Day13… farewell Kruger
I woke up this morning a bit upset, not only is it departure day but we searched high and low from North to South and we didn’t find any brown hyena. Just after I packed up, Wendy awoke and we said our farewell. I decided that when I left the camp that I should maybe just go check if the leopard was up in her tree on the S128 so a little detour was in order. I drove over the low water bridge and when I got to the intersection I got the surprise of a lifetime! 3 cars and this…
I was super excited and phoned Wendy about this, the sighting was 2km from Lower Sabie so she would make it in no time… He decided that it was enough lying around and then stood up, stretched a bit and walked to the signpost to make his mark.
Then he walked towards the S128, I followed as it was the way I wanted to go in anyway. I saw Wendy and she said that she is going back to camp to pack up and thanked me for informing her about this. It was a bit crowded so I just took a few kiekies and then moved on with the road.
I got to the spot where the leopardess was the previous day and only hyenas were there, very strange but there were cars parked ahead so I decided to do some sherlocking… And I got the surprise of the trip… (a lot of pics so bear with me)
She was walking up and down and all loveable, I even got a video of them, where she caresses him and you can faintly hear them purring)
I phoned Wendy again but she said that she is busy packing and is not going to make it. By 6:20 we were 7 cars and as they were out in the open there were no bad behaviour from our side. I sat with them an hour when I decided to move back and saw only one car with the cheetah, I informed them about the leopards a few kilometers on and then was on my way back to Lower Sabie, as now I was in urgent need of a loo. Got these okes in the road…
And a very strange looking giraffe having a dispute with his friend
I also drove into Big5Spotter and they informed me about 3 cheetahs that I just missed on the H10 before the bridge. I didn’t have a care in the world as I had amazing sightings and it was still so early. I went back to camp to help Wendy pack up and she said that she is going to sommer leave as well. So we had out last MMC and hit the road again… At the low water bridge intersection I stopped and asked her if she want to go check out the leopards, in which she replied ‘why not’ so I took a detour for the second time. When we got back on the S128 the road we hit a small traffic jam, and another surprise came our way. My cheetah of earlier were joined by 4 others. They were in the open again and without bothering other people we got great spots to take kiekies from.
We sat with them for about 30 minutes and moved on as the time wasn’t standing still and we want to leave the Park, I initially wanted to be on the road by 7:30 and it by this time I was still at Lower Sabie. Now instead of driving home via Phabeni we took the H4-2 to CrocBridge. Some of our sightings on our way out of the Park;
These fellas caused a bit of a roadblock…
Just as we left the Gate we got them in the parking lot
I left the park thinking that she never disappoints, even though we were searching for a brownie and didn’t find one, we did have amazing sightings with a gazillion laughs. I got to tick lifers and have a lot of firsts on the animal department as well. This was my first camping trip in Kruger but would certainly not be my last as I was thinking when I would like to book another trip again whilst driving back to Bronkhorstspruit.
Just a few notes on our return trip, Wendy followed me and just past the tollgate I got a phonecall from her that she was getting very sleepy behind the wheel and want to stop and have a little nap. I said we should stop at Hall’ Wimpy for a coffee because everytime we felt a bit drowsy in the Park, KPA-time just made it better, I think it was the fact that we were driving each in separate cars. So after an ice coffee at Wimpy I was going home Part 2. We were fine until we got to Milly’s when she said that she can’t keep her eyes open and is going to park underneath shade and have a powernap, we bid our farewells for the second time and I went on my way. I got home and after packing up, passed out immediately as this trip was exhausting (I needed another holiday after this one) and when I woke at 18:00 I saw that Wendy at least arrived safely in Pretoria by 17:00. This was truly a trip for the books with the most blunders and forumites and laughs and helicopter moths and not enough sleep that I had in my life and something that I wouldn’t forget very soon.
Thank you guys for joining me on this trip, hope that you enjoyed it as much as I did.THE END
And are there Brownies in Kruger? I will try to find one with my next trip…