We drove the Marie se Gat route into Nossob, as that had always brought us good sightings before, but not much was happening.
At Nossob, we were put in 5A and the braai began. The wind picked up, which made cooking fun, but we had it in control. Clouds were spectacular!
Looked like a good old fashioned prairie storm a brewing, and I'd heard they were impressive here.
We were off on the night drive tonight and very excited to do so. Kokatu was our guide and unfortunately I’ve forgotten the driver’s name, Ra…,- sorry- they were excellent. Both people scouted out as much as they could for our benefit and then explained it all.
We learned about owl moth caterpillars and their cocoons which cause allergic reactions.
The skies were building and lightening was beginning to show all around us.
The drive took a road into the Marie se Draai flats, where we learned about acacia trees, dridornen, and false camelthorn trees. We saw porcupine quills and learned the difference between a lion and leopard kill of a porcupine…ha. End result isn't usually good for the porc, and a bit more painful for the lion...
We saw many kori bustards, a bateleur, dominant blue wildebeests, and barking geckos. Apparently those females cross through much danger to get to those males with the highest pitch call, in their small territories….the holes actually aid in amplifying their call…very cool.
Lightening was by now a very regular sighting…Kokatu spotted a sand snake and went bounding off to catch it…shame he didn’t have the same keenness for the cape cobra skin (1.6m) when it was suggested he try and find it as well- ha. Where was the dedication..ha?
It was now getting dark outside and the cape hares appeared in great numbers. These were regularly eaten by everything, I gather.
The spotlights were distributed around the vehicle and this made it easier to see…jackals with green eye shine; a brown hyena; a puff adder- who was not at all amused by the viewing
steenbok; barn owls, springhares; hartebeest; a super fast desert fox; a second brownie and more barn owls….a great viewing time with lots of interesting information as well.
Afterwards, we headed to the blind and watched many jackals chowing down on geckos. Sigh...have to love this place.