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To continue -
We left Tshokwane with the idea that we should get back to Skukuza with not so many detours.
Well we just had to see if we could get to Leeupan this time (after being stopped by elephant roadblocks the last 3 times I had tried).
We slowly drove down the road into the pan. The damage to the tress from the elephants had to be seen to be believed. As it was so dry and leafless everywhere else in the vicinity I guess the elephants don't venture far from the pan - hence all the tree damage.
We sat at the pan and watched these elephants for ages. When I'm the driver I like to keep an eye on all the elephants that wander away from the main herd - just to make sure they aren't coming too close - a bit paranoid I know, or maybe just respectful of their size etc.
It must have been the afternoon for elephants - we had at least 2 road blocks of them and waited patiently while they crossed. At one of the large granite outcrops they were grazing at the base of all the rocks where there was greenery.
We were just about back to camp and had sort of got into the mid afternoon 1/2 asleep mode when we saw this large grey animal about 15 ft from the car.
I've always wanted a photo of a large animal in the rear view mirror so this was my opportunity (taken by my G'daughter from the passengers side.
We got back to Skukuza (about 3.30) and on the way to our chalet saw my SO driving the G'daughters car coming towards us. To say that he was worried/ furious/ upset was an understatement. He presumed that we would be back for lunch as we hadn't taken much food with us. He was worried that something had happened to us - forgetting that we could buy food at Tschokwane.
We hadn't meant to worry him and didn't realize how long we had been - you know how it is when out looking for animals.!!!!!!
We all had a lovely BBQ (braai) together and hit the sack early.
Next day -
We were (SO and myself) on our way to Lower Sabie and our G'daughter and her friend were going to Berg en Dal, so we said our goodbyes and left each other. We had had such a lovely few days together.
we decided to head down the Malelane road turn left towards the Stephenson-Hamilton and head across the S21 (N'Watimhiri Rd). It was a very quiet road for animals and also very corrogated and dusy. We didn't see hardly anything until we came within view of the H$ 1 at the Sabie River.
Well we saw heaps of elephants and general game all along the river. A welcome sight after so much dust. The views along that bit of the road across the river are just wonderful.
We found our chalet - which whilst not right on the river front still had great views across to the river.
We sat and watched all the goings on from our front porch.
A little watercolour of our Chalet (no. 25).
We decided to have a walk around the grounds looking at birds and arrived at the restaurant (for an icecream). While we were sitting looking over the river there were about 5 buffalo grazing on the elephant grass right in front of the restaurant.
We went for a drive to Sunset Dam (of course) and just sat soaking up the sights and sounds of the evening. I just loved watching all the interaction at the dam and felt too lazy and at peace so that I couldn't even be bothered taking photo's
We sat there for ages and eventually decided that to head back and have an early evening meal at the restaurant.
While we were eating it there was great excitement at the railing. Two lionesses were stalking the buffulo. The buffalo seemed to be unaware of the lioness" and continued grazing. After watching for ages - we thought there might have been a bit of action - we finished our meal and wandered around the grounds looking for owls (none)
An early night (again). Really looking forward to the next few days as we've been to LS before and
always had great sightings.
The plan tomorrow was to head towards Mlondozi dam. To be continued.