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 Post subject: Kgalagadi September 2014 - Amazing time, we will be back!!
Unread postPosted: Tue Oct 28, 2014 5:52 pm 
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We drove, after two weeks, in Kruger across the country to the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. It took us two days with a stop at Nelspruit, Lichtenburg and we arrived at Upington on 15 September. We spent the night at River Place in Upington, a really lovely hotel.

The following morning we collected our pre ordered shopping from the Pick and Pay. Jeremie the manager had taken our shopping list by email and it was all packed, frozen where requested, and ready to go. It probably saved us 2 hours. Very helpful and efficient service. We will use them again in March. We drove to Twee Rivieren and arrived at the gate around 2pm. We were driving a Budget twin cab Isuzu 4x4 which we had hired from Johannesburg. We had nights at:-

Kieliekrankie x 2, Urikaruus x 3, Kalahari Tented Camp x 2, Grootkolk x 1, Gharagab x 2, Grootkolk x 1,
Bitterpan x 1 and Kieliekrankie x 1. After we drove for a last two nights at Augrabies Falls.

I will start with photographs from our most exciting and memorable experience in KTP which was a Cheetah and four cubs on a kill. We spent over 2 hours with them watching them interact, demolish the Springbox in a very short time and wash each other. The cubs were the most beautiful animals and they made the sweetest chirping noises. It was a privilage to see them and their brave mother. She is doing such a fantastic job raising them.

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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi September 2014 - Amazing time, we will be back
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Wow penolva, what a wonderful sighting of the Cheetah and Cubs :clap: :clap:

Thanks for sharing

Waiting for more :popcorn:

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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi September 2014 - Amazing time, we will be back
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Wow a very special sighting! :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

I'm so glad you had a great time in KTP........ :dance: :dance: :dance:

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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi September 2014 - Amazing time, we will be back
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I'm glad you had such an awesome time at KTP.

Thanks for the pics.

Take care.


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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi September 2014 - Amazing time, we will be back
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Glad you had a great time now more please :popcorn:

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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi September 2014 - Amazing time, we will be back
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great cheetah shots :cam:

good tip about click and collect at P&P for uppington. We used them to deliver to our relatives just before we arrived for the last couple of days -even with a 60l lidded boxes.

:mrgreen: now waiting for more of your trip.....

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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi September 2014 - Amazing time, we will be back
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Yey! More more more please!

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July 9th-14th (Main camp)

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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi September 2014 - Amazing time, we will be back
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What a stunning Cheetah sighting penolva! Beautifully captured too! :clap: :clap:

Looking forward to read all about this wonderful KTP trip! :dance: :dance:

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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi September 2014 - Amazing time, we will be back
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We spent five days in the Kgalagadi before we saw a whisker. We heard about a lion here, a leopard there and a myth about a Cheetah and four cubs. Its the place to be patient. Its the place to look. Its the place to listen. Its the place to appreciate the small things. Its the place you will want to return to, you won't be able to help it.

We saw the black maned lions eventually and they showed off their beauty and woke us one morning at Gharagab with a huge roar just outside our tent. The Cheetah remained elusive. People said "look along the ridges', "look under the bushes". Everyone had seen Cheetah. Seen a Cheetah kill a Springbox, seen one walking along the road with a cub. Not us. We looked at every blinking ridge and every bush until we had a headache.

Time to let the Kgalagadi reward us in her own time! Just wait.

Driving towards Kieliekrankie. A car stopped. People we had been meeting up with for several days on the road. What could they see? A Cheetah and her four, yes four, cubs on a Springbox kill. Must have just happened as the mother was just opening up the stomach. We spent over two hours with them and watched as they demolished the kill, played with each other, washed each other and made little Cheetah chirping noises.

A few cars joined us and then moved on. Its not crowded in the Kgalagadi, its magic! We will be back in 18 weeks! Hope those Cheetah cubs make it and we see them again.
ImageH2700006_edited-1 by Charliecornwall, on FlickrImageH2700008_edited-1-1 by Charliecornwall, on Flickr[url=https://flic.kr/p/pyyhQJ]


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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi September 2014 - Amazing time, we will be back
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http://youtu.be/45bXKk5M8pA?list=UUCzHL ... 8AdEQm9PtA

A link to the video of the Cheetah Kill


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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi September 2014 - Amazing time, we will be back
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Great video, thanks for sharing penolva! :clap: :clap:

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