Needless to say that we again visited Renosterpan but the doggies were roaming around somewhere else today. After a short visit at Afsaal we decided to drive the whole way to Crocodile Bridge via our beloved Biyamiti loop, the S114 and finally via the S26 but what to say obviously someone thought that the majestic lion and rhino sightings utilized our budget already for that day as we only saw very little but to be in the bush was already gift enough.
But it was worth to stop for a stunning tawny although the light was bad much better light predominated at this little pond along the way with lots of water lilies
and whilst Timon captured this fluffy little friend which I guess is a tawny flanked prinia which is also a new tick for us (No. 6).
The ever present fork-trailed drongos invited us enthusiastically to stop and shoot which Timon did
and then whilst I was again fallen a bit asleep as it was getting hotter and hotter and not much was to be seen in the thick vegetation a family of white rhinos suddenly popped us of the dense bushes – This time we had the honour in meeting mom and dad and another calf and I really love it when they stay together.
This was the Big daddy
and introducing mom as well – The remarkable drooping ear made it easy for us to identify them again only a couple of days later.
Unfortunately they allowed further shots only from the back whilst galloping in slow trot away and then they disappeared far too soon again between the dense bushes and where no longer to be seen.
After another quiet hour drive we finally reached the Bume causeway – the road to Mpondo dam was as already expected unfortunately closed – and when it comes to water on a hot day like today the usual suspects could be found.
This colourful lilac-breasted roller was worth to stop for
and as obligatory where a causeway was overflown by water the hamerkop was not far
and on a small stone in the water an even smaller tortoise was adoring the sun together with its hijacker in form of a dragon fly
We decided to carry on via the H5 and to stay a bit at Gesanftombi but before we arrived there we simply had to stop for a muddy mini-me
When we finally arrived at the dam it was already early afternoon and originally we planned to be there much earlier but who cares when thinking back to all the stunning sightings we had already that day. Lots of cars were watching an elephant taking a bath in a dam which I never had seen that full and another ellie was collecting some marulas from the grass.
When the bathing ellie realized that same hastened out of the water and chased the smaller ellie away and tried himself to get also marulas by putting his head against the trunk and pushing the tree
Needless to say that it works and the just fallen marulas found soon more than a willingly consumer.
In order to at least spend two hours in camp we headed forward but as usual lots of zebra, impala and wildebeests herds plus giraffes and rhinos delayed us further.
We were then rewarded with bungalow No. 11 in Crocodile Bridge (I had requested for No. 10 – 12) as we do here like the bush view more than the river view. A lovely surprise was that same was newly refurbished in the bathroom, sleeping room and the kitchen area without taking away to much of the old charm and even a microwave could be found in the kitchen. Whilst sitting on the verandah and sighing with a hot coffee in hand about being back in our favourite camp visitors arrived at the fence – it was a warthog mom with her piglets – and after trotting away out of sight we finally found her in front of our bungalow with her family.
Timon soon joined them by imitating their eating behaviour with his camera in hand and snapped away.
The only disadvantage was the garden hose in the fore- and the fence in the background but needless to say that we were honour by their visit.
As it was already a bit too late and we wanted not to drive that far we only visited the Southern part of the S28 but it was a more than quiet afternoon with the obligatory zebras
and wildebeests with lots of little ones around. Furthermore we were entertained by a large group of giraffes in the best evening light
even the waterbucks appeared on the scene as well
and needless to say that Timon also had to stop for this lovely posing red-backed shrike.
Back in camp I had to buy some bread and strolled to the shop and nearly stumbled across another warthog mom with her piglets – So there must be more than only one whole in the fence - Nevertheless I really love such visitors as long as they do not raid inside the camp like the vervets or baboons do. Btw the vervets were also there but as all residents took relevant precautions and due to the renovations the fridges meanwhile got a safety grid they had to content themselves with the marulas from the marula tree in front of bungalow No.9.
Today we were extreme tired from the much driving and after another delicious braai it was time for the bed and gladly with the newly renovated roofs also the bats had gone and it was a peaceful sleep.to be continued with a misty morning and a couple of different birdies........