Thanks to all you forumites for your interest and comments - I trust that you all have the Wilderness on your bucket lists now.
The bad weather soon settled in and we had three days of rain with the odd break inbetween which we made the best use of. We took a drive up to the Malachite Bird Hide on Langvlei. This is really a stunning spot and would be great to spend a morning here. Unfortunately it was cold and miserable but at least we can say we visited this hide and later the hide at Rondevlei.
We spent one morning paddling up the Serpintine River as far as Island Lake. This was quite challenging because a lot of ot was into a strong wind - once again good exercise. On another occassion we hiked one of the many trails - I think it was the Malachite Trail
Here are a few pics of the paddle up the Serpintine - very pretty with plenty of birdlife. We saw an interesting happening on our way back - an African Darter flew off carrying a Dabchick in its beak. It later dropped it into the water. On closer inspection we discovererd that it was dead and badly mutilated - could this be the work of the Darter? Unfortunately no photos.
The hiking trail was good fun. Once again the attention to detail was phenominal. Clear pathways
and good signage
The walkway basically followed the Serpintine River before heading back to Ebb and Flow along the road.
There was plenty of this along the route and we were not sure who it belonged to....
We later learned that these guys were the culprits
According tpo the rangers these Bushpigs are very illusive but are also a menace in the camp - turning over dustbins etc.
This very friendly (and good looking) fellow jumped up onto a garden wall to greet us whilst on our walk
The next day we slipped off and quickly walked the other half of this trail which started and finished in the village. The walkways were a bit slippery but nevertheless a very pleasant walk despite the drizzle.
This huge Strelitzia caught our eye whilst walking the trail
That, in a nutshell was a very brief report on our first visit to this beautiful part of the world - we will be back. Our one disappointment was that we never saw any otters - maybe next time. We headed off on the next leg of our trip to the Gamkapoort Dam via Seweweekspoort and Boschluys Kloof which was an unbelievable experience. This is not a SAN Park so unfortunately no report.