DAY 17 – 17 April 2011 Maroela – Crocodile Bridge
I didn’t sleep all that well last night … it was raining and the dripping from the tree under which I was camped on to my tent did not help …
From about 5am there was life in camp:- tent zips, car doors, mutterings, etc, (thank goodness Oupa had gone so there was no loud bellowing!). The rain was still coming down and as today was the day I was packing up and moving to Croc Bridge, I decided I wasn’t in a rush and just lay in my sleeping bag praying the rain would stop, even for a short while.
I was wasting my time … this rain wasn’t going to stop; it was that light drizzle that soaks everything – great!
I packed up as quickly as I could and just shoved everything in the car any which way it would go in. I decided then that when I got to Croc Bridge I would see if there were any huts available and if not I was heading back to Pretoria … “Confirmed Kruger Camper” indeed! Who was I kidding???!!!
I left Maroela at 8.30am and started the drive to Croc Bridge. I didn’t take any photos at all but my sightings list reads as follows:-
Dirt Road to H7 – leopard tortoise, impala, tawny eagle
H7 – wildebeest, zebra, bateleur, baboons, giraffe, ellies, waterbuck
H1-3 – buffalo
Nwanetsi –saddle billed storks
H1-3 – bushbuck, warties
Mazithi – wooly necked storks, grey heron
H10 – martial eagle, brown snake eagle, white backed vultures, giant snail, black backed jackal
Lower Sabie Bridge – Hippos
H4-2 – kudu
The light was awful for photos and there was just nothing that made me go “Oh, WOW!”.
Just after crossing the Lower Sabie Bridge and getting on to the H4-2 the rain FINALLY stopped.
I got to Croc Bridge camp … there was hardly anyone there …
There were some brilliant spots where I could pitch my tent right next to the fence ….
then again, I’m sure there must have been availability in one of the huts …
then again, even if I stayed in a hut I was going to have to pitch my tent to let it dry out …
oooh … decisions, decisions!!!
I looked at the sky, surely those clouds had to break at some stage …
I ended up pitching my tent next to the fence!
I decided a late afternoon drive was in order … the S28, a favourite …
This is what it looked like:-
Just shortly going around that bend there was a HUGE puddle. I slowed right down and was wondering whether I should risk it in my little Atos when a large 4x4 rushed straight past me.
This is the photo I took of my car the following morning …
You’ll notice that the driver’s window is clean … that’s because I drive with the front windows down … I won’t tell you what my face and the inside of my car looked like!!!
I wiped as much mud off of me as I could and continued on my way. I added rhinos (three sightings; 3 + 1 + 1), a dwarf mongoose and a martial eagle to my sightings list for the day. Again, terrible light for photos …