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 Post subject: Re: Our KTP Adventures November 2010- Katydownunder&Francolin
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Oh by the way , we missed the Leopard on one morning as she was back 4.45 am and again it was so freezing cold that I stayed in bed :redface: :wall:

So if you are at Urikaruus get up early, get yourself a coffee and closely watch the waterhole :wink:

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This morning we drove down towards the southern direction.
At Maries we observed a Jackal .
Obviously still a bit sleepy..

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A little later some Oryx joined him and they seem to have a silent argument, who really is the master of the waterhole...

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When the Oryx had left the waterhole we decided that it was a good idea to return back to the mainroad, pass through the camp and give the northern direction a try...

Our first sighting on the mainroad.

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Nothing at Cubitje, even the birds were already gone.
The plan was to have a coffee at Kwang.
While standing under the tree at Kwang we spotted a Chestnut-Vented Tit-Babbler.

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The waterhole was busy with Oryx and Springboks.
A Jackal wanted to have a drink as well.
It was funny to see how he wagged his tail like a dog, as if he wanted to tell the Springbok: " I am nice, I just want to have a sip, please I am thirsty, I do you no harm...."
But obviously they did not speak the same language.....







After our little coffee break we returned back to Cubitje.
What a nice surprise, a little herd of Hartebeest with little ones. They are oh so cute...

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The little ones had fun...

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And we had fun as well. Especially seeing the Hartebeest run.Hilarious...






After the Hartebeest had left a couple of Secertary Birds came to the waterhole.

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It was late and it was hot again. So a good idea to return back to the camp for an afternoon nap.

In the afternoon we took again the northern route.
It was quiet.

One of the sightings a Mouse.

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And later a Whistling Rat.

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We enjoyed the Doves at Cubitje and I tried to capture them, when approaching the waterhole.

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Later back at the camp, we enjoied a nice braai. Observed the Jackals and watched the wonderful night sky...
Again we heard Lions in the middle of the night, but far away.

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This morning we left Nossob shortly after gate opening into the southern direction.
We hoped that we could find something interesting at Marie se Draai.
We slowly turned into Maries loop and indeed a few hundred metres before reaching the waterhole. Francolin whispered: “ Lions!”
Oh yes they were walking along the riverbed.
We could see at least one male and two females.

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One of the Lionesses walked straight towards us, passed our car, stepped onto the road and walking in front of us towards the direction of the waterhole.
She was limping, there was something wrong with her knee, but she looked very healthy apart from that. And this seemed not to be a new problem as the muscles of her right hind leg were not as strong as the others…


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Then she went back into the riverbed. We thought that the pride was walking over the waterhole, but in fact they nearly ignored the waterhole and went right past it.

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Then they met up with another Lioness and 4 cubs.
Unfortunately far from the road and now the sun was already up high. So no good combination for photography…

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The King of the Kalahari…

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We then left them, as more and more cars arrived and went north instead.
At Cubitje dozens of Sandgrouses came for their morning drink. So maybe we were lucky to see one of the Lanner Falcon hunting.

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Instead a Jackal arrived and lied down only a few metres away from the waterhole.
Poor thing..

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Then the Lanner Falcon approached the waterhole.

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The Lanner caught one of the Sandgrouses and left the waterhole. The Jackal jumped up and followed him with lightning speed…
Clever little bugger…

A little later another Jackal arrived, overwhelmed by the mass of Sandgrouses…

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We drove up to Bedinkt waterhole.
Here a Kori Bustard came for a drink.

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On the way back we stopped at Kwang.
And while waited in the shade of the tree there and taking a video of some Wildebeest, we heard a strange sound we have never heard before. Really awkward… More like a Gull or something similar.
So we searched the trees and indeed we spotted a Great Spotted Cuckoo (thank you mister Roberts…).

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Here is the video of the Wildebeest, if you listen carefully, you are able to hear the Great Spotted Cuckoo in the background…







A really wonderful sighting!

Later back at camp one of our small visitors…

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Later on our afternoon drive I took this spot-the-Heron-pic…

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Another little Mouse…

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At Cubitje Quap a Crow took a large feather to pieces, maybe to create something comfy for a nest?!

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And of course trying again to take some pics of the Doves at Cubitje.

