When we arrived at the Oryx carcass a Lioness was around.
The bloodied face showed that she already had breakfast.Larger View
Then she walked over to the direction of Botswana and we could see that she met up with one of those beautiful Kalahari Lions.Larger ViewLarger View
Today we wanted to drive the Botswana detour. Shortly before we reached Leeudril waterhole we spotted some Meerkats in the distance.Larger View
After yesterday's rain some of the spots close to the road were pretty muddy. It was funny to observe this Eagle running through the mud and looking as if he had really good time. Larger View
He then flew up and landed in one of the bushes…Larger ViewLarger View
The detour was quite easy to drive and it was nice to be able to drive through this area once again after a so many years.
We were happy to find yet another Bat Eared Fox Den close to the road. One of the little ones was reeeaaally tired.Larger ViewLarger View
We had just passed Kij Kij and were on our way to Melkvlei to have breakfast when we discovered a Hyena walking through the riverbed towards the waterhole, so we turned around and followed her.Larger View
This is maybe one of my favourite shorts taken during last year's trip. Larger View
We waited at the waterhole for her and after a while she slowly walked towards us.Larger ViewLarger View
I tried to capture the water dripping from her face, but somehow I think the concrete in the background is really nice... Larger ViewLarger View
As soon as she stopped drinking she turned around and walked over to the direction of Botswana.
Shortly before we reached Melkvlei I spotted a movement in one of the trees close to the road.
An African Wild Cat! Larger View
But soon we discovered that she wasn't alone... Larger ViewLarger ViewLarger View
We thought we had enough photos of the cat and the little ones and decided that it was time to leave, as we did not want to disturb them too much. And Mum wasn’t too happy about our presence either….
Now we had breakfast at Melkvlei and were soon on our way back towards Twee Rivieren again.
This time the Eagle was sitting in one of the trees and his feet were clean again, lol…Larger View
Shortly after that we observed a juvenile Pale Chanting Goshawk eating something on top of a Weavers Nest.Larger View
There was no action at the Oryx carcass when we returned, but we decided not to leave too late in the afternoon to have a look again.
And indeed we were lucky, by the time we arrived the big male Lion was having his share.
Sorry pics may be a bit gory……Larger ViewLarger ViewLarger View
He then walked onto the road sniffed at one of the trees (I think the car in the background belongs to one of the forumites that had been on the 4x4 trail) and walked very close past our car.Larger View
More cars arrived and now it was time for us to leave.
We drove all the way to Rooiputs waterhole, but it was really quite. So we decided to return back to the Oryx carcass.
En-route we spotted this lovesick Ostrich, lol….
Too many cars for our taste, everybody got too excited so we thought it might be a good idea to leave the carcass and just stop at the waterhole to have a look if the Lion might fancy a drink.
And indeed here they were, aren't they just too beautiful!?Larger ViewLarger View
While we stood there we could see that there were hundreds of Red-billed Queleas at the waterhole, it made an amazing sound when they flew up every now and then.Larger View
The Lions were really sleepy and there was not much movement, so one more farewell shot and we returned back to camp.Larger View
On the way back to our cottage I spotted the yellow ribbon and had a lovely chat with Jo and her Dad.
This was the last evening on this year's trip and I think I do not have to explain how we felt. Fortunately we still got a couple of hours the next day before we finally had the leave.