Wednesday, 29 October 2014

A Trip to South Africa - Part 6 Amakhala The Last Bit

So onto the last bit of Amakhala. The last 4 game drives proved interesting with more Elephant, Giraffe, Rhino, Antelope, Wildebeest and another Cheetah sighting. We did add a Cape Cobra which was quite exciting:
During one of the drives we left our trust Land Rover and boarded a boat for a short run on the river, this resulted in some great additions to our bird list:
Masked Weaver:
 African Darter:
 Black-crowned Night Heron:
 Malachite Kingfisher:
 Black Duck:

As well as a few Green Wood-hoopoe, sadly no photo of these, they just wouldn't come close enough! But late on this African Hoopoe did:
Another bird seen quite often was the Rufous-naped Lark, again it proved difficult to photograph, as as you might imaging, creeping up on a bird in a 2 ton Land Rover isn't easy, but I did get one in the end,
Rufous-naped Lark:
I mentioned that we saw plenty of Rhino and I had decided not to repeat photos but this baby surely deserves a place on the blog:
There were quite a few birds seen regularly, but as I said seeing and photographing wasn't always easy, so here's another fairly common bird that I finally manged to get on camera:
Fork-tailed Drongo:
We had one more Lion encounter,this time a Lion and Lioness, but we couldn't get any closer than this:

So back to birds on the reserve.
Secretary Bird:
Crowned Lapwing & Chick:

Denham's Bustard:
Pale Chanting Goshawk:
Three Banded Plover:
African Shelduck:
Secretary Bird:
Southern Tcharga:
Egyptian Goose: (They were everywhere!!)
Cape Turtle Dove:
Finally there was an animal that I had hoped we might see, but never thought we would as they are particularly difficult to find during the day:

So that concludes our time a Amakhala, we now headed back along the Garden Route and looked forward to a 3 night stay in Knysna.

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