Aug 13 – Berg en Dal to Crocodile Bridge

If you remember yesterday’s saga, you will know that I no longer had a spare tyre for my car and I had to wait until 9am to call the Avis guy to make arrangements.

While waiting, I walked along the Rhino trail around the perimeter of the camp and I had great sightings.  🙂

I watched the Helmeted Guinea Fowl leaving the tree they roosted in over night.  I saw several Bush Bucks and one of the little ones may have been the one I saw when I first arrived at Berg-en-Dal.  They are not afraid and one came right up to the fence to see me (probably looking for food).  I also saw Egyptian Geese and a few other birds that I will have to research.

I was just getting back to the car around 8:30 am, thinking that I should phone the Avis guy early in the hopes that we could meet up early, when my phone rang and it was him.  He suggested we meet at the nearby gate (Mailelane) and that he could be here in 15 minutes after he filled the car up.  I told him it should take me about the same time – so I would meet him there and was happy with that.

It took me about 20 minutes, but he wasn’t there yet, so I pulled over to wait for him.  Ten minutes later I called him to tell him I was at the gate, and he said he would be there in 2 minutes.  Ten minutes later, he arrived.  He was driving exactly the same car as I had and I jokingly suggested that he let me have the clean car.  He looked at the dead tyre in my car and then told me to put my stuff in his car.  I asked him why he needed it out and he said he was giving me his car.  I think that was his original plan, which is why he filled it up with gas, but if he had told me I would have filled my car up too.  I guess I’ll owe them something for gas when I return it.  He may have told me, but I was just expecting him to bring a new tyre, since that is what I thought he said.  I had trouble understanding him sometimes.

I then took the shortcut to Crocodile Bridge, which was the road outside the park.  It didn’t take long and I was soon watching and finding critters in a new area.  I found lots of Warthogs, Giraffes and Vervet Monkeys along with Wildebeest, Rhinos, Kudu, a little bokkie that I still have to identify and some birds that need to be identified also.  I saw the spots of a sleeping Leopard at the base of the tree and part of his meal up in the tree.  I had an Elephant trumpet and charge at the vehicle in front of me and when they moved, he looked at me and headed in my direction.  I put the car in reverse and backed up to give him room. He wasn’t a huge Elephant and I think he was bluffing, but I would hate to have to call Avis again.

All together today as well as the ones mentioned above I saw Rhino, Cape Buffalo,  Magpie Shrike, Red-crested Korhaan,  Dark-capped Bulbul, White-throated Robin-chat, Epualetted Fruit bats and Natal Francolin.

I drove up to Lower Sabi for lunch and had a wonderful Hunter’s Stew. The stew was put on rice and chunks of pumpkin were also on the plate.  I did try to take a picture, but my Nikon battery had just expired and my Sony couldn’t focus unless I backed up.  With all the birds there waiting for a chance at the food, I wasn’t going to leave my plate alone for a picture – LOL.

I drove back to Crocodile Bridge and checked into my tent.  Its a nice tent, with a fridge, fan, 2 beds and a closet.  It has a light and enough plugs to charge my battery.  There are lots of Vervet Monkeys in the camp.  They are little thieves – but so cute.  There is also at least one Warthog in camp.

I saw a few bats up in one of the trees near the washrooms (ablutions).

I have booked a morning walk for tomorrow.

My New Car
My New Car
Sunrise Aug 13
Sunrise Aug 13
View - Aug 13
View – Aug 13
View - Aug 13
View – Aug 13
Steenbok - Aug 13
Steenbok – Aug 13
Elephants - Aug 13
Elephants – Aug 13
Warthog - Aug 13
Warthog – Aug 13
Wildebeest - Aug 13
Wildebeest – Aug 13
Vervet Monkey - Aug 13
Vervet Monkey – Aug 13
Giraffes - Aug 13
Giraffes – Aug 13
Giraffe - Aug 13
Giraffe – Aug 13
Chinspot Batis - Aug 13
White-throated Robin-chat – Aug 13
Natal Francolin - Aug 13
Natal Francolin – Aug 13
Crocodile - Aug 13
Crocodile – Aug 13
Bushbuck - Aug 13
Bushbuck – Aug 13
Rhino - Aug 13
Rhino – Aug 13
Rhinos Aug 13
Rhinos Aug 13
Elephant - August 13
Elephant – August 13

This is the Elephant that nicely asked the vehicle ahead and myself to move out of his way – LOL  The next picture is when he gave me the evil eye.

Elephant - August 13
Elephant – August 13
at Crocodile Bridge - Aug 13
at Crocodile Bridge – Aug 13
Sleeping Leopard - Aug 13
Sleeping Leopard – Aug 13
Red-crested Korhaan - Aug 13
Red-crested Korhaan – Aug 13
view - Aug 13
view – Aug 13
Epualetted Fruit bats - Aug 13
Epualetted Fruit Bats – Aug 13

Continued here.

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