2018 South Africa and Botswana Trip travel blog

Indian ocean in front of the East Head Restaurant

Indian Ocean

3-banded Plover

Pied Avocet

The first stop at Knysna is a private bird reservation called Woodbourne Lodge. It offers a private estuary, camping site, lodge, cabin and RV park. The lady at the reception was very friendly and helpful. She showed me the tree where the local special bird Knysna Turaco likes to spend time and the bathroom is. She also printed a copy of the bird list for me. She asked me to return the list to her so that she could import the sightings into the lodge bird list she is compiling. After walking the beautiful ground, I did not see the turaco anywhere. It is a large bird of about 20 inches, but it is blending well with the trees since most of its feather is green. Its wing is red if it flies. Left at about 10:00am. Nearby there is a B&B with nice ground. I stopped by and the owner showed me her accommodation and recommended some places for lunch and dinner. The restaurant for lunch is called East Head that is high up on a bluff overlooking the entrance of the Bay and the Indian ocean. Had a bowl of local black mussel with toast for lunch. Unfortunately, the mussel is not fresh at all. It tasted like that it has been cooked long before. I think I prefer our Washington Hood Canal mussel better.

After lunch I went to the estuary for some birding. I found African Spoonbill, Cape Teal, Sacred Ibis, Yellow-billed Duck, Red-billed Teal, Black-winged Stilt, Pied Avocet, some unknown sandpipers, Egyptian Goose, Gray Heron, Great Egret, Blacksmith Lapwing, and a three-banded Plover. After hand in my sighting list to the front desk, I headed over to the Garden of Eden. It has a 1km boardwalk loop through forests. It was a very pleasant walk, but I did not see many birds. The only new species is Olive Pigeon. At 4:45pm I headed to the Indian ocean beach front: Breton by the Sea. It is right on the Indian Ocean front, not by the Bay. The roaring of the wave crashes on some rocks by the shore. The restaurant Blu has a wonderful view. Ordered stuffed squid with linguine and a side salad. Both were very good and tasty. Driving at night was tough for me. My vision gets worse at dim light. I should try to avoid driving at night.

Tomorrow I am going to visit the Birds of Eden and Monkeyland.

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