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And yet again we were not the only ones waiting for the Doves…

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We enjoyed our last evening at Nossob.
Tomorrow we are driving up to Grootkolk.
Not knowing what adventure awaited us there…..

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 Post subject: Re: Our KTP Adventures November 2010- Katydownunder&Francolin
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So today we are moving northwards to another of our favourite camps.
Grootkolk….

At first I visited the Nossob hide yet again for a sunrise pic.

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At Marie se Draai we met an Oryx on the way to the waterhole.

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Then on the way north we spotted a Lanner Falcon fighting another bigger Raptor.
Who tried to hunt in the Falcons territory.
Breathtaking flight manoeuvres…

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Later one of my beloved Agamas..

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A flower…

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Then we arrived at Grootkolk.
Franco greeted us with the words: “Welcome to the Lions of Grootkolk…”
And indeed there were 5 Lions resting right underneath the tree by the waterhole.

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They observed us while we unloaded the car and I can tell you we never unpacked the car as quick as on that specific afternoon.
We moved into our home for the next three nights, cabin #4 the one the furthest to the right.

Seeing the Lions under the tree and enjoying the superb view, we decided to stay in camp on that afternoon rather than driving to one of the waterholes to the north or south of camp.
We could have a coffee while watching the Lions, what more could we possibly ask for....

Our birdbath was a great success.

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Some stretching.

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Love that pic of the Lion and the Jackal….

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Later that afternoon one of the adult Lionesses got up and walked away. While all the others stayed at the waterhole and just watched where she was going.
We were surprised to say the least

Quite a while later she returned back to the waterhole only to greet the three sub-adults of the pride which then in turn got up and started to walk away ......
A little later she went to one of the smaller trees and bushes close by and returned with 4 of the most adorable cubs
She greeted the second Lioness that was still lying close to the waterhole and the cubs started to play.







Then they went over to the waterhole…..

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We spend the whole afternoon watching the little ones play. They were in really good mood and had a lot of fun (like all the people in the camp as well).

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While observing the action at the waterhole, we had another little visitor…

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While the afternoon had been a bit overcast, the Lions enjoyed the last rays of sunshine.

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And another drink before bedtime…

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Later that evening we had a braai checking the Lions, which were still under that tree, from time to time.
We were even a bit worried that the cubs were lying there as well.
What will happen when some Hyenas were coming to have a drink ?! :shock:
It was around 9.30 pm when we went to bed, not having the faintest idea what was going to happen later that night......
It was going to be a rather short night's rest.....

I already posted the whole exciting story , so if you not already did so, have a look HERE .

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 Post subject: Re: Our KTP Adventures November 2010- Katydownunder&Francolin
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Well it was a very eventful night and a day full of Lions.
I already posted some of the pics I took in the morning, but here are some more of the beautiful animals that roamed the camp during the day.

The male Lion still to the right of our cabin, sniffed one of the tree.
Isn’t he a beautiful boy?!

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A little later he was more interested in this female…

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Which produced that facial expression :lol:

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After that there was against constant movement in the camp. Lions circled the cabins, walked down to the waterhole and back again….

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At the birdbath Violet-eared Waxbills were our visitors.

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Kudus came to the waterhole for a drink.

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And shortly after that the Lions were back.

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Looking for something to eat.

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Without success…

"Big Daddy" returned....

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Showing who’s the boss…

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After that it was time for him to rest.

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Well as the Lions had been around the whole day, we were eager to prepare our dinner while it was still daylight, do the dishes and prepare everything for the anticipated action later that night (torch, camcorder,camera...)

And the Lions did not disappoint us.
They were everywhere, the females, the male, the cubs. The male chased the two sub-adult males down the hill towards the waterhole. There was action everywhere, some roaring included again, so turn up the volume while watching the video. :wink:



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Well this was going to be our last full day at Grootkolk :(
But finally we left the camp for a morning drive...

So we slowly made our way to Unions End.
The drive was very quiet until we reached the waterhole.
Already driving closer we spotted something at the waterhole and were pretty excited..

A Cheetah!

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Then she got up...

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Turned around...

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And slowly went over to the dunes....

