18 February 2023 - Dikhololo; Day 1 and 2
We traded some excess timeshare points for a weekend away to Dikhololo Resort, not too far from Brits and a relatively short drive from home. It is a family oriented resort on a game farm where the game (primarily antelope) roams freely without fear from any predators.
We arrived late on the Friday afternoon in overcast and drizzly weather, unpacked, had a orientation walk and then settled in our chalet for an enjoyable evening braai (after we had sorted out some of the issues we encountered in the chalet).
As usual, I was up early on Saturday morning for a walk of my own, whilst the family enjoyed a lie in. It was still overcast and gloomy, but the rain had abated.
Outside our chalet, I had a young and skulky White-throated Robin Chat
|White-throated Robin-Chat (Cossypha humeralis)|
Along with a migrant Spotted Flycatcher on the driveway
|Spotted Flycatcher (Muscicapa striata)|
I found the family of Natal Spurfowl that had woken me up, before the sun had risen
|Natal Spurfowl (Pternistis natalensis)|
I walked down to the dam where I was entertained by an obliging Tawny-flanked Prinia - but not much else of interest
|Tawny-flanked Prinia (Prinia subflava)|
Back to our chalet for an early breakfast where I discovered a Black-collared Barbet nest in a dead tree trunk literally outside our front door. It provided some great photo opportunities
|Black-collared Barbet (Lybius torquatus)|
Later in the morning, together with the family we had another walk to check out the Spa. Here a pair of Pin-tailed Whydah provided some entertainment as we booked a few Spa sessions
|Female Pin-tailed Whyday (Vidua macroura)|
|Male Pin-tailed Whyday (Vidua macroura)|
In a small wetland, I photographed a few invertebrates; a Slate Sprite damselfly
|Slate Sprite (Pseudagrion salisburyense)|
And a Netted Sylph, a butterfly I haven't photographed before
|Netted Sylph (Willema willemi)|
After lunch, we decided to have a drive around the relatively small game farm with low expectations - we weren't disappointed, but did see some of the plains game on the drive, including this resting Giraffe
|Cape Giraffe (Giraffa c. giraffa)|
We were entertained by a family of Banded Mongoose that allowed me to get very close on foot - they are real comical characters
|Banded Mongoose (Mungos mungo)|
The birding highlight was a Bushveld Pipit
|Bushveld Pipit (Anthus caffer)|
Back at the chalet, the Dassies were out in full force and also provided some great photo opportunities, especially the mother with a few youngsters
|Rock Hyrax (Procavia capensis)|
We had a few Kudu come a visit and they literally walked onto our patio to check us out while we were enjoying our snacks and sundowners, before getting ready for another evening braai.