Wed 22nd Oct.
We awoke bright and early to a chilly morning – all of 14 C with a really cold wind.
Packed up and left for Nossob just before 7.
When we got to Samefloeiing, we had an “aha” moment. The road into the waterhole used to be the old road to Mata-Mata – it even has pegs across it at the back to restrict passage.
Look as we may, we couldn’t find wanderw’s leopard.
In the middle of no-where, we came across this little springbok fawn that had been “stashed” behind a bush (not a very big one). We looked and looked but could see no sign of any other springbok. Very strange.
A little later we stopped to take a picture of a bird in a tree, but he was having none of it and left
We also saw a little mouse hanging onto the bushes next to the road (saw a pic in Scipio’s report – thanks Scipio) but were unable to stop as we had another car behind us.
The road left a lot to be desired. There were a lot of standing puddles, and detours around them. Where the mud had dried, it was really hard and ridged by tyre tracks. And then there were patches of what can only be described as talcum powder !
We learned later that there had been a big storm 2 days before and that explained all the water !
Shortly after Rooiputs, we came across this gemsbok sporting a curl
He was part of a crowd in a hurry to go somewhere – in single file.
A short while later we had some excitement – we got too close to a cobra crossing the road and he got upset & showed his hood – we weren’t quick enough with the camera, but got this shot of him as he continued his journey
Next to the road, where he was headed, was an even bigger cobra
He also re-acted to our stopping by shooting towards the trees at top speed. Can they move
We hadn’t realized just how fast they are
The first one waited for the other one to get to a pile of brush and then followed and they both disappeared.
There were some squirrels in the vicinity and we wondered if they had seen the cobras.
At that stage we had seen about 7 or 8 different jackals, but they were all very busily going about finding food and would not stop long enough to pose.
Two of them were obviously tag teaming in the bushes after mice, but we didn’t see them catch anything and they were mostly hidden in the shrubs – but fascinating to watch.
Melkvlei appeared and with it a break from the car – or so we thought
The wind was so cold that we decided to have our breakfast in the car rather than at a picnic table – so, after a quick visit to the loo, we were on our way again.