Thanks everyone for the kind commets yet again. I am sorry that it's been a while since my last post, but life has got in the way Day 5: Rooiputs to Nossob
We had decided the previous evening not to try and start packing up camp the night before leaving for Nossob, but rather to worry about that in the morning, and we were glad we did.
As a result we only left Rooiputs at about 8 am, an hour after “gate” opening time.
Having missed the opportunity of being alone on the road we decided to head off to Nossob straight away and not to see what was lurking at Leeudril that morning.
As a rule, we rarely see much when we move between camps. I suppose that really depends on what you call “seeing much” - That probably refers to the larger predators, but to say that we didn’t see much on any one given day in the Kgalagadi is really not true.
Today was to be a day for the little guys… (Well mostly)
On the section of road before Kij Kij, we came upon these delightful suricates up on the ridge,
A tortoise was on the side of the raod,
And this ground squirrel was diligenty guarding his home and watching us with interest
The road between Melkvlei and Dikbaardskolk was the pits. We saw quite a lot of general game along the way, but the highlight was definitely this Cape Cobra next to the road. The snake reared up and displayed it’s hood as we approached. Probably a bit unhappy with the sound of an Isuzu bakkie being rattled to bits as we approached. We managed to get a photo as it was starting to calm down a bit.
Keeping in with the snake theme, Debs also got to capture this snake eagle taking off.
We got to Nossob at about 2pm and set up camp
The afternoon was spent in camp chilling and catching up with a very special Kalahari Moose whom we hadn’t seen for over a year!
We had an early supper that evening with Anna, and then went out on the night drive…..
In past night drives at Nossob the most we had ever seen was a baby barking gecko (a bit of a standing joke between Debs and I), and we wondered what tonight would reveal.
The drive started off well with various barn and spotted Eagle owl sightings.
As well as some bunnies (Sorry no pics)
As we were approaching Maries, Anna commented that there were hyena tracks in the road, and a bit further on some pasting.
This was really special to see as the brownies mark their territory by marking the prominent grass tufts on the edge of their territories. Brown Hyena pasting can be differentiated from spotted hyena pasting by the additional brown paste on the grass. All really interesting stuff whilst seeing the real thing.
Then at Maries we saw the real, real thing
A proof pic, but a brownie nevertheless.