Weekend Of Mayhem | Transfrontier Africa | Michael Scholl

Weekend Of Mayhem

An insane past few days have resulted in many in interesting moment in Paradise. 

It all started last Friday, with a meeting between us and a team called B.A.T.T’s, (Ba-Phalaborwa Aerial Task Team,) who do volunteer flying to help keep poachers at bay. They however will help us with many conservation tasks as well, such as keeping the elephants within the reserve, and random fence patrols. They are pilots looking for a purpose to fly and we have that. The meeting was quite successful in the end and we came to some good agreements. 

On Saturday morning the B.A.T.T’s wanted to do an orientation flight of the reserve and we were happy to oblige them. On root down to the airstrip we had something out of the ordinary, two little paws creeping through the window of the car, Goosie had stowed away on the roof of the enterprise and was hanging on for dear life whilst we were racing to meet the air team. Shame poor thing must have been terrified. Craig reckons she wanted to fly as well. The weather was no good for flying in the end and we ended sitting at the airstrip waiting for them and chatting to Eugene Engelbracht the head of the B.A.T.T’s while we waited. Follow up flights will happen in the future. 

Goosie didn’t want to get back in the car at the end of the meeting and ended up biting Craig when he tried to put her in the car, so we left her there for the day to play around. She really knows how to play though, we were quite content with her playing and fetching her after game drive but would you know it at about 16h30 we get a call from Kjell asking if we had lost Goosie somewhere, he had driven past the airstrip and she launched herself into his car, bit the guests and ran off. Funny… So we went and fetched her a bit earlier than anticipated and we took her on drive with us. Moments to remember. Photos can be found on the Transfronier Africa Face book page. 

We thought Sunday would be a chill out day because we’d been so busy, but noooooo, we had a truck crash into the western boundary fence. This truck took out a knob thorn tree clean out the ground and it went flying into the bush almost ended up in Naledi, (not quite but it went quite deep into the bush.) Photo’s on Face book page. We ended up working on the fence for most of the day and fixed it up with some red bush willows while we wait for the fence guys to fix it up again. I believe the expression is, ‘No rest for the wicked.’ 

Last night was a little extreme for the faint of heart, we got hit by the apocalypse. A storm with bellowing winds lightning that lit up the sky all the way to Timbavati, and thunder that made your heart skip a beat. I thought the chalets were going to blow over, Bubu’s tent did blow over, and now the radio in the kitchen isn’t working again. All that and 5 drops of rain to top it off, all talk and no play. 

Maybe one day we’ll get a chance to rest a little, but I think that’s something that retired people can do while we make sure that when they come to Kruger the animals are still here.

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