Thursday, 21 March 2013

Kruger: December 2009 (Part 2)

Okay, so it's about time I carried on with this trip report...

We carried on in the humid and overcast weather on our first day in the Kruger Park, driving up to Shingwedzi.



This was the view over the Olifants River as we crossed it.



This flock of Yellow-Billed Storks were being lazy by the water's edge.
Next up, some Cape Buffalo...



This elephant skull served as a reminder that even the mighty of the bush can fall...life is short.



We had to wait for this little guy (and the rest of his family) to cross the road. You always give elephants right of way in Kruger!



Shortly before we reached Shingwedzi Rest Camp, we came across this "lifer" for me - a Levaillant's Cuckoo.



Some more Cape Buffalo were enjoying the cool water of the Shingwedzi river...





A family of Southern Ground Hornbills provded some entertainment before we reached our destination...this is a juvenile...



This Fork-Tailed Drongo welcomed us at the Shingwedzi gate.



We unpacked, settled in and took some siesta time. Before we headed out for our afternoon drive I spent some time with the local squirrels...





Our afternoon drive was focused around the camp to explore the Shingwedzi riverbed and the low water bridge behind the camp. It was a quiet drive...here are the highlights though...







When the water flows strongly over the low-water bridge, you can see waders taking full advantage of the easy fishing on offer...





That was the end of our first full day in the Park. The next day was around the bend, but first...a nice braai (barbeque) and some rest...

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