Well finally it was time to leave Shing.
And we did not liked the thought at all. So it was not as early as planned as the birds and Squirrels did their best to "entertain" us a little more.
Two Red-billed Hornbills searched our car very successfully for some insects. Larger View
A Woodpecker, a Starling and a Crested Barbet searched our braai less successfully as we had been to the restaurant…. Larger View Larger View
I kept following the Woodpecker all around.
They are so pretty. Larger View Larger View
The Squirrels were everywhere. Larger View
To top it all we witnessed a kill while still in the Camp. Larger View
But as hard as we tried, we had to leave.
Today we were travelling to Satara and by now we should have already been on the road.
So heavy hearted we packed everything into the car and visited the Low Water Bridge for the last time (this year....).
The Saddle-billed Stork were not there this morning but a couple of Pied Kingfishers.
4 of them to be precise, they were sitting together on the side of the concrete walls. Unfortunately a car passed through before us and they flew up.
We waited for a little while and indeed they came back (but only three of them). Larger View Larger View
We passed the bridge and stopped on top of the hill to turn around.
Here I spotted this little fellow in one of the trees.
I am sure it is a Batis, not sure which one though
as he did not sit still long enough or even turned around…… Larger View
We passed through the camp for one last time.
Throwing the key into the key box and said goodbye till next year.
The drive was really quiet.
We stopped at Mopani for a little toilet break.
And at the mortal remains of Alexander to pay tribute to him. Larger View Larger View
As we stopped there another Elli came to cross the road and passing Alexander’s bones he grabbed a rib, put it into his mouth and chewed on it while he commenced his way.
We were touched and speechless at the same time.
Have a look at the photo, you can see the bone in the Ellis mouth right above his tusk. Larger View
After that we had our breakfast at Mooiplas.
Of course we could not pass Shipandani Bird Hide without a stop.
But there was nothing around.
Only a Green-backed Heron was wondering why we had to drive through "his" water. Larger View
Shortly before we reached Letaba Bridge we sighted two beautiful Ground Hornbills.
One adult and one juvenile.
I am always impressed by these birds.
Don’t they have such awesome eyes??? Larger ViewGround Hornbills
What I love about Letaba and Olifants are the bridges where you can get out off your vehicle to search the area.
From Letaba bridge I saw dozens of Common Waxbill in the reed but they are restless little birds (like most little birds…
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Another toilet break and some shopping was planned for Letaba.
Just shortly before we reached the camp gate we came upon a traffic jam.
No, there were no Lions, but another wonderful Chameleon.
Everybody stopped to admire it and to take some pics. Larger View
Unfortunately we did not have much time to spend in the camp and soon we were on the rod again.
Of course there was still enough time to stop on the Olifants bridge.
Here we saw a lovely little Elli herd and admired the magnificent landscape. Larger View Larger View
The rest of the drive was pretty quiet again. It was a hot and a bit humid day.
The last 15 km before we reached Satara we were amazed to see huge herds of Zebras and Wildebeest. We can’t remember to see so many of them in one place in Kruger before, it was breathtaking.
It did not make sense to take pictures or videos.
We watched with open mouth a herd that does not seem to end. We drove for several minutes and could still see Zebras from the road up to the horizon.
Francolin thinks there must have been several hundred of animals.
It was a majestic sight.
We reached Satara late afternoon and decided to stay in the camp.
Bungalow # G168 was allocated to us and we were happy as this was our special request.
We prepared the braai and made ourselves at home.
Dark clouds appeared and disappeared and the sun came out again.
Suddenly we discovered some commotion in one of the trees.
So we had a closer look and saw that a Crested Barbet had found a Chameleon and chased it up the tree.
Higher and higher till it fell to the ground, so we started to follow this poor thing.
Francolin, the Barbet and me. When it was in danger to fall in a drain I simply had to "safe" it.
Such a cutie.
I convinced Francolin to hold it as well and then we released it in another tree. Larger View Larger ViewChameleon
After all this excitement it was time for a glass wine and a braai.
While braaing the Satara Hyena passed the camp fence which was only a few metres away.
As soon as dinner was ready, an unbelievable wind came up and so we did not have only the meat on our plates but a lot of dirt, twigs and leaves as well.
We had once again a great day and a lovely evening.