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Morning coffee

Here are some of my favourite morning coffee spots in Africa.

My most favourite one is morning coffee from the deck of a Safari tent at Lower Sabie Rest Camp. I love watching the world wake up and see all the birds fly over the river. The Sabie River is a bit like a highway during those early hours.

Some of the birds come a bit closer, looking for an easy breakfast.
Go-away-bird

Burchell's Starling

The Deli @ Satara is another of my favourite spots, especially after days of drinking Nescafé (yuk). I wrote about the Deli in my trip report. Which I still have to finish. Preferably before our next trip to Kruger NP.

Sadly I don’t seem to have any photos. Will have to go back then 🙂

Last time I also very much enjoyed my morning coffee at the Sirheni bird hide.

Bird hide at Sirheni Bush Camp

Bird hide at Sirheni Bush Camp

The bird hide was located right in front of our bungalow, so only a few steps away.

Bungalow at Sirheni Bush Camp

No 13 Bungalow at Sirheni Bush Camp

 

View from Sirheni bird hide

View from Sirheni bird hide

Pretty LBJ

Pretty LBJ

Yellow-billed Stork and Egyptian Goose

Yellow-billed Stork and Egyptian Goose

White-faced Duck

White-faced Duck

Giant Kingfisher

Giant Kingfisher

It was just me, my coffee and the birds. Bestest way to start the day.

Safari Saturday,
a fortnightly African meme

Warming up in Kruger (2.2)

After a quick stop at Tshokwane – we didn’t hang around as the shop & restaurant were still closed – we continued on our journey north.

Buffalo

We couldn’t get over the greenness of Kruger National Park in Summer.  We usually visit in July/August when everything is bleak and bare and dusty. Even the elephants are grey and dusty in Winter.

African Elephant

We were both having trouble keeping our eyes open, still very tired from travelling and all the drama before that. Just before I fell asleep on the steering wheel, we spotted a pair of lions in the bush. Well actually we first saw the mini traffic jam and then spotted the lions causing it. Anyway, it woke us up again and we made it to Satara.

I don’t know whose idea it was to open the Coffee bars at Skukuza and Satara, but he/she deserves a statue. Right there on the Satara grass. After a life-saving cappuccino (and a toasted sandwich) we hit the road again. The plan was to have lunch at Letaba and then drive the last bit to Mopani.

We spotted a group of ostriches on the way. We didn’t see much, because we were now travelling during the hottest part of the day. When we arrived at Olifants River Bridge, we got out of the car to stretch our legs and almost got wacked off our feet by the heat. It must have been at least 10℃ hotter than in Satara. We enjoyed the view and the hot wind for a bit and then set off to Letaba where lunch was waiting.

Letaba restaurant

Squirrel at Letaba

This little guy was having lunch too. It was great to be back in Letaba and enjoy the wonderful view at the restaurant.  We felt almost human after our meal and were ready to drive the last stretch so we could collapse at our Mopani bungalow.

 Braai Mopani

Which was exactly what we did after braai & beer 😉

Warming up in Kruger (1)

After a false start – our plane didn’t leave due to heavy snowfall in Amsterdam on Friday the 17th – we finally arrived in South Africa for our two weeks of sun, sundowners & safari. Because we departed three days later than planned, we had to reschedule the booked accommodation. Many thanks to José for quickly booking us into the Airport Game Lodge at Jo’burg, to Trish & SANParks (Nedret & Joep) for helping me rescheduling our itinerary and to Cars for helping us with our rental.

After landing at Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport the next day, we picked up our car and did some shopping in Nelspruit. We only got a few essentials – cool box, ice, meat, veggies, biltong, chili bites and DEET – and quickly drove on, as I can spend HOURS in big supermarkets if I get the chance.  We entered Kruger via Numbi gate [map], where we were greeted by Woodland kingfishers (first lifer for Foeke). And there we were, in beautiful green, green Kruger National Park.

Because of the rescheduling, we missed out staying in lovely Satara and bushveld camp Shimuwini. We were too tired to drive up north on Wednesday, so opted for a night in Skukuza instead.

After getting our permit, we slowly drove up the H1-1 to Skukuza, where cold beer was waiting for us. Our first good sighting was a rhino pretending to be a hippo:

Square-lipped rhinoceros

Square-lipped rhinoceros

It was standing in a pool of water, enjoying a couple of hours of natural skin therapy. Further along the road we saw another ‘white’ rhino. This one had a wound just below its eye. Perhaps it had been in a fight.
The next exciting sighting was a lifer for both of us, the lovely Pin-tailed Whydah.

Pin-tailed Whydah

Vidua macroura

Next was another lifer, the European Roller. Imagine going all the way to Africa to see a European bird.

We then saw two juvenile elephants, playing in a little pool of water. It was great to see water everywhere, in August the park is always bone dry.

European Roller

European Roller

The final great sighting of the day was a pretty European Bee-eater.

European bee-eater

European bee-eater

We arrived at Skukuza where we cracked open a Windhoek lager, lit the braai and had boerewors for dinner. We then collapsed in our little bungalow (no 82) and slept the night away ’til the Hadeda woke us at dawn.