Day 10, 17 March 2013
Waking up again drowsy after listening to the Lions all night long, we were sad that is was time to pack up and leave Tsendze. So we were dragging our feet and first made a huge breakfast before breaking up the camp. It didn’t take too long and by 10am we were ready to go, but first we had to make sure all the “visitors” were out of hams way could not be ran over.
A Suddan Platted Lizard or also called a Rough Plated Lizard (a friend that knows her reptiles helped me to ID him correctly) were hiding under the trailer and were in no hurry to leave his new home.
The Sudan plated lizard's dorsal surface is covered with distinctly “plated” scales, while their underside is very smooth in comparison. The lizard has a base coloration comprised of varying degrees of brown, while their bellies and throats are a creamy white. These lizards have very stout necks, and unusually thick tails. Sudan plated lizards generally attain a total length of approximately 18 to 25 inches (with even larger ones having been reported) so, coupled with heavy bodies, they are definitely not small reptiles. Unlike many other lizards, the Sudan plated lizard’s tail is not much longer than its snout-to-vent length. Hatchlings are approximately six inches in total length.
Sudan plated lizards rarely bite. Somewhat shy by nature, they usually run and hide (in a blur) when startled or irritated. These lizards are diurnal, meaning they are active during the daylight hours. They can be seen foraging, basking, and even digging a burrow. Sudan plated lizards are primarily insectivorous, but will also ingest some fruits and flowers, so in that sense they are technically omnivores.
A Shongololo also took up residence underneath the trailer and had to be helped on him way.
Then a Glossy Starling came to look for an easy breakfast, a few worms and a spider ran out from underneath the groundsheet, but did not make their destination. Again it was very interesting to see the Starlings recognizing when the ground sheet is lifted. At Satara last year one caught a Red Roman that was hiding under the ground sheet.
Then it was the sad time to say goodbye to Rodger and Elena. They were the perfect host and kept and bathroom spots less! They came to chat with everyone every night to see if all was well and to share their love of nature! Roger and Elana asked me to tell all the Mites about Tsendze and promised they will have the best time ever! Thank you Rodger and Elana for everything and making our stay so memorable!
The last views of Tsendze before we left.
It was say too early to check into Mopani for our last night in the Park, so we decided to take the long way round and see who is at Mooiplaas Waterhole and at Tihongonyeni Waterhole for the last time.
At Mooiplaas we were pleasantly surprised.
On the reservoir’s edge were a dozen or more Cattle Egret and two Egyptian Geese.
To the right we spotted two Secretary Birds, our second pair for the trip.
Then out of nowhere a Warthog family stood up from the tall grass and made their way across the clearing. This only our second Warthogs for the trip, so a very happy sighting.
After spending some time at Mooiplaas Waterhole, we drove on. At the Nshawa Marchland we spotted a few Tsetsebe.Day 10, to continue…