Day 5… exploring Shingwedzi
We woke up this morning all bright and ready, we were in a bit of a rush yesterday as we had to get somewhere but today we decided to take a chilled-out drive and get to know the area of Shingwedzi. We also decided to save a bit on petrol and share Wendy’s Jimny. We packed the car with the essentials, made a fresh cup of MMC and then to set out into the unknown. Just before we left the camp I had to take a pic of the full moon…
The first thing we saw this morning was a marabou stork
And then a Shingwedzi sunrise
Our route that morning was the S50, I just love any route next to the river of some kind. It bring a calmness to a person (now except he H4-1, always too busy for me). We wanted to see kanniedood dam and the two birdhides on this road. The first sighting on this road was a highlight for us two. We drove every single loop and the second one we took we heard this weird sounds, we searched the trees for these sounds and then we spotted three Verreaux Eagle Owls. A lifer for me… each made their own distinct sound which was a first thing I saw as well. We stayed with them for about 20 minutes.
Now for you birders out there, this road is fantastic for you as we saw a lot; Goliath Heron, Yellow-billed storks, darters, grey hornbill, Ground hornbill, great egret, white-fronted roller, Woodland Kingfisher
And then the highlight of my day, I was looking and hoping for this sighting for almost a year now, this bird flew past us and I almost had a excitement-fit. A lifer for me-> broad-billed Roller, we were swooning over this bird for about half an hour, just taking pics when Wendy commented that tent to one a leopard passed us and thought to himself that we are crazy birders…
Some other sightings on our drive were:
Something you don’t see very often is an extra looong around the tree bending nyala
Another sighting of a Verreaux...
And more buffs
Now this was a different sighting for us both, not anything we have seen in the park… a white/albino impala ram
We got back home at about 13:00 and relaxed in camp. We opened some KPA’s and just chatted the afternoon away. But it was soon over as we had to try this Redrocks –loop as well. Now just a note, one road that we decided we would never drive again is this road… together with the S106 it is on my no-no list. We just didn’t enjoy this road at all, we did have a few nice sightings on the end of this road, an antelope that I haven’t seen in the Park yet was these Sharpes grysbok
And a tusker
We got home and started the fire, we sat in front of the fence enjoying the setting sun. I sipped on a new sundowner called a ‘creamy mint’ (some chocolate –mint vodka and of course Amarula). We braaied some wors and chicken sosaties and had it with a lekker salad.
We ate like kings whilst listening to the kings of the animal kingdom roaring away in the distance, this was truly a great day.
To be continued…