13 October 2023

Heading home

25 July 2023 - Roodewal, KNP - Day 4

We had packed the night before, but still got an early start after saying our goodbyes. We headed south on the Timbavati Road where we managed to see a pair of Klipspringer in a rocky outcrop, exactly where you would expect to see them.

Klipspringer (Oreotragus oreotragu)


It was an overcast morning and game was somehow quite scarce. We had a quick stop at the picnic site, which also has an iconic Baobab on the road leading in

Baobab (Adansonia digitata)



From there we continued to Orpen gate seeing very little. It was still quite gloomy, but before the gate we had a Tawny Eagle

Tawny Eagle (Aquila rapax)


Which was followed by a single African Hawk Eagle

African Hawk-Eagle (Aquila spilogaster)


Once we completed the formalities at the gate, it was the long drive home - getting stuck in a monster traffic jam, which resulted in us taking a sand road detour to escape what would have been a 2.5 hour delay. Once past this, it was plain sailing all the way back to Midrand after a thoroughly enjoyable few days with good friends in Roodewal.


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