Our arrival at Punda Maria signaled an end to another wonderful holiday in Kruger. We settled in to our last home at Kruger, and then headed out for our evening Drive. A large number of raptors were soaring above the mountain, and our guide said they were Tawny's that arrive about this time of year and spend a lot of time near the camp before moving on to the south. There must have been 15 or twenty! Our main goal for this drive was to see the Pennant-Winged Nightjar, and Robert(?) knew right where to go, timing our arrival to dusk and the ever darkening evening sky.
We parked the vehicle in a small clearing and waited. Soon we could hear the sounds of our prize, and in fact could make out two different birds calling in the evening sky. Soon they were flying past, I was able to get one blurry shot as one of the two fly away from our vehicle.
A few moments later one landed on the ground 3 or 4 metres in front of us.
Quite impressive "tail" feathers, when flying it reminds one of a Chinese ornamental kite fluttering in the wind with long streamers hanging down. An amazing addition to our life lists!
The ride back to camp included many Impala, Steenbok, a few Duikers, a Sharpe's Grysbok, and a lone Hyena who seemed quite annoyed at our presence.
After another very long but satisfying day in Kruger, we climbed into bed knowing that it was our last night in our beloved Kruger.
The morning brought a long drive back to Johannesburg for a stay in a hotel near the airport, and then the long flight home.
Shortly after leaving the park we saw two signs that made us laugh and giggle for quite a few kilometers down the road. I wish I had stopped to take a picture.
The first said " We Pump your Toilet Juice"
The second was on a more serious subject, HIV prevention. It is that last line that had us howling like Vervets.
I thank everyone who took the time to read of our travels and apologize for the long delays between postings. Can't wait to get back to SA. Next time we are heading to KTP, a first for us.