Thanks so much for your continued support to this extended and seemingly never ending TR.
Let me continue as quick as I can.
As we unfortunately only had 1 night booked at Bateleur we had to pack up and head on out towards our next destination which was Shimuwini
another camp that Klystron and I had only been to once before and for Jock her first time.
The day dawned much as the night had been, overcast cold and windy!
We left quite early as we wanted to take a drive to the famous Rooibosrand & Silverwis dams.
both new places for us to explore.Rooibosrand DamLargeLarge
At the dam were a little family of Egyptian Geese, Spurwings, Jacana, and numerous other bird species plus a Grey HeronLarge
and on the road back from the dam, a Male Double-banded Sandgrouse Large
a what I think could be a Little Sparrowhawk
but do correct me if you think otherwise!Large
and a very well used windmill towerLarge
busy sorting out any differences!Large
and one of the beautiful Baobabs
in the area. Large
To get right down to Silverwis Dam
is quite an interesting drive and takes one from sparse bushveld vegetation into thick forested trees and very narrow little roads.
We were holding our breath that we didn't come across an ellie who wanted right of way as reversing in there could have been a little challenging to say the least!
but once one gets right down to the dam itself its really a very pretty, scenic and restful spot to spend some time and enjoy a mug of hot coffee and a few biscuits which is exactly what we did.
We watched as some Kudu and Steenbokkies wandered along munching happily on the dense vegetation and Vervet monkeys leapt from tree to tree.LargeLarge
Taking the S52
back towards the tar road and suddenly Jock shouts out the magic words everyone wants to hear! Leopard!
We first saw it in the long grass and then another spied another one once we had reversed a little way back!
So 2 Leopards, super exciting!
I can't really recall which one was which in our pics but will just put some of the best ones on and hope there is one of either but I'm not sure!
Jock, you will have to help me out here!Large
I think this is the second one lying on a termite mound?Large
and you see how she noticed/heard the second one and turns to look at it.Large
and then realizing what it was, relaxes a bit more.Large
They didn't hang around long and both disappeared deeper into the grass and bush leaving us very happy at our special sighting.
Our next special sighting was of a pair of Sharpes Grysbok
who were very obliging.LargeLargeLargeLargeLarge
Little Tree Squirrel
who was the Grysboks companion.Large
Next up was this Baboon
looking the picture of innocence,
I think?? just love it!!Large
Baby and Mom with a far away look in her eye!Large
Still some evidence of the floods of a few months before.Large
Reaching the H1-6
we start heading south again and before long Klystron asks very casually if anyone is interested in seeing another Leopard
and there in the middle of the road stands # 3 of the day!! Large
but soon decides discretion is the better part of valour and moves off and disappears into the bush leaving us hardly believing what luck we were having that day!Large
The iconic GiraffeLarge
As we still had time to spare we decided to take the S144 & S143 Capricorn loop
one of our favourite roads in the area.
but before we do we make sure a Chameleon
gets safely over the road.LargeLarge
As per usual the loop doesn't let us down and we see a wide variety of wildlife and birds, enough to keep us there for as long as time will allow.
including Kori Bustards, Ostrich, Warthogs, Plovers, Secretary Birds and Coucals to name a few.
Some Tsessebe LargeLarge
and if you look closely a little Black-backed Jackal
in front of them.Large
The bones of the unfortunate ellie who was struck by lighting some months earlier.LargeLarge
and a flock of Redbilled Queleas
You have to look closely again as they seem to be lost in the background vegetation!Large
and then an interesting sighting for us with Chestnut-backed & Grey-backed Sparrowlarks
My bird guide doesn't list the GB ones as being found in the area.LargeLarge
And on the S50
a large herd of BuffaloLarge
and for Jock who no doubt took the picLargeLarge
female this time.Large
The lovely Saddlebilled StorkLarge
and then after traversing the little dirt roads we find ourselves at the entrance to Shimuwini
to be our home for the next 2 nights. Large
We were allocated bungalow # 10 with lovely views of the dam in front.
I have posted some pics of the bungalow if anyone would like to see them Here
For some reason our braai charcoal was making some spectacular sparks that night! Large