OK Looks like tonight is going to be hectic so I will do Wannabe's job and post the second part of the day:Thursday 15 May Urikaruus to Twee Riveren
We left Urikaruus at about 9 45am and set off south to Twee Riveren with mixed emotions. On the one hand we were over the moon with the mornings sightings whilst on the other hand returning to TR was the start of the end of our holiday, as we were to spend the night in TR and then head off back to Cape Town via Augrabies the next day.
We stopped for a while at Rooibrak to watch a herd of Wildebeest approaching the waterhole and whilst we were there sipping some coffee we also saw this Tawny skipping around the area:
The wildies eventually arrived and the tawny ducked....
We carried on towards the lower dune road near Achterlonie and kept a keen eye open for suricates (Thanks for the tip Dreamer
) , and were lucky to see them fairly close to the side of the road. A first for both of us
Here is one of their sentries:
Inbetween Kamfersboom and Munro we saw some faily large herds of Gemsbok and springbok including these chaps:
Whilst we were on our night drive in Nossob, Francios the guide had told us about the resident Cape Cobras to be found in the sociable weaver's nests. We had been looking diligently for some sign of reptile movement in all the nests we passed, when sudenly... bingo we saw one. This was not only the first snake we had seen on our trip but also very much a first for both of us.
Whist we were watching the cobra some other cars arrived and told us about some lions at Houmoed. We made a note to keep a look out and to tell Delboysafa if we saw him when we got to TR. Sadly we didn't spot them and we arrived at TR just after lunch.
We were given chalet number 12 (I think), we partially unpacked as we were really just spending the night and introduced ourselves to our landlord:
I then went off to the maintenance department to settle the account for our breakdown near Mata Mata. I was very pleasantly surprised with the reasonable bill, especially for the labour content of the account given the amount of time spent on the repair. (SANPARKS Techinical Dept rock!!!
Once all the admin was over and done with, and we had assertained that Delboysafa had left for Cape Town we decided to go for our last evening drive up to Houmoed to see if we could see the lions that had been spotted earlier.
On our approach to the waterhole we spotted some of the pride on top of the dune. They were not very active and really were just getting up and lying down again etc,etc.
After a while this chap decided that he needed a drink:
We watched them for a while before having to set off back to camp.
On the dune road on the way back we saw these red hartebeest
as well as these stilts at Samevloeing
That evening we had a pleasant final braai and watched our last sunset of the holiday:( The end to an amazing day during which we had seen a leopard, suricates, a cobra and some lions
What a day:D
Well thats what we thought!!
But you can never be sure as to what the Kalahari is going to come up with next.......
To be continued........