9 December 2019
We have been in Kruger for close on a month now and have experienced all the pleasures and trials of caravanning. Thank Goodness we gave up rooftop tenting some time ago. Now that we’re ‘glamping’ we can deal with all the hassles that may befall us as far as heat, wind and rain are concerned. This trip we have had it all!
It rained during the night and it was still raining when we woke up this morning. We decided not to go out at an impolite hour so lay in until 06:30. By then it had calmed down to a drizzle and we got up and walked to the ablutions for a shower. Yesterday, at reception, we put in a complaint about no hot water. This morning I am pleased to report that the problem was resolved.
We then went to the restaurant for breakfast. It was still raining but we enjoyed watching the hippos frolicking in the river.
At 08:00 we set off for our wet morning drive. The temperature was 19 degrees C and did not drop any lower. We took the tar road to Crocodile Bridge and back as most of the dirt roads were closed. Before taking the Croc Bridge road we popped in at Sunset Dam
Taking photographs on a rainy day is challenging. If you take the photograph through a closed window there will be raindrops in your picture. Open the window and your lens gets wet and so do you! It was a matter of taking the shot and immediately drying off the camera, the inside of the car and yourself! Well – we chose to come to Kruger in the rainy season so we have to suffer the consequences!
Today we took a few bird photos. Most of them were having a bad hair day.
A few other birds were looking particularly lovely in spite of the weather.
We saw very few mammals. Elephants were conspicuous by their absence as were the buffalo. Only impala, zebra, wildebeest and giraffe showed themselves.
At Crocodile Bridge Camp we had a coffee and then went back to Lower Sabie. After a rest, we went out at 16:00. We saw the usual suspects but it was raining hard and we didn’t take any photographs.
The rain had almost stopped when we returned so we took down the canopy and packed the groundsheet away. Packing up camp in the rain is not the most pleasant experience so it’s best to do it when conditions are bearable.
Once we were done with packing up we went to the restaurant for dinner. Lower Sabie has a Mug and Bean which is not my favourite franchise in any part of the country. There were a few of them in the park but all were closed down because of bad service. This morning’s breakfast was good and dinner was okay. I had the rump steak, asked for rare but it came medium and was not very tasty. I had to add salt. The vegetables and salad made up for it and one can’t complain about the price. The Earl had ribs which he said were a little dry.
Loads shedding is a problem all over the country and one would think that Mug and Bean would be prepared. Luckily our food arrived before the power went off. Why, we wondered, did M&B not have candles on the tables? Why did they not have an emergency generator? Foreign guests were dumbfounded to find they would have to wait for up to an hour before they could put in their orders for food. Not good enough, Bug and Mean!
Tomorrow, we will be going to Crocodile Bridge for two nights and then our sojourn in the park will be over!