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We were so happy :dance:







Then we drove the last couple of kilometres to Unions End.
Arriving there we saw ...nothing....
And I mean nothing, where was the box with the Yellow Ribbon book :shock:

So we returned back to the waterhole, made a coffee and observed the Sandgrouses.

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She was alone but was calling the whole time, so maybe there were some more Lions in the vicinity…







Back at the camp, we had a huge herd of Hartebeest with young ones visiting the waterhole.

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Then some excitement. At first we didn’t realize why the Hartebeest started to run….

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Then we saw that two of the sub-adult Lions were chasing the Hartebeest.
But a bit clumsy and without success.

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Then our friend the Waxbill visited us again.

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In the afternoon on yet another drive to Unions End.
We met our first Springbok babies on this trip.

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Some Squirrels….

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And some more Springbok babies.

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Later closer to the camp we spotted three Ludwig’s Bustards far off in the riverbed…

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We had one last braai at Grootkolk, enjoying the silence and peace.
It had been an awesome stay with breathtaking sightings….. 8)

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It started to rain during the night and so the morning was overcast and even a bit darker than usual...
So we packed all our stuff into the car again and soon were ready to leave. :(
We said farewell to Franco and leaving the camp we were already sure to be back the next year...

The first sighting in the riverbed, just after we had reached the mainroad.
A huge herd of Hartebeest.






Then a little later some Kudus.

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Then coming closer to Lijersdraai we spotted some tracks on the road, Cheetah...
So we drove even slower trying to figure out where they (obvious two animals) might have gone.
It took us about maybe 15-20 minutes when Francolin suddenly pointed into the riverbed and said: " Here they are.."

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Then they went over to the other side of the riverbed and soon they were gone.

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Along the way we saw quite a few Blister-beetles...

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So now we were back again and we even moved back into our "old" home, #2...
We unpacked the car, greeted the Squirrels and had a coffee outside overlooking the camp ground.
Later that afternoon we went for a drive into the southern direction.

Just shortly after we had passed Rooikop waterhole we discovered something strange in a tree by the roadside.
The remains of a Springhare (Francolin called the pic: The last jump....)

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On Maries loop a Kori Bustard.

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Later we spotted some Lions, but very, very far away....
On the way back to the camp it started to rain again.






Which produced a nice opportunity for a pic close to Marie se Draai...

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Arriving back at the camp some delicious roosterkoek were already waiting for us, and as it had not rained a single drop in Nossob we had a nice braai.
Later we went down to the hide, the ever-present Jackals were hunting for insects in the light of the floodlight...
It was time to go to bed....

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Well it had rained a bit during the night, enough to create some puddles on the roads.







We dove southwards and Maries loop, but there was not much to see.
Just as we came closer to the waterhole, there were a couple of Vultures sitting in the road, drinking form some puddles.

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Those Lappet Faced Vultures are gorgeous....

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Then we decided to drive north instead.
Passing the camp and Cubitje Quap, we wanted to stopp at Kwang for a coffee yet again.
It was somehow a strange day, it was very hot and very, very windy.
There was a lot of sand in the air.

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The time we arrived at Kwang the wind was more like a little storm.
Our car was shaken by the wind and our eyes were aching due to all that sand....

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The clouds were getting darker and darker..

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A couple of Crowned Plover braved the wind....







It was a strange but also a very quiet day.
Maybe due to the wind and sand....
Even the Squirrels at Nossob were not out to play.
It was hard to sit outside. Having a coffee (with sand), a sandwich (with sand), a coke (with sand). I was not really fun....
But then we thought a day just reading a bit and relax on the bed isn't that bad...

In the afternoon, we drove towards the south again.
And again nothing, not even mice or birds.
But a lovely sunset close to Rooibrak....

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But the clouds on the horizon seemed to indicate, that there might be some more rain coming our way....
So we skipped the idea of having a braai that night and prepared dinner in the kitchen (with a little less sand). And indeed while we ate our dinner it started to drizzle and we were able to hear distant thunder.

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:big_eyes: Wow we had a beeeeg thunderstorm that night, thunder, lightning and rain, rain, rain.....
So we were not surprised to have this sight the next morning...

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The shop...

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View from the hide...

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I found this insect on the door to the hide.

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View to the entrance of the campground.

