There were no roadblocks or closed roads top prevent my visit to Grootvlei Dam. The lion sighting at Nshawu meant that I did get there a little later than planned.
I spent a few hours sitting next to the dam. There was a constant stream of animals that would come for a drink. The surrounding bush looked very dry, so it made sense for the dam to receive a lot of traffic.
There were also a few birds around. A Blacksmith Lapwing and her tiny chicks were on the other side of the dam. I spotted a bird land at the far side of the dam and was able to identify it as a Collared Pratincole – a bird that I have not seen in a while. This terrible, distant sighting was rather exciting. Little did I know that other Collared Pratincoles would present me with one of the highlights of my trip.
It was my first visit to Grootvlei Dam, and I really enjoyed it. It was a wonderful spot to sit with a cup of coffee and watch the Park come and go. It will definitely be one of my must visit placed when I am in the Mopani area again.