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Unread postby katydownunder » Tue Jun 13, 2006 8:52 pm

On the way to Kiliekrankie we stopped at Auchterlonie and the small Museum there.
I really liked it, because it gave you an idea how hard the live was in the Kalahari.
In these days it took you 14 days to travel to Upington :shock:

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Just wander around the area a bit and there is as well a lot to discover.

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Unread postby katydownunder » Wed Jun 14, 2006 9:01 pm

SANPARKS built with all the Wilderness Camps something quite fabulous!
We stayed at Kiliekrankie, Kalahari Tent Camp and Urikaruus.
They were all three completely different and are all awesome.
It's hard to pic ones favourite.

We started with :

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Already the first sight was very promissing:

Image (We stayed in the second hut from the right)

We were greeted by the tourist attendant.
He showed us around and explaned everything to us.

This is the entrance to our 'hut' 8) :

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Unread postby katydownunder » Wed Jun 14, 2006 9:12 pm

Image (Bedroom seen from the outside wooden deck)

Image (The wooden deck seen from bedroom)


Image (The neighbouring hut)

Image ( Braai on the wooden deck)
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Unread postby katydownunder » Fri Jun 16, 2006 8:46 pm

gwendolen wrote:We so want to go there a.s.a.p. :D


Me too.... :lol:

@ Bert:
Yes it is a ,feast for the eyes indeed. 8)

Well here are more mouthwatering pics from the next Wilderness Camp we stayed in:

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Image (The reception)

Image (Our tent)

Image (Our kitchen tent)
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Unread postby katydownunder » Fri Jun 16, 2006 8:51 pm

Image (The view from the kitchen tent)

Image (Our bedroom)
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Unread postby katydownunder » Fri Jun 16, 2006 9:29 pm

Yes these camps are wonderful.
But wait till you see the pics of Urikaruus.All three camps are so different and awesome in their own way, but I think Urikaruus is our favourite.
You have to be a bit patient as I will post pics from around KTC before that.

Just imagine to stay in the hut at Urikaruus (ok the sun is set already and it is pitch dark, but), standing on the outside porch of the kitchen in front of your 'own' waterhole you hear all these different sounds of the Kalahari... Image Heaven!

Believe me you will love it!
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Unread postby katydownunder » Fri Jun 16, 2006 9:47 pm

The landscape around KTC is lovely. We expected red dunes and were greeted by lush green grass.The dunes around Mata Mata reminds more of a golf course than of a desert.
Again we saw quite a lot of animals.
It was not so hard to see them as the grass was not that high as north of Nossob.

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On the first evening at KTC we had a unusual sighting of an Oryx/Gemsbok without horns.We saw a lot of Oryx with uneven shaped horns, brocken horns but that was something new.


Image (It really looked a bit strange)

There are always a lot of Wildebeest around, usually in large groups.A lot of younger Wildebeest could be found in every of that herds.

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Image (Springboks absorbing the last rays of sunshine)
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Unread postby katydownunder » Mon Jun 19, 2006 8:46 pm

The first afternoon at KTC we did not drive too far, but a that was enough to have very nice sightings.

Image ( Jackal feeding on a Wildebeest carcass)

The landscape around the camp is lovely:

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Back at the camp:

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Unread postby katydownunder » Mon Jun 19, 2006 9:01 pm

The first night at KTC was freezing cold 6°C inside the tent , and here is the outside temperature:

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And comming out of the tent we nearly could not believe our eyes.....
Frost on top of the tent roof:

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Thank God we had our hot water bottles :lol:
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Unread postby katydownunder » Thu Jun 22, 2006 8:48 pm

Well, that was a really cold start .
It was Francolins birthday and her wish was to see another Lion.
But at first we had fun watching the Sprinboks doing their warm-up. :lol:

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Then he came walking right through the river bed.We were able to follow him for a few hundred metres.

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After that he just walked up a dune and lay down.

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Wow what a birthday present 8)
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Unread postby katydownunder » Thu Jun 22, 2006 9:03 pm

We drove down to Kamqua Picnic Spot for breakfast.

Passing the waterholes along the road we made the sighting of a Hammerkop :shock: , I did not expect to see them in the Kalahari.

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An Ostrich doing his daily workout :lol: :

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We need to get some fuel, so we went up to Mata Mata before returning to KTC.
There we had a look at the Namibian border.
(Here is a pic for all those waiting for the opening of the border post at Mata Mata)

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Reception at Mata Mata.

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Unread postby katydownunder » Thu Jun 22, 2006 9:19 pm

All around KTC we had very nice sightings.

This guy right by the road:

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More and more Springboks with young ones:

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Springboks with a strange taste for accessories :roll:

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While observing a small group of Bat-Eared Foxes (here are just two of them , the whole group consists of 5 animals)
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we had another special sighting.
Our first YR in KTP.
We met Peterpiper and caused a small traffic jam (yes, that is possible even in the Kalahari :lol: )
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Unread postby katydownunder » Thu Jun 22, 2006 9:24 pm

Here are some pics I made in the late afternoon.
Until sunset there was still aproximately still an hour to go.
I just loved the light and the colours of the Kalahari.

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Unread postby katydownunder » Wed Jun 28, 2006 8:32 pm

Sorry I kept you waiting for the Urikaruus Pics .But the World Cup somehow managed to distract me a bit :redface:

So we are driving towards Urikaruus our third Wilderness Camp.

Some Ostriches along the way:

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We stopped again at Kamqua Picnic Spot for breakfast.
Beware of the '' thieves'' I think it won't take long and they know how to open these cooler boxes :lol:

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Soon after that we arrived at Urikaruus, we were looking forward to that for a very long time and now we are finally there. 8)
And we were very much impressed right from the beginning of our stay.

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Image (Our hut)

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(pic by Francolin )

More pics to come.
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Unread postby katydownunder » Wed Jun 28, 2006 10:10 pm

Thank you MM! :D

Urikaruus is a beautiful Camp.
All the Huts consist of two seperate cabins.

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The upper one is the bedroom with bathroom.

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(pic by Francolin)

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You are able to open the bedroom windows to two sides and to one side there is even a balcony with chairs and view to the waterhole. 8)

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