Into the forest

There is something so mystical about spending time in a forest. Is it the sounds, smell or the density of the woods that stirs up this mystery?

I spent a few nights in a simple little log cabin tucked away in the Magoebaskloof mountain valley in the Limpopo province, outside of Tzaneen. The main goal was to seek out and find the elusive African Emerald Cuckoo and Black-fronted Bushshrike while hiking. Unfortunately, plans changed drastically when storm clouds moved in and it rained for two days straight.

During one of the rainy spouts, I noticed some movement in the nearby trees from my viewing deck. When I looked closer I was pleasantly surprised.

Samango Monkey-1

I have seen samango monkeys before, but I have never had the opportunity to photograph them. They are found mostly in forest areas and this often makes it tricky to get them out in the open.

Samango Monkey-2

I did not get to observe them for too long. They moved swiftly through the forest canopy and moved out of the rain.

Samango Monkey-3

Even though I struck out on my birding quest, I had a great stay overall and can’t wait to get back.

4 Comments on “Into the forest

  1. Magoebaskloof is a beautiful part of the country – I hope you’ll be sharing some more shots from your time there, Cal! As for the weather; I almost can’t imagine it without rain or at least dense fog.

    If you want to have lots of close encounters with samango’s, I can highly recommend visiting Cape Vidal in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park!

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