It didn’t take me long to sort out my hunger pang and thereafter I had a quick walk around the camp. There were a couple of ellies at the waterhole
And the aloes revealed what I thought was a Southern Double-collared Sunbird but looking at my photos I now realise that it is in fact a Greater Double-collared Sunbird.
I was hoping to get to Carol’s Rest but I after doing the maths I realised that I did not have enough time so I decided to back track the way I had come.
I stopped at Domkrag …..and photographed the very busy Hadedas,
And a very inquisitive Karoo Scrub-Robin
And a Karoo Prinia singing his head to anybody that would listen.
I could have sat there much longer ..it was so peaceful and tranquil.
There is something quite special about sitting and overlooking “Africa” with only the birds and kudu for company.
I continued with my meanderings seeing many Herons, Bokmakieries, Common Fiscals , Glossy Starlings, Kudu and of course Piggies.
Thank goodness I had been sensible in leaving Domkrag because just after Rooidam I rounded a bend and had to come to a stop ……
Oh yes …..another Ellie traffic jam….there were ellies to the left of me, ellies to the right of me, ellies blocking the road up front and when I looked behind me there were some ellies that had appeared in the road behind me. I could not go forwards and I could not go backwards…It was a bit of a “oh sh*t !!!!!” moment.
I was very not very happy with the situation…I do prefer it when I have an escape route.
There was nothing that I could do except sit and wait.
All sorts of headlines went through my mind…..
“ Local Lady travelling solo in Kombi gets trampled to death by over friendly Addo Elephants “
Noooooo..pull yourself together !!! These friendly Addo Elephants have not claimed that headline yet….why should they do it now…to me….I am not that important.
I was worrying so much about my predicament that I forgot to take photos….yes Caracal forgot to take photos
…can you believe that.
The minutes ticked over and the ellies just kept munching. Eventually one huge ellie walked right past the Kombi, stopped and stared at me and then immediately veered off the road. With that the rest of the ellies in the road veered off as well…as if to say “Okay we have frightened her enough let’s leave her be!” Shew...thank you Ellies !!!
I saw a gap and I took it and as drove off I looked in my rear view mirror …there were plenty of ellies rushing across the road. I did not realise that they were so many ellies in the bushes next to me. I did manage to stop and grab a quick photo of two young ellies stopping for a quick bite to eat
…they were soon ushered on though and I decided that it was in my best interests to get a move on to Hapoor.
13-15th Oct Kgalagadi Lodge
16th Oct - Twee Rivieren
17-19 Oct - Urikaruus.