I always find one male kudu already extreme majestic but four of them are indeed very impressive. All of them were a bit shy and very alert.
Compared to early morning were we could only watch a couple of meters into the bush now we admire the beauty of that area and its residents in form of large zebra, impala and wildebeest herds and in between we also could spot an isolated white stork
and also a quite impressive day dreaming rhino.
We decided to stay in camp for the rest of the afternoon and simply enjoyed life on our verandah and had an early braai and sighed that our stay in our favourite camp was already over but we were also looking very much forward to Biyamiti as last year we had to cancel our stay there due to the flood and the non existing low water bridge crossing the Biyamiti on the S25. This year everything has been fixed in time for our stay there at least it looked so......Wednesday, 12th February 2013 – Crocodile Bridge - Biyamiti
Today was again moving day and moreover it was a rainy day – Yesterday we had the thick mist and today rain showers on one of our favourite roads – Indeed not a very promising start into the day. Needless to say that it was still extreme dark when we left the gate and everything was wet, the grass, the roads and of course all the animals, especially the raptors such as this yellow billed kite looked as if they would prefer to be somewhere else that morning
whereas this cute arrow-marked babbler puffed up its feathers to keep a bit warmer.
We again decided to ride via the S28 as the alternative tar road is far too thick to spot anything but besides some wildebeests and impalas grazing together not much else came across. A movement caught my eye and I told Timon to stop for this black coucal
as this is a bird which is not coming across that often.
Meanwhile it got a bit brighter and even the sun dared to show itself between the dark rain showers and so the black-backed jackal which we met on the way to Nhlanganzwani dam presented itself in beautiful light.
Same watched us suspiciously and nearly was running the whole way until the dam in front of our car but same wanted in no case running into the high and totally wet grass on the roadside.
Finally it had no other choice and so we had no longer a bad conscience in chasing the jackal. Another miserable looking raptor came into sight and same looked to ask if we might have a hairdryer to speed up the procedure of the feather drying a bit
same might also become handy for this second yellow billed kite we already saw.
The whole morning it was more than disappointingly quiet and also the small road leading to Duke’s waterhole changed nothing besides a lot of vultures hanging around in the dead leadwood trees
and also a Sanpark vehicle parked right at the waterhole itself – One day later we realized that on the sign board on which is marked what has been seen on the morning walk it showed lions and buffalo kill so we only counted one and one together – Pity that the grass was so high in that area as otherwise we might have seen them as the vultures were indeed not that far away from the road. Well maybe it was not our day today at Duke’s but one day I know the day will come.......maybe this paradise whydah wanted to compensate the quietness a bit for us but unfortunately the light was still extreme bad.
Then it came down heavily and the slight rain turned immediately into torrential rainfall and even the close by zebras looked more than miserable
with already muddy feet, bellies and hanging ears from which the rain also came down.
We decided to stay with them until the rain might get a bit lighter as the road turned in no way into a small river and we would not see anything anyway else. Whilst watching the close-by zebras we also realized in the background a couple of impalas and giraffes but due to the heavy rainfall we indeed could not see far as we also had to close the windows not to soak anything else inside the car.
From time to time Timon dared to take a picture of the not very happy looking zebras but same were so funny to watch because they looked so wretched with their hanging ears and on the other hand we already got a bit concerned about our stay at Biyamiti this evening as at this stage nobody knew how long and strong the rain might last and which roads might be closed after such a strong rain shower and also with all the prevailing wetness in the park.
Gladly the luck was with us that day as after half an hour the rain stopped abruptly as same started and even the sun came out and started to dry up everything and this was even the last rain we experienced during our whole stay in the park.to be continued........