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DB's trip to Kgalagadi : March 2006

Unread postby DinkyBird » Thu Mar 23, 2006 7:31 pm

We are due to arrive at Twee Rivieren on Saturday afternoon :D

This will be my and my SO's first visit to KTP and I am so excited!
We will be spending 6 nights at TR. After that we will spend two nights in Karoo NP. We are travelling with my brother-in-law and his partner - they have been to KTP before, and staying in bungalows. Seeing we usually camp this is going to be a different experience for us all round!

I will sms sightings to people who I have contact numbers for and also try and pop in from time to time myself.

Oh and Jannie - I am going to come and say hi!
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Unread postby DinkyBird » Sat Mar 25, 2006 10:32 pm

Thanks to Jacov for forwarding Jannie’s message to me and to reinette for posting our safe arrival sms! Also thanks to everyone for the kind wishes here.

We arrived safely after a 1300km drive from home. The last 60km of road into the Park is rough – but we managed fine. Just take your time doing it and make sure you visit the loo in Upington. There are roadworks on the road so I assume it will only improve.

We arrived at Kgalagadi just after lunch. My first impression of the camp – Twee Rivieren - is that is it smaller than I expected it to be. I had in my mind that it was a ‘Skukuza’ being the main camp of KTP. It is more like a Punda Maria.

We took a short late afternoon drive up the Nossob and I added the following first time sightings to my list – Gemsbok, Swallow tailed bee eater, Barn owl roosting in a socialable weaver’s nest and Cape fox.

Coming from the coast it is not often that I see such beautiful, fluffy white clouds that I saw here today. The sunset was also very special.

I just love the atmosphere in SANPark’s camps. It is really great to be here. I have fallen in love with TR! The sky is ablaze with stars!
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Unread postby reinette » Sun Mar 26, 2006 7:34 pm

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Took a drive to Mata Mata today. Highlights include excellent lion sighting of 1 magnificant, huge male and 3 females. Further along 60+ vultures and a couple of jackals at remains of a kill. Saw bat-eared fox, many kori bustard and raptors and a tiny springbok. So much wild live here to enjoy.

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Unread postby gwendolen » Sun Mar 26, 2006 8:42 pm

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Having a wondeful time here. Our cottage has a nice outlook and they have recently been revamped. It was really hot today - 37°C

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Unread postby DuQues » Mon Mar 27, 2006 8:54 am

Met up with Jannie, which she finds a very nice man. They are going on a morningwalk tomorrow (tuesday).
Arriving currently: The photos from our trip! Overhere! :yaya:

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Unread postby reinette » Mon Mar 27, 2006 7:07 pm

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Just had our third lion sighting in 2 days. 5 lion walking up from their afternoon nap and setting off for the night's hunt.

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Unread postby Jaco V » Tue Mar 28, 2006 10:16 am

DB & Co just got back to camp from their morning walk. As they where returning to the truck, they crested a dune and looked down on a waterhole and saw lions drinking:

DinkyBird wrote:Jannie says it was 2 females and 5 cubs. We walked right to where they were drinking ... Just after they left the water hole . they ran off because they uncertain of us. When he called to them they stopped at looked at us.


They are having breakfast with Jannie now.

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Unread postby DuQues » Tue Mar 28, 2006 12:03 pm

Jacov wrote:They are having breakfast with Jannie now.

Jannie has a way with lions.... :shock:
Has he trained them to eat with knife and fork too?

They sure are lucky with lions in the big K.
Arriving currently: The photos from our trip! Overhere! :yaya:

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Unread postby Jaco V » Tue Mar 28, 2006 2:08 pm

DuQues wrote:
Jacov wrote:They are having breakfast with Jannie now.

Jannie has a way with lions.... :shock:
Has he trained them to eat with knife and fork too?

They sure are lucky with lions in the big K.


DQ you are giving the secret to the awesome lion sightings away here......

DB asked me to tell everybody that KTP is a MUST do.

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Unread postby DinkyBird » Tue Mar 28, 2006 9:33 pm

A quick hi from KTP!!

We are having a wonderful time. The walk this morning with Jannie and Joseph was really special and I will post a full report with pics on it as soon as I am home.

We have had 7 lions sightings in the 3 days we have been here.

We took a drive along one of the roads through the dunes late this afternoon and what beautiful scenery!! No pics could ever do it justice.

So looking forward to sharing everything with you all once I return home.

We are doing a 4x4 drive tomorrow and a sunset drive.
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Unread postby DuQues » Wed Mar 29, 2006 1:30 pm

Bert don't read!

Hot off the mobile phone:
Another two lion sightings this morning. Two males on the ridge of the dune we walked on yesterday which must be part of the pride we saw. And two males and a female next to the road further on.
Arriving currently: The photos from our trip! Overhere! :yaya:

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Unread postby DinkyBird » Wed Mar 29, 2006 10:17 pm

Just returned from our Sunset drive with Joseph. We had a wonderful drive and again it just seemed too short.

We saw an African Wild cat, a small Spotted Genet, a porcupine, hundreds of spring hares, Cape fox, BB jackals by the dozen, a Giant Eagle owl, a Spotted Eagle owl….oh yes, and another lion sighting (10th of the trip) of a lioness with two tiny cubs that Joseph reckoned were less than a month old, right next to the road. So cute. That mommy lion has her hands full with those two bundles of energy that kept straying further from her than I think they should have been!
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Unread postby DinkyBird » Wed Mar 29, 2006 10:25 pm

craigsa wrote:You sure are having a wonderful time! Enjoy the 4x4 drive!
Certainly seen a fair share of lions thats for sure!

@all when is the best time to visit KTP?

Jannie is the best person to answer that one but I don't think I could have chosen a better time :lol:

Seriously is you are into raptors this is the place to come to.... Every second tree has a raptor perched on it.

More on the 4x4 trail when I get home. It was very pretty and there was the odd dune the landy took some coaxing to get it over.
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Unread postby DinkyBird » Wed Mar 29, 2006 10:31 pm

LittleLeopard wrote:What an incredible sunset drive. Porcupine, Genet, Jackal and Wildcat! :shock: :shock: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

Not to mention the birds and the 'hundreds of spring hares', I love those! :D

LL - it was very special! I love the little creatures. I really thought spring hares would have had larger ears!

It was my first ever wild cat sighting - I was so excited. I hope I did not squeal too loudly on the truck when we saw it!
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