I have to make a start on my TR, because every time I sit down in front of the computer, I hear a hyena whoop! And no, I’m not the only one who hears this noise, my SO bought a new backup hard drive and it actually ‘whoops’ every few minutes and brings back great memories of our trip, so I could never forget about doing a TR! So here goes....
As they say...You can pick your friends but you can’t pick your family!
Our recent trip over the December/January holidays was DIFFERENT, to say the least. Yes, the weather was different to what we expected, but KTP also revealed a lot more different parts of itself to us. Although we did not experience ‘in action’ cat kills this time, we were privileged to see many interesting interactions, family and inter-specie as well. I hope you enjoy this peek into our special moments in the park.
Eagle Eyes' pic - Nossob riverbed, near Geinab
27th and 28th December - Mata Mata
29th and 30th - Urikaruus
31st - Nossob
1st, 2nd and 3rd - Grootkolk
4th and 5th - Nossob
6th and 7th - Twee Rivieren
During our stay in the park we met up with the Kgalagadi Guru (Jannie) and the following forumites:
Craig(sorry, I did not catch your forum name in our brief exchange)
Great to see some familiar faces, and to put some names to new ones! We also passed Tintin near Nossob, but could not track her down to chat. And we also shared a special sighting with Fotomaljohan and his family, although at the time, we did not know it.
Our first day in the park - 42degree C! 2nd day - 45degree C! It was HOT. I must admit that the 2nd day was really uncomfortable for this KTP addict, and I started having doubts about whether I had been sane when I booked this holiday for my family.(My SO markw, my daughter Eagle Eyes and my son Wezl) ! Early morning of the 28th of December (3am) saw Eagle Eyes and myself out on the verandah of our Mata Mata chalet, in our PJs, catching the ‘oh so welcome’ breeze, and giggling about all the night sounds. At the end of the second day, Wezl was in a real bad mood (
perhaps I was not the only one feeling uncomfortable because of the heat), the main reason being that he had just realised that his old Ipod charger did not charge his new Ipod. Disaster! A teenager without his music for another 10 days! Eish! How were we going to survive this KTP trip? That evening, after putting up with oppressing clouds over our chalet (literally and figuratively), we were saved!
Eagle Eyes offered to share her Ipod with her brother and the rain started to fall, the first of many thunderstorms experienced over the next 6 days! In the following days, the temperatures experienced were in the mid 30s, except for Grootkolk, where the temperature was 20 degrees one morning, and in the late 20s the rest of the time. A first - coming across fellow travellers at Ljiersdraai, with jerseys on in January!
On the Auob side - terrible! The corrugations were the pits! On the Nossob side - the roads were a dream in comparison. (We saw the shiny blue tractor and tires go out regularly from Nossob
)We had a very brave neighbour at Nossob - he had brought along his 7and a half
month pregnant wife and his mother-in-law, and yes, they spent time on the Auob side. After the thunderstorms, we also had to contend with large road puddles, and a few lakes, mostly north of Nossob but also a few on the Auob side, when we were on our way back to Twee Rivieren,
One morning we met up with 4 lionesses at Dalkeith. Some very inquisitive lionesses!
Who is that gorgeous specimen?(If you want a close encounter with a lioness, polish your car really well!
To be continued...