Thanks for the great responses on the first post guys! The Mopani bush was crazy!!
As for the trip down from Letaba to tamboti it was a very rainy day and one couldn't drive with the window open which was not the best. We did enjoy it however as it was the first cool day that we had since entering the park. The sightings were few and far between but they were worth it. Roughly 10km north of Satara we spotted a young giraffe attempting to mate but the female was less than willing to co operate. It was rather humourous. After a short stop at Satara we were stopped by a herd of elephant on the H7 roughly 40 strong. It took them 20 mins to all make it across the road. It has been a while since we saw such big herd that far south.
Getting closer and closer to Orpen the bush became thicker and thicker again. It was so hard to spot anything that wasn't in the road. While booking in at Orpen we saw on the sightings board that lion had been seen every day on the sunset/night drive for the last 6 days. And Cheetah had been seen the day before on the rabalias loop. For the two days we were at Tamboti it was rather quiet, we didn't see anything noteworthy. We drove our trusty Rabalais Loop every morning and afternoon and we saw nothing. In my 15+ years going to the park I have seen everything on the loop from Wild dog to Sable but unfortunately this time we had bad luck. To put it in perspective how thick the bush was: there was some grass about 100m from the Tamboti gate that was taller than our Vehicle (a 2010 Corsa Bakkie).
All in all it was a good trip and it is always counted a win just to be in the Park - especially up North!
A week later my sister and her husband were at Tamboti for 4 nights and they saw Cheetah, Lion and wild dog on the Rabalias Loop so it seems as if she had the family luck with her... Till next time