Greetings to all the readers,
I went on leave for the past 2 weeks and decided to go and visit the Northern Cape area which is unknown to me and to go and see the special Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park and also Augrabies Waterfall National Park.
For the guys who haven’t been there yet, it is definitely a DEFINITE to see…
It went through my mind as I drove through the Lowveld to the Highveld, then to the Kalahari and last to Augrabies waterfall, that we are very privilage to have such a big diversity in not only wildlife and scenary but different Cultures in 1 country like South Africa. Even though the road was long and hot, it was all worth while.
The 120 km gravel road to Mata Mata Rest Camp in Kgalagadi welcomed me with big open arms with beautiful sightings which included, the well known Oryx, Springbuck, Secretary Birds, Cori Bustards, Black Breasted Snake Eagles, Tawny Eagles, Bee-eaters, 2 groups of Cheetahs and the Lions. With the Sunset over the Dunes and the Barking Geckos which became active for the evening and my visit to Kennet Makondo (Student colleague- when we started working for SANParks at Letaba Rest Camp) was the beginning of a special time of my visit.
Everyday I went out with Kennet (Mata Mata Section Ranger) and his team of Field Rangers, fixing a Windmill, building a kraal (fence) around a Solar Panel and patrolling the fence line. That is how I saw most of Mata Mata’s Section. I had my fair share of driving the Kalahari Sand Dunes, saw the wilderness camps, saw Lions everyday and shared special moments of Kalahari Stories told by Oom Piet(Field Ranger). I had the privilage to be on a Night Drive and saw how a Lionness stalked and chased some Oryx, but didn’t succeed to catch any. I saw the big black mane Lion with his female, mating. I shared the moment of space and time with Springbuck and Blue Wildebeests playing with each other, running up and down, the Male Lion showing who is boss to his younger sibling, the Black Backed Jackals and Cape Fox who got chased by Cheetahs and the unique but different environment with its big diversity, from the soil up to the Night Skies.
I build friendships and strengthen the 1 with my friend Kennet and feel overwhelmed of the chance I had to see of what I always just heard about.
From there I had to pack up and enjoyed my last night in the Northern Cape at Augrabies Waterfall National Park. It was amazing!!! That big force of water coming down the Orange River, the Sunset over the Mountains and meeting new people at Augrabies brought the end of my holiday. It was a very rainy day back to Pretoria and me starting work on the 4th of April 2010 again, I decided to give all of you a chance to share this special time with me through the following photo’s. Enjoy it and go and see for yourself!!!
Cheetahs chasing a Cape Fox.
AUGRABIES WATERFALL NATIONAL PARK-