OK Ingrid, the captain is out, so now I have a few minutes.
Sunday 14 December saw a queue at the gate by 5h20, all champing at the bit to get down Marie se Draai. (Literally, Mary’s loop). The gates opened and the convoy kicked up dust, as it sped along. Apart from the usual quartet of gnu, oryx, red harties and springbok, the only sightings were some kudu and the usual raptors, so we took the dune road back to camp and then headed north to see if we could find the cheetah moms and cubs, or the leopard on the Bedinkt cairn. No such luck, just an abundance of raptors. We were hot and not in good humour, as expectations were not being met, and my integrity was being questioned. Nossob was letting me down for the first time ever.
Back in camp we had breakfast, at about 9, and a swim as it was already hot. To amuse myself while the others dozed, I went to the hide and stuck my fingers in front of the webcam. Anyone see something odd round 10h00 on Sunday?
My son lit the braai, and the clouds that had built up decided to put on the show for the day. We had a great thunderstorm. It really came down, and I remembered Caracal’s trip report where the Kalahari girls got stuck for days in Nossob. That would be great! It was cool now, but it moved east into Bots. My wife told my son to braai in the rain, but he told her the fire would go out. To cut a long argument short, she was right and maybe I can make an ad for Ch*rk* brickettes, because we could have braaied if we had not eaten other stuff.
Right! Rain stopped. Cool! Let’s go! Down to Marie’s again and still no activity except paddling PCGs,
so we went north where we met some git who told us that he had seen the cheetah mom & 3 cubs at Kwang just after the rain. That really got the mood going. At least we saw some foxes on the way back.
But this was how we amused ourselves.
This was the road.
Remember to wind the windows up.
Sorry, but I have to get this most uneventful day, one of my all time least successful out of the way, but it gets better – much better so hang in please.
I went to the hide for a futile time, while Antibird braaied, and the hightlight of my day, apart from the storm, was skinny dipping in the Nossob pool in the dark. Can you see me?
Animals seen; 3 bat eared fox, 3 Cape fox, 19 oryx, 322 gnu (give or take a few!), 55 springbok, 30 red hartebeest, 5 black backed jackal, including one that fancied our braai , 3 ground squirrel, 1 yellow mongoose and 1 steenbok.
Birds included many of yesterdays lot and red necked falcon, swallow tailed bee-eater, lilac breasted roller, crimson breasted shrike, Burchell’s and Cape glossy startling and red headed finch, most seen in camp as I did the delightful trail north of the shop.
Tawny take off!