This brings us to the end of day 10 of 16. Our time had come to and end at Mopani and the next camp is Punda Maria.
Early the next morning we were ready to take the road further north and first had to enjoy the beautiful sunrise again.
As we exited the gate, we heard some faded lion-like roars, but thought at first that it is our imagination. Then as we drove closer to the intersection with H1-6, we noticed some cars. This could only mean that the 'king' is closeby.
At first we heard some roars coming from the bush on our righthand-side, but then again some on the lefthand side as well. As we got closer, we saw some visitors were trying to spot the lion roaring on the right, but they were too deep in the bush.
As we had to negotiate our way through this roadblock, we eventually got a glimpse of the one on the left - a female lion. We moved on to the intersection and turned left when we got a better view. Seems the pride was split in two by the car activity the morning at gate opening, hence the two groups calling one another. Here is the female moving through the bush trying to cross the road and meet up with the others.
If one starts a day with a great sighting just outside a gate, then one tends to think the day will be a brilliant one
. We were on the H1-6 travelling to Punda Maria, but firstly planned to stop at Shingwedzi for breakfast and then slowly onto Punda Maria. The first section of road runs parallel to the Tsendze river with beautiful trees next to it and producing great bird sightings.
We spotted this fish eagle busy munching away and the calling others and munching again.
Further up the road, we spotted more birds of prey such as this Tawny eagle and...
...juvenile Brown snake-eagle.
The road also presented us with some colour - Southern carmine bee-eater
So we were heading north slowly enjoying the beauty of the park and anything that moves. On this note we left Mopani - what a brilliant time we have had. I guess a trip to Kruger will no be the same if Mopani is not included and a definate next time - a one-nighter in Shipandani-hide.
We are off to the north: Babalala, Punda Maria, Mahonie loop, Klopperfontein, Pafuri and Crooks Corner...to be continued.
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