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Sunday 15th May
It was sunny and warm when we woke up but very windy. We were up by 6:15am, packed the car and were ready to leave at 7am. We drove to Grootkolk via the upper dune road, Dikbaardskolk picnic spot and Nossob. As we had a very long way to go and were not sure how long it would take us we drove at the max speed limit and only stopped for good sightings (and even then we did not stop for long). We swopped drivers at Dikbaardskolk and Russ drove until Nossob. The road was very quiet and aside from the usual game we did not see much until I noticed, out of the corner of my eye, some brown moving bodies. “Stop” - Lions!!! Finally we had found our cats. Two adult lions, a lioness and sub adult male were loping along looking for lunch. We stayed with them for about 15 minutes and then had to leave them - we were not happy to have to go but hey, we had somewhere to be by 6pm.
We got to Nossob at 12:30, booked into Grootkolk and filled up with diesel (R220). We were soon on our way and oh boy – it felt like a long way!! We got to Grootkolk at about 3:30pm and were given chalet number 2. We settled in – not too much place to put all our stuff as the crockery and cutlery and fridge were inside the chalet. It was lovely and peaceful and I can see how people can fall in love with the place – we certainly did!!
Russ was unpacking and decided to have a rusk from his stash, he took the packet outside and the next minute I heard an almighty yell – I immediately thought “Snake!!” and peered outside the chalet door to find that his rusks were all over the floor and he rather shakily was saying ‘mouse!!’. Ok, now I know that it was not a snake but little Mr/Mrs Ticklemouse was inside the packet of rusks and as Russ had put his hand in the packet he had felt the little bugger moving around ......we managed to find the little one and took a few pictures. We were worried that the mouse had been translocated from KTC but we did find him/her the next day looking none the worse for wear! So this was the second time Russ’s heart had been put to the test on this holiday!!!
“Ticklemouse” with evidence (crumbs)
We had just started the fire and were sitting down with a drink when a herd of about 14 kudu came down to drink at the waterhole. It was lovely to sit there and watch them milling around. We had a lovely braai and Amarula Hot Chocolate for bedtime warming as the temperature had steadily dropped and it was freezing. We both put our thermals and socks on before climbing into bed. Russ was up and down during the night filming the wildebeest, jackal and hyena at the waterhole. (No decent pics though)
Monday 16th May
We woke up late today, 7am, and had a leisurely cup of coffee and biscuits before driving to Union’s End. We did not see much, the grass was so long that we could have been driving right next to a lion or cheetah and not seen them! We did manage to see warthog twice – a very special sighting so we were happy with that! (pics aren’t great – but proof anyway)
That ‘just woke up’ feeling ...
is this the Munster family ......?
If you won’t scratch that itch I’ll do it myself ..
We got back at about 11am only to find that a lioness had visited the waterhole while we were out – luck of the draw! We decided that after all the driving we had done in the last few weeks we deserved an afternoon off so we sat in the sun and read out books while serenaded by the sociable weavers and occasionally other birds. The serenading is very loud but quite enjoyable.
We finished our supper at about 8pm and while we were eating hartebeest had come down to the waterhole to drink. As it was starting to get cold we had our traditional hot chocolate and amarula in bed. Thank goodness for the thermals and socks – it was very chilly! (and that is saying something as my blood has thickened up and Russ just doesn’t seem to get cold at all – it’s a running joke in our house!!) At about 1:30am hyena came down to the waterhole and wandered around outside our chalet and between the cars. We managed to get some film from the night vision bino’s. The hartebeest were at the waterhole most of the night and there was also a standoff between the hyena and some gemsbok at about 2:30am.
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