 200 km/hour!