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We drove towards the south this morning.
Just shortly after we had entered Maries loop, two Bat Eared Foxes were searching for food.

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And a Hoopoe perforating a tree....







Further along the road a Whistling Rat.

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And a Jackal searching a log for something to eat, obviously he was feeding on some insects he found underneath the bark.

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The rain of the previous night increased the, well, activities of the Blister beetles…. :lol:

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Just as we had turned around to return back towards the northern direction, we spotted two Kudu bulls.

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And two Spotted Eagle Owls.

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North of the camp there was still a lot of water in the riverbed….

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And we found a calling Hoopoe..








Back at the camp we met KTF hooked. How nice to chat with you about yours and our sightings. 8)

We used the afternoon to take a long walk through the camp.
Some Squirrels really love the green pods under the tree in front of our bungalow.

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Moreover some very impressive Shongololos were searching the ground. :shock:

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I just love the painting in front of the reception building, I don’t know who painted it, but it’s brilliant it shows so many different aspects of the Kalahari environment. Just take your time to have a closer look.....

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Flowers in front of the reception…

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We then went to the hide and I was very happy that I was able to take a pic of an Accacia Pied Barbet for the first time…. :dance:

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Then we walked the little trail through the camp that explains different, plants and animals.
The time you see these thorns you do not wonder any longer why there are so many punctures in the park… :roll:

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Back to our bungalow we spotted a Mongoose close to the shop.

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The afternoon drive was once again very quiet.
But we enjoyed another lovely evening at Nossob. Having a braai and observing the Jackals.
This had been our last full day here.
Tomorrow we are once again moving to Urikaruus for the next 4 nights. 8)

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Well today we are moving back to Urikaruus :dance:
First sighting in the morning, a Groundscraper Thrush, still in camp.

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Goodbye Nossob...we will be back 2011 :wink:

Just as we cam ecloser to Kaspersdraai we could see Vultures in the sky, unfortunately we could not see where they went down...

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A little further down the road we observed some Hartebeest having an argument.







At Dikbaardskolk "The Sentinel" was awaiting our arrival :lol:

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Then the Mongoose was joined by a second one and they started to check our vehicle...

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Aren't they just too sweet ?! :D

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Then we left the Nossob river bed and entered the Upper Dunes Road.
Here we spotted Bat-Eared Foxes once again.

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And just a few kilometres before we reached the Auob River we saw the smallest Oryx we have ever seen... 8)

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Then we arrived at Urikaruus.
Marius just smiled and handed us the key to #2...
So we unpacked the car once again and felt that we were back home....
In the afternoon we drove again to the den......
And this time the little Hyena was outside :dance:

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Then we drove on towards the 13th borehole.
Here we found 5 veeeery tired Lions :lol:

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What we did not know back then, was that we shared this sighting with GawinW and Wannebe Nerd...

On the way back to the camp we sighted a Cape Cobra.

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Another sunset Giraffe...

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And shortly before we arrived at Urikaruus, a Cape Fox (unfortunately no good light :| )

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Meanwhile I had discovered that our neighbours from #1 were driving around with a car wearing a Yellow Ribbon, so I went over to their cabin and I had a nice little chat with GawinW and Wannebe Nerd so nice to meet you guys 8)
How wonderful to hear about your great sightings :thumbs_up:

Later we sat outside on our porch enjoying a beautiful full moon...
We were so glad to be back at Urikaruus once again :dance:

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We got up early, but decided to stay in the camp for a little longer to observe the waterhole.
At first a Jackal came to have a drink.

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And some Springboks.

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Soon after that we heard some Lions roaring in the distance.
To us it seemed they were coming from the South and as the roaring came closer we decided to pack some coffee and something to eat and set off to search them.

Well we had not to drive too far, just shortly after the road crosses the riverbed two magnificent Lion brothers were coming our way.

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Then the second one followed his brother.

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His Royal Highness....

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Then they walked past us and followed the riverbed.

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Oh, maybe they are walking to Urikaruus waterhole :hmz:
So we turned around and drive straight to the camp.
Here we met GwainW and Wannebe Nerd packing their car. We told them about the Lions and they told us about their great Hyena sighting at the den.
But we waited in vain for the two Lions.
Maybe they had found a tree that looking too tempting and lied down in the shade.

