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 Post subject: Oumie's Kgalagadi...the countdown begins... April '13
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Arrived here at Twee Revieren at 4:30 :D
Nice and hot 31....

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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi...the countdown begins...
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Location: A slow drive to Kruger....
Back from a great 5 nights in Grootkolk :D

The report will be late as we are now getting ready for Kruger :dance:
Leaving on Tuesday :D

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These pretty yellow flowers on the sides of the road in Kgalagadi 8)
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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi...the countdown begins...
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Location: A slow drive to Kruger....
Oh dear...getting old :shock: cannot find my notes of the trip :evil: :?
So now I have to try and remember where we saw the birds and animals in Kgalagadi :roll: :lol:

27 April...
Arrived at Twee Revieren at 3pm...got to our bungalow and waited for the rest of our party to arrive.
They all arrived by the skin of their teeth...was nearly late for the gates...told them not to be late :rtm:
oh well at least they arrived :D
We all went for supper at the restaurant (pre booked for 8 people) we did not feel like braaing :D
We were pleasantly surprised when our meal arrived...The food was delicious! There were roasted veggies, lovely baked potatoes and the meat were cooked to perfection. The desserts were yummy and delish!
The salads were nice and fresh :D
We went to bed early as we had a long drive the next day.

27 April...
As I said I will have to post the photos as I have lost my notes..
Left early for Grootkolk...did not drive to slow, but stopped to take photos
These Gemsbok seemed to "pose" for us
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Saw these guys...they were sunning themselves
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"u two stay that side and we 2 will stand this side"
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"got the chills...our hair is standing on ends"

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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi...the countdown begins...
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Location: A slow drive to Kruger....
This Pale Chanting Goshawk played peek-a-boo...
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After our breakfast stop we carried on, further on the road we saw this Gemsbok squatting :hmz: did not know that they do this :lol:
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While driving after a long time saw this BB Jackal come running from the dunes...
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Stopped for a quick lunch at Nossop. Now it was really getting hot!
A few klm we saw 3 Bateleur at a waterhole....one of them puffed it self up when another one came to close..
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One sitting in a tree..
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Ok now we need to stop taking photos and get to Grootkolk...getting late now!
Arrived at Grootkolk....Franco was waiting for us and helped us to carry all the food and drinks to the communal kitchen.
Settled down and had a great 1st evening, had our first braai 8)

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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi...the countdown begins...
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Location: A slow drive to Kruger....
Sorry! Builders are busy building and tiling...their electrical cord caused a power trip while I was typing :evil: ...somehow only the first paragraph appears :?

Ok here goes again....
28 April...
Got up early to go to Unions End as the other clan have not been to Kgalagadi before, so they wanted to see the border Unions End.
Our first sighting...a Hartebeest standing staring at something as the sun rose in the distance....
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Carried on when we saw these Hartebeest walking up the hill....
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Carried on for a few klm when this little scene greeted us...too cute!
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Got to the picnic spot when we saw these guys in the tree...
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Also to the left of the birds this guy was sitting...cannot Id this one :?
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Got out to make coffee while waiting for the rest of the group.... :hmz: sure I saw something in the distance..Image
Still looking...me thinks it is lions...SO think I am going "cuckoo's"
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Carried on to Unions End..got to Unions End water hole sat there for a while...

