Happy as pigs in poo poo we left our lovely leopards behind and headed off towards Skukza again for a quick breakfast, my favourite rock buns, warm from the oven!
After brekkie nature called and rather than go to the yukky toilets by the restaurant we made a plan to park outside the conference center and use the facilities opposite.
As we pulled into the parking lot we saw that some event was obviously going on and that there were a lot of men in suits walking around.
The spaces directly outside the entrance were empty but sixth or maybe even common sense made me urge the SO to park on the other side. I nipped out and walked past some very swanky cars owned by the members of the Mpumulanga Provincial Govt who were holding their conference there. As I crossed over I saw an even fancier car being escorted by body guards sweeping into the center and the empty spaces at the entrance.
At this point the SO sitting in the car waiting for his turn to pee was blocked in by a police car to prevent him making any untoward moves and lots of men with badly cut suits and very shiny sunglasses ran around, making sure that the object of their affection could safely enter the building.
So if you were wondering where your taxes are being spent I can confirm that a good whack of them are going on some very, expensive German engineering....
Onwards and upwards towards the Marula Loop where completed our big 5 before lunch when we came across these sleepy pussy cats:
We headed back home to our lovely tent with a fab view of the river, we sat on our stoep and watched a big old buffalo slowly make his way across the river and appear in the reeds directly in front of us:
The neighbour opposite
Later in the afternoon we took a short drive around but sightings were a bit few and far between due to the heat...
We returned back to camp again to find a bunch of baboon bandits had raided everybody's kitchens. Luckily we had locked up but the beggars had emptied the bin over the side of the stoep and made a right mess. The SO took great delight in chasing the culprits away from our tent, they werent terribly impressed and retreated to the walkway just out of reach:
Have you seen these baboons??
After debating their further strategy they moved on to their HQ which was a large tree just opposite our tent on the other side of the fence. They spent the next couple of hours flashing their bottoms at us but nature had a cunning plan for revenge...
A storm was brewing and streaks of lightning filled the skies, the baboons were all sheltering nicely when suddenly all hell broke loose! Screams of rage and fear coming from the tree made me curious enough to venture out again, I flashed the torch into the branches and at this point the reason for the commotion became apparent... A leopard, probably also seeking shelter from the storm had climbed into the tree but having been met with a less than friendly reception it quickly left to find alternative accomodation