Day 3 – 27th April – Urikaruus
At 7am we went for a game drive heading north to Mata Mata.
Along the way we saw springbok, 3 separate herds of giraffes, several pairs of jackals as well as a large flock of ostriches:
And cute pygmy falcon
As we got near Craig Lockheart Waterhole we spotted an African wild cat in a tree (the first of many that we didsee along this stretch of road that we renamed wildcat alley) Infract we saw one on every single drive we did on this road (but we did stop at every suitable tree
On our way back to camp we spotted 2 pale chanting goshawks feeding on something unidentifiable!Day 4 – 28th April – Urikaruus
At 3am we were woken by the sounds of lions rawing. Over the next 30 minutes their rawing got louder so we threw on some clothes and went outside. We were rewarded with 2 lionesses and 2 males walking straight past our cabin along the riverbed. It was fantastic. Unfortunately it was too dark for photos and our camcorder was in the car. Nonetheless the sighting was great!
At 7am we headed south along the riverbed, in the same direction as the lions had been walking. Unfortunately after 8km we had not seen them and we did not think they would have travelled this far so we turned around and headed north, just as we had yesterday. Along the drive we saw springbok, wildebeest, one large herd and some smaller ones, and lots of birds of prey including a bataleur;
We also saw lots of pygmy falcons, including this pair
Apart from all the bird spotting, we were lucky enough to see our wild cat again just a few trees south from last time!
We arrived back at camp around 11am to be shortly joined by a bird of prey attaching the little birds drinking and 2 jackals, one carrying something in its mouth;
After a lazy few hours catching up on sleep we headed back out for the afternoon. This time we drove south to Gemsbokplein waterhole. On this drive we spotted the usual; springbok, wildebeest and gemsbok. We also saw a cape fox who was very accommodating and allowing us to take photos. It looked like he had just woken up and come out of his den and so was still quite sleepy.
Lastly, before returning to camp we spotted 2 slender mongoose who were also by their den; Day 5 – 29th April – Nossob
At 7am this morning we packed up our car and said goodbye to Urikaruus. We drove east along the dune road towards the other side of the park. We didn’t expect to see much along this road so planned to hurry along here to reach the road beside the riverbed as early as possible. However, we were pleasantly surprised as we saw several different birds of prey, including tawny eagles and pale chanting goshawks. We also saw numerous ostriches all with young at various stages of development, many oryx including a huge heard of 50+ oryx and wildebeest. We spotted a few steenboks;
At Moravet I was greeted by an unexpected sight. I am pretty sure I have never seen them mentioned on this forum before and when we got to Nossob I was talking to a guy who has been coming to the park for 20 years and when I told him about the sighting he told me to pull the other leg! So I guess they are not a common sight. (Maybe some of you will tell me otherwise?) They certainly were not on my radar for this trip
Can you guess what is behind the red square?