Day 2: 1 May : Twee Rivieren to Mata Mata
We woke early the next morning, refreshed and on a mission. Well actually two:
Firstly to repack the bakkie and to be at the gate at 7am, and secondly to go and find the elusive Samevloeiing leopard.
Part one was accomplished with ease and by 7.05 we were on our way, all packed and off via Samevloeiing to Mata Mata where we would be camping for the next 3 nights.
I don’t know how many of you have ever seen anything on that first stretch from the camp gates to the Dune road turnoff. We certainly haven’t , and didn’t see anything then.
As for the leopard. Ya well, I am sure it is a figment of a whole lot of people’s imaginations.
I really don’t understand why people fabricate things like leopards close to camp just to get others all worked up.
I mean really.
Anyway Samevloeiing was pretty, Leeudril was quiet and then we had to retrace our steps backs to the Dune Road.
Once we got over the Dune road and into the Auob our expectations started to rise.
Lions at Houmoed .........nope
at Munroe...... no as well.
Well we did see these bokke in the morning sun.
We started to look for the smaller things and soon saw this Marico Flycatcher and
Crimson Breasted Shrike
as well as these two Pygmy Falcons along the way, (the one was trying to hide away!!
At Kamfersboom our luck changed!!
Two spotted hyena walking along the road.
They walked along the riverbed, had a sip to drink at Kamfersboom and then went up onto the ridge of the far dune to their den. (We were to see them there again later on in the trip)
Wannabe Nerd was happy as she had seen some of her favourite animals as we carried on.
A bit further down the road it was my turn to be blessed with these 4 sleepy guys at Gemsbokplein.
We watched them for a while but they were busy settling in for the day.
After a break at Kamqua we carried on to the famous hyena den just past Urikaruus, hoping that the clan would be at home. Our luck was in and Debs was like a child at Christmas!!
Isn’t the baby just the best!!!
Further north we were greeted by soggy roads after a heavy storm two days previously. The roads made for some interesting navigation, and an endless supply of designer mud.
Fourteenth borehole delivered this stunning Martial Eagle,
Some thirsty bokke
And a puff adder
We got to Mata Mata in the mid afternoon, set up camp and chilled for the rest of the day.
Our first proper day in the park did not deliver a leopard, but the Kgalagadi showed off her colours in a whole lot of ways, for which we were really grateful that evening as we reminisced about the day’s sightings