Right, let’s get this show on the road!
At 01:00 I was up and found Elzet in the bathroom getting ready for bed!! NO, NO, NO
… I said! You can sleep in the car…LET’S GOOOO
Three hours later Elzet finished her packing and off we went.
The drive to Phalaborwa was a joy. Elzet and I have met in Polokwane many moons ago, so we went and have a look at the houses where we have stayed....We were coming home again! Seeing the houses and the area after many years were an eye opener...the trees have grown and everything looks different!
Magoebaskloof was beautiful with huge trees and we spotted a few monkeys as well. Memories were flooding back of years gone by. We had a good laugh remembering our (my brother and I) swim in the dam at the cherry farm with a bus load of visitors eyeballing us, but that is another story!
Passing Lakeside Elzet and I smiled at each other...that was where everything had started for us, but that is definitely another story and not SANParks related!
Round about 09:00 we arrived in Phalagat and had coffee with Sprocky
at the gate after seeing a baboon crossing the road in town. It was great meeting you again Sprocky
! I do miss you on the forums though.
I hope to see you soon on here again…you have contributed a lot and I’m know you have a lot more to offer!
After our coffee break we enter the gate after I had declared my firearm…there was no bag for it, not even a brown rubbish bag, so I just put it away in the cubby-hole. Well it was fine with me to have my firearm ready, after all we were entering darkest Africa and one never knows!
Phalaborwa gate was a first for Elzet. I have entered there before with my parents many years ago and we decided to take the H14 (Phalaborwa-Mopani) road and skipped Letaba.
First stop was at Sable hide. What a great place and we will surely stay over there in the future.
Next this tusker:
We couldn’t identify him…he refused to turn around and off we went. Next was this hyena taking a bit of a nap next to the road:
And this bokkie (oops, sorry the legs are gone!
The next moment we spotted something in the distance…I thought it was a hyena, but it soon became clear that it was a leopard right in the middle of the road. He was huge and absolutely beautiful sitting in the road and at one stage he even walked next to our car. This leopard made little calling sounds which were a bit strange....he was calling his mate or something
Look at his paws...just beautiful
This leopard sighting was one of our best sightings EVER
We were the only visitors there and had this magnificent sighting all to ourselves!
We were by now very excited seeing such lovely animals. At the Letaba river crossing this magnificent Kudu:
And a Hammerhead:
Elzet saw a lioness in the reeds, but the LO and I couldn’t spot it after some serious attempts…I only saw grass and was feeling a bit
not seeing it! (Between us, I don't think there was a lioness!
These youngsters playing next to the road:
The weather was cool and they were bundles of energy!
At Mopani the admin was sorted out in no time and after buying some wood we were off to Tsendze looking forward to our four nights in this jewel of a rustic camp.
On our way to Tsendze it started to drizzle a bit and we were rather surprised about this winter rain in Kruger. In the following report: Tsendze!