It had rained all through the night.
But now it was dry again.
The day started with a quite unusual sighting.
A Donkey still in the camp area, but only a couple of metres away from the camp gate. Larger View
We checked all the waterholes before heading towards the Aoub river bed through the dunes.
Along the way we stopped to guard a little Tortoise safely over the road.
She was still so small. Larger View
At Houmoed an Oryx came for a drink with a youngster. Larger View
And right at the turnoff to the viewing point, we sighted another Thick-knee Family. Larger View
The chick looked a bit grumpy… Larger View
Today seemd to be a good day for the birds.
A Juvenile Fiscal Shrike in one of the bushes along the road. Larger View
Luckily we had another wonderful sighting of Meerkats.
They are always such a nice sight and you could forget about the time, just standing there and watching them roaming the area. Larger View Larger View
You could now clearly see, that all the recent rain made the bushes go green soon. Larger View Larger View
We heard, that a pride of Lions had killed a Wildebeest on top of the ridge on the turnoff from the main road to KK.
As we wanted to have our breakfast again at Auchterlonie, this were good news.
Along the way we saw this little Lizard. Larger View
And at the t-junction towards Auchterlonie a Cape Cobra. Larger View
We stopped and she started to move very quickly into the safety of some bushes. Larger View
Although they are having a quite striking colour, they are masters of camouflage.
At Auchterlonie we had a breakfast and toilet stop.
The Lions won’t run away and are still there even a little later. So no need to rush.
It seems that this little guy would tell the visitors, ”Do not litter”…. Larger View
Then we commenced our way.
And indeed the Lions were still there, we discovered a part of the pride in the riverbed.
You could clearly tell that they had a kill. Larger View
One female was together with three cubs still on the ridge and feeding on the carcass. Larger ViewLions with killLions with kill
We stayed for a while and than decided to return to the Lions in the riverbed. Larger View
Here we discovered that the Lioness had a very distinctive mark on her shoulder, so this was the pride we had seen in November 2007 at Houmoed waterhole.
Pikasso I think you remember her as well. Larger View
Only a couple of metres away a very excited Wildebeest was in the riverbed, snorting and stumping with his feet. And while doing so observing the Lions that were lazily lying under the tree.Excited Wildebeest
Today the weather was a bit overcast. Still it was hot and after tonight’s rain it started to get pretty humid.
So we decided that it was time to return back to camp.
This year Gabar Goshawks were a quite common sighting.
We could not remember that we saw so many of them during our previous trips. Larger View
Mum or Dad joined the little Thick-knee Family again, but the were still in the very same place were we saw them this morning. Larger View
The aircon at the bungalow was quite a relief.
The humidity made the heat even worse.
Maybe there was more rain or even a thunderstorm waiting for the evening.
So far it was still dry.
At Samevloiing we saw the Shelducks again.
Still quite a strang sighting although we already know them from the beginning of the trip. Larger View
This clever Duck preferred the fresh water right from the pipe. Larger View
Our choice for the afternoon, was once again the Nossob direction.
It was a quiet afternoon.
No sighting at the waterholes, the Cape Foxes weren’t out either and turned around and headed back again.
We stopped at the huge Weavers nest and observed the loud and very busy birds. Larger View Larger View
The bushes around were alive with Mice. Larger View
On the way back to the camp we sighted another Cape Cobra.
They are beautiful, but we are always very cautious and observe them from a safe distance.
Even more as this one wasn’t at all amused that we stopped for some photos. Larger View Larger View
Tonight we visited the restaurant again.
By the time we returned back t our bungalow it was time to rescue some more Bats.
I opened the door to the toilet and found three lying on the ground. Larger View
We did what we had done all the other evenings before as well.
Putting them on the roof of our car.
After the three had been picked up successfully we had to safe one more.
So I put her on the roof and later checked the roof using a torch.
And I was shocked
A huge Owl was sitting there and with her the Bat was gone.
So fare we had always been successful, but now there was one casualty….
Tonight we were really sad.
This was definitely our last night, not only at Twee Rivieren, but as well in KTP.
At least we will have the time for a last drive in the morning, as we only wanted to leave at 11 am.
So we still could pretend that tomorrow was going to be another wonderful day in KTP.
Although we had been privileged to spend 25 days here, we didn’t want to leave.....