Sadly, this was the morning to leave Nossob and head for KK, our last night in the park.
Francois, the field guide had a day off and was next in the line to exit the gates, huge smile and lifted his camera to show us he was ready !! He is also really keen on photography and was so hoping to capture some lovely pics of the cubs that we had seen the day before. Unfortunately for all, this was not to be. Plenty of spoor but no signs of any of the pride.
Our journey to KK was much the same, quiet, except for the rattling of our nudge bar!!
Close to Kaspersdraai, a lovely sighting of a lone Kudu.
A bit further along two secretary birds behaving rather strangely. On a closer look through bino’s, they were picking up twigs and clutching them in their claws and then dropping them. This one was about to pick up another twig
We stopped at Dikbaardskolk to see if we could sort out the rattling of the nudge bar. That was not possible, it was easier to just remove it!!
Just past Melkvlei picnic spot 3 lion close to the road, well hidden under branches of a tree. I don’t think we would have spotted them if it wasn’t for the other cars.
After rolling over and sharpening his nails, he decided to show us what sharp teeth he had
And then our first close up this trip of a Martial Eagle
The lower Dune Road to KK produced many Steenbok, Kori Bustards and the occasional Gemsbok.
The last night in the park is always a sad one, but arriving at KK was wonderful and cheered me up. I was keen to see what alterations had taken place as I had read somewhere on the forum. The canvas tent flaps have been replaced by wood, glass and a door, the skylight in the bedroom has been covered up and the waterhole has reduced in size. We found all of the changes 100% acceptable.
Not the best pic but gives you an idea of the wood and window alterations.
View looking from front entrance through kitchen
It probably does make a difference, depending on the time of year that you visit. For us, it was neither too hot and nor too cold and we enjoyed a windless, cloudless beautiful evening.
We did go out for a short afternoon drive along the Aoub, but this did not produce anything exciting so we returning to enjoy the views, peace and tranquility of KK.
At the entrance to our kitchen, have no idea what beetle this is, any help ?
And in our kitchen, think this is again Bibrons Gecko ?
We are ‘creatures’ of habit, our last nights meal is always braaied steak with a sauce, champagne for me and a special bottle of red wine for SO.
The next am we took the Nossob road to TR before leaving the park.
Our first sighting of a Black Headed Heron at Tierkop.
A quizzy Jackal
Our sighting of the morning was the largest herd of Springbok that we have ever seen. I don’t think saying it was beautiful is even enough to describe to you just how fantastic it was.
There must have been over 400. We got to this figure as in almost single file, each one of them crossed the road in front of us.
Our very last waterhole stop was Samevloeeing.
After saying our goodbyes to the very efficient staff at TR reception we exited the park and hit the smooth gravel road......
All that is left to say is we had another wonderful trip and right now it feels like it was a year ago!! As we all know, each trip is so different from those before and I was happy that we had experienced a trip that was such a contrast from the exceptionally dry Sept 2007 visit.
For me, a visit to KTP should not be turned down no matter what time of the year it is. Just being in the park is food for my soul and already after 2 months I feel as if my soul needs nourishment again!!
Although we had many awesome sightings, I cannot deny that I felt a tad bit disappointed that the camp waterholes, i.e. Urikaruus, KTP, Grootkolk and Nossob were quiet. Having said that, that is the luck of the draw as reading other reports here on the forum, others had experienced more activity at the waterholes than we did.
No problem with that though… we will just make plans and visit again. I would love to say soon but that is not realistic so in the meanwhile I will keep on reading trip reports on the forum to satisfy my hunger.
Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to read my report and for the encouraging comments to continue with it when I found lack of time to be a major issue!! I was hoping to post more than just one video clip, but that is SO's department and I need to be a little more pushy to ask him to make time to upload them for me. To be fair, he has spend endless hours fighting with Pinnacle, sometimes he is successful and sometimes not. However, as and when it happens, I will add them to to this report.
Now that I have finished with mine I can get on with reading a huge backlog of reports from trips to all the other parks as well.
Thank you, you are all an amazing bunch of forum friends