After a bit of arguing at TR reception (mind you, all in a friendly atmosphere) we went to our bungalow, basically very happy that we could stay in the park and didn’t have to leave for that night. I will say even more…we were actually pleasantly surprised by our unit. Apparently
The TR bungalows underwent a refurbishment since the last time we were there…nice. And of course the usual “welcome sayers” also showed themselves.
Finally it was time to go on the first game drive. First arranging the car…cooler box over here, cameras over there, binocs in that corner, birdbook in the other one and the most important thing…get used to the position of the cup holders.
We didn’t have the choice today because the Nossob road was closed (a shame really because the Leeudril and Rooiputs waterholes are among my faves) so the plan was to drive up to Auchterlonie and come back.
I red some reports in where there were quite a lot of complaints about the new road over the dunes from Samenvloeiing to the Auob valley but personally I love this stretch (I am actually fond of those dune roads) as it almost always delivers Steenbok and BB Korhaan. This was also the case on this occasion. The korhaan was too fast for a pic but the steenbok wasn’t.
Than we arrived in the Auob valley and soon we saw one of the sights we love so much in this park. Buck at the rims of the valleys…here it were springbok not too far from Munro. It would turn out a few days later that this was only a part of a huge herd (400+) and that this herd would give us one of our most memorable memories of game parks ever. Wait and see.
Next to this we saw very little: some oryx, some ostrich, 2 or 3 lone wildebeest, a few PC Goshawks and 1 kori bustard.
We decided to drive up to the viewpoint a bit before Houmoed (at least that’s where I think it is) and when on top we saw 3 bat eared foxes. They were pretty skittish and ran off right after I stopped the car. Here is one.
We were happy with the sighting nevertheless and enjoyed the view from the viewpoint before driving back to TR.
That evening, because of the long journey we just made, we didn’t feel like cooking or braaiing any more so we went to the resto. Food was good and so was our night rest.