I have a ridiculous number of photos so I will be breaking up this series into 4 parts and selecting a few key birds to profile. In this post, I will be writing about the 1st morning game drive the day after we arrived at Marula Lodge.
We had a 5am wake up call, then served a light breakfast at 5:30. At 6am, we were off to the park!
The sun was coming up as the driver/guide pulled up to the gate and we each paid $25 for the entry fee. You are advised to keep your ticket as you can use the same one for the full day but you have to buy a new one each day. Cash only so be prepared!
We drove slowly over the bridge and into the park, stopping for all creatures great and small.
African Fish Eagle
There are quite a few of these little guys. While I do have the checklist made with the guide, putting a name to a photo is a bit harder!
Probably an eagle nest
Lions were fairly common, we saw at least 1 on each drive.
Perspective of how close we were in an open vehicle
Giraffe with a hitch-hiker
Grey Go-away Bird
We returned to the lodge around noon-ish in time for lunch, then time to rest or swim or whatever until the afternoon.