Heading North we did not even think that the abundance of wild life we enjoyed would soon dry up. After all, we were heading towards Satara. Big Cat Country!!!
Little did we know that this was the last animals (except for a lone impala or two) we would see over the next two days.
While we did not see any animals after this, this trip once again had its surprises. We saw birds that I’ve never seen before! Thinking back after all this years (this trip was in 2009), I think we saw more birds because we were not really looking for the Big Five, and just enjoyed being in KNP and in the bush. Please correct me if any of the bird IDs are wrong
This photo of a Bushbaby is one I feel very bad about taking it: we heard something in the trees and I grabbed my camera. We tried to see what it could be, using my torch and when I saw some movement, I just pointed and “shoot”. Only then did I think about the possible harmful effect the camera flash could have had on the poor animal’s eyes. When I got back to the office at the University where I work, I immediately consulted some of my colleagues working in the Ecology Department and the Nature Conservation Department. The consensus was that the animal would be blinded for a couple of minutes, but the possibility of permanent damage to the eyes were about zero. But still, I do not think I will ever again take a photo of an animal with a flash pointed directly at it at night.
We were very glad we could see so much during the week with Ouma Klokkie in the beautiful KNP. On our way out, Ouma said she wish she could see Lions one more time. And after about 25 minutes, there they were
The road back to Johannesburg. Majestic mountains but sad. And only the promise of another visit in the not too distant future (and the joy of writing a TR to look forward to) makes it bearable. These photos and the memories will have to be bush-medicine.
It is with a lump in the throat that I finish this TR. Ouma Klokkie recently fell and broke her hip quite badly. She had a hip-replacement, but at present she has great difficulty in moving. We firmly pray and believe that she will one day again be able to join us for a week in KNP. That’s why I can end this TR with
… TO BE CONTINUED….