We left the Battlefields area and travelled back to Johannesburg to catch an internal flight to George on the south eastern coast. The flight was two hours, the distance to drive from the Battlefields to George would have been over 800 miles. The normal projections of the world on a map really distorts the true size of the countries. South Africa looks to be about the same size as the UK. It is actually over five times bigger. It was a good decision on my part not to self drive the holiday.
Our hotel was in Knysna on the Indian Ocean coast. A beautiful area and much more affluent than the countryside that we had traveled through so far. The hotel grounds were less extensive than I had become accustomed to but it was only a couple of minutes walk down to to the Knysna River estuary and an early morning walk gave me a good selection of birds.
A Grey Heron, a bit of a disappointment, but on the other side of the tree a Black-headed Heron, much more satisfying.
On the water front, Sacred Ibis, Kelp Gull, Yellow-billed Duck, Reed Cormorant
There were also a good assortment of birds in the bushes and on the jetty.
|One from Home - Common Sandpiper|
|African Dusky Flycatcher|
We had an organised trip in the afternoon that I was looking forward to. It was a boat trip across the estuary to the Featherbed Nature Reserve. The estuary was OK but the nature reserve was a bit of a disappointment. I thought I would have the chance to wander around taking pictures of the birds. Instead it was an organised walk along a set path. I hardly saw a bird at all.
|African Black Oystercatcher|
|Sacred Ibis and Whimbrel|
Next the Capetown area.