Skukuza 31st March

Skukuza 31st March

Sunday, 31st March Yesterday I felt that the Skukuza crowds held the upper hand so today I am determined to correct that. Renette has much to do in camp so at 4.30am I am first at the gate by myself…

Skukuza 30th March

Skukuza 30th March

Saturday, 30th March Today really shows Skukuza in its contrasting colours. We arrive at the gate at 5.03am – 8th in the queue. At 5.30am we head out with a long line of cars in front and behind us. Some…

Lower Sabie 29th March

Lower Sabie 29th March

Friday, 29th March Today is a day with a difference. Steven and family are packing for home and we are packing to move to Skukuza. However, it is clear and still and Steven and I snatch two hours at Sunset…

Lower Sabie 28th March

Lower Sabie 28th March

Thursday, 28th March All six of us on board today as we leave camp at 5.30am at the head of a queue. With another overcast sky and sunrise at 6.10am all is dark as we turn left and head for…

Lower Sabie 27th March

Lower Sabie 27th March

Wednesday, 27th March More light rain falls during the night and Steven and I are dutifully at the gate in the dark at 5am. At 5.30am we take off up the Sabie River road H4-1 headed for Nwatimhiri (S21). The…

Lower Sabie 25-26th March

Lower Sabie 25-26th March

Monday, 25th March Since flying to the Cape on 14th March, our brief visit there culminated with the most beautiful marriage of our third son, Gareth to lovely Sarah on Friday, 22nd March. It began on the 15th with the…

Lower Sabie 13th March

Lower Sabie 13th March

Wednesday, 13th March At first light I am hard at it packing up and at 6.30am I leave the camp set for Lower Sabie. In clear weather have an uninterrupted two hour trip the highlight of which was the magnificent…

Satara 12th March

Satara 12th March

Tuesday, 12th March First out the gate again at 5.30am and despite the popularity of the road, I am trying the S100, S41 northward and then back to camp from Gudzani East. Under a partly cloudy sky, I turn onto…

Satara 11th March

Satara 11th March

Monday, 11th March I am at the gate at 4.55am and the sky is completely clear but by 5.30am as I leave camp, thick clouds are racing up from the south – as usual. I am really set on tracking…

Satara 9-10th March

Satara 9-10th March

Saturday, 9th March After my good day at Timbavati yesterday, I decide to repeat it. So at 5.30am I am up the main H1-4 northwards. I find yesterday’s lions in the road at exactly the same spot. I push on…

Satara 8th March

Satara 8th March

Friday, 8th March Early at the gate at 5am, just in time to hear the impala outside camp snorting with alarm. Again, the sky is cloudy but clear on the eastern horizon. I am the only one heading north today…

Satara 6-7th March

Satara 6-7th March

Wednesday, 6th March Renette is packed and ready and we are at the gate in time for opening at 5.30am. We have got five hours in which to reach the airport at Skukuza so there is no hurry. At the…

Satara 4-5th March

Satara 4-5th March

Monday, 4th March Monday, 4th March The Satara faithful are very keen. We arrive at the gate at 5.05am and are still back in the queue. We are certainly not Big 5 people, appreciating everything that comes our way. But…

Satara 3rd March

Satara 3rd March

Sunday, 3rd March We enjoyed yesterday’s drive so much that today we are doing the same route but in reverse. The sky is clear as we head north along the main (H1-4) tarred road and then after 7Km’s turn right…

Satara 1-2nd March

Satara 1-2nd March

Friday, 1st March The humidity is oppressive as we leave camp at 5.30am and we note huge clouds to the south. It therefore comes as no surprise when we run into a torrential downpour about 4Km’s south of the camp.…