What is the first thing that goes through your mind when thinking about ‘Wildernis’? Well, for me it is canoeing on the Touw River enjoying the tranquility of the calm water with forests towering on either side of the river and water birds flying up to take a more secure position as one glides through the water past them. Another thought coming up instinctively is whether ‘Hop-a-long’ is still alive and whether we will see him again.
After visiting ADDO National Park
and GARDEN ROUTE – Storms River National Park
, we returned to the Wildernis area staying at Ebb & Flo camp. As one enters the park, one gets the sense of peace and security as a security fence with office at entrance ensures no unwanted elements enter the park. Similarly, security points are also in operation as one exits/enters the southern gate or if one wants to move to the southern side of the park where the rondawels are located. The Reception staff was most helpful and friendly, hence worthy of complimenting them for making us feel welcome.
During June, the aloes are in bloom lighting up area with its beautiful contrasting red flowers attracting numerous birds such as the colourful sunbirds.
Greater Double-Collared Sunbird
We settled in at unit with beautiful view over the green lawn, trees and aloes with birds being active and now and then saw a Knysna Turaco sweeping silently past us from tree to tree causing me to grab the camera and ran after them to get a nice pic.
Some birdies that welcomed us - Whinchat (Bontrokkie)
Could this be a Greater Honeyguide (Grootheuningwyser)?
Southern Boubou (Suidelike Waterfiskaal)
Later the evening our dear friends joined us from Cape Town for a most enjoyable stay at Wildernis. Although it was winter time, the weather played along nicely allowing us to participate in some outdoor activity such as birding, sight-seeing, canoeing and SO and friend doing a hike to the Waterfall.
So, we hope you join us on this trip as well as we explore the Wildernis park area with some great birding and scenery....