Moving now to our third day in KTP. That day we were going to sleep in Kalahari Tented Camp again. Thus, our plan was to go down the Aoub River Road up to Batulama, and back, so that we could see any remaining traces of the springbok carcass, where we say the cheetah after hunting it in the previous day.
We did not find any clue, however, of the carcass. It was as if nothing had happened there. But it was a worthwhile plan, since we had many good sightings: besides the obvious Springboks, Gemsboks,Blue Wildebeests, Red Hartebeests, Pale Chanting Goshawks, Ostriches, Kori Bustards, Crowned Plovers, Cape Black Crows, Namaqua Sandgrouses, White-Browed Sparrow Weavers, Sociable Weavers, Southern Yellow-Billed Hornbills, Fork-Tailed Drongos, we saw
Gertie and his three youngs again, and they were being followed by the same BBJs.
One male Lion.
Many other BBJs.
Many Falcons, including Pygmy Falcons.
Swallow-Tailed Bee Eaters.
When we came back to Kalahari Tented Camp, we looked for the guard to ask about the sunset drive we had arranged. Something went wrong and there was no appointment for a sunset drive for us. But what would be bad news turned into very good news. We ended up in a sunset drive with only the two of us, guided by Byron. It was really a great sunset drive, much better than the other one we did, in Nossob, with a lot of people. In the night drive we saw:
One Hyena bathing surrounded by BBJs (just as in the case of the Cheetah we saw, they were probably trying to take advantage of the Hyena's hunting)
An African Wild Cat
White-Backed Vultures (mating!)
A Tawny Eagle.
It was a great day, as I said. To begin the report, I will just post here some nice landscape pics.
I particularly like herbivores trails in the landscape, as we can see in this pic of the Aoub River plains.
Here we can see the trails with a Springbok and a Wildebeest also in the pic.
A pinkish sky as the evening was falling down, while some placid Giraffes walked by. It was taken in a place everybody here probably knows, the plains nearby Urikaruus, when the road crosses the Aoub River.
And during the sunset drive, the name reedemed.
Night calmly falling in the savana, amidst the noises of the animals, mostly Cape Turtle Doves everywhere. Our minds so peaceful....
Finally, Pedro and myself in Kamqua.