The weather was getting worse and it started drizzling
...oh well I thought...this should make it easier to leave. The animals seemed to have disappeared. An odd wildebeest here and a springbok there...where was my farewell committee.
I do believe I was beginning to pout a bit when my eye caught the following…
As we were coming to a stop we could see around the bend in the road and we noticed a few cars parked up ahead.. Now what? Do we go on ahead or do we follow the cheetah on the ridge. The cheetah on the ridge was walking away at a rapid rate and had almost disappeared from view so we decided to go on ahead and see what the other cars were watching …
OMW the other cars were watching this….
Three young cheetahs feeding on a springbok…the story being that the cheetah walking on the ridge had a killed a springbok for her family to eat and she was obviously off to go and find her own breakfast. The other cars had seen it all…we had missed another cheetah kill….two in the space of 48hrs.
In all our trips to the park (more than 20 ) we have never seen a cheetah kill…we have seen failed attempts as well as many cheetah on kills but never the actual kill itself.
Although I was disappointed in missing yet another kill I sat back and enjoyed this sighting. The long grass, the bad light and the spluttering splattering rain was not going to make for any kind of decent photos so I just took a few to enable me to tell the story.
These three young cheetah had definitely made short work of the carcass...there was no squabbling at all but when they were able to they moved off with bits and pieces in their mouths to eat in peace…
One of the young cheetahs was not happy that Mom had disappeared and kept looking in her direction and calling her.
All of a sudden a herd of gemsbok appeared on the horizon...nothing too special about that ...but we noticed something small appear with the gemsbok and practically ran through their legs and down the ridge. At first I thought it was a hyena but it was cub no 4 joining up with his siblings. There was not much food left for him but he managed to grab a morsel or two.
But yes…a long road lay ahead of us….well actually not too long...we only had to get as far as Brandvlei. We had sat with these cheetahs for 45 mins and we were way behind schedule. But guess what ….I was happy to move on…the farewell committee had bade us farewell.
Again the Kgalagadi had not disappointed us…..
One final look at Samevloeiing
And two very satisfied peeps hit the road home.
I was a bit heavy hearted when we drove through the gates though. Although we had an exciting 3 week trip to the “unmentionable place” ahead of us it would be at least another 10 months before we visited the KTP again...or so we thought !!!!!!
13-15th Oct Kgalagadi Lodge
16th Oct - Twee Rivieren
17-19 Oct - Urikaruus.