Sorry for the delay - wayward cats and internet are to blame!! My kitty however is currently not wayward and has decided to shred my arm as I type!
So apologies in advance if she gets her way and types the report for me! May 13 - Day 5: Part 1
This morning we had a slow morning as we needed to wash all our our still sodden clothes from Golden Gate, dry everything, and restore my tent's psyche by putting its own flysheet on
Whilst enjoying a relaxed breakfast a Kalahari scrub-robin and a juvenile cardinal woodpecker
came to visit. The scrub-robin was way too quick for a photo, but here is the woodpecker
While all this was going on, Jared and a very kind lady came to do the rounds cleaning the ablutions and fireplaces. Jared we found out was the guide, but was filling in for someone else as they were all having turns to go on leave during the quiet times. We discussed when would be best to do a night drive and seeing as later in the week he had school tours, we decided that tonight was the night
The very kind lady (sadly I did not get her name) asked my mom why we were washing on holiday when she would do it for us
and we gladly accepted her offer! So we then set about getting ready for a game drive!! Yippee!
We decided to do the Matopi loop, and then head straight to Mosu for our lunch booking. We packed all the camera batteries that, after careful charging at Golden Gate still decided to promptly go flat on us, in the hopes that we maybe able to get them charged while we had lunch, and finally set off! We saw and discussed loads of interesting plants, and I learned my new plant for the day - Boscia albotruncata
- which is used as or with coffee. Stupidly, I never took a pic of said tree, but from the name you will see that it has a white trunk. We saw some springbok, a lonely hartebeest, and this pair of Crowned Lapwings
Then we spotted what at first I thought was a pair of suricates, but soon decided they were actually mongooses - I'm guessing Yellow Mongoose
Shortly thereafter we saw the real Suricates
(something that was high up on my wish list!
We spent quite a few minutes them, watching their antics before realising that if we were to have any hope of making Mosu vaguely in time for our lunch booking we needed to turn around and go back. We had done about 2 km of the Matopi Loop in about 2 hours!! and that is pretty much how the rest of our game drives went in Mokala! Just too many interesting things to sit and watch!
On the way to Mosu we saw this magnificent Kudu Bull
and a whole herd of Hartebeests
At reception we didn't even have to inquire about charging the batteries, we were pointed to the plug as we walked in the door. Thankfully it was the same receptionist that booked us in yesterday and she had already assured the restaurant that we were still coming but were most likely watching animals, so without haste we were ushered down to the restaurant where we were warmly welcomed!! We had all decided to have the venison fillet, and boy was it good!! We also ordered take-away venison pies for our supper after the game drive tonight. Whilst waiting for our food to arrive, I took a quick walk around (mostly because I had seen an interesting rock the I was sure was in a different spot every time I looked in that direction! (I must note that both my dad and I are short sighted, so game spotting is quite an interesting affair with us!)) On closer inspection the rock turned out to be this tent? tortoise
After lunch we went back to reception to book the night drives, and retrieve the batteries, except that they weren't finished charging... Before even realising this, the receptionist was telling us not to worry, she would send everything with Jared this evening! By now, we really were feeling like royalty - quite undeservedly so seeing as we seemed to be doing our best to be some of the most difficult guests they had had! And so, we finally got to drive the Matopi loop in full! ....To be continued....