26 November 2019
We were in bed very early last night and so this morning I awoke at before 05:00! It gets light at 04:30 and that is when you are allowed out the gate at this time of the year. However, we seldom make such an early start as the light is still not very conducive to photography. This morning we left at 06:30. The temperature was already 24 degrees C and it reached a high of 35 degrees C.
There is a hyaena den not far from Tzendze and it was here that we stopped to see some activity. Unfortunately, the babies were hidden but we’re sure to see them another day.
This morning we made our way to Shipandani Hide. To get there you need to cross over a causeway. Well, when we got to the causeway we didn’t bother to go to the hide as all the activity could be seen from our car. We watched for almost an hour and must have counted at least 10 different bird species coming and going.
After we’d had our fill of watching these lovely birds we continued our drive and had more pleasant sightings
At 10 am we returned and stopped at Mopani for breakfast then back to camp for a few hours. By 13h50 it was 30 degrees centigrade. It was just too hot to stay in camp without aircon so we set off for a long drive toward where there is a bridge that crosses the Letaba River. There was quite a lot of storm damage there.
On our trip there and back we had some good sightings.
Finally, we reached the river.
There was not much to see so we turned around and made our way back to camp.
While walking around our lovely Tsensze, I looked into the trees to see if I could find the Scops Owl and/or Barred Owlet. I nearly freaked out when I saw this instead.
When our camp caretaker, Elena came around to greet us in the evening, we told her about the snake. She was quite upset because she said that would be the place where the owls had laid eggs.
The next morning, she told us that she’s seen the owls at the nest. They seemed distressed and then flew away and haven’t returned to that tree! I told her that the Earl had wanted to chase the snake. She said she was very upset and would have wanted to chase it too but you can’t interfere with nature!