|We slept in this morning because we had plenty of time to get to the airport in Neilspruit, for our 1:35 PM flight to Johannesburg.
Jackie didn’t feel well so the rest of us loaded our bags in the van and left her to rest while we walked to breakfast.
After a nice breakfast we walked back, picked up Jackie and drove toward the Numbi Gate to leave the park.
No sooner had we left the camp than Howard shouted “Stop”!
He had seen a lion and what a sighting it was!
Tony backed up and the male lion walked casually up toward us, as if he was coming to say goodbye.
We took some pictures and marveled at this magnificent animal as he strolled past the van, then re-crossed the road and went back the way he had come.
It was a terrific goodbye and we were sad to leave.
The weather was sort of gray with solid overcast and some spitting rain, but Tony drove us safely to the airport, which was about a two hour drive from our camp.
Howard walked up to the terminal building and was returning to the rental van with three carts for our luggage when Tony and I met him.
We unloaded the van and headed inside for the normal semi-chaos which goes with flying these days.
We took time to get a bite to eat because we had plenty of time, then we checked in for our flight.
We were happy to know that we could check our bags through all the way to Washington, DC.
The flight to Jo’burg was only 50 minutes and we arrived with about seven hours time to waste before our flight on to Dakar, Senegal and then across the Atlantic to the USA.
It was here at Jo’burg that we parted company with Tony & Jackie, as they will spend the next couple of weeks visiting family in this area.
We parted with hugs, thanks for the opportunity to make a journey like this, and promises to see them in the mountains of Colorado next spring and summer.
There might have been a tear or two as we all parted company.
Howard, Linda and us walked to the International terminal and were soon checked through security, which is much less strict than in the USA.
We decided to find a restaurant to spend a couple of hours visiting. Howard & Linda shared some Nachos while Marilyn and I shared a chicken stir-fry, which was quite good.
Now we are sitting at our gate, it is getting dark outside and we have nearly three hours to wait before our flight departs.
We have had a wonderful experience in the bush, enjoying the animals, but it will be nice to get back home again.
Hugs are waiting to be given and received!
Life is Good!