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Okay a !Xerry Trail Trip Report….
This is my first trip report, and I’m new to the forum, so please tell me if I’m doing it wrong….
!Xerry Wilderniss Trail 15 – 17 September 2010 with the guides Melissa & Jan.
We were picked up from our camp site at Nossob the Wednesday morning. The 4x4 trip to !Xerry was the first bit of excitement. (Storming the dune, slowing down as you near the top, cruising down and then the next one….) Arriving at !Xerry after about 45 minutes we then set up camp. Pitching the tents and making our beds was about all we had to do. Then we all sat down in the shade (it was HOT you know, Kgalagadi in September…) and waited for it to cool down a little to go for our first walk. We did that at about 16:00, but we didn’t get very far because 1 of our group was not feeling well. Jan then went back to the camp to get the Land Rover and we all went back to Nossob to get some medicine for her. So there was no more walking on the first day, but we did have a lovely evening around the fire, having a braai and just relaxing, looking at the stars and listening to the night sounds
On Thursday morning we got up early for our walk, but our friend was still not feeling well so we had to take her back to Nossob and her sister decided to go back with her. So we packed up their stuff and once again we all got in the Land Rover to take them back to Nossob. As I said before, the drive is really exciting, and we saw a lot of steenbokkies on this trip. When we returned, we finally went on our first walk! We didn’t see a lot of game, but we did see a lot of the little stuff, that you don’t see from your car. This was also the closest we got to seeing lions. We didn’t see them, but we saw the cars that were seeing them! So close….
We spend the middle part (or the hottest part) of the day back in the camp. For this I recommend you take some reading material with you. Its really hot, and you get sleepy, but if your tent is not in the shade, its too hot to sleep, so a book will be very handy.
In the afternoon we went for another walk in a different direction from the morning. We went up one of the higher dunes for a really wonderful view of the Kalahari. Beautiful.
The evening was again spend around the fire, trading a few stories about our European experiences. At the end we agreed, there is no place like home!
On Friday morning we went for a final walk. Then, after 2 wonderful days, it was time to pack up and return to Nossob.
Although we didn’t see a lot of animals, it really didn’t matter. The expectation is always there, maybe over the next dune…. Definitely one to go on the to-do list of everyone who loves the Kalahari.