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 Post subject: Re: Lionspoon goes lionbored in KTP (Oct 2012)
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What a start into the day! :D
Once the lion was gone, so were we. But we didn’t get far as some bullies :twisted: at Rooikop delayed our journey. There was a jackal desperate for a drink, but one of the uglybeests wouldn’t have any of it and chased it away every time the jackal got too close:

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Arriving at Uri, we were greeted by a cheerful Jacques. What a great guy! And it didn’t take him long to inform us about this guy… Spot the animal! :tongue:

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Having travelled a long way from Grootkolk, we didn’t bother to go on an afternoon drive. Why would we? We knew we would see him at least and might have found nothing when going out again. :slap:

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Plus, our cheetah hunt before checking into had been futile and I was sulking. :evil:

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So, back to the lion. He’s a nomadic male and just travelling through, but he seemed to be well aware of our presence and was particularly good to me and my camera when posing towards our unit. :k

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He laid down a bit more in the shades just opposite the units, but by the time he got up again and drank some more the light had faded and I didn’t bother to try to get some blurds. Eventually, he moved off, never to be seen again.

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At night we were graced with a several visit by some elands. Here is one of them.

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Tbc with the other sightings of the day. :wink:

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Other sightings:

Beautiful tawny
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A very unhealthy looking and completely alone oryx :cry:
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The icons of the Kalahari at Moravet (I think, at least)
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As per norm, a black-headed heron was waiting for us at Vaalpan
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Arriving back on the Aoub side we found our first :dance: and only :? ostrich chicks
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And a pymy falcon close to Kamqua. Funnily enough, that’s the only place where I ever saw any.
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And finally a giraffe – yay! 8)
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We actually counted the whole of 17 giraffes between Kamqua and Sitzas that day.

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At 14th Borehole we had found another 5 lions – two younger cubs, a half-grown female and grown male and female. They were far off snoozing in the shade, the heat was glistening so I didn’t take any photos. fter all they were lions. :twisted: :lol: :lol: :lol:

At Craig Lockhardt we met the legendary Steve from Oz. 8) A very talkative and absolute bonkers guy. But equally amiable! Being desperate for cheetahs we had opened the conversation asking for them and heard the story of his life. Good fun though! Oh, and yes, he had seen the cheetahs. About 12 k’s down the road from Mata-Mata after he had escaped the morning frenzy in form of leaving the camp in an involuntary convoy. What we heard took my breath away: The cheetahs had been in the road with the cubs playing and running around Steve’s car… To say that I turned green with envy would be a stark understatement. Well, WE didn’t see them despite the fact that we had extended our drive from GK because I was so desperate for them. :slap:

The beautiful afternoon glow from our unit
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Day 10
30/10/2012 Urikaruus

A new day dawned and we were getting ready to hit the road. Our target was to finally find us some cheetahs. We had heard about the family of 4 with young cubs. I want them! :twisted:

So we started with our morning cuppa on the balcony, scanning the area for some life. It was quiet though. At least, that’s what I thought. :slap: I can’t recall anymore how long we had been sitting on the deck before an odd shape caught my eye. That hadn’t been there yesterday, I told myself. :hmz: The light was still pretty dull but with the binocs I was quickly able to make out a lion lying in the riverbed to our right. Lion again… :tongue: No, actually 4 of them – 2 males and 2 females. Obviously the resident pride.

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The full moon setting over dunes was equally fascinating – and the lions were more or less stationary anyway:

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Soon the sun came up and turned the lions into golden kitties:

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But with the sun shining and despite the fact that it wasn’t particularly hot that day, the pride soon moved off towards the dunes.

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Some manicure before going to bed for the day.
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For our morning drive we opted to go up north – after all that’s where the cheetahs were. :whistle:

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Not long after we had left, we came across a BSK on my side.
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SO asked whether it was a BSK on his side as well. Indeed it was! And that one was devouring something furry with a long tail. :hmz: Spoilt for choices – which one to photograph now??? :slap: My BSK took the decision of me and flew away, so I crawled into the back of the car and shot away at the munching one:

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Eventually it flew off and we moved on. Cheetahs! :think: But we didn’t find them – no matter how hard we tried. Seeing that we were close to Mata-Mata by now and in urgent need of a bathroom we popped into the camp, did what needed to be done and got on the road again with the aim to return to the camp and to take a rest there...

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On our way back we bumped into two cars. As we couldn’t see what they were seeing we asked for advice and were told: “There are cheetahs.” Oh, my word! :big_eyes: Oh, my word! :big_eyes: Cheetahs? :big_eyes: Finally! Image Where? Where? And there they were. The little cute fluff balls :k lying in the shade of a small bush, patiently waiting for mum to serve lunch. While my fingers got trigger happy with the little ones, SO informed me that mum was chasing springboks behind our car. But with no chance to get a photo of that event, I contently paid all my attention to the littles ones. The only shame is that I didn’t manage a single clear shot of them. :roll: My camera just didn’t want to do any favours. I tried all settings including manual focus but it wasn’t meant to be. Anyway, I got my cheetahs and I was over the moon.
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Actually, wanderw had to beat the grin out of my face when we met her and markw again later in the day. :lol: :lol: :lol: We had first bumped into each other at a lion sighting at Dalkeith with them heading south and us towards the north. Now it was the other way around.

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