the full title should have read of ants and elephants and turds and terrapins and other silly tails... i mean tales...
so having been forced by my conditions of employment
i was stuck with more than a month's vacation time during december and january.......
what to do ?? what to do??
ah ha !!
two weeks in the park in december and then.....
after a few days back home to wash the car, do the laundry, eat some vegetables and exchange pleasantries with friends .....
another two weeks ......
feel free to join me as i relate most of the events (those that i can still recall) from this trip.
we will meet new people, meet some old friends, experience "lifers", encounter some characters and even discover a brand new species !!!!!
it may be a drawn out affair as i need to sort through approximately ten thousand (yes - 10 000!!) photographs that i took during this time, i will most likely be deleting most of them, but as you will see, the photographic luck gets better as the trip progresses.
crocodile bridge was my port of entry as the first week's stay would be at lower sabie in my favourite and most affordable spot.
entering at croc bridge is always guess work
as you have to guess whether to park and report to reception or drive straight to the booths. this is the case at phabeni, phalaborwa and numbi
i went straight for the gate and was greeted by a very polite and helpful attendant who welcomed me and as an overnighter and was ushered through with haste and efficiency.
i first popped into the camp to unpack my cameras and stuff and to use the public amenities
and the first creature to make my acquaintance was this delightful mantid.
i then set off
the park is so pretty at this time of year
and all the little ones waiting to become a tasty morsel