Thanks again to all the followers.
That bit of historical info was great Arks, I wonder how many of the "old hands" did that or remember that road?Day 4: 29 Dec – Nossob to Twee Rivieren Part 1.
So, the fire is lit and the foodies is ready. For clarity’s sake – I love animals and wildlife, however, I DON’T like flying things, not birds, but buggies and beetles. This stems from a childhood incident and I go almost hysterical when bugs fly around me…..so now do you get the picture……..fire lit, light on, sitting outside ………..and a deluge of BUGS!
Oh, and the other thing that is not really top of my “like” list are geckoes, this because I had one fall into my hair one day and then proceed to lose its tail there – gives me “grils” just thinking about it…..and where did I opt to stay – you got it NOSSOB where they have the fattest geckoes and a myriad of bugs.
Toktokkie or some other such beetle
I ate my supper, ducking and diving like a mad person.
We then had the camp visitors sitting on the wall just next to us, waiting for some food. Don’t even know if you can see it in this photo.
We took a trip down to the hide to see what we could see, but boy, was it full, like a queue in PnP, take a number and wait until somebody decides it is time to leave.
The jackals were having a ball drinking the water, trotting off a little way, returning to the water and then……………..the blasted lights went out!!!
Now while the spotlight was on, the buggies were swarming around it, far away from me, but as soon as the bright sparks next to me, with their high powered torches lit up the world, the bugs came heading straight for it and thus ME! It was time to go!
We traipsed back to the chalet and only then did it actually sink in that when they say everything goes off……they mean everything! No fridge, no FAN!!!
What else to do except sleep – I WISH! Hot flushes are reserved for the menopausal women and should not be thrust upon us who are not quite there yet and the SO…who was not quite as polite about the fact that it was hot!
Again, I had listened to the info that Caracal had been nice enough to give me, so wet towels and ice bricks were the order of the day, or should that be night. I did wake for a short period because of the Jackals making a horrid amount of noise…and having now read the thread “what happens at Nossob when the lights go out”, I suppose I should have got up to look, but PJs were not…..oh forget it, you get the picture!
My alarm infiltrated my state of doze and I quickly got up, washed my face and headed off, first to the hide, just in case there was anything there…..this sunrise greeted me.
Got my permit, and headed South. Now I must just comment that the sign on the gate at the camp fascinated me “Gates closed due to dangerous animals” Well thanks guys, so you now expect me to get out of my car with all these dangerous animals around, open the gate, get back in, drive through and then repeat the process……..should the gates not be automatic if this is the case??????
I survived the gate opening/ closing ordeal and headed off to Marie se Draai. I saw plenty of general game, with the RHB dotted around the landscape and these Gemsbok and Springbok in the morning sun.
I sat and watched this little mouse (which seems to have sat in a pot of blue paint) for a while. There were other siblings, but my reaction times were not good enough to get any of them.
A Cattle Egret came wading along
And this 1 horned Gemsbok came closer so that I could have a good look at him.
Not seeing any cats, I headed back to shower, pack up and collect the SO for our trip back to TR.
On the way back, these Wildies bade me farewell
and this SWBE stood still long enough for me to get a piccie (I have 7 others of the same bird that really were not even worth attempting to post).
I did pass Caracal going in the opposite direction but didn’t stop as I had an urgent “nood/ need” which the corrugations were not helping with and I needed to get back to camp.
While I had been out, the SO had also been taking pictures around camp.
The Glossy Starling
A Red-eyed African Bulbul with its breakfast
We packed up, filled up and headed out. For the 3rd time today, we went down Marie se Draai, but still only general game was seen and some birdies in the trees.
This one thought it was a birdie
Just after we turned onto the main road, I spotted tracks in the sand at the side of the road and asked SO to stop and tell me what they were. He doesn’t have a clue, so says “it has a pad and 4 toes” “how big?” “big….and it is going thataway”. Now you must realise that “thataway”, is not “thisaway” which is the direction we are going in, so maybe, if we had stayed on the main road instead of doing the draai, we would have seen our cat….but anyway!
These 3 PCGs were having a family meeting
And we watched this little BBJ drinking at Kaspersegat.
On we went and a car going past us, I suddenly realised, was flying both yellow and red ribbons…STOP, go back. So we both slowly reversed towards each other, giving lots of space coz you have no idea which direction the road can make your car suddenly buck in, and it was……you guessed it……Duke and Sharifa. Such nice people. We had a general chat and he told us that they had had wonderful sightings up at Khalahari tented camp that morning and were now on their way to Grootkolk.
my brain started kicking in. Look on map…….take the upper dune road…..turn right at Kumqua towards Mata-Mata…………now to convince the SO to go that way without actually asking him….must let him think it is his idea……..It was already 29 °C and it was only 10:00….would the heat stop us?
We stopped at Dikbaardskolk for a pit-stop - men's loo was out of commission! As we were watching the birdies and taking a break, this silver BMW 7 series pulled in! All you had to do was look around and see the bakkies, 4x4s and other vehicles (even our Suzuki SX4 looked a bit out of place) and read the info that says "internal roads not suitable for sedans" to realise that this man must have been crazy to take a vehicle like this on those roads....the only conclusion we could reach was that it was a company car so he couldn't care less.
So, did we, or didn’t we and was it worth it………….