Mon 23rd March -- sunset drive
We gathered at reception at 5.30, signed indemnities in hand, for the sunset drive.
Happily it was just our mob
Dawid introduced himself and we set off up the Nossob road.
It is going to be a good road when it is finished. They have built it up and compacted it and it looks a bit like the dune roads.
Dawid explained that there had been a lot of game along the Nossob, but that there was very little around now and he was sure the road works had disturbed it all.
We saw a giant eagle owl (too hidden for pics) and some gemsbok and springbok, but quite far away among the dunes.
At the break, Ben kept Dawid busy looking for animal tracks and asking loads of questions about all the holes in the ground and what could possibly live there. Dawid was wonderful – answered all the questions and went out of his way to find interesting things to show Ben. Even managed to catch a ghecko to show us
We were very impressed with his patience.
Once the lights were on, the fun began
Apart from attracting every flying thing known to man and some that looked positively alien, the fun of id’ing the eyes started. First up was an AWC – not impressed with us or our lights – it stalked off and hid behind a bush.
We then spotted a cape fox and behind it another AWC. It looked as if the cat was stalking the fox, but not so – a pounce and we witnessed our first kill – the cat had caught a mouse
They had both obviously been stalking the same mouse
The cat came quite close to the vehicle, mouse in mouth, but the fox went off in search of other dinner.
Shocking pics, but you get the idea
Next up was a spotted eagle owl who posed beautifully for pics – all of which we managed to mess up
The best of a bad lot
We also saw many, many spring-hares. They must be the most comical creatures around. Easily id’ed once the eyes started jumping up and down
After our most enjoyable sunset drive, it was a back to cook supper. We turned on the outside lights and soon found that sitting on the patio was almost impossible – unless you liked being covered in moths, grasshoppers and beetles ! I moved to the picnic table next to the braai, (limited space inside & the girls were doing the cooking
) and soon had a yellow mongoose running almost between my feet to catch beetles. He could teach my cat a thing or two about catching moths as well
Unfortunately no pics – the cameras were inside and it was a mission to get in and out of the door without inviting half the bug population in with you.
A note about the family bungalows at Twee Rivieren. Again no pics – I know we meant to take some – must just have been the constant rush that it slipped my mind.
The bungalows have 2 separate rooms. From the outside, the first room contains the fridge, 2-plate stove and sink. It also has 2 smaller beds with a cabinet between them.
A door leads from there into the main room which has 2 beds, cupboards, dining table and 4 chairs and a hand basin and mirror and an air-conditioner. At the back of the room are 2 doors – one leads into the toilet and the other into the bathroom – shower only, no bath.
What worked for us (especially after all the bugs on the 1st night) was to close the bathroom and toilet windows as soon as we got back to camp (even lunch-time) and make sure all the inter-leading doors were closed at all times. It kept all the bugs out of the main bedroom and, more importantly, we didn’t have any bats inside
Unlike others of our party ....
After a long, exciting day and a late supper, we all crashed, looking forward to morning and our first full day in the park.