|Miss Pretty, my hostess|
I was scheduled to spend the night at Marc's Treehouse, so the good people at Moholoholo had called ahead and arranged for the Treehouse transport van to take me there. But when the van got to Marc's Treehouse it was clear that I was unexpected, and in fact, my treehouse had been rented to someone else for that night.
|My room at Tremisana|
In a way, I didn't mind, as this meant I got to see more of South Africa, and in the end, by way of apology, I was taken on a terrific 3-hour bush walk the next morning, and later that day, on a game drive.
|The beautiful Balule River|
|Explaining dung uses|
|Tall reeds along the river|
It was slightly spooky walking through the reeds, wondering what might be hanging out, only a few feet away but completely hidden. All kinds of tracks criss-crossed the sand, and Patrick, our guide, was very alert.
|Hippo sketch, drawn from my digital camera|
|Hippos take to the water|
|Patrick said this was a leopard|
After getting track training at Moholoholo, I was very interested in the varied tracks we saw along the way. Patrick was startled but happy to accommodate me, and pointed out numerous tracks, including what he felt was a leopard track (with no claw marks ~ cats have retractable claws) and the dust was so fine that it picked up fur impressions at the front edge. What a perfect print!
|Waterbucks and vervet monkeys|
Finally the van was ready to take me to my REAL lodgings. But upon arrival I was told by Miss Margaret, my other hostess, that MY treehouse was still occupied, so they were going to put me in an even nicer one. Well, I complained that I wanted MY treehouse, but to no avail.
|Miss Margaret, my hostess|
I stayed at Marc's Treehouse for several days (much longer than the average stay) and I got to really like them both. Although they don't usually serve lunch to guests, they always made sure I had fruit to eat, and we got along very nicely. Margaret taught me how to text on her phone, and I promised both of them that they'd be included in the downloadable sketchbook when it is finished (see what those are like here).
So here's a sketch of my "even nicer" treehouse. Quite handsome, isn't it? It perches in its tree high above the river, partially supported by stilts to make it solid. I could sit on the deck and sketch, watch birds or scan the river banks below for wildlife, which I did to my heart's content for the rest of the day.
But in the morning, I was told I was scheduled for a game drive, leaving immediately after breakfast. This was news to me, since I hadn't realized that my occupancy of a treehouse entitled me to game drives, but I cheerfully trotted back down the dirt path and clambered up the many steps to get my binoculars and water bottle, and we were off for Kruger Park.
But I have flat run out of time today, so I'll have to continue in the next post. I saw some Really Cool Critters! Thanks for stopping by ~ how am I doing?