Travelling in the Time of Covid – Kruger National Park -Highlights of Day 24 to 26.

Apologies for neglecting this travel tale for the past few days. I received the final PDF manuscript of “A Judge Decided” and had to read through and make sure that all was fine for printing and publishing. This is now done and dusted.

On 24 November we left Letaba and drove the tar road to Shingwedzi. We wanted to spend four nights there but when we changed our bookings last week we were told the campsite was full. To our surprise we found this not to be so. The website certainly shows that there are no campsites available but in reality the camp was not even at 10 per cent capacity. Who knows what is going on!

It was very hot on Tuesday and after setting up we went to have breakfast at the restaurant. We were the only guests at Tindlovu. I asked for scrambled eggs and no toast but got fried eggs and toast. The Earl ordered a wrap and all was well. How they managed to get my order wrong when there was nobody else to confuse me with is a complete mystery. I decided not to send it back and enjoyed it anyway.

We went on a brief drive but there was not much going on in the extreme heat. The next day was cooler and we had some lovely sightings. Today we saw very little as we travelled from Shingwedzi to Punda Maria. It was a lot cooler and there was even some rain. There are lots of puddles in the veld so the animals were not at the waterholes. It was lovely to pack up and set up in the cooler weather. Some of the sites at Punda were still flooded from the storm they had three days ago. We found a suitable spot and have a view of the waterhole.

I am just posting some highlight photographs of the past three days.

Tuesday’s Drive – Shingwedzi

This grey-headed bush-shrike was in the tree above our caravan at Shingwedzi
Shingwedzi
The pool at Shingwedzi

Wednesday’s Drive Shingwedzi

African Pied Wagtail

Spoonbill – Shingwedzi
Shingwedzi – Marabou, Grey Heron and Spoonbill
The Earl’s photo – Spoonbill and Yellow-billed Stork
Jacobin Cuckoo by Earl
Finally a Woodland’s Kingfisher
Fork-tailed Drongo
Tree Squirrel
Cardinal Woodpecker – female
One of the three male lions we saw on the S56 (Shingwedzi)

Today’s Drive – Punda Maria

Lilac-breasted Roller
Broad-billed Roller
Purple Roller
Common Buzzard
Emerald-spotted wood-dove
African Hoopoe
Meves’s Starling
Grysbok
Steenbok
Leopard Tortoise
Violet-backed Starling
Female Violet-backed Starling

As I write, I can hear lions roaring. Hopefully we will find them on tomorrow’s drive.

Published by puppy1952

I am making the most of the South African Lifestyle and hope with my blog to share some of the adventures my husband and I are having in our retirement. We live at the Southern Tip of Africa in the small coastal town of Struisbaai. Earl and I have a Gecko off-road caravan and we travel around South Africa frequently. We are bird and wild life enthusiasts so are often in game reserves.

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