After a night spent on the plane we arrived tired and not so fresh smelling in Cape Town where we were welcomed by p@m and SO who had come to the airport to pick up the clothes we had hauled along for the KTP communities. It was great to see p@m and SO again and as we knew we would meet them again once we had arrived in CT for the last leg of our trip, it wasn’t too sad when we had to say goodbye again after about half an hour. While Spots went to sort out our rental car, I returned to the airport building once more to pick up our pre-ordered and pre-paid brand new South African SIM card.
We hit the road well in time – or so we thought. Stupidly enough we had decided to do our grocery shopping in the Somerset West Mall. That set us back almost 2 hours as the supermarkets were teeming with shoppers on a Saturday afternoon.
Our first stop was Bontebok and we just made gate closing time, arriving at only 6.45 pm. The check-in process went smoothly with an ever so friendly member of staff who would do most to get those nervous and agitated Germans
down to earth again.
Bontebok lived up to its name and provided us with a Bontebok as a first sighting within the park boundaries. No photo though as the cameras were still neatly stowed away. We spent a blissful night in the park, enjoying the sounds of nature and the African sky and we both agreed that our last minute choice to go to Bontebok rather than to stay in a B+B somewhere along the N2 had been a very wise one. So we settled for our first braai
and first Castles
on African soil.
The next morning started off early and with me chasing the birds in the camp while Spots was getting ready for the day.
The bokmakierie and I didn’t really become good friends. I don’t know how many I saw over the course of the trip but this little beggar
just didn’t want me to take a decent photo of it. Never.
Greater Stripe Swallow:
4 new ticks within the first hour of the day – not a bad omen for what was to come over the next week.
Included in these new ticks is also an Acacia Pied Barbet, but the photo is too hideous to post…
On our way out we first travelled a bit towards the Die Stroom picnic area:
Before we took the one way route towards reception:
Gamewise it was rather quiet, but at least I got to see the emblem of the park:
Even a youngster:
And paired up with another usual suspect:
We left the park around 9ish to tackle the journey to Addo.
Although we hadn’t spent much time in Bontebok, our impression was that it is a beautiful, laid back place to go – perfect to unwind and great for those people who love mountain biking, hiking, fishing, birding or just unwinding.