Mopani is in Kruger National Park – a rest camp which I had not been to prior to my visit in 2011. Arriving in the late afternoon, we were delighted to find a restaurant with an outlook which was nothing short of spectacular. The camp has one of the best views across a landscape that you would find anywhere in the world. Perched on a hilltop, overlooking a large lake/dam with an outlook of many hundreds of kilometres in all directions across the plains.
It had been hot all day, and the glass of cold beer was well received. Binoculars revealed that banks of the lake were busy everywhere. Flocks of geese were making a persistent raucous din which was periodically added to by the hippos who were moving about in the deeper water of the lake.
Impala nervously approached the water’s edge in the far distance, with good reason. Their worry was that they might become a meal for one of the many crocodiles basking on the banks. Crocodiles lie very still for a long time and it is rather nerve wracking to realise that they are not asleep, just watching………and waiting……
Then a sudden flurry and furious cacophony of sound from the geese signified some action! Quick as lightning, a croc had come to life, run across the bank, caught a goose, then just as quickly retreated into the water!
As the dusk approached and the sun sank to the horizon, things got suddenly quiet. The night descends quickly in Africa – it is one of the things I love so much about the place. The reflections on the still lake surface became unbelievably beautiful, and then the sun disappeared. It was difficult capturing the perfection of the whole experience – this is what sunset in Africa is like – pure magic.
Ailsa (Where’s my backpack) captured some amazing photos of sunsets in her recent trip. She then challenged others to post images of their most amazing sunsets. If you wish to see what others have posted, please visit her post for their links.