Day 6 cont. Nossob to Grootkolk
............we were absolutely thrilled with the fantastic lion sighting that we had just had.
Had our luck turned?
At Bedinkt our first Lilac-Breasted Roller for the trip
Stopped by all the waterholes on the way up but once again it was very quiet -
Had a lovely breakfast at Lijersdraai and just as we were packing up to leave I hear "A Yellow Ribbon"
It was icurry and SO (Russ) on their way from Grootkolk to Nossob. Great too have met you and hope you enjoyed the rest of your time in the park. icurry did warn us that it was cold, very cold at Grootkolk during the night, so we were prepared.
Kannaguass was dry but these two were getting a mineral or two from the surrounding area -
Arrived at Grootkolk and were warmly welcomed by the camp attendant, Franco.
We had, prior to our arrival requested Desert Cabin #1, but were told that it had been taken already. To our surprise Franco told us we would be staying in #1 -
. Desert Cabin #1 is closest to the waterhole and does have the best views - Thank you Franco!!
Unpacked the little that we had for our stay and relaxed for the rest of the afternoon. The bird life in and around Grootkolk is amazing. We were entertained by Red Headed Finches, Sociable Weavers, Red Billed Queleas, Lanner Falcons, Shaft Tailed Whydahs and Tawny Eagles.
(We did not put the water out for the birds - this container was there when we arrived. The birds loved it)
In Tobieo's recent trip report I read that he had stayed in #1. While relaxing I read through the sightings book and he had written about the lioness with cubs at Geinab, so a late afternoon drive was planned there.
Geinab was dry and there was very little activity in the area so we drove a little further north. In the road we came across this freshish Lion dung and there were plenty of little prints all around.
She must be around here somewhere -
We will try again tomorrow morning -
Then, a rare sight in the Kgalagadi but unfortunately they were some distance from the road -
On all my previous visits to the Kgalagadi this was a first for me - Warthog!!
Got back to camp just in time and enjoyed a beautiful sunset. Just as it was starting to get dark some Spotted Hyena's visited the waterhole, had their drink and walked right past out cabin.
During the night we heard them very close and the following morning there were tracks all over the place.
......................... to be continued!