Feb. 11th 2020 – Hamiltons – and departure – After our final game drive in the rain we had dinner. In the evening were escorted to our tent as the camp is not surrounded with a fence as our two previous camps were. This was the same routine that we experienced in 2008 at our camps in Botswana. This evening was an example why. The guides when driving back to camp during evening game drives search the road, nearby bushes and trees with a spot light and locate game which have been is some of our photos. When you are in the vehicle the animals see you as part of the vehicle. When you are out of the vehicle, such as walking to you tent then you are viewed as food. The guide leading you to your tent does the same scanning with a powerful torch (flash light). On this trip to our tent the guide spotted a female line not more than 30 yards away. Once exposed she slowly walked behind a bush. In the daylight hours we had observed many other animals in the same area.
Feb. 12th 2020 Because of the departure time for our flight we were unable to do a morning game drive. Also because of the rains our transfer to the airport was unable to pick us up and as a result we were taken to the National Park gate nearest the airport to meet our transfer in the game drive vehicle. During breakfast were visited by the local monkey who wants to steal food from you. After breakfast it was about an hour and half drive to the gate and this really ended up make our trip into a game drive. We saw some storks, ran into giraffes and elephants on the road. The giraffe started running away from us down the road. The elephant held his ground for a period and then also started running down the road to a point where he stopped and turn to face us. He did not charge but turned back and headed down the road again and finally turned off to the side.
Our transfer met us at the National Park gate and took us to the airport. The airport was quite small and most of the waiting area was outdoors. We flew to Johannesburg to board our flight to Germany. Getting to the gate they could not find our name on the list of passengers. As is turned out our flight was booked for a day later. Feb. 13th What to do? The Lufthansa people were very helpful. As it turned out there was an hotel at the airport you could walk to. It was located on the top of a five story parking garage. We got a goodnights sleep before leaving the next afternoon to complete our trip home. We arrived home on the 14th and we need a few days of rest and recovery.