Berg-en-dal rest camp, Kruger Park

Trip Start Jun 10, 2012
Trip End Aug 17, 2013

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Flag of South Africa  , Limpopo Province,
Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Well, there weren't any honeybadgers that came last night. Probably because Sophie scared it half to death last night when she exitedly yelled about it. But there was something else even better (or worse) this morning. Vervet monkeys! They came to our deck and knocked over our trash can and raided our cupboards. There were probably about 10 of them. They stole a whole bag of apples and our bananas (from a cupboard that we made sure was latched) and dumped out half our cornflakes. They found lots of treats in the garbage to eat, like a wrapper that still had a bit of chocolate inside and a whole sucker that Soph didn't like and threw away. A monkey just popped it in his mouth and sucked on it. There was lots of leftover spaghetti that they ate. If you tried to clean up the garbage, they would just knock the bin right back over again. If you were blocking what they wanted, they would bare their little teeth and try to act mean and tough, but they were really just cute. The adults were about the size of housecats, and there were babies too. They made sure they stayed until they got every last bit of food, which was about 45 minutes, then they all left to move onto the next hut. Besides this morning, we had an exiting day. We took mostly back roads again. We finally saw rhinos and a leopard! We saw 2 rhinos. When we see huge piles of poo, we know that's when the rhinos are near, because that's now they mark their territory. The rhinos were huge. We saw them both pretty close. They pretty much look like big fat hippos with horns, but it was exiting to see a couple because they are so rare. We also saw a leopard for the first time in Kruger park. And it was the first time I've seen a leopard on the ground and not in a tree. Tomorrow is the last day, and we're leaving early, so I doubt that we will see a cheetah or an African wild dog. But that's ok considering what we've seen already (plus I already saw cheetahs in the Serengeti). Berg-en-dal is the nicest place we've stayed in Kruger Park. It's big and actually has an indoor kitchen. It's also the 4th of July today, and a good one, even though we are celebrating our countries birthday in South Africa.
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