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First visit to the Kgalagadi

Unread postby Blue Wildebeest » Thu Aug 14, 2008 5:44 pm

Two years ago we had a brilliant holiday in the KNP. Having done it once we felt a lot more confident about planning a more adventurous trip to the Kgalagadi.

The reports on these forums have helped a lot and so this is my attempt to give something back and convey some of the delights of our trip.

About 24 hr and 3 flights after leaving home we were shopping at the Pick and Pay in Uppington. We then drove to Molopo Lodge for an overnight stay.
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The next day (Thursday 24 July) after a good breakfast we completed the journey to Twee Rivieran.

There was still 30 km of untarred road to negotiate although there seemed to be a good length completed but not yet open. On our return journey two weeks later about 15 km of this had been opened up.

We arrived at TR and booked into Chalet 1 where we were welcomed by a number of these chaps.
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One took a fancy to our tyres!
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Or was it revenge because we wouldn’t feed them? They were clearly used to being fed.
This visitor was also on the look out for free food.

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We spent the rest of the day relaxing and getting familiar with TW and its inhabitants.
In the evening, with my interest in astronomy, I found the dark clear sky amazing, we never see the stars like this at home.

We retired early to get a good start the next morning - and it was a good start! :D
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Re: First visit to the Kgalagadi

Unread postby Blue Wildebeest » Wed Aug 27, 2008 11:19 am

I must apologise for the long delay but I had trouble accessing the site and then I was away (observing wildlife in the Red Sea).

To continue ...

The next morning (Friday) we were up early and left for a drive just after the gates opened at 7.30. We had barely left the gates of the camp when we saw brake lights ahead so we scanned carefully as we approached. Up to the left, walking along a ridge in the half light was a lioness. She moved slowly along the ridge and then disappeared over the top. No photo I’m afraid but I think this will be the same sighting as Jo – see ‘Kalahari Horizons’

We chose to travel the Mata Mata road which we found quite rough and gave us some concern about the longer journeys in the park. We saw springbok, steenbok and walking dramatically over a ridge in the lightening sky some gemsbok.

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We also saw ostrich,

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a cute jackal
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and wildebeest

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during our trip out to Houmoed and back.

Back at TR, during the afternoon, we heard our neighbours talking about a lion that could be seen from the dunes in the camp. We walked up to the top and sure enough two ridges away a lioness was lay on top of the second ridge.

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This was probably the same one we had seen in the morning as it was the same area. She didn'y stay long but got up and disappeared behind the dune.

More to follow ... :hmz:
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Re: First visit to the Kgalagadi

Unread postby Blue Wildebeest » Wed Aug 27, 2008 4:08 pm

The view from the top of the dunes



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Walking back down to the chalet some small finches drew my attention by the amount of noise they were making. On looking closely at the tree it became apparent that they were hassling a little pearl spotted owlet.

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Not a brilliant photo as I still had the wide angle lens on but I did get a better photo later in the holiday.
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Re: First visit to the Kgalagadi

Unread postby Blue Wildebeest » Thu Aug 28, 2008 6:39 pm

The picture links to the larger images don't seem to be working anymore so I've put links under the images.

For the evening drive we tried the Nossob road. This was a much smoother ride than the other road. We saw a kori bustard

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lots of pale chanting goshawks, and a pygmy falcon

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a lilac breasted roller (beautiful colours)

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We also saw this
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but did not realise what it was until the following day when we saw it again clearly.

Back in the camp this drongo kept an eye on us at the chalet
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