We arrived at Sirheni on Christmas day and were allocated to bungalow no 13.
It was quite hot and very humid, but lucky for us a breeze soon started to blow and the temperature dropped to a lovely 20C-something. We had a look around the camp, which is quite amazing. It’s full of trees and very green. It has two bird hides, one was in front of our bungalow. There’s a photo in my Morning coffee post.
There was lots of water in the dam. Besides birds, we saw crocs and hippos at Sirheni.
The next morning we woke up to a slight drizzle. We jumped into our car and set off to Punda Maria where we had fish and chips – not as good as Shingwedzi’s – under the baobab tree.
On our way up to Punda, we spotted a Bronze-winged Courser (thanks for the ID, Mary)
This was the start of a very productive day – sighting wise.
Erm … ungrounded Ground Hornbill with snack
After lunch we drove further north to Pafuri. Just after we turned right to the S63 we spotted ….
There were about 6 of them and we counted 3 or 4 chicks. There’re a bit difficult to see. The last time we saw these elusive birds was in 2005 on the Mahonie loop, near Punda Maria.
The Pafuri area was very beautiful and lush. We had a lovely drive and also spotted Black-crowned Chagra, Tsessebe, Helmeted Guineafowl, Yellow-billed Oxpeckers, Bateleur, Nyala, Baboons, Vervet monkeys, Lappet-faced vulture, elephants and a chameleon. Back at Sirheni we saw Giant Kingfisher, Pied Kingfisher, Malachite Kingfisher and Bee-eaters.
What a day!
To be continued. Soon!
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