May 28 - Day 20: Our bonus day!
Today we started out pretty late - I think we were all frozen solid!! We did about an hour of sun worshipping - moving our chairs every ten minutes to remain in the full sun - whilst eating breakfast. Then we started on the task of taking down our tents and packing up - always sad when it is the last time for the unforeseeable future. We made use of the campsites on either side of us to lay out bits of tent to get dry - the ice had thawed, and well, everything was wet! It must be noted that there were perhaps 3 (groups) of us in the camp at the time, so we were not (I hope) making a nuisance of ourselves. So, needless to say, packing took all morning and some of the afternoon, and all the while we were praising our intelligence at having booked an extra night in a chalet!
Of course this pack up had to be perfect as we know very well that no matter how many time you promise yourself you will put the tent up immediately on arrival home to clean it properly, that never happens, until the last weekend before the next trip, by which time the damage is invariably done. Just after 2pm we headed to reception to book in, and were given the keys to number 16
We then moved in, and wow! What a view! Which way to look?!
First up out of the side window was this Black-shouldered Kite
Out the front in the distance were these Eland
- our first for MZNP, and high on my list of 'want to sees'
And right outside, our feathered friends followed us to our new abode - ever hopeful!
Keeping a its distance a bit more was this Fiscal Shrike
And of course, there is the scar from where a boulder rolled down the mountainside.
After my folks had a bit of a nap and I explored the veld in front of the cottages, we went on a drive down the main road to Ubejane loop, and then back up to Doornhoek Dam, and then 'home'.
At the entrance to our parking was this stunning Daisy (Gazania)
to welcome us.
Our first siting of the drive was this Kudu doe
- again she'd been at the milk!
And some Monkeys
came out to wish us well with our trip home
And then, an unexpected sighting. This Brown-hooded Kingfisher
, which according to my rather elderly bird book, claimed it shouldn't have been there
family also came out to wish us well
And then on Ubejane loop itself, we saw most of the characters from yesterday, plus a few more - Springbok, Gemsbok, Hartebeest, and a Black Wildebeest.
On our way up to Doornhoek Dam, we met up with the Eland
herd we had seen earlier from our verandah.
And with that, we returned to camp. We treated ourselves to dinner at the restaurant - we had planned to do a night drive, but the weather and other bookings for the guides conspired against us. So we will simply have to return one day!
With full bellies, we turned in to our nice warm
beds! I love camping, but sometimes, being warm has a lot going for it!