So we drove towards the northern direction yet again.
Here we spotted a Giant Eagle Owl.

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And yet another Cape Cobra.

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We were back at the camp not too late.
Enough time to enjoy some reading and the magnificent surroundings.

In the afternoon we took the southern route.

Our first sighting was a Hare.

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And again he on his nest....

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And as it was really quiet we thought it might be a good idea to drive the road to the boreholes once again.

Shortly after we had passed the riverbed north of the camp, we met our 5 Lions again.
Still very sleepy :roll: :lol:

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So I took only one pic and we set off.
The boreholes were quiet and on our return to the Lions they had come to life....

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Well camouflaged Lioness.

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For us it was time to return back to the camp.
Not long after we had left the Lions I detected something in the dunes on the other side of the riverbed, so I grabbed the binoculars and indeed, a Caracal :dance:

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Unfortunately the light was pretty bad.
And moreover it was getting later so we left the Caracal.

Last sighting before camp for this beautiful Eagle just beside the road.

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We arrive back at the camp and had a kind of surprise.
Driving closer to the cabin, all the other waved at us and made some strange gestures...
The Lion brother had arrived at the camp and we now lying right in the riverbed, between the cabins and the waterhole :big_eyes:

We tiptoed into our home and enjoyed the view of those magnificent animals from our balcony while having a sundowner and dinner.
It was a wonderful full moon night.

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Later that evening one of the Lions got up, walked over to the waterhole, had a drink and started to roar with the second one joining this beautiful serenade..

He was only maybe 10-20 metres away from us (if at all), the sound went right down into your stomach and gives you goosebumps.

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What an evening 8)

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Today we were driving again to the north....
The boreholes had been very quiet.
At the 13th borehole we spotted this small Snake.
Very well camouflaged.

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Isn't she pretty?!

After a short stop at Mata Mata we were soon on our way back again.
There had been a kill near Sitzas waterhole.
One Vulture was examining the carcass and a couple of Oryx observed him.

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South of the 14th borehole we observed two Giraffes having a little fight...

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Even further down south we spotted another Cat in one of the trees.

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And were glad that we were able to point her out to KTF hooked 8)

Just shortly before we reached the camp, we spotted a Blacksmith Plover. Our first in KTP :dance:

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In the afternoon we drove down south again.
And spotted a Thick-knee obviously breeding.

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Another Hare...

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The Martial Eagle on the nest, but today the light is far better.

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A Slender Mongoose, this time quite relaxed.

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This Springbok enjoyed some greens....

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Of course we checked the Hyena den before returning back to the camp.
Although the light was already pretty bad, we were lucky that the little pup, curiously cast an eye at us :lol:

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The evening was quiet at the waterhole, but still wonderful with the sound of the Barking Geckos and Nightjars, full moon and the amazing Kalahari stars... 8)

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In the morning we took the southern direction.
It was a bit overcast and veeery quiet.
So at one point we decided to turn around a go north again.
After the clouds disappeared and the sun was back again we spotted a Kestrel.

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Then Francolin discovered something in one of the caves along the ridge.
A Spotted Eagle Owl.

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And a little further on one of the wonderful Pygmy Falcons.

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We drove past the boreholes.
The 13th was quiet, the 14th was quiet.
After we had past the borehole we searched the trees and can you believe it spotted "Missy" again :dance:
She looked a bit grumpy that morning...

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A little later car stopped us to tell that there were Lions in the riverbed, only a couple of hundred metres up the road.
We looked for them, they were doing what they do the most of the time....sleep....
So we moved on towards Dalkeith.
Back on the main road we spotted this Pearl Spotted Owl in one of the tree.

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Of course we checked the Lions on our way back, but they only slightly changed their position.

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On our way back gto the camp we met KTFhooked again, they were moving to Urikaruus as well.

It was a hot day and back at camp we had a good rest. A coffee and observed the waterhole.
At least this was opur last day at Urikaruus....
But the waterhole was quiet as well.

So we set off once again in the afternoon. Towards the boreholes one last time.
But the afternoon was as quiet as the morning.
We saw plenty of Springboks though.
But due to the heat they were still resting in the shade of the trees.

