Well now that the Christmas festivities are almost over, I can carry on a bit with this report.Tuesday 16th November
It was at about 3am when I was woken by the far off sound of lions roaring. I really enjoy the sound and find it quite comforting in a way as I lie in the safety of our tent. The roaring slowly got louder and louder and eventually I decided to wake Wannabe Nerd as she really wanted to hear the Kalahari Lions roaring again.
Eventually they sounded REALLY close, so we got dressed and armed with a torch and cameras rushed off towards the hide to see if we could see anything. The generator was still off and it was overcast so it was pitch dark as we peered out of the hide, but we couldn’t see a thing...
(See my previous post for a video clip of the roaring)
Then I decided to go back to the entrance of the hide to see if I could spot anything along the road.
As I got to the wire mesh section of the walkway to the hide this lion roared. He must have been 20m away at most and I felt as if the whole world was vibrating. Well, I nearly pooped in my best brooks.
Talk about an adrenalin rush. I ran back into the hide, my heart was pumping and hands shaking. It was really loud. The lion then walked out from the bushes just alongside the hide, and walked right in front of the hide before moving off north. It all happened so quickly and as it was so dark, we didn’t get any pics, but the moment will stay with us for a long time.
Once all the excitement was over, we went back to the tent to get ready to go out on our morning game drive. As the lion had headed off north, we, and a few other cars decided to follow suite.
Well we saw nothing.... They had totally disappeared, so after a while we turned around and went down to Maries se Draai to see if last night’s lions were still around. They weren’t.
We did see a few birds along the way. (As I mentioned earlier it was overcast so the lighting was not the best. We tried!!)
A swallow tailed bee eater
One of the resident white backed vultures
As we were travelling around the loop I spotted a lone lioness sitting on the far side of the riverbed. We watched her for quite a while as she seemed pretty alert , but besides a half hearted attempt at chasing a wildebeest she didn’t do too much else.
Back at Marie’s se Gat we came upon this beautiful Bataleur eagle which took off just as we arrived...
That evening we took a quite drive up to Cubitje Quap, and were rewarded with some stunning scenery shots.
The road to C Q
We spent our last evening in Nossob enjoying a stunning sunset, a delicious braai, whilst listening to the sound of barking geckos as we sipped our drinks.Nossob Barking GeckosAnother terrible day in Africa!!