Thx KDU, Micetta and Kamadejo....
and to continue.....
Although it was still very hot back in camp it was nowhere as near as hot as it was at Urikaruus…I was able to let sleeping peeps sleep…
I spent the afternoon going through my photos ( just love my iPad !!!
) and making a few notes. I was so dying to walk around camp and see what I could see but I knew it would be a worthless exercise in that heat.
We didn’t even have a ground squirrel poking it’s head around the doorway.
It was a welcome relief though to go on our afternoon drive. Again BN chose to go south.
Her order for the drive….” Find those cubs Mom !!!”
Well Mom failed miserably with that request and BN barely gave me enough time to photograph this gorgeous Steenbok
Marie se Gat was lion free
but that was definitely to our warthog’s advantage. Yes he still in residence. He watched us approach and actually came a bit closer to investigate…
Shame I felt sorry for this poor lonely piggy !
Warthog was obviously thirsty
Then he came a bit closer and looked at me as if to say…
"Have you got nothing better to do but take thousands of photos of me….well here is a different take for you"…and promptly piddled in the water.
Ugh..such a pig like thing to do !!! Gemsbok was not impressed.
Whines from the back seat reminded me of our search for lion cubs and we moved on…
I was allowed another brief stop to photograph an ostrich..
We continued on to Cheleka which was quiet..very quiet except for one lone springbok. This springbok was very alert though…too alert.
We knew that there was something out there but no matter how hard we looked we could not see anything. It started raining and it was interesting to watch the doves enjoying the raindrops.doves in the rain
We eventually gave up on the alert springbok…we had to start heading back to camp. BN reminded us that we also needed to give ourselves enough time to see the cubs if they should show themselves.
The rain did not dampen this Secretary Bird’s hunting spree ..he walked alongside the car for a good few minutes before he crossed the road in front of us and eventually disappeared.
A few minutes after that BEB shouted…
“What’s that??? Brown hyena…”
Oh yes a brown hyena was running towards the road….stop grab camera…but the hyena did not play fair. He ran straight across the road right in front of us at one heck of a speed…he was definitely on a mission.
I then noticed a Capped Wheatear..I haven’t seen one of these for a while either so I had to take it’s photograph.
We took a very very slow drive around Marie’s Loop but look as I may I was unable to spot the lion cubs for BN…….
When we got back to camp BN and BEB went off to the hide….
After about half an hour later they came back with the following video footage….spotted hyena at Nossob
They were not too sure what had gone wrong with it’s rear end but something had gone horribly wrong !!!!
By now the braai was pretty much on the go and so was the rain…but my very clever SO had everything under control. I now know why he drinks beer
...the cardboard trays come in handy indeed !!!!!
After supper SO and I went for a quick walk to the hide. It was raining and it was quiet….and I knew that the show for the day was over.
And what a show it had been…those two brown hyenas had definitely made our day…had in fact made our trip !!!
Definitely no complaints from me !!!
13-15th Oct Kgalagadi Lodge
16th Oct - Twee Rivieren
17-19 Oct - Urikaruus.