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Warming up in Kruger – Christmas Day

A Woodland Kingfisher woke us up on Christmas Day. How’s that for a Christmas present?

Woodland Kingfisher

We had a relaxed breakfast on our veranda, taking our time – not having to check out until 10. It was already getting pretty hot and humid. After cleaning and packing up, we drove off with the airco on to cool off a bit. The plan was to drive to Sirheni via Shingwedzi, where we would stop for lunch.

Tropic of Capricorn

We passed the Tropic of Capricorn, just north of Mopani and took the obligatory tourist photo. We were in the tropics! We almost melted when we got out the car, so we quickly went back inside. (Wikipedia says the tropic drifts north at the rate of almost half a second of latitude, which is about 15 metres per year. Someone’ d better move that plaque up a bit!)

River view

We didn’t see many animals, except mopani worms crossing the road.  We just loved driving through the scenic landscape, still amazed by the beauty of it all.

Palm tree

We arrived at Shingwedzi for lunch. The picnic spot at Shingwedzi was packed, but the restaurant wasn’t too busy. We both had Chicken mayo tramezzini for Xmas brunch. We had to roll ourselves to the car after that. Nom.

Meanwhile, it was getting hotter and more humid. Dark clouds were gathering and it looked like we might get a thunderstorm.

 

Pay fish to pass

Yellow-billed stork & Green-backed Heron

Bum shot

A Yellow-billed stork & a Green-backed heron were fishing from the low-level bridge at Shingwedzi. The stork especially was not letting any car interfere with his lunch. We tried to bribe it so we could pass, but our Rands didn’t smell fishy enough.

Safari Saturday: Bum shot.