Mankwe Dam is at the heart of the Pilanesberg Game Reserve.
The large photographic hide there offers birders an array of species,
as well as some of the land based game that often wanders past.
Not to mention stunning views of the dam itself
For this young Nile Crocodile, the area under the Weaver nests
must be like a food delivery service.
Often chicks will fall while learning to fly and they become an easy snack
for a quick opportunistic hunter like this lurking below.
A Red Bishop proudly showing off its plumage.
These stunning birds can be found in the reeds that surround the hide.
A Greater Striped Swallow…all the way from Europe.
A partly submerged turtle…
It too could become a snack, or a play toy, for a crocodile.
This hippo was just a little confused about feeding time.
On a very HOT afternoon, he was wandering around out of the dam.
Hippo usually only feed from dusk when it is cooler.
A “dazzle” of Zebra…
Or does it need to be more than 3?
A young Bull elephant lumbers past the entrance to the photographic hide parking lot.
A Pied Wagtail posing for photographers.
A female Lesser Masked Weaver.
As the spouse/ client she can become rather fussy about the nest that she moves into.
The male of the same species.
He tries so hard to please his partner, often rebuilding a nest several times.
A Little Egret, partially hidden behind a tree stump.
A Steppe Buzzard, hiding in plain sight.
“I want to be in the photo as well”…
Two young Wildebeest calves having some fun
An imposing looking Warthog.
Not a great sighting, but lions never the less.
They were lying, rather inconveniently, in exactly the wrong position
for any sort of decent image.
A couple of Giraffe at the salt lick at the Visitor Centre that is about 2km from the dam
And not too far away, this pair of White Rhino enjoying the cooling mud.
Don’t feel like going out on a drive?
Then stay in camp and watch the platoons of Banded Mongoose
as they snuffle around looking for food.
There are no night drives allowed in the park.
So, as the sun sinks slowly into the West,
it is time to head back to the Tented Adventures camp site.