Half way on the road to Tinga, we were treated to a tribal dance by some very young children. Our tour director had told us about them, apparently the tourists are the main source of their income. We gave them some rands, as well as lots of candy & bottled water.
Tinga is another beautiful Lodge; it's actually two lodges: Narina & Legends. We stayed at Narina, but had dinner one night at Legends. Each "cottage" had a living-room area, a bedroom, a huge bath with glass enclosed shower, a tub, and two vanities, in addition to the WC and bidet. There's also an outdoor shower. We had a deck as well, with a soaking tub overlooking the Sabie river. All the cottages are connected by an elevated walkway, and we needed an escort after dark, in case of encounters with wild animals.
And best of all, we got to see a member of an endangered species, the Ground Hornbill! Our guide said it was a rare sighting and he'd inform the local Bird Watchers Society.
The warthogs were sharing the road as well. They are funny looking, a mix of pig and small horse. They have four tusks.
As we went near the river we saw a family of elephants who were having a good time playing in the water.
The last stop was a very small town, Skukuza, meaning "sweepers". The main attraction was a "Park Store", where they sold wonderful souvenirs and African artifacts. There was also a post office, a gas station, and 3 or 4 cabins to rent if one wanted to "rough it". Also there were some sculptures in the park, and a sign proclaiming distances to everywhere.
The warthogs looked like they were following signs, and we were soon at the exit of the park, also the entrance, where there was a memorial to its founder, Paul Kruger, who founded the park in 1898, while he was President of South Africa.. His nickname was "the lion of Transvaal".
We left Tinga the morning of February 22, after a short and uneventful game drive. Thus ended our stay in the bush. We went to the airport to catch a flight to Johannesburg, or Jo'burg for short.