Thank you so much to everyone for the comments both heartwarming and funny! 8 January 2009
After a good night sleep under the Kalahari skies, waking up to the most beautiful morning - our minds were made up .... we would carry on with our trip come hell or high water! Luckily the first part of that saying didn't happen (although perhaps it had already!), as for the second part of the saying ... the high water bit ....well keep reading!
We packed up the tent and said au revoir to our new friends at TR - we would be back. Our next stop would be KTC. We took a slow drive. As we turned the corner just passed Monro we couldn't believe our eyes. A leopard! We were so excited. By the time I grabbed my camera the leopard was walking away but I snapped away never-the-less.
I learnt my lesson and for the rest of the trip my camera was on my lap!
We looked under all bushes and behind all trees - as we realised that spotting things was a lot about luck but also a little committment! I was thrilled to see a hoopoe (my Mom's fav bird).
We arrived at KTP and were allocated Tent #9. We had a look around - boarded up the hole in the floor just at the entrance (someone else also mentioned this!) and headed up to the pool. IT was hot! We were told by people at the pool that there was a cheetah and her son lying under the trees on the other side of the waterhole. We hot footed it back to #9 and pulled out the binocs and yes - there they were!
Please excuse the distance but definitely have that cheetah pose. The pair split up with one hiding out near the waterhole and the other moving down the valley.
We had another swim and dinner. We could feel rain coming although there was no thunder or lightening.
We went to bed very happy Kiwis but were to wake up well before morning!
Winner of Best Trip Report - Forum Awards 2009! We left our hearts (and a burnt out 4 x 4) in the KTP - Jan 09. The full report can be read by clicking http://www.sanparks.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=27&t=30006&st=0&sk=t&sd=a