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After 10 min this guy arrived...
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Looked at us as if to say "what you looking at?"
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Got to Unions End...our friends reading the info on the notice board...
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According to them there were lots of spelling and grammar mistakes, I tried to take a close-up photo of the information but the glass caused some problems.
While they were reading the info I looked to the left of the notice board and told them "I can add a new mammal to my list" they looked very confused :?
Told them behind the fence on the Namibian side is domestic cows...they told me that only the animals on our side counts :rtm: got them this time :lol:
On our way back to Grootkolk...
Saw this bird...forgot its name...(will have to look it up when I can get to our bird books that have been packed away for the renovation)
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Location: A slow drive to Kruger....
Got back to camp for a rest....
As we got to camp we saw Franco gesturing to us to drive to his bungalow, got there when he told us there were 2 lionesses and a sub adult laying a few metres away in the grass under a bush. We drove to our bungalow, unpacked the cooler box all the while looking to where they are laying hoping they are not stalking us :lol:
While sitting on at our little "stoep" having coffee I saw a BBJackal strolling towards the waterhole in front of camp...SO took the photo with the new camera, got a nice close-up of it drinking...
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View of the waterhole from our bungalow...
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After a while our other friends arrived back, we could hear them chatting and unpacking their car, not knowing that the lions are there and their bungalows were the closest to the lions.....Franco was nowhere to been......SO got into our car, drove the few paces to them and asked “Do you know there is 2 lionesses and a sub adult laying in the grass? “…. reply was… “no we did not see them, which side of the main road are they? So replied.. “no not on the road, but a few metres away from your bungalow”…. again one replied “another of your jokes about lions”… with that one of the lionesses popped her head up and looked at them…well needless to say they got such a fright they rushed into their bungalows :lol: :lol:
After a good afternoon sleep we had tea...while drinking tea we saw Gemsbok and Wildebeest coming towards the waterhole...
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The gemsbok kept on looking towards where the lions were...
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They drank and left quickly...
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This guy sat on the railing looking at us having tea & biscuits...
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At 4:30pm Franco asked SO if he could take him to the pump house on the back of the camp...he wanted to go and check if the generator is working. When they got there SO says Franco looked around carefully to make sure there were no danger around while they got out of the car.
As they entered the pump house, out flew the Barn Owls....SO forgot about the Lions and strolled towards the tree to take a photo of them...
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They left and the Owls flew back inside.

Must say when it was time to go to the communal kitchen, we felt very vulnerable walking out of our little yard into the bush towards the first bungalow’s gate into their little yard, and out again to the communal kitchen gate.
At about 5:30pm Franco came and told us that we must be on the lookout as the lionesses will soon go towards the waterhole to drink. At about 6pm he told us to be quiet as he can see the lionesses is walking towards the waterhole….wow what an experience to see them walking pass the other bungalow and down towards the water…
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The one female went and laid down watching the other two...
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They then left towards the dunes on the other side of the waterhole.
We all sat in silence for a few minutes...wow what an experience 8)
Again we went to our bungalows checking every corner and bush :lol:
We decided to sit up for a while just staring into the darkness....SO took a photo of the moon when it rose...
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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi...the countdown begins...
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Rest of the story to follow...

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Location: A slow drive to Kruger....
Pumbaa wrote:
What a great moment with the lions nearly in camp :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

The lions were in camp Pumbaa...there is no fence around the camp, only the bungalows had fence in front of each unit's little garden :D

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Location: A slow drive to Kruger....
29 April...
Left early again...got to the main road :hmz: go towards Nossop or Unions end again...took out a coin and tossed it (I chose heads..Nossop....SO chose tails...Unions end) oh well the coin dicided to choose SO's tails :evil:
Got to Geinab water hole...this wildebeest was rolling in the sand...
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These Namaqua Sandgrouse were coming from all sides for water...
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Cape Turtle Doves and Starlings also drank at this small muddy pool..
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This Groundscraper Thrush was Scurrying around...
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"Spook face" was also standing around...
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Sat there for a while.....had our breakfast in the car...cereals, crackers and cheese, more coffee. Geez the other cars must have seen something good...they were very late :?
The others arrived...told us they told us they had a flat tyre….had to change the wheel, they said it was scary :shock: did not know what was watching them while they changed the tyre :lol:
They were now very hungry...so off we went to Unions end picnic spot...shared their cold meats and bread (did not tell them we had breakfast) :wink:
On our way to the picnic spot we saw this Lion lying down on the far side on the Botswana side...
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Location: A slow drive to Kruger....
After breakfast we carried on to Unions end...
A few klm we saw this guy in a tree...A bit far but got a photo...
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Got to Unions end Water hole...this Gemsbok came to drink...
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Got to Unions End....Sat there scanning for game...the usual, Wildebeest, Springbok and Gemsbok.
While sitting there I felt this headache is now getting stronger...so we sat in the shade of the Info board for a while...fell asleep while SO was reading his book :D
Decided to go back as I need to get some pills for this "throbbing head"
Got back to camp....flopped down on the bed and slept till 3pm :shock:
Friend came and told me to come to the kitchen...tea and scones were being served :D
After tea we all took a drive out "again" towards Unions end way :D
Saw this guy in a tree....BBL...still need to look what it is in my bird book :lol:
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Now it was time to turn around to get back to camp....
I looked towards the Botswana side...saw something small...it was a African wild cat...SO's new camera is good...zoomed in and took a photo :D
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As we came near the turnoff to Grootkolk we saw this Brown Hyena coming from the river side towards Grootkolk...wow our first sighting of Brown Hyena!
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This guy was in a hurry...could not get great photos :(
Rushed back to camp hoping we will see it drink at the waterhole, but nothing...
Again we had a great day and a super braai 8)

