28 November 2019
It was a cool 21 degrees centigrade when we left Tsendze at 05:30 this morning, but it sure warmed up quickly! By the time we arrived at Shingwedzi, it was 42 degrees!
We made good progress on the tar road and spotted the usual suspects but nothing very exciting. It was, however, good to get the tawny eagle and juvenile Ground Hornbill. His parents were there too but not photographable.
It was really hot when we arrived at our campsite and setting up was exhausting. After it was done, the Earl made us delicious omelettes for breakfast.
It was really great to have our airconditioning back. We decided not to go out till much later in the afternoon. There were caravan and computer chores to be done and it was great to be able to do the latter in the cool of the caravan. Our little home is now clean and the laundry is done. The laundromat functioned perfectly and one advantage of a clear, hot day is that it dries in no time at all!
Walking from the caravan to the laundry I spotted a few birds but managed to get a few lovely photographs of the colourful crested barbet. My friend Heather says he’s made out of leftover scraps of fabric! He is a rather odd-looking bird.
We also had a visitor to our caravan. This little chap decided that our Everest provided perfect shade for him to relax in.
We took a long afternoon drive and there was not a lot to see. It was lovely to see a mix of animals together and the scenery is very pretty around here. The river, however, is still very dry.
As we approached a causeway we saw a big troop of baboons foraging and among them were a few impalas.
Later we came across another branch of our relatives.
Here are other highlights of today’s sightings
There were also a lot of small groups of buffalo, now and then a single giraffe or two or groups of three to six, plenty of impalas and some Tsebbes. We returned to camp at quarter to six and I cooked chicken in the Remoska pot for dinner.