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 Post subject: Duke Ellieton In and Between the Ephemeral Rivers Oct 11
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Nestled between Namibia and Botswana in the north western corner of South Africa is an expanse of land of stark beauty.

This is a harsh and unforgiving land when seen for the first time. As you begin to discover its secrets you will see it with new eyes and fall in love with this remarkable place that is home to some remarkable animals.

The two rivers that border this wonderland are only so by name as the Nossob only flows once in about fifty years and the Auob once in about every eleven years.

A place with beautiful sunrises
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Where rusty red sands meet
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azure blue skies
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A surprise waits at every turn
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The majestic black maned kalahari lion
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http://youtu.be/sOGPFL_-h7c

And cute critters down every burrow.
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Smiling at us from
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our upside down world
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A place where spending a penny can be a wee bit of a problem
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A place of glorious sunsets
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that bring out wonderful visitors
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We had some magnificent sightings in December 2009 that made me sing about days like this - the feel good song by Van Morrison

http://youtu.be/otRqwm6Cmxs

It is time once again to chase rainbows
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in and between the ephemeral rivers


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DinkyBird wrote:
Goosebump stuff Duke, and I know Sharifa has much to do with this too.


I made the booking but did not have much to do with the title.

:hmz: Ephemeral - Fancy title for my driver. I ask, what is wrong with, "Driving Miss Sharifa through the KTP."

Really looking forward to these 17 days in KTP. :dance: :dance: :dance:


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Thank you for all the good wishes. Duke did not mention our itinerary:

8 Oct – Twee Rivieren
9/10/11 Oct – Kalahari Tented Camp
12/13/14 Oct – Urikaruus
15/16 Oct – Nossob
17/18/19 Oct – Grootkolk
20/21 Oct – Gharagab
22/23 Oct – Bitterpan
24 Oct – Twee Rivieren

Only four more sleeps :dance: :dance: :dance:


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Introduction

The quintessential image I have of the Kalahari is of Gemsboks and red sands

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The land between the ephemeral rivers is truly a magnificent place where the daily drama of

Life, death

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and Love

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Unfolds like it has for many eons, and we get a momentary glimpse of this as humankind is no longer a part of this as we have drifted apart from it.

After our trip in December 2009 I opined that this is arguably the best place in the world for cat and raptor sightings and I still hold that view.

Meet the cheetah we have named Huntress,

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a remarkable cat you will see a lot of and her cubs that are the

little tigers.

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And this is the leopard we have named Rosa.

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and some of the raptors

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We met some old friends and made a few new ones. We stayed in some old favourites like Urikaruus and Grootkolk and found a new gem in Gharagab, beautifully set in tranquil surroundings where this introduction was written.

A place one can certainly wax lyrical about.

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Buckle up and join us in and between the ephemeral rivers on this epic journey and hopefully it will inspire some of you to visit this wonderful park like we were inspired by some of your excellent trip reports.


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Thank you Matthys, Dotty, anne-marie, saraf, MM, lettuceleaf7111, gwendolen, Joao, Muchkin, Pumbaa, Tobieo, Chickadee :thumbs_up:

anne-marie, this cheetah was not collared and is in the Craig Lockhart area, any idea who it is?

Muchkin, great meeting, though very brief. Tough ask not to mention leopards considering I have a great leopard spotter sitting next to me

Chickadee, great you got a back up as I want to see the pix that goes with the stories you told us. It was great meeting with you and your sister.

08 October 2011

Chapter 1 - A warm welcome
We arrived at KTP at 4.30pm and despite the long drive getting there we were unpacked quickly and on our first drive by 5.15pm.

Our first sighting was an Ostrich

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Before we got to leeudrill a car stopped us and told us there is a lion sitting on the dunes round the next bend :D

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On the way back to Twee Rivieren (TR) we saw a very alert mongoose

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and on scanning the tress in the area found the reason for his concern was an immature martial eagle

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Not bad to find the king of beasts and king of the skies on your first drive :dance:

On returning to TR, we met up with Jannie.

