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Re: Going to the Northern Cape slowly.

Unread postby Guinea Pig » Sat Jan 12, 2013 12:04 am

Many moons ago I thought you get Springbokkies in Kruger, and was very disappointed when I didn't see them there. :lol: Since then I've seen them in Golden Gate, now Augrabies and had to stop to make this pic in KTP. A real snapshot, but I had to....

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Springbokkie guarding Urikaruus. :D

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Re: Going to the Northern Cape slowly.

Unread postby Guinea Pig » Sat Jan 12, 2013 12:17 am

Auchterlonie..... <Sigh>

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Re: Going to the Northern Cape slowly.

Unread postby Guinea Pig » Sat Jan 12, 2013 12:23 am

Urikaruus by night.

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Re: Going to the Northern Cape slowly.

Unread postby Guinea Pig » Sat Jan 12, 2013 12:27 am

There is a hyena den not far from Urikaruus, in the riverbed. :D

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With 2 very naughty and curious youngsters.....

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We were told by Scouter that there is a way of getting "rid" of them before you have to explain to the rental company that a hyena chewed on certain bits of your car. :lol: Start the engine - only just. It works..... :twisted:

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Re: Going to the Northern Cape slowly.

Unread postby Guinea Pig » Sat Jan 12, 2013 12:45 am

Remember to visit Namibia on foot from Mata-Mata. :D No problem as long as you have your passport on you.

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This is what you are heading for...... :D

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Looking over Kgalagadi on your right.

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Beware of some slightly aggressive Namibians though.... :lol: This young Puffadder did NOT want us there at all....

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Re: Going to the Northern Cape slowly.

Unread postby Guinea Pig » Sat Jan 12, 2013 1:09 am

Kalahari Tented Camp.

Will definitely be on our permanent booking list. :D

I didn't change ANYTHING on this photo, just made a lens correction.....

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This was made exactly 30 minutes later....

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15 minutes after the previous one....

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Re: Going to the Northern Cape slowly.

Unread postby Guinea Pig » Sat Jan 12, 2013 8:22 am

Kgalagadi had a lot of rain while we were there. Unfortunately there wasn't much around Mata-Mata and Nossob where it was extremely dry. This was made on the Second Dune road on the morning after the spectacular sunset at Kalahari Tented Camp.

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There was so much water around that we didn't see any cats for the first 3 days at ALL. I was starting to get worried I may be the first ever forumite to have a catless KTP trip. :lol:

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Re: Going to the Northern Cape slowly.

Unread postby Guinea Pig » Sat Jan 12, 2013 8:29 am

One of those silly pics I couldn't resist making. :lol: The photographer photographing the photographer making a pic of a lioness guarding her kill at the turn-off to Marie se Draai.

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Oh let me add, the lioness is lying under the tree in the middle kind of. :P

Proof she was really there! :lol:

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Re: Going to the Northern Cape slowly.

Unread postby Guinea Pig » Sat Jan 12, 2013 8:42 am

Nossob Camp which will be included in our next trip to KTP. :D Eish, it was stinking hot there! We used the ablutions and ran from shady spot to shady spot to stay out of the sun as much as possible. We must've looked a bit disorientated the way we managed to get back to the car. :lol:

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Re: Going to the Northern Cape slowly.

Unread postby Guinea Pig » Sat Jan 12, 2013 8:48 am

The red sands of the Kalahari - how do you explain the beauty of all of this to somebody who's never been there? Made on Second Dune road on our way back to Kalahari Tented Camp from Nossob.

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Re: Going to the Northern Cape slowly.

Unread postby Guinea Pig » Sat Jan 12, 2013 8:59 am

Little did we know what awaited us at Kalahari Tented Camp. :D Started off with YET another spectacular sunset.

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A sandstorm in the riverbed. 8)

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Re: Going to the Northern Cape slowly.

Unread postby Guinea Pig » Sat Jan 12, 2013 9:09 am

Next morning our luck with cats really made a 360 degree turn-about. :D First lions at Dalkeith. After that we decided to take the top road past 13de Boorgat since the bottom ones were fast becoming horrendously bad! Look out for DuQues' contributions, but there were 2 cheetahs in this scene, which we had all to ourselves until they lay down in the grass and disappeared. We had nobody to share the sighting with and if you didn't know they were there....good luck. :lol:

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Re: Going to the Northern Cape slowly.

Unread postby Guinea Pig » Sat Jan 12, 2013 9:56 am

Onto Kieliekrankie for 2 nights. If nothing else could convince me to return to KTP, this camp did. 8)

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The front door at Kieliekrankie. Willem, the camp keeper was very clear - if you leave that bottom door open and you call me to remove a snake, especially a Cape Cobra from your accommodation, I will NOT be happy with you. LOL

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THIS is the Kalahari I expected. 8)

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The colours in this photo are real.... I made no changes.... Made at 5:20 in the morning.

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An hour later, this was the set-up for the mother of all lion sightings at Kij Gamies waterhole. We sat with this pride for an hour....NO other cars.... Wait for DuQues' photo's at this sighting. :dance:

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This was made with the wide-angle lens.... Yes, we were that close to them, we counted 7 spread out around the waterhole.

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Re: Going to the Northern Cape slowly.

Unread postby DuQues » Sat Jan 12, 2013 1:27 pm

Catching up with Santie, she really made a big run last night.....

So some photos from Augrabies again. First a sunset, but this one I messed a bit with. I exported 2 exposures of the same photo so that the foreground is visible:

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A blackheaded heron:

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Vervets. These were actually no problem at all, and quite scared of humans. So I guess they are not fed. 8)

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And the largest Leopard tortoise that I have ever seen! I wonder how old he/she is.

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Arriving currently: The photos from our trip! Overhere! :yaya:

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Re: Going to the Northern Cape slowly.

Unread postby DuQues » Sat Jan 12, 2013 1:36 pm

Well, lets do some more:

I think I saw nephews of this one in Kruger:
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Baboon on Moonrock:

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Namaqua sandgrouse:

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A lizard:
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Arriving currently: The photos from our trip! Overhere! :yaya:

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