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Re: KTP April/May: Blooming KTP & some very unusual sighting

Unread postby gb225450 » Sun Jun 23, 2013 10:20 am

At camp we were visited by the very friendly yellow mongoose. He was getting more and more confident and at one stage nearly sat on my lap begging for food! We also had a family of ground squirrels. Thankfully these weren’t begging but were happy eating the seeds around them.

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Re: KTP April/May: Blooming KTP & some very unusual sighting

Unread postby gb225450 » Mon Jun 24, 2013 9:18 pm

That afternoon we headed back out to see what there was in store for us. There were lots and lots of vultures, a few ostriches as well as the standard springbok, oryx and wildebeest. We also spotted lots of jackals and a herd of giraffes on the dunes.

Just south of Dalkeith a car had stopped so we slowed down to see what they were looking at. It was Gertie and her cubs eating a kill! It was less than a 1km from where we left them earlier. After about 10 minutes or so the other car left and we had the sighting to ourselves for a while before we were mobbed by all the cars coming out for their afternoon game drive.

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[video]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pj_xe7JXY84&feature=share&list=UUPc-2OR-68EMx2yrZKfU7TQ[/video]

Jackals started appearing and soon they came in close hoping to grab a morsel. They cubs kept chasing them off before dragging the kill further into the thicket.

[video]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uj8oa_wZ-Uw&feature=share&list=UUPc-2OR-68EMx2yrZKfU7TQ[/video]

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We sat and watched them until we had to head back to camp.

Another amazing day! :lol:
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Re: KTP April/May: Blooming KTP & some very unusual sighting

Unread postby gb225450 » Mon Jun 24, 2013 9:24 pm

Day 12 – 6th May – Kalahari Tented Camp

As we headed out of camp this morning we saw ostrich right next to camp which was soon followed by springbok and wildebeest. Oryx were not seen until later on in the day. It had been a cold night so many of the animals were hiding in the dunes where it’s slightly warmer.

Just on the ridge of the dune north of Dalkeith we spotted 2 cheetahs warming up in the sun.

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We stopped to watch them and were very soon joined by many other cars. As we watched they walked down the dune towards the road. This is when they started causing car havoc as everyone starting jostling for a space.

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They soon walked along the riverbed and sat on the other side for quite some time before walking off over the dune so we could no longer see them.

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Re: KTP April/May: Blooming KTP & some very unusual sighting

Unread postby gb225450 » Tue Jul 02, 2013 9:05 pm

By 10am we had returned to camp. This was much earlier than usual. After sorting out our bags (ready to be heading to a new camp tomorrow) and making some lunch etc we headed back out at 11.45am.

It was fairly quiet to begin with, just seeing some oryx, springbok, wildebeest and jackals.

As we reached waterhole 14 we stopped by another car who told us there was a leopard on the dune; they had just watched him walk across the riverbed, past their car and up to the tree. We sat and watched him under the tree and he soon got up, walked up the dune and on his way.

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Less than a kilometre down the road we spotted a lone cheetah just 25m from the road.

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We carried on our drive, reaching the picnic spot near Kamqua. The drive was fairly quiet, only spotting the usual herbivore, a few kori bustards and a steenbok or 2. The drive back to camp was similar although we did spot a pair of spotted thick-knee

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We also did find a giant eagle owl on the ground
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As well as a wild cat walking away from us along the riverbed

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All in all, it wasn’t a bad day. Off to Grootkolk tomorrow and a long drive there (approximately 250km) so we’ll see what that brings.......
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Re: KTP April/May: Blooming KTP & some very unusual sighting

Unread postby gb225450 » Tue Jul 02, 2013 9:13 pm

Day 13 – 7th May – Grootkolk Camp

We were woken continuously between 3-6am by lions roaring. They got closer and closer but we couldn’t see them.

In the morning we headed off south along the riverbed towards Kamqua and the picnic spot. The drive down was very quiet, especially considering our great sightings the last 2 mornings. We did spot the usual springbok, oryx, wildebeest as well as some giraffes and vultures. We watched a few young springbok run around playing and chasing each other before seeing a steenbok, lots of jackals, pale chanting goshawks, a bateleur and a kudu!

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When we turned east along the dune road we spotted various kori bustards, ostriches, oryx and steenbok. We did still spot one of the two flamingos still at Moravet as well as large herds of oryx and hartebeest. We also so a pair of greater kestrals, but by the time I took the photo one had been replaced by a hornbill!

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As we headed north along the riverbed to Nossob we spotted lots more hartebeest, as well as ostriches, wildebeest, jackal and huge herds of oryx. There are definitely lots and lots of oryx in the park!
So far the drive was pretty quiet until we reached Marie Se Draai at 12 o’clock. The 30 minutes that followed was probably the most action packed of the whole trip………. :w: :w:
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Re: KTP April/May: Blooming KTP & some very unusual sighting

Unread postby gb225450 » Fri Jul 05, 2013 8:48 pm

When we arrived at Marie Se Draai there was a herd of oryx at the waterhole and just as we were about to leave we spotted a 2m long yellow cape cobra in the road.

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It was getting mobbed by a variety of small birds with their warning calls and it wasn’t long until 2 PCGs flew in to see if they could sweep up a meal.

The cobra took partial cover under a dead tree with the PCGs in close pursuit…

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Re: KTP April/May: Blooming KTP & some very unusual sighting

Unread postby gb225450 » Fri Jul 05, 2013 8:53 pm

During all the excitement we almost did not notice that the oryx at the waterhole become disturbed , running, staring . Without having to move an inch we watched a leopard run out from between them oryx and head for the long grass behind them. Another leopard sighting in the middle of the day!

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It sat in the long grass for a while before crouching ready to pounce but a jackal spotted the leopard and with that it started the long walk back towards us. The jackal run behind it all the way howling and howling……

[video]http://youtu.be/J67-HtI1Mw8[/video]

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It stopped to drink for quite some time before crossing the road behind us and resting under a bush for 5 minutes before walking off out of sight. A great sighting and a busy 30 minutes at supposedly the worst time of day for a game drive.
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