Wednesday, 08 June 2022
This morning the temperature was relatively warm and getting out of bed was not too bone-chilling. We were ready to set off by 8:30 and made our way toward the southern part of the park. We did not find the lions! At first, there was very little to see and elephants were conspicuous by their absence. Later in the day, this changed and we saw some at a number of the water holes and in the bush. Hapoor Waterhole, however, did not host any elephants at all. For some reason, the elephants are more spread out and in smaller groups than usual. Zebras, however, seem to be gathering in very large herds.
We stopped at Jack’s Picnic site for our breakfast break. This site is kept beautifully neat and tidy and the restrooms are clean. There are lovely little secluded sites with picnic tables and braai places. There are no bins and you need to take your rubbish away with you. This prevents monkeys from entering the site to raid the trash cans. It works. We did not see a single vervet while we were there. At the caravan park, we have to keep a close lookout for monkeys and make sure that no food is left outside and the grocery cupboard door is kept closed even while we are sitting outside. Our cousins are very opportunistic and will grab whatever they can if given half the chance.
We returned to camp at 1 pm. The weather was stunning with the temperature quickly rising to 28 degrees C.