We left Upington with our few odd & sodds and also a spotlight - we had debated buying a spotlight back home and decided not to bother. SO then had a change of mind and so for our one night at Urikaruus we now had a spotlight - or so we thought. Stupid thing would not charge, not in the car or at KTP.
Note to self, never leave such things to the last minute and if you do, check that they work before you leave the shop.
Anyway, that said, we reached Twee Rivieren just after 12ish. We checked in, changed our booking for our last night - we were to spend our last two nights at Mata Mata but decided to change the last night to TR. (
This proved to be a very good decision) Our chalet overlooked the campsite and after unpacking and having a look around TR we left at around 2pm for a drive. Not the best time for game viewing but still better than sitting at the chalet. We decided to go towards Mata Mata as the next day we were leaving for Nossob.
First animal spotted - Springbok. Whenever SO and I enter a Park, we like to try and guess which animal we will see first. We saw lots of Wildebeest, Gemsbok and Ostriches but no predators, not even lumps under trees. Just before Munro we stopped to look at the Springbok and their young ones so close to the road when
OMW - right next to us in a big tree we spotted two Verreaux's Eagle-Owls. I was over the moon as I have this thing about owls. Then, just a few trees up, a Spotted Eagle-Owl.
We were both so excited at these two sightings.
Loads of young lambs were next to the road under whatever shade they could find.
Somewhere amongst the branches there is an owl - really!
You can't do a TR without one of these.
Northern Black Korhaan
We went as far as Montrose before turning back. PCG's, Crowned Lapwing, Secretary Birds, Cape Crows and then
"big bird" - our first ever Kori Bustard. More excitement
little did we know that we would be seeing plenty of them during our trip. A steenbokkie, ground agama's aplenty and a Northern Black Korhaan were added to the list - but no big predators, not even tired, sleeping ones.
All in all, we were happy. Happy to be in KTP, happy with what we had seen and looking forward to the next day when we would be up and out early - or so we thought!
The wind was really nasty so it meant a quick braai with a glass or two of sparkling wine -
we had to celebrate. Tomorow would hopefully be a good sightings day.
Oh yes, just had to include this ugly critter which was in the kitchen at our chalet - SO opened the window in the hope that he would leave - but no such luck.