To keep up with the flow of the trip and painting to be done tomorrow again, here is the second part of the 10th of October that we wish to share.
We left Gudzani and took the S41 towards the S90. Along the way we came across these Kudus with ears like TV dishes.
We stopped at Gudzani East and found these zebbies and Blue- wildebeest at the drinking hole, busy discussing what happened a bit further down the road.
A bit further down the road we saw these vultures, which is normally a sign of a kill in the vicinity.
We then came across this gathering consisting of zebbies and blue-wildebeest, all looking towards the river.
Umtali and SO told us that there are lions in the riverbed; however they are not easy to see. I maneuvered the vehicle slowly backwards and forwards and at last found this lady, lying in the open with the blue wildebeest not taking their eyes off her for one moment.
Our next sighting was this little steenbuck that does not want to show that she knew we were there.
The next sighting was this giraffe family enjoying some brunch.
We just turned onto the S90 when we came across some ellies in the shade of a tree.
The rest of the drive to Timbavati and back to Satara was really quiet. We saw some ostrich, buffs and these guys accompanied by a blue wildebeest.
We were a little early at Satara for our mini meet and I found this interesting nest with its occupant, a Dark-capped Bulbul in it. The nest was built in one of the lampshades on the stoep of the restaurant.
We met up with umtali1 and her SO; Dellac and her SO, as well as Annie owl. It was wonderful to chat with mites and hear all the stories of visits over the years. We had an awesome time together. Thanks to everybody for the laughter and chats
I just have to share the ice machine episode with you. The machine is installed on the stoep of the restaurant. I think that the machine also tells one who will stay together, whatever happens. We sat right next to the machine and guy with his SO came along to get some ice. It was clear from watching the operator that something will go wrong, because he left out one important step
. The next moment 5kg of ice fell all over the floor and the next moment he was standing ankle deep in ice
. His SO could not keep back her laughter and disappeared around the corner before you could say “Jack Jones”.
After spending a wonderful 2.5 hours with our new friends, we decided to drive down the H6 to Sonop waterhole and back before we call it a day. Along the H6 we did find various scrubs with a pink ribbon tied to it. Must be part of the rhino project we think. Love the photo with the lilac-breasted roller and pink ribbon.
The next photo is my attempt at catching a beteleur in flight with a 18-250mm sigma lens.
We return to camp with only general game on the way. While we were sitting on the stoep with ice cold wine in hand, I took pictures of some camp birdies.
This Southern Grey-headed sparrow
A Burchell’s Starling
And a Red-billed Hornbill
We had a nice braai with potato and pees to go with it and then off for a relaxing shower and bed to reload for the next day