@RichardJ - KTP always delivers great raptor sightings - as you know I'm sure.
@Lionspoom - don't worry, you will always be my friend.
@arks - thanks for the correction
mind thinking one thing and fingers typing another.
@S-L - he needs it for winter.
@anne-marie - I think you are the only forumite - oh yes and Mgoddard - I have met in 2 parks.
@wanderw - she was my favourite MIL also.......
@vinkie - glad you like them
@Mgoddard - KTP is a great place to have ANY birthday Nice to see you again.
@barryels - the birdies seem to like to be photographed
@hilda - strangely no I did not. The duty manager was apologetic and put us in a 2 bed chalet. It was nice.
@Heksie - you have been fishing in the wrong pond, No, I have to work. No, I want to see other things as well. Always nice to see 'mites old ones and new. Ja/nee, you will have to wait.Wednesday morning walk
The two pinpoints of red glow as we walked to the old reception building in the gloom told us that KG and Richard were already waiting to take us on our early morning walk. I introduced my son and DIL to them and KG gave my wife the mandatory hug.
The ride to Samevloeiing was quiet, and the lions had moved on. Richard handled the no entry barrier, and we parked about a hundred metres beyond it. It was getting quite light as KG did the usual briefing. Single file, close together and sign language talking.
I was the only one of the four of us, all experienced game parkers, who had been on a walk before. I had done two in Kruger and the very same one two years ago. On that occasion, lions walked on our tracks a day after we had made them. I hoped that today our timing would be a little better.
We stopped for various explanations of trees, bushes, birds, small creatures and spoor (tracks).
It looked like footmarks of who’s who in Kgalagadi. One particular set got the guides excited. A single lion, and the tracks were ‘sharp’, the breeze had not yet blown away the ‘edge’. The pulse started to race. We hadn’t gone much further when Richard spotted her 120 metres ahead. She was strolling up the riverbed looking for the rest of the pride. She stopped, lay down and hid behind some grass and turned to look us in the eye.
We continued walking close together, keeping an eye on her. Up she got and continued and disappeared into the ‘blue bush’. We climbed the canyon wall a bit to get another sighting of her as she plodded up the riverbed and then we descended again following her. We were about 80 metres from her when we lost sight of her again. We slowly continued without seeing her again, until we got to the spot where the walk usually heads up the opposite ridge, and we did so, all the while looking for Mrs lion. Gone. Nothing.
We walked back to the calcrete ridge that has ‘seats’ where KG usually takes a break for refreshments, and while we sat, the lioness emerged from the bush, about 30 metres from where we had gone up the ridge. She walked up the opposite canyon wall and disappeared finally from sight. She had been wary of us and hid. Lion behaviour is interesting. Normally they are not aggressive to humans, and try to avoid confrontation.
On the ridge we flushed a Cape fox that dashed off, and encountered some territorial male springbok, and as the walk drew to a close, we saw a herd of gnu and an oryx, and this.