Trip Start Apr 19, 2009
35Trip End Dec 20, 2009
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So, as I was saying, we bid our farewells to Gerds and headed off north to Mabibi. The weekend with my special friend was as always inspiring
The road to Mabibi, as with anything worth attaining had its ups and downs. Literally we cruised along the largest freshwater lake in southern Africa, Lake Sibaya, through deep sand for a good 90 minutes. The vegetation left and right of us was pure jungle, creating a green tunnel for us to travel through, between the trees we could spot the odd hippo pod here and there...the sun was setting, another magical day in Africa was coming to an end.
The long weekend rush was already far gone when we arrived at this remote little spot along the North Coast. Along with one other tent that left the next day we were the only vehicle in the campsite, visited only by the odd bushbuck and a group of crested guinea fowl - or guttera edouardi (we are starting to up our birding skills and for those of you who do not know this particular species of guinea fowl is very rare and nearly endemic to this area). The two days spent here were quiet...maybe a tad too quiet. There is always something slightly eerie about being on a campsite designed for at least 60 people ... all alone. It feels a bit like staying in a village were everybody else has moved out...you keep on wondering what alarm bells you missed hearing.
So we finally left for the border and crossed into Mozambique at Kosi Bay/ Ponto do Quoro...we had left beautiful South Africa and were entering our first 'foreign' country.