Well I told you there was a twist to the shower story.
I opened the tap in the morning to check if the hot water was back on, and…it wasn’t. But moreover there was no water at all. Not from the tap, not from the shower, not in the toilet, not downstairs in the kitchen…None!
So we asked Marius and he told us that no one had water this morning that he was already up the hill to check the water tanks, they were both full.
Mata Mata was already informed. He was hoping that the problem can be solved during the day, or else the camp had to be closed till the water is flowing again.
So we made a coffee, used the fresh water to brush our teeth and wash the hair and we set off into the direction of Mata Mata.
At the 13th Borehole we met ndoto and partner again.
We told them about our water issue and they said why not having a shower in the Mata Mata ablution block…. Well we had not thought about that
Sandgrouses arrived at the waterhole to collect water and departed again. Of course our windows were open and while we talked a Sandgrouse dropped the just collected water onto Francolin.
We had to laugh. As if someone heard about our personal “water shortage” and give us some water.
We said goodbye, just short, after all we are going to see each other again the next day at Twee Rivieren.
Just shortly after we passed the waterhole there was a small pride of Lions lazing under a tree. Larger View
The Giant Eagle Owl we met the evening before was still around. Larger View
On the turnoff to Dalkeith Waterhole we discovered that Skinny and mum were still there.
The Springbok still untouched and not looking too nice. It was quite bloated, as if exploding every second.
The two Cheetahs were just lying there, and at one point Skinny got up and “walked” over to mum. Now we could see that he was hardly able to walk at all.
Such a shame! Larger View
We drove on to Mata Mata.
Between Craig Lockhart and Sitzas we saw the first ( and only) Bat-eared Fox on this trip. Larger View
At Sitzas waterhole we were not able to drive on the parking spot.
A Secretary Bird stood there looking at us, as if he wanted to say:
Well the Oryx are there at MY
waterhole and now you came and want to stop on MY
spot here as well..... so we refrained from doing so. Larger View
I am not sure if he appreciated it or not… LArger View
The Oryx had some kind of argument. Larger View
At Mata Mata we did the usual shopping, had a look at the sightings board and soon were on our way back to Urikaruus.
En route we saw the Giraffes, I am still always surprised to see them in such a harsh environment like the Kalahari. Larger View
Of course we checked again the spot were we saw Skinny and mum.
They were still there, only that Skinny now leaned against the tree trunk.
You could tell that he was in pain and feeling more than just uncomfortable…. LArger View
We were very sad!
The Lions were nearly in the same position as we left them, only that they had moved with the shade in the meantime. LArger View
Back at Camp we checked the water, but still there was none.
In the meantime we had something to eat and watched the birdlife in the camp. Larger View Larger View
After that we had a rest, and observed the activity that was going on in the camp.
Everybody was busy to get the water flowing again.
And indeed at 3 pm the problem was solved and we had a nice cool shower.
Well done everybody!
So later we were on the road again.
Of course we wanted to check out the Lions at the 13th Borehole. Maybe they were moving later and coming to the waterhole.
There was not much of activity in the group except for one young male.
A Giraffe was at the waterhole and the Lion was looking in real cat manner. You could tell what he was up to.
The Giraffe was standing there staring at the young Lion and not moving a single inch.
Then the Lion started to run. Larger View
So did the Giraffe.
He was not successful ……
She stopped again at the waterhole staring at the Lion. Larger VIew
Then he crouched in the shade of some trees.
A wildebeest came along the way and the same “game” started over again. Larger ViewUnsuccessful Lion
We stayed with the Lions, we were convinced that they sooner or later would come over to the waterhole.
At the moment they were relaxing… Larger View
Then there was movement. Larger View
Stretching Larger View
And mum was walking over to the waterhole. Larger View
She is a real beauty! Larger View
In between she stopped turned around and called for the kids.
They started to follow….. Larger View Larger View Larger View
Then mum had enough. Larger View
She turned around. Jumped over the kids (I missed to capture that moment
) and went away.
Once again she started to call for the kids and they looked up and followed her again. Larger View Larger ViewLions at the Waterhole
Well all except for two…
They seemed to be afraid of the water.
That brought to our minds that this might be the same pride we saw last November at the 14th Borehole….(Mashona? What do you think ?!)
Nearly the same scenes.
You go first and I will follow… Larger View Larger ViewLions at the Watherole 2
After that they were passing our car as if nothing had happened. Larger View
The two brothers stopped right beside the road. Larger ViewLion Brothers
Later one of them went away. Larger View
The one left behind was pretty bored and searched for a new toy.
We stopped right beside him and he started to bum-wiggle like a cat that was going to jump.
I had to accelerate, otherwise he would have ended onto the back of our car….
I could see in the rear mirror that he was standing there looking very disappointed.
No one there o play with....
The other Lion joined the second brother in the river bed. Larger View Larger View
By now it was time to go….
We had a last sighting of a Hare just before we reached Urikaruus. Larger View
Another relaxed evening on our balcony was the end of another perfect day in KTP …
This was definitely our last evening in this gorgeous camp and a little bit of melancholy was creeping in….