Day 2, continue
By the time we arrived at Letaba the temperature gauge stood on 43 degrees, it was HOT and it felt like we were going to melt. All the way there we saw very little through the lumens green curtain of Mopanies. Along the way we spotted some more Carmine Bee-eaters - at this stage we still stopped for almost all of them to take pictures.
A welcome break came at the Letaba River’s high water bridge were visitors are allowed to get out of their vehicles between the two yellow lines. There we saw our first Spoonbill, some Egyptian geese, Hippo and Crocodiles, Waterbuck, a Giraffe in the distance and the Letaba Fish.
The Spoonbill were looking for lunch.
The Egyptian Geese couple in the shade of the bridge.
The fish in the river and I have no idea what specie they are.
A few kilometers from Letaba driving along the river we spotted some Ellies in the river, Impala on the river bank, some Monkeys in the trees and a huge Rock Monitor crossing the road.
Old "One Tusk" is what we call this Ellie, this is the third visit to the park that we saw him near Letaba.
The Impies were hiding in the shade from the sun.
The Rock Monitor were in a big hurry, I think his feet was burning on the hot tar.
Arriving at Letaba was like always AWESOME! The huge trees shading the whole camp, the gorgeous view over the riverbed, the resident Bushbuck walking around seemingly without noticing all the ooo’s and aaa’s and clicking of the cameras and a place to sit down, have lunch and something cold to drink. Skillie also found a place to fix the door of the trailer – a really huge Apple Leaf tree did the job.
From where we were sitting on the veranda of the restaurant we spotted in the riverbed: Waterbuck, Zebra, Impala, the same Ellies we saw coming, a pair of Fish Eagles, 2 Saddle-bill Storks, a Marabou Stork, a Pied Kingfisher and White-fronted Bee-eaters.
The view over the river.
The Pied Kingfisher also looking to catch something for lunch.
The Saddle-billed Storks were running up and down the water also trying to catch lunch.
As we were about to leave it was the Bushbuck family’s turn to come and show off with a baby!
Then is was time to leave Letaba and take the long road back to North and make camp at Tsendze!
Day 2, to continue....