Day 16 (Nov 15th)
Today was a really lovely day.
We had a latish start, being at the gate at 7am, and started a slow drive to Letaba, where we to meet EJ and Chirinda.
I was so pleased to spot "our" Klippie for the first time this year, and also Desmond Dassie was in residence.
Along the road we saw a car that was travelling in the opposite direction to us had stopped, and soon spotted why!!!!
There was a very angry Ellie shaking his head at them, and mock charging. The car reversed and the Ellie proceeded, we drove forward very slowly, but kept well back from the Ellie. This process went on for 40 minutes, until eventually Ellie gave up, and sauntered off into the bush, and we could carry on with our journey!!
We saw plenty more (well behaved) ellies, and a midddle size herd of buffs. Also a few zebras, and some beautiful European Bee Eaters.
We arrived at Letaba a little time before we had arranged to meet, and so we sat down on the bench in front of the restaurant, to see what the riverbed had on offer today!!
There was an Ellie, who had some serious ivory, and two lovely male Bushbucks. We then spotted a smallish croc down by the riverbed, enjoying the warm weather.
By this time Chirinda and EJ had arrived and sat down to join us.
How wonderful are these forums, as I have never met Chirinda, and only very briefly met EJ at the 2011 cricket, but we all chatted as though we were old friends!!
A Brown Hooded Kingfisher came to join us, and a Jacobin Cuckoo, to name just two of the feathered friends that morning.
We moved to the restaurant and ordered toasties, and continued chatting nineteen to the dozen!!!
Eventually it was time to say goodbye, and return to Phala.
On the way home it was now hot and sunny, so we did not see much, though we did see another three Klippies, and a huge warthog with baby piglets (who sadly ran off before I could point my camera at them!!)
That night we had Pork Chops, new minty potatoes, cauliflower with cheese sauce and butternut.............I know it's hot, but that was all that was in the fridge till we shop tomorrow!!
Then it was Amarula time and a coffee, and watching the African sky..............oh dear it's a hard life!!
To be continued.....................