We set out to travel to Johannesburg where we would be meeting up with Grahame Snow of Reach Africa Birding Safaris for a trip into Zimbabwe. It seemed appropriate to take our time, so we opted for a two night stay in the Karoo National Park near Beaufort West, followed by a night at the Mokala Game Reserve near Kimberley.
It was dry when we arrived at the Karoo NP and there were virtually no birds to be seen. We therefore decided to only spend one night there and two at Mokala. This was a wise choice, as the birding at Mokala was excellent and we saw many interesting species. There were also many animals around including sable antelope and large herds of buffalo.
The journey from Kimberley to Johannesburg was uneventful and did not lend itself to anything other than concentrating on the road! We spent the night with friends prior to our early morning departure to Zimbabwe.
To be continued….