Hello all. Just got back from a short but b-e-a-u-tiful little trip to the KNP. Seeing as I have gotten so much value out of all the other trip reports on the forum I thought I would give it a bash and do one of my own. I am a novice at this as well as photography though so excuse any amateurish mistakes on my part. Hope you enjoy…
Day 1 – Wednesday November 22
Bleary eyed but rearing to go my SO and I were up early and left the smog of the big city behind us before the sun peaked over the horizon. After a leisurely drive by way of the scenic route we got to Orpen gate by lunchtime. We were both very impressed by the new reception and new chalets in camp, they look great - congratulations KNP on a job well done. As per usual the staff were as friendly as can be and I sommer knew this was gonna be a lekker trip. After buying all the necessary things we forgot to bring we headed off down the road and turned off to Tamboti. If I was in any doubt on whether the trip would be enjoyable it was dispelled quickly when we turned the last corner and came in view of the beautiful camp entrance.
Even prettier than the entrance though was our first look at our tent, and I must give the forum credit for this one – I booked Nr 40 because of all the rave reviews on it.
And even more beautiful than the tent was the spectacular view from the porch
After settling in we went for a afternoon drive at 15h00. The short gravel road running out of Tamboti proved fruitful throughout the whole trip and our first sighting was of the resident family of giraffes. As per usual for this time of year there were young ‘uns everywhere and the giraffes proved no exception.
One thing about this trip that I have to say at the outset is that it was cloudy 90% of the time. This was great in one sense because it never really got sweltering hot but of course the light was a bit diminished when it came to photography.
Onto the H7 and just in time to be held up by old man ‘Withers’ crossing the road.
I’m not a fundi when it comes to tortoises so unfortunately I can’t id the fella.
Spotted a vlakkie next to the road
and just after we turned onto the Rabelais Loop a couple of black backed jackals, who unfortunately wouldn’t stand still so only got this blurry image
Spent quite a lot of time with a herd of Impala’s and their little ones and my SO took a couple of pic’s of her own.
This little one has already had a close shave it seems
Also spotted some zebbies and their young along the way.
After getting back on the H7 we took a quick detour to the Bobbejaanskrans View Point
and duly spotted some of the local residents who gave the place it’s name
Also some more giraffes in the distance.
Took this picture on the way back on the H7
the bush really looked lush and there was a lot of water everywhere which of course isn’t great for spotting game but it really looked beautiful. Ran into a group of Bobo’s who were intent on getting rid of every last flea.
Just before getting back to camp we had our 1st sighting of lions – 4 ears and a wagging tail. Apparently it was a breeding pair but they had obviously exhausted themselves so we left them to their duties and headed back to camp for a tjoppie and a doppie.
1 Down, 2 to go.