In December 2008 we managed to get a short trip to the KTP. It was only our second trip to the KTP and we absolutely fell in love with the place and therefore had to make a much longer trip to see and experience as much as we could about this great wildlife area.
ABC also denotes the top three animals on our KTP wish list:
A – Aardwolf
B - Brown Hyena
C - Caracal.
We have just spent 15 days in the KTP and thoroughly enjoyed it. I am actually writing this from the tranquility of Twee Rivieren, we leave for home tomorrow (3 January). The KTP is truly one of the great conservation areas on planet earth.
Each day starts with a spectacular sunrise,
revealing animals catching the early rays of the sun.
While others lie low so as not to be detected.
A park of wonderful landscapes and alluring red sands that you want to get between your toes
A park where there is a minimal development and the balance between ecotourism and development seems right so that much of the park is still in the same pristine condition it has been since time immemorial. We are reminded of our own primal beginning and how our ancestors must have lived. The challenge for all of us is to ensure it stays this way and does not succumb to “progress and development”.
The sightings are of incomparable quality: no cell phones ringing, radios blaring, traffic jams and jeep jocks. You will be the only car at many of the sightings and generally people are well behaved around sightings.
As the day unfolds in summer the mercury soars above 40°C and even flirted with 48 on one of the days we were there. The animals now seek water and shade. There is no surface water in the KTP and it is remarkable how the animals of the KTP have adapted to this harsh environment. There has been aid in the form of the “water for wildlife” project. Many of the animals get their moisture from the vegetation they eat or the prey they kill.
To get respite from the heat animals sit and wait for it to cool down
Even a secretary needs a break
As evening sets in the animals get a spring back in their step
And each day ends with a sunset as spectacular as the sunrise it began with.
This is a wildlife experience par excellence. If there is a better wildlife area for raptor and cat sightings then we have not found it yet (we have the KNP for pachyderms, rest of antelope/bird species, etc).
Hope we bring some good memories for those who have visited the KTP and inspire those who have not been there to make the trip. JenB and MM, hope this helps with planning of your trip.
Back soon, just the little matter of sorting out through the 659 pix I took and the 1271 taken by Sharifa.
References used for this trip report:
1. Peter Derichs – The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
2. Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. SANParks official Information Guide