It's my first time at Croc Bridge. It's almost 9am and I have a burger from the shop and an Amstel. The burger is hopeless but the beer is good.
And I head for the S25. At the turnoff, who should I run into?
He seems really happy to see me too.
If you go to Hippo Pool... please give greeting to Daniel, maybe he will be not here next year and I'll see never more... it's a so nice guy
Thanks for the tip, Anne-Marie. Daniel is great. For the past 30 years he has traveled up the S25 towards Hippo Pool every morning from Croc Bridge... by BICYCLE. There are no hippos today but he shows me what's left of the rock art. He tells me that he was nearly forced into retirement when he turned 60 but the government has now given him a few more years. He points to the orange trees across the Crocodile river and informs me that they are old will need to be cut down soon.
I tell him I'll take his job when he retires. I'm only half joking.
A fish fish eagle appears over the trees from the left and swoops low over the road. In his claws, a fat fish is still trying to wriggle free.
The rest of the S25 is entirely uneventful apart from lots and lots of kudu. I don't bother taking photos because of the glare. Temperatures are well into the 30's.
Finally, I stop for a break at the Gardenia hide.
This guy doesn't mind the heat at all.
I head up the S114, take a right at the H2-2 and finally up to H3 to Afsaal. There are a lot of people here and I only stay long enough to snap this red bill.
I proceed up the H3 and decide to take the N'watihiri Road back to LS, stopping off at Renosterkoppies, which was abandoned and marvelous and just a little scary. You never know what might be waiting for you on the other side of that rock!
Turns out it was a woodpecker.