Take the couple at Satara who avoided countless other open spaces and parked their caravan at right angles to ours so that our awning and theirs were almost touching and we could spend the evenings looking straight into each other’s eyes. I can understand this kind of laager formation with friends you’re travelling with, but with strangers? Uh-uh, I just don’t get it.
‘When I got back at lunchtime,’ he told us, ‘four people in two caravans had taken over my campsite, squeezing in so close that I couldn’t open the trailer flaps to get to my stuff.’ He simply had to move away to another less shady site.
I heard people talking nearby but by the time I looked to see why they were so loud they were already putting up their tents behind me on our campsite – while we were still on it! Like vultures to a kill. There were plenty of other sites they could have chosen. And anyway, how did they know we weren't about to start pitching our camp rather than leaving?
When hubby got back and understood that they hadn’t first checked we were leaving but just ‘stolen’ our campsite out from under us, he hopped out of the car and walked over saying, 'One piece of advice...'
I thought he was going to tick them off for being pushy, and was quite surprised because he's usually a fairly laid-back sort of chap. But no, he told them to be careful of the puff adder under the tree, which we'd seen at least twice a day and that's why we were leaving.
The dad decided oh well, they'd already put up the tents and he wasn't going to move, but mom and daughter nearly had a panic attack.
We sailed off, happy to know that whatever they decided, we'd unsettled them. Either they'd have to pitch camp somewhere else anyway or they'd spend the next day or two looking over their shoulders and wondering when the non-existent snake would appear. High Five!
After weeks in the boondocks of Namibia, Zambia and Botswana, it seemed we were no longer fit for Kruger ‘civilisation’.
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