@MM: Lol, I'll pass the message along to my camera
@Freda: My mom is very flattered, thank you...
@Restio: Brrr, I agree.. Thanx for the comments!
@Arks: Don't know what the climates like in September... But just in case pack a really thick jacket
@Wanderw: Great to hear about the next trip!
Day 6 (28 June)
After a good nights rest we traveled into Augrabies National Park for a few hours as we were leaving in the morning on our journey back to Johannesburg
. We left as early as we could, not wasting any valuable time in the park. Our first destination was Moon Rock. The terrain and vegetation was so much different from KTP even though they were only a stone throw away from each other
. Our first animal, along with the dassies, was a klipspringer. This was a first on our trip as well. He had posed beautifully next to the road, on a rock in the sun shine
Further on we saw more giraffe silhouetted on a hill, browsing on the trees near by. Soon we reached Moon rock.
As we got out the car we froze. We didn’t realize how cold it was ‘till now.
Above: Moon Rock in background
Above: A small ‘crater’ on Moon Rock
Off we went again and our next stop was Ararat. This place isn’t for the faint hearted. My mom and I are afraid of heights and we found ourselves ‘rock hugging’ well walking up to the view
. I didn’t go as far as the others but I was quite happy where I was
Some of the rocks there had holes in them. Not man-made but probably eroded due to the wind as it was too high for the water to reach.
The next stop was at an old building, Oranjekom. We weren’t sure what it was used for but it had a great view nonetheless. We found quite a few mountain chats there hopping around on the boulders.
The next place we were going to was Echo Corner. Well going to Echo corner we had seen a pygmy falcon. That was one of my goals and sure enough I had accomplished it. It definitely is a small bird and my dad had mistaken it for a puffback (shrike) at first
I was quite keen to get to Echo corner and I wasn’t let down. Nothing else seems to exist when you there. The dam in the gorge supplies a vast number of birdlife as well as the variety of trees and boulders surrounding you*sigh*.
When we were at the gorge I found a black eagle soaring in the thermals. I was jumping up and down at this point because this magnificent bird was at the top of my list to find along with an osprey. Wow, two accomplishments in a row
To be continued…