01 January 2014
When SO's alarm went off bright and early on New Years Day I awoke to a little knock in my head telling me that the late night potjie was possibly not a good idea. When she told me that I was looking a bit rough I immediately bounced out of bed and put on a very brave face. I, however, soon realized that some remedial action was absolutely necessary but my pride got the better of me and I gutsed it out over a cup of strong coffee. A cursory glance into the tent revealed the much needed medicine box but my self pride held firm - could not show any sign of weakness because then "I told you so!" would be inevitable. Inside that medicine box were the Panados!! I was paying the price for a somewhat inflated male ego. (I am sure many of our forumites have found themselves in this situation before.....) Eventually SO decided that it was time to get to the ablutions which meant that I would be able to sneak into that medicine box. Well two Panados and a big glass of water soon made New Years Day a whole lot more enjoyable and soon I was ready to hit the road.
We decided to drive up the mountain to Rooiplaat, having been told that the Lions had been seen up there. The view back to the restcamp is stunning and it is amazing how the chalets blend into the landscape - very well thought out.
The plains were teeming with Black Wildebeest, Mountain Zebra and Blesbuck. This is perfect Cheetah country too. We stopped at a pool next to the road to watch this Orange-throated Longclaw
Thios photograph clearly illustrated why this bird is called a Longclaw
Another Longclaw arrived to have a drink which immediately caused No 1 to start showing off by waltzing all over the place with its wings out-stretched.
We continued along the Rooiplaat Loop spotting this young MZ having a drink. It certainly seemed to be a bit old to still be suckling.
We then turned left onto the Link Road which was a good decision because at the first little dam on the left we saw the Lioness lying in the shade. What did amaze us was the fact that there were a number of Zebra drinking at the dam and they were not at all perturbed by the fact that the Lioness was watching them very carefully. It was getting very hot so I imagine that she was a bit lazy. I was getting a bit worried because the heat was beginning to take its toll on me and how I wished that I had slipped a few of those magic little white pills into my pocket before we left!
The Link Road is a lovely drive taking you through a number of drifts and passed a few little dams. There were plenty of Kudu in the thorn thickets. This pic illustrates how lush the veld was
Graham's Corner was very quiet but still a beautiful area. This Ant-eating Chat was on guard duty here
We often wonder who Graham was - maybe Megan would be able to help here.
The drive down into the valley is spectacular. We joined the Ubejane Loop and drove down to the dam where we saw a troop of Baboons and few other critters
By now the temp had reached 37 degrees so we headed back to camp. We took a swim up at the pool - such a lovely setting. On the way back we found a Pufadder lying in the path that runs from receptiion down to the camping site which was a bit worrying. We did report it and it was duly moved away from the path. There were plenty of young children around so hopefully parents were being vigilant. We put the fans on, wrapped ourselves in wet towels and had a midday siesta. I felt like a million dollars having managed to sneak another two Panados!