Summertide Diary: Exploring iSimangaliso (part two)

18 January 2021

Our morning drive may just have been a relatively short circuit around the Grassland Loop, passing the shores of Lake Bhangazi, and then back to Cape Vidal, but we saw so much that it actually took quite a few hours to complete.

Cape Vidal really is the most wonderful combination of a beach holiday and a bush safari. I need to be honest here: I get bored on the beach reeeaaally quickly when it is high-tide. Therefore it is marvelous to be able to just walk over the first dune and start looking for forest birds and animals without having to distract Marilize and Joubert from whichever wet or sandy pursuit they’re enjoying at that point in time, and then quickly pop back over the dune every now-and-then to check that the sea hasn’t disappeared yet! 😀

Our very leisurely afternoon outing took us south to Catalina Bay and then slowly back to camp. A strong wind and ever darkening skies accompanied us all the way.

 

Map of the eastern shores section of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park (from https://isimangaliso.com/)

 

23 thoughts on “Summertide Diary: Exploring iSimangaliso (part two)

  1. treesshrubs

    And now the birds and the beasts…im impressed looks like there might be some surf too. Really its not often i come across a place that has a good many bird species as here (south oz).i remember visiting Masai marain the mid 80’s andbeing entranced and delighted… may they continue to thrive despite humanity’s desire for progress…thankyou for sharing Trees

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    1. de Wets Wild Post author

      With 526 recorded species iSimangaliso is a bird-watcher’s dream, and that diversity is thanks to the richness of habitats that’s protected here. We certainly share your hope that places like iSimangaliso will continue to be protected against human greed.

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  2. photobyjohnbo

    I am impressed with your knowledge of bird species. Unless it’s a robin, my photos of birds are likely labeled “bird.”

    I don’t get to the beach often, so I can enjoy a visit, but I am not much for staying long. It’s fun to walk barefoot in the surf for a bit, but then I am ready to see what else is going on as well.

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  3. Anne

    After another eye operation yesterday, I cannot see well and will return to look at your photographs properly. Even my blurred vision shows this was a well worthwhile trip, which is great to share with the rest of us.

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    1. de Wets Wild Post author

      That’s how I do it, Montucky, and you should see the looks I get from some people when I’m walking around with two cameras and a pair of binoculars around my neck (especially on the beach where they’re baring all that flesh!) 😀

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    1. de Wets Wild Post author

      Thanks very much, Anne! That’s another thing about iSimangaliso – even in winter the weather is usually pleasantly warm and sunny; ideal for South Africans weary of the winter cold in other parts of the country.

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  4. sustainabilitea

    I really enjoyed the photos of the wide empty beach, but I agree that just that would get old quickly. How fortunate that you have such a variety so close at hand to make it the perfect combination for all of you. I love that vibrantly-colored kingfisher and of course the zebra. 🙂

    janet

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