It was great to have the first braai going and listening to the barking ghekos.

09 October 2011

Chapter 2 - The Young Ones
Today was the type of day we all dream about with many, wonderful sightings. KTP really turned on the magic for us.


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Thank You Joao, Elsa, Pumbaa, anne-marie, RichardJ(how is the beast doing), Crested Barbet, Cickadee - waiting for the start of your TR.
Chickadee, I transfer our photos to my laptop and an external hard drive every two days.

We left Twee Rivieren at gate opening time and decided we will drive till Kij Kij, take the lower dune road and then head up to Kalahari tented camp where we will be spending the next three nights. It was quiet and we saw the occasional springbok and wildebeest in the distance.

On the detour road past Rooiputs we found some meerkats :dance: with some young ones

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Further along the detour road we found more young ones which I will tell you all about after the page turns :wink:


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Thank you for the comments and turning the page Micetta and anne-marie :thumbs_up:

Not far from the meerkats but still on the detour road we came across a cape fox den :dance: and the young ones were very playful :D

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Pumbaa wrote:
The fluffy cape foxes are soooooo gorgeous - Really a heart warming sighting, Duke :thumbs_up:

:clap: :clap: :clap: to the meerkats too :popcorn: :popcorn: :popcorn:


It was a heart warming start to our day

anne-marie wrote:
wow :D wow :D wow
cute... cute... so cute
and so nice pictures :clap:
give the envy to kiss them :shock: :whistle:


Thank you anne-marie, very cute they were :wink:

Micetta wrote:
How pretty and a rare sighting. :dance: :dance: :thumbs_up:

How close were you?


Yes Micetta, we do not always get to see the cape foxes. They were about 30 meters from the road.

Elsa wrote:
What little cuties those fox cubs are!
Fantastic pics. :clap:


Thank you Elsa :thumbs_up:

onewithnature wrote:
Just found this TR, Duke. What a wonderful TR to-date! :clap: :clap: :clap: Just adored the baby foxes. :dance:


Thank you OWN, these cape foxes were one of my highlights for this trip :D

lion queen wrote:
Wow some stunning pics!!!! :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

Love the Cape Foxes..............we saw them to but wayto far of for some nice photos.


Thanks lion queen, hope they put on a show for you next time

wanderw wrote:
As always - Fantastic Pix! :clap: :clap:

Awesome Cape Fox sighting and pix! :mrgreen: Also can't wait to find out more about Rosa and the Huntress!
:popcorn:


Thanks wanderw. Won't keep you waiting long. Will keep :bmp: Duke to get on with it :wink:

Jazil wrote:
What stunning pictures Duke and Sharifa, and what cute little baby Cape Foxes.


Thanks Jazil, they were very cute :D

Bushbaby30 wrote:
Just catching up here Duke... Those Cape foxes are just to cute for words! A real aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaww moment! Lovely close up shots! :clap: :thumbs_up:


Thanks BB30 :thumbs_up:

MATTHYS wrote:
LOVE your young ones, the meerkats and the foxes, Duke and Sharifa ! :clap:


Thank You Matthys - just can't help but love them :dance:

Meandering Mouse wrote:
That is just wonderful :D

thank you :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

:popcorn:


Thank You MM :thumbs_up:

Lionspoon wrote:
I'm still jealous of your second sighting, you know. :twisted:

As usual I adore your photos and look foward to what is to come. :whistle: :dance: :mrgreen:


Thanks LS - glad you home safely and was great meeting you :dance: Now why do you love the second sighting.

Duke will tell you more about young ones but first the PCG and the cobra on the lower dune road.

We found this PCG and the cobra looked dead

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but the PCG was pondering

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should I :hmz:

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and thought better of it

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as the cobra moved along

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and so did the PCG

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Near Kieliekrankie we found another cape cobra

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We stopped at Auchterlonie for a break.

