Thanks again everybody...
@ p@m...my SO is always the last to get cold
..so when he has a jacket and longs on then you know it is really really cold !!!!
..and now to continue with our wet day in Africa!!!!20th Continued
Soon after leaving Melkvlei we came across the first of the many bat eared foxes that we were to see on this trip. They were looking wet and miserable.
The weather could not make up it’s mind as to whether it was going to rain or not.
Sometimes it looked quite promising….
We came across quite a large herd of gemsbok together with red hartebeest … although they looked quite wet they did not seem to be too upset and miserable.
As we approached Kaspersdraai the sun started shining and I was hopeful that the rain would come to end. I was disappointed to see that there was not much water at Kaspersdraai...it is one of my favourite waterholes. After scanning the surrounds and seeing nothing we moved on. Not long after leaving Kaspersdraai we came across a huge traffic jam. Eventually we worked out that everybody was watching 3 or maybe 4 cheetah. They were so far away and really obscured by bushes and such like that a photo was impossible. It was not easy to maneuver Monty and the trailer and people were starting to misbehave so we decided to move on…a lot less stressful that way !
We did see a fair amount of raptors along this stretch but really nothing that we could get decent photos of. There were many vultures around…
Just after driving into Marie se Draai we came across the famous vulture nest and there was somebody home.
I must admit there was not much else to see in Marie se Draai. Not one cat track...be it big or small was to be seen.
Just before coming to the end of the loop we saw another bunch of White-backed as well Lappet –faced Vultures. No matter which way I tried to take this photo the grass got in my way.
As you can see it had clouded over again and rain was imminent. We left the vultures behind. It was of paramount importance to get to Nossob and set up camp before the rain arrived. Of course as we had expected the bed had a few wet parches on it.
I soon sorted that out…I took the bedding off to the laundry and used my hair-dryer to dry out the wet patches.
The rain arrived but we had just got everything sorted in time. Because there was no time to go out on another drive I went for a quick walk around the camp….as I was walking past the tree just behind the shop I heard an owl. I was thrilled when I spotted 2 White-faced Scops Owls. I rushed back to tell Tent Trash…they were desperate to see owls. We went rushing back with binos and a spotlight… and we were able to have a good look at them. Just then I spotted another owl in the tree behind us…this time a tiny Scops owl but before we could get a good look at it it flew away. With that the rain came down so we rushed back to our tents. Now what ????
Well there was only one thing to do and that was to make ourselves comfortable in our dining room until the rain had passed over.
Tent trash's pic
Thankfully it did and we were able to braai….but the rain hit us again that night.
Not long after the lights went out I heard lions roaring….yes it was definitely lions
..not an orchestra ! I was thrilled ..the Nossob lions were back !!!
13-15th Oct Kgalagadi Lodge
16th Oct - Twee Rivieren
17-19 Oct - Urikaruus.