Our Last Day at Ulusaba

Red-billed Oxpecker on a Buffalo's back

Well it's the last 5am wake up call, the last safari trip and as if to say it's time to go the wind is whipping around the Rock Lodge, it's much cooler than the previous days and the sky is covered with dark grey clouds. This morning we take extra clothes as it is not going to be a warm drive.

We set out and within 5 minutes have come across our first sighting of a Lion quickly followed by;

Wilderbeast

Rhino

Herd of Buffalo

Lion and Lioness

Leopard

With the last drive over we headed back to Rock Lodge, Ian and Vicky were moving up from Safari and we said we would see them at lunch before we left, we had some breakfast and then went back to the room to pack.

I’d seen some lizards around Rock Lodge the other day so after we were all packed I took a walk around the lodge looking for them. They are not very big but they have a beautiful iridescent blue tail very similar in colour to the Cape Glossy Starling bird, without having to look to hard I spotted several of them straight away, the trick is getting close enough before they run off.

Lizard

I also took a last walk around the lodge taking some shots of the African artefacts that decorate the lodge.

White lady

We caught up with Ian and Vicky at lunch and said our goodbyes, we threatened to come visit them in Kent, and suggested we should all go down to Cornwall and camp in Steve and Julias place!

Just as we were about to leave a Grey Go-away bird, came to drink from our rooms plunge pool.

Go-away bird

 Then all too quickly our time at Ulusaba came to an end and Johan and Anios drove up the hill to pick us up. With hugs and handshakes to the staff we headed to the Ulusaba Terminal and our flight back to Johannesburg. Both the guys waited with us until the plane left, Johan even carried our bags to the plane.

Johan with us to the end

So now we are back in the Intercontinental and our first stop was to head on up to the gym to try and shed some of those fantastic meals we had experienced at the lodges

We had made a decision to travel light for our trip up to Victoria Falls so we repacked all the bags, yet again, so that we would only have to take our two carry on North Face bags and I'd arranged to check our larger bags with the hotel so we could collect them during our transit to the Winhoek flight in two days.

Tomorrow .... Zambia, Tongabezi Lodge and the Victoria Falls

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tony Redhead

93 Maud Street, Unley, SA, 5061, Australia