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|26 September 1981 Saturday
Got up at 6.30, packed up the LandRover for self-sufficiency over 4 days and left Gaborone at 10.00. Stopped at Palapye at some Radio Ham's house, then drove on a dirt road till we got to Stevensford Safari Camp. We've got a lovely thatched hut with H & C water!
|27 September 1981 Sunday
Got up early and walked down by the Limpopo before cooking bacon and eggs over an open fire. Walked around and saw a crested barbet, giant kingfisher, sandpiper, hornbills etc.etc. Went for a bicycle ride, cooled off in the plunge pool showered and rode in an open LandRover to see warthog, wildebeest, ilandi and kudu.
|28 September 1981 Monday
The four of us and the owner went for a horse walk/ride for one and half hours. It was terrific - I even managed a bit of trotting. Went for a row on the Limpopo, then at 4.30 ish went by myself to the vlei hide and saw a Great Eagle Owl, Hedada etc. Another super day.
|29 September 1981 Tuesday
(Our 8th Wedding Anniversary) Were up by 5.50 and went to the hide at the vlei. Saw 2 sorts of kingfishers, a grey heron, crested barbets and a Heugli's Robin. Packed up the LandRover, but went over a bump and broke down. Luckily, Keith and Dave fixed it and we got back at 6 ish. Dog tired.
|30 September 1981 Wednesday
Got up fairly early as it was Independence Day. Drove to the Stadium and watched the bands, processions and dancing. Wrote 13 postcards whilst Dave & Pru went to a function.
|1 October 1981 Thursday
Packed our 2 big suitcases and said farewell to Gaborone. Journeyed in the LandRover down to Johannesburg and booked into an hotel. Had a meal and talked about visiting a gold mine.
|2 October 1981 Friday
Decided we didn't like Johannesburg. It's a most unfriendly city. Visited the Gold Mine Museum which was interesting - went down 220 metres in Shaft 14 to look at the gold seam. Had a thunderstorm but squelched round the shops.
| 3 October 1981 Saturday
Went to the Carlton Centre and adjoining streets and bought a necklace with African cut-out figures. Went to the Wemmer Pan Park. Said a tearful good-bye. It's been a fabulous holiday. Shall really miss them all....
Dave & Pru's garden, Gaborone
Blue waxbill, House Sparrow, Marico Sunbird, Tit-Babbler, Red-Eyed Bulbul, Laughing Dove, Red Faced Mouse Birds, African Hoopoe, Blackheaded Oriole.
Glossy Starling, Cape Wagtail, Spotted Black Weaver.
Chin-spot Batis (also called White Flanked Batis), Lesser Masked Weaver, Night Heron, Hadeda, Brown-Headed Kingfisher, Sacred Ibis, Blacksmith Plover, Hammerkop, Cattle Egret, Black Crake, Grey Heron, Lilac Breasted Roller, Fork Tailed Drongo, Black Shouldered Kite, Yellow Billed Kite, Pied Crow, White Crowned Shrike, Crested Barbet, Three banded Sandplover, Black Winged Stilt, Common Sandpiper, Lesser Striped Swallow, Namaqua Dove, Red Billed Firefinch, Ostrich.
Stevensford Safari Camp
White Beaked Cormorant, Egyptian Goose, Secretary Bird, Natal Francolin, Water Dikkop, Mourning Dove, Turtle Dove, Grey Lourie, Giant Eagle Owl, Pied Kingfisher, Brown Hooded Kingfisher, Giant Kingfisher, Red Billed Hornbill, Yellow Billed Hornbill, Woodpecker, Pied Babbler, Kurrichane Thrush, Heuglins Robin, Rattling Cisticola, Pied Wagtail, Boubou Shrike, Long tailed Shrike, Crimson Breasted Shrike, Common Waxbill. Hadeda Ibis, Three Banded Plover, Common Sandpiper, Alughing Dove, Forktailed Drongo, Cape Glossy Starling, Blue Eared Glossy Starling, Purple Banded Sunbird, White Bellied Sunbird,Buffalo Weaver, Grey Headed Sparrow, Melba Finch, Blue Waxbill, Common Waxbill.
Animals seen at Stevensford Safari Camp
Impala, Warthog, Duiker, Kudu, Waterbuck, Blue Wildebeest, Turtle, Vervet Monkeys, Black-backed Jackal, Leguaan, Bush Squirrel, Mongoose, Southern Reedbuck.