Lol Herman - I have corrected my mistake - indeed we have not see you two goodly people for some years now.
Africat - its wonderful to be able to help people if you can - I am sure that if you contacted Dupel Erasmus he would know of a social club based in TR who would find a good home for the weights.
Now to my closing chapter on the trip.
Our last night at TR was quite eventful as first of all we had to endure a plague of mosquitoes without a working aircon and then a never ending stream of folk (mostly Spanish) who walked up from the camping grounds and across the front of our verandah to get to the restaurant and shop. I do feel that there should be a fence between the camping ground and the guest house situated above. There was also some strange activity on the other side of the fence with lights and vehicles constantly moving and we wondered if a predator had not escaped onto the adjacent farm?
All in all this was a very different trip to the one we did in 2006. Firstly we had the vagaries of the weather to deal with and I do not think that we expected quite the deluge of rain we received on this trip. We were also not prepared for the verocity of the storms that lashed us at Grootkolk and Urikuruus and to a certain extent this weather had to have influenced our game viewing albeit not entirely in a negative way. The brown hyaena was possibly the biggest highlight along with the meerkat and young ones and the cheetah on the final day. Very different sightings in the mating ostriches, fighting male ostrich, the number of cape fox as well as meerkats and the variety of snakes was awesome. Somehow we just seemed to miss all the major cat sightings but there again I think we more than made up for this in other areas. These were the positives along with the stunning first stay at Urikuruus and meeting with the star of the KTP Marius. The positives far outweighed the negatives but to be honest one has to state both to create the balance. Our first stay at Grootkolk was not without its trials and tribulations and it was not particularly pleasant not being able to bath for 3 days along with having workmen in camp all day, every day! This meant that a quiet moment watching the waterhole was not possible due to the constant activity and noise! I briefly referred to the incident that took place at Urikuruus insofar as the bookings were concerned and trust that Marius will never be placed in this invidious position by overpowering and arrogant guests ever again. Nossob is the most wonderful camp and the bonus of having the hide is one that cannot be ignored by anyone planning a trip to KTP, however the Management needs to seriously address the sewerage problems in camp and a lot of the accommodation is desperately in need of a major upgrade. The saddest negative of all is the huge speed that both visitors and staff travel on the KTP roads and the impunity with which they contemptuously ignore the speed limits and are quite happy to ruin sightings for others. Management really do need to address this problem as a matter or urgency!
It was with great sadness that we took our last pictures at Twee Rivieren before embarking on the long trip home to Durban.
The salt pans just outside are fascinating and just so different from the Kruger landscapes.
Once one crosses the Orange River you start to leave the Kalahari behind you but one thing is for sure the saying is so true that having had the red sand beneath your feet you will always have the yearning to return.
We took a wrong turn outside Kimberley but this meant that we got this glorious view of a pink sea of flamingoes!
We stayed in the most delightful Bed and Breakfast in Kimberley and if anyone would like their name they are very welcome to pm me - we were most impressed not only with the value for money but the wonderful dinner served to us along with the helpful and pleasantness of the family who own it.
It will probably be several years before we make the long trek to KTP again and in January its back to our old stamping ground KNP.
Thank you all for reading my trip report and for the lovely comments and compliments. It was wonderful meeting old friend in KTP and making new friends - its really a special place and one thing is for sure we will return.