After that we found a pygmy falcon (little but not young :) ) :D :dance:

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and just past Urikaruus there was a hyena with two cubs but could only get a photo of one of the young ones

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Between 14 borehole and Dalkeith there were a few cars parked off and we could see the herd of springboks but nothing else so asked the occupants of one of them what they were looking at and she told us there are 5 leopards in the long grass behind the log :big_eyes:


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Thank you for all the comments :thumbs_up:

I had my doubts about 5 leopards although Tiny has shown that anything is possible

and from the way the springboks were behaving it was obvious that there was a predator or five around

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So we looked through the bionoculars and lenses and had great difficulty locating them. Just shows how well they blended in the grass

It was Lisette (I reckon) and the four cubs :dance:

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and she did have a half hearted attempt at the bokke but there was no element of surprise as they knew she was there

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and the four cubs followed her after the unsuccesful burst

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and they all settled down under a tree

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It was very hot now - mid 30 degrees and we were tired so we made our way to KTC, checked in and settled down.

But is is not every day you get to see a cheetah let alone 5 so we were soon on our way to just past Dalkeith.

We were stopped in our tracks just past Craigh Lockhart by the most amazing sighting :wink:


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So we get past Craig Lockhart and there are a few cars parked off. There is only a small opening to view what is going on so we wait and eventually get a spot to see the action. Must say everybody was well behaved and civil. Photography is difficult in the dappled light and with all the twigs and grass in the way. It is our first meeting with

"The Huntress''

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and the "little tigers"

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We move on to give the next car a chance to see the little tigers :)


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Thank you for all the wonderful comments - much appreciated.

We drove south and found a Black shouldered kite that had just caught supper and his mate wanted to pirate his meal

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Nope, no sharing today mate

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this one is mine

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We turned around and started heading back for KTC and were lucky to got a second look at

the huntress

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and the little tigers

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a well fed cat

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and a well fed tiger

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We stopped, appreciating the beautiful sunset, and a greater kestrel in the golden light

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What a magical day with meerkats, cape foxes, PCG/cobra interaction, Lisette and 4 cubs, pygmy falcon, the huntress and little tigers and the BSK.

As good as it gets, but then the Kalahari is full of surprises :wink:


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10 October 2011

Chapter 3 - Warm Love

Duke has shown you the blood and guts but today it is all about warm love. The cute and colourful critters of the Kalahari. Duke used the Van Morrison song “Days Like this” in the introduction and the theme song for this chapter is another Van Morrison song,” It’s just warm love”.

These sightings were seen on the 10 October but not in the order shown here

First The Swallow tailed Bee-eaters.
The old adage, the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach should be changed when applied to bee-eaters, since it is the male that brings the nuptial offering to the female.

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He has to show her that he is a good provider for her and her chicks.

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She sums him up

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And is satisfied and so accepts this male as her partner.

And it’s just warm love

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And it’s ever present everywhere

Video - It's just warm love

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And it’s ever present everywhere

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And it’s ever present everywhere

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Thank you Bushmom, Tobieo, Pumbaa, Micetta, anne-marie, KTF Hooked, wanderw :thumbs_up:

The Barn Owl is the only owl to be found in most parts of the world. We found this family nesting in a Sociable Weaver nest at the southern entrance to 14 Borehole on 10 October but made a stop everyday thereafter to see them - here is a collection of some of the photos.

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Barn Owls could have up to 12 eggs in a clutch when prey is abundant. There seemed to be an abundance of rodents this year. Although we saw just 3 chicks, there could have been unhatched eggs still in the nest. All the chicks are not hatched at the same time which explains the different sizes of the chicks.

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The Barn owl has a very acute sense of hearing. It hunts only at night and the tiniest squeak of a mouse is enough to draw the owl’s attention to the mouse even if it is pitch dark. The Barn owl is said to be the nocturnal counterpart of the Black- Shouldered Kite.

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Just incredible how they can move their heads

Here's looking at you :lol:

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