According to the procedure established well since my entry in Kruger NP, I presented myself to the reception of Lower Sabie Camp, then I sought a site of bivouac which is famous very narrow, it is exact. The buffalo, very dangerous animal, is very attentive for the car-pooling of the birds which, on the other hand, remove it from the parasites encrusted in its skin. The following day I was impressed by the herds of elephants accompanied by the new-born babies whom the group surrounds to protect them. On the track it is necessary to remain far because the group can become aggressive. With my great astonishment the impalas also have resorts to the car-pooling of the birds while they clean the ears to them and delouse their back of the parasites. Nature has its ancillary medical services. The man did not invent anything, the Most High provided for it! Each species has a very elaborate social life; moreover the cohabitation of the herbivores as well for the pasture as for water is done in a good agreement with a precedence according to the mass of the recipient. Thus to the water supply point when the elephants arrive the frail impalas give way then return timidly.
Wednesday, November 28 I arrived at Satara Rest Camp for three days. From Lower Sabie to Satara the harvest of wild animals was thin. Heat was intense, +38°C in the shade. The animals were hidden, the such elephants groups under a tree parasol. I stopped at the Orpen dam whose observatory dominates the very reduced water reserve in this season. With my binoculars I saw six crocodiles contrary to the saying that there are not two crocodiles in the same backwater! In fact it is about a metaphor concerning the human relationship between the members of gangster groups I remained approximately an hour in the shade of the observatory to see the technique of surrounding of two crocodiles, initially of a wader then of a grysbok, but without success for their meal. Before leaving I have the visit a small animal that I identified, without certainty, with a mongoose. In end of the afternoon a violent storm fell down on the bivouac, a true tornado, resounding bombshells and flashes fulgurating. The temperature in my vehicle fell abruptly from 42°C to 38°C in less than 20 minutes to stabilize itself at 26°C one hour later. But the rain was sparse and lasted little. The night was calm and fresh. The following day I left at the small-morning with a temperature 19°C which went up to 22°C only under one overcast sky and windy. The animals were always absent, only impalas, of course, two or three famished giraffes and some elephants and their offspring. But at a water supply point, without water, I discovered a spectacle surprising, some eagles, vultures and a carcass of animal on the ground; a feast had taken place and, the raptors had had to finish the remainders besides a jackal ground neighborhood. The third day I started at a water supply point and with happiness with water for the animals. I stationed while waiting for the arrival of the drinkers. In one hour the succession was jackals. Their sealed thirst they left. Then the hyenas came of number. I left the feeding trough. I continued my search of wild animals until my return to the bivouac.
Saturday, December 1st I left Satara at the forefront of day. I have the privilege to discover three lions wallowed in savanna. When they were branned I saw a lion surrounded by two lionesses. It made large tender with its partner on right-hand side on the picture then was diverted towards that one on the left-hand. Disappointed that of right-hand side had an immense sorrow and pushed a howl, stretched then disappeared in low-angled light of the rising sun. After this typical scene of the theater of light comedy of the female eternal, I continued my way by admiring herbivores having their breakfast by pruning the trees neighborhood. I arrived at a water supply point whose circumference was occupied by monkeys baboons. Slowly beautiful impalas went majestically towards the water supply point to water itself. But they were driven out by the irascible and dominant monkeys. An impala of high size and gored lowered its head and charged baboons. The beautiful impalas could drink to satiety. The power struggles, the territory and the history of the species belong to the animal kingdom. Let us baboons them, in becoming homo sapiens sapiens, they would have already assimilated geopolitics? On the track I met a giraffe accompanied by its offspring walking on the left side; the British colonizer dictated his law. The giraffe did not use the metric system. Will it be able to immigrate in the United Kingdom after Brexit? Finally Southern Ground Hornbill indicated the track to me to go to Olifants Rest Camp where I had reserved an air-conditioned country cottage for two days. The following day Sunday under a hard sun I traversed the tracks neighborhood at the edge of in low water Olifants River. Few animals were visible. Back to the Camp I bought a cuddly toy of King Lion, my zodiac sign.
Monday, December 3 was my last day in Kruger NP from Olifants to Letaba. While leaving I noted that it had rained in the night refreshing the atmosphere. I expected to see many animals, it was not the case. In Olifant River hippopotamuses branned themselves while disappearing under water then reappearing and playing together. In an elbow of the track I was face-to-face with a enormous elephant; it advanced slowly but unrelentingly. I could not pass it to the risk which it becomes aggressive; I moved back of 50 meters, it always advanced, I moved back again and again; approximately 300 meters. Finally it left the track to go to the shrubs. Then I was the witness of a strange scene. A bird, as those which are on the back of buffaloes or which clean the ears of the impalas. But there it is about a giraffe which has an not-identified object, a branch or a snake! in its right ear. The bird tries a certainly painful extraction because the giraffe brans itself and disappears from me field of view. To close this trip in Kruger NP, a tree with the gigantic trunk, perhaps a baobab tree!
I will not develop the advantages and the disadvantages of Kruger NP. It is a marvelous park to discover the wild animals. I spent 14 days there by traversing 1490 km including probably 90% gravel road very often covered with corrugated at going 5 to 10 km/h with the visual research of the animals often snuggled in grasses. Kruger NP is 360 km length and 60 km broad. Certain species are plethoric like the impalas, zebras etc. On the other hand the lions are approximately 1700, the leopards 1000 and the cheetahs only 120. I was lucky!