3 December 2019
If we thought moving south was going to be cooler, we were wrong. It is just as hot in this half of the park. This morning at 04:30 it was already 25 degrees C and it got up to 43 by 14h00!
We were on the road to Skukuza with the Gecko in tow by 05:30. Remember the sun is up really early in this part of the world and it was shining brightly at this hour.
We were greeted by the usual gang – impala with their gambolling lambs, zany zebras expecting us to wait patiently as they strolled across the road and grumpy wildebeest turning their heads snootily away from us.
Being in the right place at the right time is what it’s all about when seeking creatures in an African game reserve. This morning Kruger decided to reveal some of her drama to us.
First, we saw two or three stationary cars. Then we saw a scattering of about nine or ten hyaenas. “There must be a kill,” I said and scanned the scene. “Lion – I see a lion under that bush. Wait, there are others!” Altogether I counted five.
As we watched one hyaena after another snatch a bone and run off with it, vultures suddenly dropped down from the sky.
One by one four of the lionesses left the scene, crossed the road in front of the cars and disappeared into the bush. We think they went to find a pond to quench their thirst.
That was quite a lot of excitement for 6:30 in the morning! Luckily it was at a place where we could stand with the caravan and even though it was next to a tar road there were only about four cars there.
We continued our journey and stopped at Tshokwane for breakfast.
At Skukuza, we found a lovely shady spot for the caravan. I needed to do some washing but when I checked out the laundry found that the washing machine was missing! There were two groundsmen about so I asked if there was perhaps another one close by. Fortunately, there was one near the safari tents not far away. After putting on a load, the Earl and I went to the pool to cool off. After the 45 minutes, I walked to the laundry and hung the washing and then we went off for our afternoon drive.
We enjoyed watching our close relatives having a picnic under the trees, noted that the impala lambs were multiplying and there were lots of baby zebras about too.
We ended our drive with a visit to Lake Panic which is my most favourite spot in Kruger. Even at 17:00, it was very hot and the Earl could only take it for fifteen minutes before having to return to the air-conditioned car. I stayed a minute or two longer but as there was not a great deal more to observe, and I didn’t want him to get lonely without me, I left too.
Clouds started gathering as I brought in the washing and a gusting wind began to blow. I decided it would be better to cook in the Remoska rather than braai tonight. We fully expected a thunderstorm during the night.