Tent dweller - we also do a plan A & plan B. Usually get plan A - except when trying for Balule or Lower Sabie...
MM - I also used to be
as Ollie (my SO) had seen some near LS the last time. They are lovely birds, but remind me a little of the bird from UP.
isinkwe - you are not allowed to post food pics anymore due to it being deemed cruel and unusual punishment
Mandinga -- see previous comment
CoS - absolutely.17th July - Punda Maria to Bateleur
Today we moved camps. The route we chose was the tar to Babalaba, then the S56 Mphongolo loop. A brief stop in at Shingwedzi then on to Bateleur via Red Rocks.
The first part of the journey to Babalaba was very quiet. We saw some ellies, impies, waterbuck and wooly necked storks.
We stopped at Babalaba for a breakfast of toast and cereal. After refueling and refilling the coffee, we headed on to the Mphongolo loop. This is one of our favourite drives. Sometimes we see a lot, sometimes not so much, but it is a beautiful drive along the Mphongolo river. There was a lot of water in the river. We saw black storks, ellies, buffalo, waterbuck, white fronted bee eaters and a crocodile.
We spotted an ellie in the river bed. We decided to stop for a bit. Good thing too as there were a whole herd of ellies in the river (40-50). It was great to see this family group from the safety of the bank
After watching the ellies for a while, we continued along the road. Suddenly we noticed the outline of an owl in a tree. On closer inspection, we saw two Verreaux's Eagle Owls. The adults was eating a spotted genet. The juvenile was waiting patiently for its turn. We managed to get some photos but they are not processed yet, so hopefully we can post them later in the trip report.
We continued onto Shingwedzi for a break and some icecream. The temporary shop there is small but has a decent range of items. The floods have definitely changed the river bed near camp. There was still some water around.
After the icecream, we headed on to Bateleur via Red Rocks. We saw a number of giraffe, general game and ellies. Just before Bateleur we came across some lovely bull ellies at the low water bridge over the Tshanga river.
We stayed with them for a while before heading to camp to check in. After a fairly long drive, we decided to spend the rest of the afternoon in camp.
We also saw guinea fowl in a tree