I was heading out the gate at 6:30 this morning when the first critter I saw was a Baboon, getting into the garbage near the gate. Someone had dropped a bag of garbage beside the can instead of putting it in the can. 😦
Then I saw a whole troop of Baboons doing what wild Baboons should be doing – foraging for food and playing.
I saw my first and second Jackals this morning – they were both Black-backed Jackals. The first one raced across the road in front of my car. I didn’t have time to turn the camera on, let alone zoom in on him. He disappeared behind some scrub bushes very quickly. The second one was a bit camera shy, but he hung around the road keeping an eye on me so I got a few quick pictures. This one was a bit smaller than the first one – so he may be a young one.
More early sightings today were Natal Francolin, a flock of Brown-headed Parrots and an African Hoopoe. There were also flocks of birds that I assumed were Quelea, but they have yellow on their wings (at least some of them do) and I don’t see any Quelea like that in my book.
Other sightings today include Impala, Magpie Shrike, Red-billed Hornbill, Glossy Starlings, Dove, Zebras, Cape Turtle Dove, Lilac Breasted Roller, African Green Pigeon, Southern Ground Hornbill, Honey Badger, Ostrich, more Tsessebe, Crowned Lapwing, Blacksmith Lapwing, Elephant, Warthogs, Vervet Monkeys, Grey Go Away Birds, Nyala, Giraffe, Cape Buffalo.
I noticed that the huts and bungalows here have shingled roofs instead of the thatched roofs found everywhere else (so far) in Kruger. I don’t know if there is a reason for it, or they just didn’t feel like doing the thatching here.
I also think its kind of funny that at Letaba (my last camp) I complained about how far I had to walk to get to the ablutions, when here at Shingwedzi, the ablution is right next door to my hut. This way, I don’t have a hut right beside me and since the ablution is back further, I have more room beside me. The rest of the huts have 2 together (as this one does), with entrances on opposite sides. Then there is a gap of 15-20 feet to the next one (space for 2 cars to park with a little space in between). It is about 50-60 feet before my next neighbour this way.
I do talk to the neighbours on both sides, but most people here use the barbecues and that causes quite a bit of smoke – so I don’t mind having them further away. I don’t use the barbecue. I have to cook at home to feed myself, so on vacation I enjoy eating out as much as possible. I do have food with me and I always have breakfast before heading out (the restaurants don’t open until 8:00 am I think. They aren’t open at 6:00 am anyway. I usually go to a restaurant around noon and have a good hot meal. Then later I will have something light back at my hut/tent/bungalow. I have found that the restaurants have decent food – but the menu is exactly the same at all of them. The only exception so far has been Lower Sabi. It may have had the same menu too, but I always got my meals from the cafeteria part where they dish it up and give it to you. I never did sit down to be served there.
I have been leaving bubble gum wherever I go, but tonight I decided to have one myself. That was a bad move and I immediately heard and felt one of my teeth crack. 😦 I guess I’ll have to make a dentist appointment when I get back home.
Tomorrow I head back down south to Olifants, where I will spend 3 nights in a bungalow.
I had no idea that Honey Badger were so hard to find until people were astounded that I saw any. This was the 4th one so far.
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