9. October 2006
Coming from Keetmanshoop/Namibia, we drive to Twee Rivieren, to visit Kgalagadi Transfrontier National Park. We make it to the border post in time and turn to Rietfontein. Roads were getting worse with every km we drove – due to heavy rainfall in the ast days. Sometimes we nearly get stuck in puddles on the road (“can we really call it a road???”). Thanks God, after nearly two hours driving we reach the tarred road to Askham and stop for a rest and a snack roadside. The YR flies and on it goes.
The road to TR is under construction, lots of workers around, all waving smiling as we pass by – maybe next year going to KTP will be easier?
Arriving at the gate is like coming home;
the guy is friendly, asks where we are coming from and wishes us a pleasant stay in the park. Next we turn to reception and stay the first night at TR (Chalet no. 14, one of the new paraplegic adapted ones, quite comfortable).
We finish the day with a nice dinner at the restaurant.
10. October 2006
Next morning we stock up in the shop and then start to Kieliekrankie Wilderness Camp. The road to Nossob is closed, due to heavy rain during the last days. So we start the dune road to Mata-Mata and then along the Auob River bed.
Sightings along the way are the obligatory Gemsbok high on a dune,
a lonely Black Backed Jackal
and, sitting in a bush on the road a Pale Chanting Goshawk.
At Auchterlonie we leave the road and drive up the dune road to reach Kieliekrankie.
The first look at the four units is wonderful,
the way into ours is a safe heaven (are there really wild animals around???)
and inside its “gemütlich”, as we say in German.
But the best is yet to come: the view from the terrace, overlooking the waterhole and the sand dunes.
Our day ends with a braai, nice wine and lots of African stars.
... to be continued.