22. 11 .11
That morning we left Kalahari Tented Camp earlier than the previous day.
Just south of Sitzas Waterhole we found to Vultures on top of a Weavers Nest. Larger View
Only a couple of hundred metres after passing the waterhole we spotted some Giraffes in the riverbed. Larger View
We checked Craig Lockhardt Waterhole, but found nothing.
It was only when we drove around the next bend, that we saw Morkel (whom we had met the previous day) was reversing towards us.
He stopped and then told us that the Cheetah mum with the two youngsters had just made a kill, and was now together with the cubs and the prey underneath the tree on the far side of the riverbed.
And indeed, we could see them together with their breakfast.
Unfortunately the light was already pretty bad, this in combination with the distance was not great to take decent pictures. Larger View
At one point the Cheetah mum picked up the Springbok, which made the cubs go crazy. They jumped up and down trying to get hold of the prey. Larger View Larger View Larger View
When they stopped feeding and laid down to rest, we decided it was time to move on.
A few hundred metres further south we spotted a couple of Ludwig’s Bustards foraging for food. It was amazing how many of these beautiful birds we spotted during our trip. Larger View
Shortly before reaching the northern entrance to the 14th waterhole we spotted a Lioness close to some shrub and dead trees in the riverbed.
It was only when we used the binoculars that we discovered, that she had cubs.
And they were the tiniest cubs that we ever saw.
The Lioness was pretty stressed, unable to get some rest, whenever she tried to walk away the cubs started to follow her and she turned around again…
And again not really brilliant pics due to the harsh light, the distance and the size of the cubs.
But the little ones were just too cute.
In most of the pics you can find at least one tiny cub, I hope you are able to spot them.
Two cubs here… Larger View
One cub, right behind Mums bum… Larger View
Two together with Mum here.. Larger View
Really bad pic, but you can see just how small the cubs were, even shorter than the grass… Larger View
Here all three of them together… Larger View
We were very happy about having such a wonderful and successful morning drive and returned back to Kalahari Tented Camp for lunch and a little nap.
In the afternoon we set off to the waterholes again, of course we wanted to check if we were able to find the Lioness with the tiny ones again.
We had passed Dalkeith and were heading further south, when we spotted a movement in the road. It was the Lioness walking towards us. As we were still quite close to the waterhole, we were sure that she was heading towards the water to have a drink. So we turned around to find a good place to see her.
And indeed it was only about 15 min later that she slowly approached Dalkeith waterhole.
Such a pretty lady, but looking badly in need of good meal. Larger View
The Wildebeest discovered her as well… Larger View
She was having a drink. Larger View
I really like this photo with all the butterflies flying around her head, although the fact that I had to take the photo against the sun made it very difficult. Larger View
She then walked off, ignoring all the cars and was lying down for a little rest. Larger View
Yet again it was time for us to leave.
On the way back we spotted a nice Red-necked Falcon feeding in one of the trees close to the road. Larger View
Back at ”home” we enjoyed our sundowner listening to the Barking Geckos.
It maybe had not been the best day for photos, but it was an amazing day for sightings…