6:00am start with an hour long drive up to the game reserve. We passed through a lot of rural villages with simple mud houses and where goats, cows and chickens freely roam.
Driving around Mkuze park was similar to Kruger but the bushveld is much thicker and makes the animals harder to spot. Our first good sighting for the day was Eastern Nicator, a notorious skulker, but I spotted him. I have become the spotter for the group, I seem to pick things out quite quickly, mostly I think because I've had lots of practice in similar habitats, the bushveld is not unlike north-western NSW and the grassland is similar enough to home. Our guide was pretty pleased with the views we got of this bird, he said he'd never seen it so low down in the vegetation, about eye-level with us.
After leaving the park we checked out one more wetland and then headed back to the lodge.
By this stage everyone was a bit worn out, birding this intensely for this long is tiring because it requires a lot of focus, and all the lightweights took the afternoon off. This meant that only two of us were left to go on a walk around camp with our guide, finding a couple of new birds like African Yellow White-eye and Yellow-bellied Greenbul.
For dinner we had butternut soup, steak and veggies, and chocolate cake with custard. We are eating a ridiculous amount of food on this trip.
After dinner Travel Buddy and I went for a quick spotlight around camp and found a Greater Galago (aka Bush Baby).