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 Post subject: Kalahari Reflections: March 2014
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Kalahari Reflections March 2014

(With pictures by Wannabe Nerd, most of the time)

Events leading up to the trip

Our last trip to the Kgalagadi was in May 2012, where we had the most amazing trip to this bit of heaven ever. (See our last trip report Christmas Trees in the Kalahari)

Our next trip was scheduled for May 2013.

Then my sister and her husband put a spanner in the works an offered to take us to Thailand in June 2013. Thailand was wonderful and a great experience, but we needed to reschedule our KTP trip as a result to October 2013. That was OK, could definitely live with that compromise :)

Then in June 2013 I put a spanner in the works again by changing jobs. This meant another postponement to March 2014. A bit grumpy about that but life does get in the way at times, like it or not. :x

As March approached time came for me to get my leave approved.

Problem yet again: Our Company had just announced the new dates for the Cape Town Art Fair, right in the start of my proposed dates. This resulted in more negotiations with employers, Wannabe Nerd, SANPARKS and the Botswana Dept. of Wildlife until finally we were sorted and able to start seriously getting excited. (I must admit I did hold my breath on this until we were finally on our way)

Each time we had to change our dates, our whole itinerary would need to change, and change it did, in a big way.
Our final itinerary looked like this:

1 night Twee Rivieren
1 night Nossob
3 nights Polentswa (Campsite no 2 as opposed to no 1 originally booked)
2 nights Nossob
3 nights KTC
1 night Urikaruus
6 nights Rooiputs (3 nights in no 5 and 3 nights in no 6, as opposed to 6 nights in no 3 originally booked)
Home

Finally with the Art Show done and dusted, all reports in we were finally all packed and ready to hit the road on the evening of 4 March. Our long awaited trip was about to begin. :dance: :dance:

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http://www.sanparks.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=27&t=62684

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Kalahari Reflections March 2014


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 Post subject: Re: Kalahari Reflections: March 2014
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GavinW it sounds as if it was a big challenge to get all your bookings changed, at least you were lucky enough to get suitable accommodation,I do look forward to this TR :dance:

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Day 1: March 5

We arrive at Twee Rivieren and our first evening drive

As per our custom, we were up at sparrows, well before that in fact at 1.30am, and on the road a smidgen after 2am.

We made good time in our trip up from Cape Town, arriving at Twee Rivieren almost exactly 12 hours later to the minute. The expected stop/go’s resulted in us having to stop briefly only twice out of a possible 7 or 8 times.

Once at Twee Rivieren, we got booked in, found our chalet, unpacked what we needed to and Debbie had a quick nap. I went and did a few admin things, like surviving the petrol station whilst getting our tyres deflated and buying wood and ice from the shop.

I must admit that was an experience of two extremes. The attendant at the petrol station was unhelpful and even rude when I enquired about my tyre pressures, whilst the new staff at the shop were friendly and helpful. (What a change from previous visits)


By 5.30 we were up and ready to venture forth into the park for the first time. :dance:


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Just past Samevloeiing, we came across our first Kalahari roadblock, 5 or 6 cars watching some sleeping lions. Ok good start, but they are just sleeping, so we decided to carry on. :hmz:

Typically when you first arrive in the park, you stop and take note of almost everything, as it is all new and just great to see and experience it all again. This drive was no exception to this.


First up, some sociable weavers at their nest,


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Followed by a Kori Bustard (Not walking away from us)

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And some gemsbok.

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We drove as far as Leeudril before turning back and deciding to watch the lions for a while. They were starting to get active and move about, probably partially due to being disturbed by the pending storm.

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This side attraction on the other side of the road, was even more pleasing to the eye, especially when we noticed the tawny eagle in the tree as well. Here Debbie got it just as it flew off into the rainbow :D

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http://www.sanparks.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=27&t=62684

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What a first drive Gavin W :clap: :clap:

I'm on board for this Kalahari Reflections :D

It's so green ! (for a usual winter visitor) :big_eyes:

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Been looking forward to this. :popcorn: :popcorn: :popcorn:


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I am on board.........great start :clap: :clap: and can't believe KTP is so green!!

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I'm on board too... :popcorn:

Great start :cam:

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Seems like it was worth all the postponements Gavin and Debbie. Love your photos, the bright greens against the stormy sky is very special.

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Great Start !!! I am on board

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I'm also on board. Great start and nice pictures - particularly the last. Great cinema.

Thanks Gavin. :clap: :clap: :clap:

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I am sure I can squeeze in this next post :P

The rest of Day 1 continued

We watched the lions for a bit longer and after a while decided that the pre-planned sundowners at Samevloeiing were much more important than jostling other vehicles to get a view of some semi - comatose lions.
We got to the waterhole in time to see the pending storm start gaining momentum on the horizon.

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Soon time was against us and we had to head back to camp, where the storm started to display itself even more potently.


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Needless to say, besides a good try on my behalf, at the advice of my SO and our neighbours at TR, I was unable to use the braai wood I had bought earlier in the day, and we had to settle for left over Cornish pasties for supper. (Bummer, I really love braaiing in the Kgalagadi)

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http://www.sanparks.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=27&t=62684

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Awesome start, Gavin,

especially all the pictures showing the upcoming storm are incredible and you got to see even lions already :thumbs_up:

I am sure you had more opportunities to braai during that trip :tongue:


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