First of all sorry that this is out of sync – there are 3 other TRs in between my Spotty Easter in KNP and this one – but I want to get a coffee table book done of my trip to the park with Mum in October and I want it to be ready in time for Christmas. I have to go through my photos and will be re-living my trip as I do this so thought I might as well do my TR at the same time.
Mum has NEVER been to KNP … she absolutely loves animals, wildlife, nature, etc, and can’t wait to hear my stories and see my photos whenever I get back from Kruger. My Dad, on the other hand, isn’t that bothered – his philosophy is that if he wants to see some of the stuff I see in Kruger he can watch it on Nat Geo Wild! My parents have been happily married for 48 years and my Mum just doesn’t like leaving my Dad.
I finally convinced Mum to come to Kruger for a long weekend – just two nights; Dad would be fine – in fact, he’d probably enjoy the peace and quiet!
As those of you who have read my previous TRs know, I am now a “Converted Kruger Camper” – there’s just nothing to beat lying in a tent at night listening to the sounds of the bush! I knew I wouldn’t be able to convince Mum to go camping, but I sold the whole “safari tent experience” thing and booked two nights for us at Croc Bridge!
We left around 5am on Thursday 11 October and got to Malelane shortly after 9am.
We stopped at the bridge and spotted a Goliath heron, a great egret, an open-billed stork, a grey heron, crocs, impala and a male bushbuck sitting in the shade of one of the bushes.
We continued to Malelane Gate, parked up and were walking to Reception. It had only been a few weeks since I’d been there and Patrick recognised me/my car. He told me that EcoJunkie was in the office so Mum and I walked over to have a quick chat with her. The office is about 100 metres from the Reception.
As we were walking there, Mum pointed to the ground and asked “Wendy, what’s that?”
“Elephant poo!” I replied.
“Here? You mean there are elephants here? We’re not even in the park!” Mum exclaimed, rather shocked!
EJ heard us talking and came out to see what was going on. We had a chat and then she walked back to the Reception with us “to protect us from the elephants”!!!
We checked in then set off ... it was exactly 10am. The planned route was the H3 to Skukuza, a trip to Lake Panic, then the H4-1 to Lower Sabie and H4-2 to Croc Bridge.
Feb 2012 KNP - Devastation, Destruction & Beauty; Nature is Amazing
Apr 2012 A Spotty Easter in KNP!!!
Oct 2012 KNP Oct 2012 - Out of Sync!
WORKING ON ... June, July, Sept, Nov/Dec 2012, Feb, March, April 2013 TRs!!!