After such a long time in between posts I will now have to go and round everyone up, sure you have all wandered off in all directions!
In the mean time while I am waiting for everyone to arrive I would like to thank Anne-marie
and while I am at it I must apologise for a mix up, the tusker at the fence in my last episode was not Machachule but Mandzemba, who is a promising and impressive Tusker, as pointed out to me by Aat, I have edited it. (but read on and I have a surprise later!) Flying Cheetah
I wish I had known you were in Shingwedzi on one of our nights there, we could have had a much longer chat.
A pity, glad you enjoyed the beautiful Autumn colours, more on the way as I also could not resist them.Salva
That was such a nice sighting of the Ellies crossing and we enjoyed it as well. Micetta
Glad you also liked the Ellies, such a steep bank for a heavy animal to climb. Red Rocks is indeed well worth the slight detour and will always be on the agenda. I am going to try and give you another pic for your desk top.Katja
Thanks for joining us on the trip and for the lovely comments, I do appreciate them all. Mopani is one of our favourite camps with that view over the dam.Tawny
Never mind, we will definitely do another trip up North with you one day soon. Mama Fariu
We just can't resist those gorgeous LBR's definitely a favourite bird to photograph. Take your place on board we are about to head on out.Flutterby
Again I apologise for the mix up re Machachule, but hold on! Val
So glad you are able to share the trip with us and are enjoying the sights.Pumbaa
Now that I have seen the Mopani leaves in Autumn I will never look at them the same way again.
Sorry about the long delay, not really sure what has happened to cause it, but I am here now and we are about to begin another days drive so I do hope you are all in the bus and ready. 25th May - Shingwedzi to Crooks Corner and back
We are up and manage to leave the gate at 6.20 with the temp on 14C
It promises to be a lovely day but aren't they all when here!
We stop off on the bridge over the Shingwedzi River and absorb the tranquillity and scenery as the sun starts peeping over the horizon.LargeLargeLarge
The road from the bridge upwards for a good few kms has been covered in a thick layer of sand, so its almost like travelling on a dirt road.
We notice a Hyena
in the road ahead, obviously returning from a night's hunting, slow down and enjoy the sighting.Large
Then there appear a couple more and a lot of greeting goes on.Large
Suddenly we notice from a hole that we had not yet noticed there appears a little face!Large
We must have sat with them for over half and hour and once they had got used to our presence were quite relaxed with one bold little one even coming right up to the car, a real little curious George!
I apologise for posting so many pics of them but we just couldn't decide which ones to leave out.
Anyway, we finally dragged ourselves away from the cuties and carried on up the H1-7.
until another stop to have a look at 2 Secretary Birds
in the top of a tree, we presume either building a nest or already have one. Large
then another of the irresistible Lilac Breasted Rollers Large
Then, Oops, we find ourselves in one of Kruger's famous road blocks! LargeLargeLarge
bit fortunately he was fairly relaxed which meant only a small amount of reversing needed. Large
Some scenery pics from up North, a lovely Baobab TreeLarge
and some more Autumn Leaves ..Large
On the S63 Tar Road
towards the Border post one comes across this large Baobab Tree
with Scotty's car parked underneath it for contrast.Large
And another EllieLarge
Then it was onto an area we really love and for some of the family a first visit Crooks Corner
Lots of Hippos and Croc
in the Luvuvuhu River where it joins into the Limpopo LargeLarge
The rest of the family standing with the Limpopo, which was surprisingly full in the background. Large
Slowly making our way along the S63 dirt road
with its magic atmosphere and investigating every nook and cranny along the way.
A pair of Fish EaglesLarge
A lovely view of the Luvuvuhu RiverLarge
A family of Nyala
graze beneath the Fever Trees and we notice there is definitely less foliage and density than when we visited previously in the height of summer.LargeLarge
Zebra still finding the odd water hole to visit.Large
After a nice lunch at Pafuri Picnic site and a chat with Frank we move on and start the downward trip back to Shingwedzi
Another road block of a different kind this time in the form of a large Herd of BuffaloLarge
We also saw an Eland
only 1 of as far as we could make out but far off making photography rather difficult but we tried and I think of all the pics Scotty seemed to get the best one, but I do apologise for the quality. Large
When we got to more or less where we had seen the Hyenas earlier that day we suddenly saw a Lion shoot across the road, take one look at us and dash off into the grasses! HUH! not again, this was becoming a bit of a habit.
So I am not sure what caused that behaviour other than there may have been a couple of Hyenas around who did not enjoy the Lions presence any way near the den? but its just speculation and needless to say no matter how hard we peered we could not see hide nor hair of the Lion.
We decided to take the little loop road S135
leading to the causeway and back entrance of Shingwedzi as this its an area we really enjoy as well and have had some awesome sightings in the past.
Today not too much activity besides
An Little Egret
trying to catch some supperLarge
and then guess who was waiting for us just on the other side of the causeway, this time I am pretty sure its none other than Machachule
So a great ending to a great day and we were all quite happy to sit back at our chalet, relax and chat about all we had seen and done that day.
I do hope you have enjoyed the day with us and I will do my best not to keep you all hanging around for the next day.