Swaziland part 4

After unpacking and settling into our tents we went for a lovely afternoon walk around our area to get familiar with the wildlife and landscape, guided by what would be our swazi guru of the holiday, Morgan! We walked along the Mbuluzi river and I was overwhelmed by the areas beauty! We saw some amazing insects and spiders (one the size of my hand), constantly scouting the river for crocs and hippos (although none were spotted from that river during the stay), admiring the red artwork of rock beneath or feet, and dodging unfriendly acacia trees with unwelcoming thorns. We spotted a type of fruit that had been opened and eaten by monkeys and when we reached the top we were met with the most amazing view towards the towering ridges of the western boundary of Mozambique. 5 minutes later we came across a curious giraffe in our trails and it was one of the most breathtaking moments of my life, standing so close to something so majestic and graceful, with no protection or barriers. Just us and the giraffe, maybe only 5 metres away at some points. The giraffe we were told was a young male, due to his horns but small size. On the giraffe we spotted a little hitch hiker, a red-billed oxpecker, known to eat insects and ticks off bigger mammals and forming interesting mutualistic relationships with these animals.

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