Up before the birds again, why is it so easy to get up in the bush and not at home ?
No bush-shower this morning as we are calling at Olifants, just a catlick and clean the teeth.
All packed again and off we go. The roads are narrow and fairly steep but we make it to a round of applause when we reach the top of this hill
We pass this building which has a floodline mark on it
haven’t a clue what it is as our radio decided it needed a rest, the charger wasn’t working and I thought everyone was just quiet and enjoying the ride. Jaco swopped our radio later and we were fine
On our way to Olifants we saw a Kori Bustard, steenbok and a tree full of vultures sleeping.
We arrive at Olifants and all take showers, there are no power points, so ladies taking this trip, it is best to have a wash and wear hairdo
We stock up with essentials – beer and ice – and regroup and hit the road again.
I know that we have to cross the Olifants river and am curious as to how we are going to do this
I needn’t have worried, we took a non-tourist road and found a bridge where we stopped and had brekkie and explored the surroundings
Some people even went looking for crocs
A mummy and baby hippo were on the banking
We then made our way to the fenceline again passing another buff
and up to Giriyondo Gate where we had a short stop and met these other tourists
After leaving Giriyondo we found that the road we should take was closed so we had to make a detour, wonder how these rangers coped before GPS’s?
This was a nice slow drive today with lots of lovely get out points,
We stopped and walked up a koppie to admire the surroundings, I went back for the camera
but unfortunately by the time I was on my way back, having stopped to look at this grasshopper
everyone else was down again and ready to move, so no pic
I thought it was a stick insect till it jumped about a metre high and Jaco told us it was a grasshopper.
These rangers amaze me with their knowledge
We are now in Mopani bushveld, and it is Jaco’s favourite area, he just had to hug a Mopani tree
He explained the tree’s values to us and told us that Mopani has 12% protein which is about 5% more than some other trees, he was so enthusiastic that he certainly changed my ideas about it.
We arrive at Shilowa, another haven in the bush, about 3pm, great to arrive earlier than the previous days, set up camp and sit around relaxing and chatting.
We light the braai, listen to the silence and admire the night sky, there are just so many more stars when there is no light polution, this really is heaven on earth, seems a shame we have to sleep when we are enjoying all this so much with like-minded people but the fresh air knocks us all out and everyone turns in by 8.30.