We decided to travel through to Kij Kij waterhole from where we would head south to Leeudril waterhole via Rooiputs. The first section of this road runs on the Botswana side, crossing bach to SA at Rooiputs. Vehicles with high clearance are essential here but no 4x4 required. We were looking forward to this because it would be a first time for us.
We were hoping to find our Lions at Kij Gamies but they had moved off. These Kori Bustards
were patrolling the dunes near Kij Kij
These Bat-eared Foxes
gave us a quick look before disappearing over the dunes
At Kij Kij, which had no water in it, we found these BBJs
who did appear to be charming each other up somewhat
The two-spoor track down to Rooiputs was very quiet but really an interesting drive, having never been on it before. We were very surprised to see how busy it was - suppose all the Twee Rivieren - Nossob traffic uses this route now that it had been opened. Soon after getting onto the new road at Rooiputs we saw this Honey Badger
on the far dune. It was interesting to see that he had Pale Chanting Goshawks and two BBJ following him up the dune. Unfortunately it was a bit far away but nevertheless a nice sighting.
We soon came across a massive herd of Springbok
grazing on either side of the road and totally oblivious of the traffic. These fellows had a bit of a sparring match next to the road
This handsome young man posed for us
We turned for home at Leeudril and on the way saw this herd of thirsty Blue Wildebeest quenching their thirst at Rooiputs.
This is the view from the back of Kieliekrankie as you near the camp. Every picture tells a story!
We thoroughly enjoyed spending the middle part of the day on the deck simply enjoying this precious view together with the silence. SO decided to stay in for the afternoon drive so I headed off towards the Auob valley. There was not much action but I was indeed fortunate to get some really nice pics of these birds. The Crimson-breasted Shrike
sat still for a change and whats more, the light was perfect. They are really a pain because they never sit still so getting this opportunity is quite rare. The Swallow-tailed Bee-eaters
were very active in the late evening - there seemed to be plenty of flying "goggas" around for them to feed on
This magnificent sunset capped a lovely day in the Kalahari. Sights like this makes one feel Mamma Africa wrapping her blanket around you.