Photos by Andy Ruffle (unless otherwise credited)
Attendees: Liz Blomeyer, Eileen Brannigan, Doug & Angie Butcher; Stan & Val Culley; Stanley & Asothie Gengan; Margaret Jones, Cathy Lee, Vic & Kay Neilson; Sandy Olver, Herbie & Jeanette Osborne; Noeleen Phillips, Andy Ruffle, Irma Smook, Bob & Hazel van Rooyen; Ron & Elaine Whitham; Barrie Willis & Sue Hansbury. (24 attendees).
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Tuesday 17th September
After a tiring journey, we all safely settled in to our various accomodation and later met for a braai at the boma.
The night was certainly not peaceful in the campsite due to numerous Fiery-necked Nightjars
heralding their presence right above our tents.
Wednesday 18th September
|Red Cliffs picnic site|
|A lovely setting for our breakfast|
|Buffalo cow leads her calf across the Usutu River|
(Photo Cathy Lee)
|Four Giraffe as we left the Red Cliffs|
Thursday 19th September
Thursday morning started with a short walk around the camp before leaving at 10h00 for Tembe Elephant Park. Our game drives were booked for 11h00-14h00, so not a good time for birding, but it did give us the opportunity to see this special reserve.
|One of three vehicles used for Trogons drives|
|Isilo prepares for a dust bath|
|View from Mahlasela Hide|
Today was another special day, it being Asothie's birthday. As a treat she made us a delicious mutton curry, which was thoroughly enjoyed by all. Barrie & Sue did a wonderful job of decorating the tables.
(Photos to be added)
The memorable day didn't end there though.
On returning to the campsite, this is what Barrie found.
|Lucky escape for Barrie & Sue|
A tree limb had broken off and crashed down on top of their tent. Luckily, we had been putting the world to rights, which had delayed them going to bed earlier.
|Salvage team at work|
After salvaging what they could, Barrie & Sue spent the next two nights in Ron & Elaine's 'lean-to'.
|So much for the saying 'It'll all seem better in the morning'|
Friday 20th September
Our last full day started with a drive to the Nyamithi Hide, via the vulture restaurant.
Apart from a Hippo head, there was little activity at the restaurant, with no signs of Senegal Lapwing this time.
|Wire-tailed Swallow nesting in the Nyamithi Hide|
With the evening braai, another very successful trip away came to an end.
Whilst some made their way home in the morning, others headed off to Sand Forest Lodge for an extension to the trip.
For a report from Sand Forest Lodge click here.
For bird and other photos from the Ndumo trip click here.