My best night in Kruger....wow a difficult choise!!!
What springs to mind is a night spent camping at Satara.
We had just finished a delicious braai, cleaned up and crawled into our sleeping bags. I had some difficulty falling asleep, I love lying there listening to the bush. It must have been about 23h00, when there was a rather strange bleet that broke the silence. I sat up in bed wondering 'what was THAT?'. I sat there for a couple of seconds, and then I heard it ......a large herd of SOMETHING running through the bush. So I fumbled about in the tent found the torch, scrambled into a pair of shoes.....and during all thing I heard the unmistakable sound of 'ZZZZZZZZZZZIIIIIIPPPPPP' around the camp site.....I was not the only one wide awake and crawling out to see what was on the go!
Eventually I manage to untangle myself from sleeping bags and tent pegs and saw that there was a reasonable crowd at the fence. I ambled over to join them, slightly self conscious of my pink and white PJ's (which I soon forgot about when I noticed another Oom in mickey mouse boxer shorts!). Just at that moment a blur of tawny streaked past the fence, about 50m into the bush.....
Then we saw what the chaos was about ....there was a pride of about 5 lions trying to catch a midnight snack.....a buffako snack!!!! I rushed back to the tent to try wake dad, who had been contentedly snoring through everything!!!!
"Dad, dad, there are lions try to catch a buffalo at the fence!!!!"
"ja, sure, it was just a bad dream, go back to sleep"
"Dad I am serious, everyone is outside, come look"
So dad eventually roused himself and joined us.
In the mean time the buffalo herd had made a get-away, which left a couple of rather bemused lionesses, blinking in the spot-lights of some rather well equipped campers!!!! They hung around for about 5min and then melted back into the bush.
Well, by now the whole campsite was awake, kettles were put on and many a story exchanged at the Satara fence that night...
One of the reasons why staying in a tent is great, none of the people in the chalets heard or saw anything!