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On our way back we stopped at the den, to see if we could spot the little one again.
But again only one of the clan members watched us from the ridge and disappeared..

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A Crowned Plover was wondering what we were doing there....

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By then it was time to retunr back to the camp.
We enjoyed the night sounds again, Jackals in the distance, an Owl in one of the tree close-by, the Nightjars at the waterhole and an occasional Dikkop call....
Oh this is just too good.....

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23.11.10 ( Some of you already know parts of this posting, yet I still hope you enjoy it again :wink: )

Maybe you know that we like Hyenas very much.
So we checked the den near Urikaruus very often , as we were eager to see the little black Hyena.
But we were not really too lucky.
So I decided that the last chance would be on our last morning at Urikaruus.

I left the camp at 5.30am and slowly made my way to the direction of the den.
It was a beautiful morning.
The full moon was still up in the sky and a big herd of Springboks was grazing in the riverbed. What a peaceful sight ...

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Already this was worth getting up so early…

Then as I came closer to the den I was thrilled to see one of the sub-adults on the hill.

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Maybe I was finally lucky :dance:

As I stopped at the den I could not believe my eyes.
The Hyenas had made a kill. Somewhere in the dunes or in the riverbed. You could clearly see that one of them ( judging by the tracks ) had dragged that unfortunate animal across the road and up the hill towards the den.
Now Mum and the little one were busy with the carcass.

But something was strange I thought.
The colour of the carcasses fur..... :hmz:
So I turned the car around to have a better look at what they were having there.
And I was flabbergasted to say the least :shock: ........

Well at first sight I thought that it was some kind of Bokkie...
But then it was just too big for that and the colour of the fur would have fit a Duiker, which would have been a big surprise in the Kalahari....
So I even had a closer look and suddenly I discovered a snout and then two very big ears....
Oh my God.

An Ardvaark :big_eyes:

I was over the moon, as you can imagine :wink:
And then I thought, my very first Ardvaark sighting and it's a dead one.... :lol:

But have a look!

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Here some more pics of Mum with the little one at the carcass...

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Meanwhile here is more of the Hyenas...

The two sub-adults came to the carcass as well, only to be chased away by Mum..

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The little one was very interested..

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A good meal, look at that belly....

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Ok, if you are not interested in me... I am not interested in you :tongue:

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Uuuhh, what's that ?!.... :shock:

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Then Mum dragged the carcass up the hill and out of sight for me...

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Just checking if there is nothing left down at the den....

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Well that's it....
I had the sighting all to myself for nearly an hour, only then another car arrived.
I left the den at 7am, after gorgeous nearly 1 1/2 hours 8)

And I know that there is another forumite who arrived just minutes after that and by then they had dragged the carcass back down again, so I know that there are more pics in one of the trip reports to come :wink:

It was time to return back to the camp.
I was simply over the moon and so very excited about my sighting, I simply could not wait to get back at tell Francolin everything.
I showed the pics to Marius as well and he was amazed.
Now it was really time for us to pack our car once again and to leave Urikaruus to travel to Twee Rivieren for our last couple of nights….

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On the way to Twee Rivieren we stopped once again at Auchterlonie.
This time it wasn't the Mongoose that beard us company, but a couple of Larks.

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Further along the way we spotted a Pygmy Falcon with his breakfast.

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And at one of the waterholes we met this little cutie :D

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Later we checked Samevloeiing, but nothing.
And at the waterhole near Twee Rivieren, we met our friend the Duck again.

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At Twee Rivieren we moved into #3 again.
So we were back home :wink:
Later that afternoon we met Jannie for a chat and I was eager to show him the photos of our most special sightings ( the Lion kill at Grootkolk and of course the Hyena/Ardvaark sighting).
It was great to see him again.

Of course we left for a short afternoon drive.
Our first sighting was pretty strange.
Goats on the day visitors area :shock:

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We took the Leeuwdril road.
Our first sighting were large numbers of , but extremely hard to capture :lol:

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It was again very hot and very quiet.
It seemed that every animal felt like this Jackal :whistle:

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That evening we visted the restaurant at Twee Rivieren and rescued some Bats later on :lol:
Welcome back to Twee Rivieren.....

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