Day 8 - 31 July 2010
It was the last day of our trip in KTP...
Today we would leave from Nossob and drive down to TR, where we leave early the next morning to catch our plane back to Gauteng.
So we had to make the most of this day!
Got up earlier and went to watch the sunrise from the hide. And I just couldn't resist taking a picture of you guys watching the sunrise with me...
No animals came to drink in that time. So we got into the car and headed out for the last time to the famous Marie se Gat. On our way - we saw the elusive bat-eared foxes again!
And at Marie se gat - the regular BBJ coming for a drink.
And another ?Gabar Goshawk (Kleinsingvalk) in Marie se draai
The rest of the road South was typical to how we experienced the Nossob side - quiet. We stopped at Dikbaardskolk picnic site, but there was a cool breeze. We decided to rather continue and have a later breakfast at the next picnic spot.
Then came the next big decision. Upper or lower dune road?
We drove the upper dune road already on the way to Nossob from KTC, and haven't been any South of Dikbaardskolk on the Nossob side yet - so maybe we should continue to the lower dune road... But then again, the Nossob side has been quiet - maybe we should just rather go across to the Auob side sooner and take the upper dune road...
....The upper dune road won the argument. And we were happy it did!
About 4km into the dunes I shouted - "STOP - LIONS!" SO stopped - "No, you must be joking...?" "Would I joke about something like THAT - now reverse - there are LIONS!" And there they were - a family of 4 or 5 lions lying under a tree in the distance.
Don't ever believe you don't see much on the dune roads...
Unfortunately they were quite far, and the most action we got out of them, was one of them getting up and moving to go and lie closer to the others
How nice - lions on our last day! The Kalahari was being kind to us!
Also saw these 2 Female Southern Black Korhaan (Swartvlerkkorhane)
We had brunch at Kamqua, and then headed South to TR. The Kalahari's friendliness on our last day was not yet over. She also decided to show us some cheetah again for a last time! This collared mom and her 2 cubs were lying on the other side of the riverbed. Again quite a distance from us. They were difficult to identify - but because we saw Lisette and her girls in the area before - we thought it might have been them again.
Just before we reached TR, our attention was caught by some birds making a terrible noise in a tree right next to the road. Oh, only if we could see leopard too on this last day - the famous Twee Rivieren one maybe...!
But no, it was not a leopard. It was this little slender mongoose who helped himself to some delicacies in the sociable weaver nest!
We reached TR. Our mood was starting to go down. The end was in sight. Decided to go and do one more drive and hope to see the leopard. But unfortunately we only heard the leopard's call that night while having our last braai in KTP, we never saw her.
We spent the last hour of our drive at Samevloeing WH, with these two lovely Namaqua Sandrouse (Kelkiewynne)
And then the cutest thing... On our way back to TR, a steenbok couple - displaying typical Steenbok behaviour. Both defaecated in the same spot and then covered the spot with sand afterwards. The female walked in front and the male kept nudging her forward. She would stop, and look at us - and he would nudge at times with his nose - but mostly with his front leg. It looked so cute! The light was bad - and the pic not great - but here it is nevertheless. Look at his front leg - nudging her on...
It was our first trip to KTP - first but most definitely NOT last! The Kalahari opened her heart to us and showed us some of her most magnificent creatures. The black-maned Kalahari lions, cheetahs, leopards. The little African Wild Cat, Honey Badger and Bat Eared Foxes. The many birds, and buck, and critters. The majestic sunrises and sunsets.
We left the next morning early, leaving a little of our hearts behind!