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30 April....
Woke up at 2am.....heard something far away..... :hmz: a Lion roaring?
Woke SO up..."did you hear that?" a gruffy "NO"
Fell asleep again....woke up again with the sound closer now...SO now wide awake....
we lay there for a while listening for more sound....got up a couple of times to shine the torch on the water hole...nothing.
Fell asleep again....SO jumps out of bed...shines the torch at the water hole....there is mister drinking water :D
After he drank he started to roar...now it sound he is at our bungalow so loud is the sound 8) we watched him strolling through the bungalows towards where the females were 2 days ago...flopped down and carried on with his roaring...boy was it loud :shock: We could see him lying down and roaring (the moon was full, so we had plenty light to see him)
Our one friend went to his little "stoep" to see if he could see him and take a photo...we heard his wife say "Ben, Ben where are you? come in the lion is going to attack you" she was so scared!
Now they believe us when we tell them the lions walk freely in the camp :lol:
At about 4am the lion started off towards the road, all the while roaring....then it all got quiet again...sleep again.
We all got up early....must say was a bit eerie to go to our cars...kept on looking in the bushes to see if there was lions around :lol: :lol:
Got to the road...the 2 couples decided to go towards Nossop side to see if they could see the lion...we and our other friends went towards Unions End again....
Got a few klm away...there he is!
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He then decided to roar again....
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Wow what a sound...gives you chills.....
Sat with him for a loooong time :D
Wow what a beautiful male! We are sure it is the same one we saw last year mating with a lioness...
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He then flopped down in the grass and went to sleep...
Back to camp as we are now very hungry :D

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After lunch we went to lie down. Our other 4 friends who took the road to Nossop are still out :hmz: wonder what they saw.
As we were just falling asleep our friends arrive back, calling us to go out...they have seen the lion we saw this morning...told them we did see him....no come they say.."there are cheetah lying on the other side of the lion...we all jumped into the cars and go see what is happening.....
ok there they are...right opposite to the lion who is still pushing out zzzz
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They then got up and walked right pass the sleeping lion on the road :shock:
Walked a few metres and flopped down on the road....
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After a while they got up and walked into the river bed...we think they are now on the hunt..
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Followed them for a long time till we could not see them as they walked towards Botswana side.
Turned around to go and have a quick look at mr sleepy...
Got there he was sitting up and grooming himself...
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Gave a big yawn with a bit of a snarl...
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He got lazy again flopped down and went to sleep.
Geez now we have to move to get back to camp.
Wow what a day :D
This was our last night at Grootkolk :(
Had a super time there 8)

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1 May...
Sad to leave Grootkolk :cry:
Left early as we have a looong way to Upington ....
We saw the usual along the way...we did not travel too slow so that when we see something exciting we have time to take photos :)
Stopped at Kousant to have our coffee and rusks....nothing at the water hole but in the distance are some wildebeest and gemsbok.
Ok need to carry on....
As we got near Bedinkt we saw this brown animal coming towards the water hole...it is a brown hyena :shock: :D
Wow our second sighting for this trip :dance:
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Geez this guy is in a hurry, battle to take a photo...
Sniffed at the water...
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Walked in the mud....
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Looked at the cars...
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Smelled the water again....
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Then disappeared over the dunes....
Wow what a sighting :D :D
On the way to Nossop we saw plenty wildebeest, springbok and gemsbok.
After a long trip to Twee Revieren we were sad to leave the park :(
We had a wonderful time 8)
Going to make reservations for next year again :D

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