A Winter Birding Traverse – Part 3 – Gonarezhou National Park

We crossed the Save river to get into the northern portion of Gonarezhou and explored the region between the Save and Runde rivers.  We watched as an earlier group returned from the Park and they made it through the water without mishap. We were not so lucky and got stuck with the water covering the floor of our vehicle by around 15 cm.  A radio call brought a tractor from the camp and we were pulled out successfully, without encountering any hungry crocodiles!

Within the Park the tracks were barely visible.  We saw many elephants, impala and eland, as well as a good variety of birds, including Palm Thrush, Senegal Coucal, Vereaux’s Eagle Owl and Swallow-tailed Bee-eaters.  The baobabs were huge, especially one monster which was protected from the ellies by wire mesh.  It was hollow inside and occupied by a large swarm of bees. Our bird count for the day was 119!

To be continued….

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