26 November 2017 – Satara to Lower Sabie
After the rain during the night, we thought we might have a wet pack-up this morning but although it was still overcast and cool the rain held off. And by the afternoon the temperature rose to 35 degrees C.
We packed up, hitched the caravan, helped P&T with their tent and were on the H1-3 by 6:40 am. P&T did some loops but we like to stick to the tar roads when we’re towing. The plan was to meet them at Tshokwane for breakfast.
Usually the tar roads are a little boring regarding sightings but today we were lucky.
At Punda Maria we’d seen the crested guineafowl which are not as common as the helmeted guineafowl and today the first one for the trip turned up.
Elephants crossed in front of us and showed us their bums.
I have been looking for the weird and wonderful knob-billed duck and today he turned up in an unexpected placeThen we came upon a road block of cars and caravans We managed to get through the crush of cars and continued until the next road block!
We made it to this spot just in time as the leopard was on the move and soon disappeared into the bush. This was just 1km from the picnic site.The Tshokwane picnic site serves a delicious Early Bird breakfast of egg, bacon and tomato with toast for only R25. Coffee, of course, is extra but it is the best coffee in the park! Pat and Tony caught up to us just as we put our order in and they ordered the same. Should you ever find yourselves in KNP and at this picnic site, be aware that there is a huge problem with monkeys and baboons. Guard your food!
On the remainder of the trip we continued to have some lovely sightings.We arrived at camp at around 11 am and got set up and then had a rest. Pat and Tony arrived at 2 after taking the scenic route.
We all went out together again for short drive at 4 pm. The birding was good first on the bridge overlooking the Sabie River.Then we went to the famous Sunset Dam. We saw some special birds but with the sun setting photography was difficult. It was a perfect evening our sweet husbands did a splendid braai for supper