We left camp shortly after the gate opened and drove down the Mahonie loop as far as Witsand where a leopard had been spotted the day before, but no luck apart from impala, kudu, nyala and dwarf mongoose. So we headed up the S60 – being overtaken by a large truck going really fast and covering everything with dust ! Why can’t they use the tar road ?
We saw more crested guinea fowl, steenbok (who wasn’t going to pose) and this pretty magpie shrike who did.
Then bushbuck, a duiker in a hurry, warthog and zebra.
The Klopperfontein dam was empty, but there were tsessebe at the Klopperfontein water hole – very exciting
A little further along was this zebra and her foal – love the black mud socks
Back on the tar road, we came across a speed trap with a stopped offender.
We were so happy to see them trapping, we gave them each an ice-cold cool-drink ! (the speeding along the tar is awful – especially by vehicles loaded to the hilt – obviously using the park as a short-cut into Mocambique). Enough said .
We had been told by our neighbours of a huge buffalo herd in the area, but didn’t spot it. There were a few ele’s along the way – all behaving well and not posing road-blocks !
There was some water (and a pretty bushbuck) in the Luvuvhu river
And this magnificent kudu bull on the road to Pafuri picnic site
We had a chat to Frank as there were very few people about & he pointed out quite a few birds to us, among them a trumpeter hornbill, heughlins robin and giant kingfisher. He is absolutely amazing with his imitation of bird calls. He was also a little distracted as his little son of 2 kept wanting to climb down the river bank to where the monkeys were playing !
Watching Frank point out the robin to another visitor
Well hidden Kingfisher
After we left Pafuri picnic spot, we drove down along the river – the huge trees are absolutely beautiful. Sorry, only have video and still working out how to get it onto the computer !
Along the river
There were also hippos, crocs and a big troop of baboons playing in the trees.
We visited Crooks Corner – the Limpopo was dry and then went down to Pafuri border post.
A drive along Nyala drive was fairly quiet (but very pretty) apart from its name sake and impalas, and then we headed back to the main road to head back to Punda.
We were sorry to be heading south in some ways as we knew it was south all the way home !
At Klopperfontein, only ele’s and giraffe (on video). And this lovely fish eagle
Back along the S60, a SANPARKS vehicle came up behind us, then stopped. We stopped too, thinking we had missed something. They then pulled alongside us and explained they were picking up glass, plastic, tin cans etc. They had a huge pile of rubbish bags in the back – all full. What are people thinking ?!
Well done to the staff for cleaning up !
Back in camp we spent a little time in the bird hide, although the waterhole was almost dry. A lion had been spotted from there the day before and some visitors were sure he’d be back, but no luck.
Our water dept survey neighbours asked if we’d seen the huge herd of eland up north – not – then realized they were down a private road ! At least we knew there were some up that way !
Dinner that night was a bit of a disaster, so we called it a day and went to bed.
Ele count for the day = 25.