Day 22 / Part 3-20.11.
On the way we stopped at Renosterpan. And there was yet another of these massive animals.
Back on the main road we find some Brown- headed Parrots.
And a little further on we had a very special sighting.
A YR !
Simon and Jose passed our way.
Jose waved and we stopped right in the middle of the road.
Isn’t it a strange thing that 4 people that know each other from a forum on the internet , meet a few thousand miles away from home and chat away like they met the last time a few weeks ago ?!
We had already wondered if they finally made it to Berg-en-Dal.
The meeting was arranged while still being back at home.
So while we stopped we decided at what time we will meet and soon went off into the opposite direction, as Simon wanted to have a closer look at the Rhino.
They told us about a a huge herd of Ellis on Steilberg and so we decided to take that way to Berg-en-Dal instead of the main road.
It is always amazing how fast and how complete a whole herd of Ellis can disappear.
Instead we found dozens of Bee-Eaters taking a dust bath in the middle of the road.
The check in at Berg–en-Dal was a bit chaotic but, finally everything was done and we moved into one of the recently refurbished bungalows on the perimeter.
Soon after we brought everything inside our neighbour told us that there is an Elli at the fence.
So we went down to have a closer look. The Elli just appeared over the rocks right in front of us, it reminded us of one of those Tarzan movies of the 1940’s .
Then a second Elli appeared as well and they both made their way closer to the fence.
What a fantastic sight.
We watched them for quite a while , but they decided that they had enough and moved on.
We still had some time and left camp again into the direction of Steilberg.
A very pleasing stretch of road to drive.
The landscape is lovely .
Our first sighting out of camp were Francolins with chicks (nearly impossible to take any decent pics, they were frantically running around )
These Squirrels enjoyed the sight from up above.
And finally I managed to take a photo of a Violet-Backed
( Plumcoloured ) Starling.
Back at camp we just grabbed our things and went over to meet Jose and Simon.
The start of a wonderful evening ,we very much enjoyed the company of Jose and Simon. A lot of laughter and a lot of stories, accompanied by some wine and the evening was over in no time.
Time to got to bed as we wanted to get up not too late in the morning to make the best of our last day in the park.