We had arranged for a wake up call at 06.00. Our butler, Mohammed, arrived punctually with a cheery “Jambo” and tray of piping hot coffee and Rooibos tea which we enjoyed on the veranda as dawn broke and melodious bird songs filled the cool early morning air.
A bush walk had been planned for Penny and myself and so it was with high expectation that we set off from the main lodge at 06.30, festooned with hats, binoculars and cameras, sandwiched single file between an armed game ranger and our experienced guide Mohamedi.
The surrounding vegetation at Siwandu is perfect for guided walks. The flat carpet-like grass was short beneath the knob thorn (Acacia nigrescens) trees and although covered with a light dew, allowed comfortable passage as we scoured the ground for the smaller, less obvious insects. We came across an intricately marked kite spider that was busily constructing his web with engineering precision. We stood and watched this marvel of nature for quite a while as the spider prepared his trap for an unsuspecting insect that would fly into it and becomes kite spider’s breakfast.
Butterflies and dragonflies littered the sky before being snapped up in mid-air by Little, White fronted and Böhms bee-eaters, forked tailed drongos as well as lilac breasted and purple (rufous crowned) rollers.