Saturday 3 May Twee Riveren to Kieliekrankie
Got up at 6am all rearing to go (this for me is most unusual as I am not a morning person but I just could not wait to get out to see my KTP). Gav was grumpy and dizzy as his medication had not yet kicked in properly. We were out the gates just after 7 and headed out on the Mata Mata road. We saw a Duiker, a Gembok with funny horns, a Giant Eagle Owl as well as a Bateleur Eagle, Rooi Hartebeest and some whistling rats.
We rushed back to pack and fill up with petrol before leaving for Kieliekrankie. As we were leaving Gav checked the petrol slip only to find that we had been charged double (Wow I knew that petrol had gone up but not that much). We did a quick about turn, got our refund and headed out once again.
Went up the Nossob river road and our first sighting was a BBJ on an old kill at Samevloeiing.
In between Leeudril and Rooiputs we had our first lion sighting.
A lazy far away male doing nothing (how unusual).
We wended our way up to Melkvlei for a pitstop and a bite to eat. Thereafter we turned back to Kij Kij to connect to the lower dune road and onto Kieliekrankie. As we approach Kij Kij a lone, battered and old looking lion just walked out of a bush.
We followed him to the water hole where he proceeded to drink loads of water.
This was at about 2pm and we had him to ourselves for about 15min before being joined by one very idiotic tourist who obviously wanted to be lion food.
He then proceeded towards the dunes, lay down under a bush and did what lions do during daylight hours, just disappeared. We then proceeded along the dune road and arrived at Kieliekrankie in the late afternoon. Not before seeing an amazing close up of a Pale Chanting Goshawk. He was standing on the side of the road and did not seem to mind being photographed.
We met with Willem who showed us our accommodation (No 1) and we settled in. What an amazing place – definitely to be repeated and for not less than 2 nights. We sat on the veranda and admired the view, opened the wine, lit the fire and chilled to the sounds of jackal, lion and hyena. What an amazing start to our holiday.
We both slept like logs to be awakened early next morning with our neighbours shouting for Willem to turn on his spotlight…………