Day 2 – 27/11/2012
After having slept the sleep of the dead, occasionally disturbed by images of stink mouse dogs, after the LOOOONNNGGGG drive up to Punda, we woke up bright and early as we had another daunting trip ahead of us. It was the Forum’s birthday and, seeing as were Brownie team B, we were heading down to Satara to meet up with the Brownies!!
(and driving back to Shing afterwards
) I forgot to mention that yesterday we bumped into Aat and his SO near the Shing restaurant and he told us about his series of pics he managed to get of the impala ewe giving birth. A truly magical experience, and we were quite jealous!!
We rolled out of camp at 4.45am, and 300 metres out of the gate were this boisterous lot
basking in the early morning sun was this fella
A few grey go-away birds cavorting on the tar (still think grey loerie sounds better, but maybe that’s just me)
A lone daggaboy
About an hour into the trip, these 2 magnificent boys
And finally! (I thought they’d all packed up and run off), my first LBR for the trip
Spider’s nest which gave Jax the absolute willies!
And these 2 loners
About 2 kilometers before the Tropic of Capricorn I looked forward, and 200 metres in front of us, a leopard casually sauntering over the road!!! When we got to the point where she had crossed, she was staring back at us from some really thick and long grass about 10 metres in. As soon as I lifted the camera to try and get a pic of her, she bolted, so the following pic is affectionately titled “Leopard was here … honest!!”
Completely elated with the spotted kitty sighting, we stopped at Mopani to grab some padkos – biltong, water, coolies and the like – and I noticed the lake was looking really busy. And so it was – an Egyptian geese convention of serious note. This pic doesn’t show exactly how many birds there were, but I would estimate at least 1000! They were everywhere.
We didn’t stay in Mopani long as it’s 185 kilometres from Shing to Satara, and I wasn’t sure how long it would take us to get there. We’ll be back in Mopani in September 2013 with a lake view, and I can’t wait. Found these 2 ladies being graceful and elegant
This noisy little bugger decided to deliver his alarm call at full volume directly into my right ear as we drew alongside him and nearly gave me a heart attack. Jax, of course, thought it was very funny …
Gorgeous country this
And then mommy and babas, which just warmed the cockles of my still fast-beating heartDay 2 continued shortly …
The simple rule to follow with all animals is one of respect.
Trip reportsNov/Dec 2012
21-22 Sept 2013 - Olifants with river view
23-24 Sept 2013 - Letaba perimeter
25-27 Sept 2013 - Tamboti
28-29 Sept 2013 - Mopani with lake view