A little trivia – Mountain Zebra National Park was established in 1937 and the Mountain Zebra species was saved from extinction by local farmers who donated land and animals to the Park so that eventually it grew to 28,000 Hectares in extent.
After the rain of yesterday, today dawns cold and grey with high cloud. We nevertheless anticipate that the sun will soon break through so decide to take the scenic Kranskop Loop road that takes one into the hills of the southwestern corner of the Park. And what a good choice it turns out to be.
Firstly we take the steep road immediately out of camp. We become aware of a really amazing spectacle as a bank of thick cloud slowly moves up the valley rather like a glacier in reverse. Soon heavy mist envelopes the camp below us.
The effect of the sun trying to break through the mist and cloud leads to some wonderful views from the hilltops.
Soon after the road begins its ascent, I have learnt from experience that this is the home of the Buff-streaked Chat. A few bursts from the bird caller and sure enough, in no time these beautiful birds are all around us.
Reaching the bottom of the steep hills one crosses the first of many crystal streams.
In fact today is very much like a “Berg” experience. That ‘ringing silence’ and the the grandeur of the mountains all around us. My goodness, we often comment how privileged we are to be able to enjoy this magnificence.
We continue winding down the attractive road that takes us back to camp with the sun finally burning away the mist. Back in camp I do a little birding but only come up with a Southern Boubou for my trouble.
We then enjoy the warmth of the sun in calm idyllic conditions.
This evening we take our usual Ubejane Loop road near the main gate without seeing anything out of the ordinary.
Today has been more of a scenic experience – which Mountain Zebra Park certainly is. We love this beautiful laid back reserve – its informality, remoteness and the solitude. Well done to Sanparks for preserving it so tastefully.