It was strange getting back into our car and driving again, but we hit the road from Jhb on Sunday morning, so were able to travel out with little traffic. Our destination was Kuilfontein near Colesburg, but we made a detour to the Willem Pretorius Reserve south of Kroonstad as we had some time to spare. It was sad to see that he area has suffered neglect, but we nevertheless saw quite a few birds and some good game including Sable Antelope.
We had a comfortable night and a good meal at Kuilfontein. In the morning we were greeted by the calls of the Blue Korhaan and were delighted to see a pair close by.
We traveled on to Cradock and the Mountain Zebra National Park. This a beautiful area and the park is well stocked with a good variety of game. We saw lions, many antelope and buck as well as some good birds. Regretably, we never saw the elusive Melodious Lark, so that will have to wait for another time! Early rising meant that we found our car covered in ice, and the temperature was close to zero, but luckily we had some sun to warm us up on our full day there.
We drove down the N10 from Cradock to Port Elizabeth and then on to Knysna. It is a good road and not having been that way previously , we found the N10 very interesting. After a night in Knysna with family, we returned home to Hermanus, havng spent exactly four weeks away and having seen no less than 359 bird species. Not bad for a winter trip!