Monday 4th May 2009
We woke early and went up to reception to get our permit, where we met up with two other couples who we would get to know pretty well whilst waiting for the various camp gates to open in the mornings over the next week and a half.
We were second out the gate and headed slowly south.
We went down as far as Rooibrak. Saw the usual plus a large herd of Giraffe near Kamqua .We counted over 25 in all
On the way back we also saw some baby ground squirrels ( we call them the "munch bunch" as they are always eating:
and a LBR
We were stopped just before Mata Mata by a kind gentleman who told us about 2 cobras raiding a sociable weavers nests as well as a Vereaux Eagle Owl and we think a Barn Owl.
We found it interesting to note the difference in the colours of the two cobras. Here is a pic of the one raiding the nest:
I had not brought a change of clothing on the drive ,and was quietly cooking by this stage (and getting very miserable!!), so after a while I eventually persuaded WN to leave as I really needed to get out of my tracksuits
Once back at camp we pottered around the campsite, had a wonderful shower and left on another drive. Again we saw very little until we came across another traffic jam just after the TR side of the Dalkeith loop. A cheetah on a springbok kill.
A first for both SO and myself. A very kind gentleman gave up his prime spot and we managed to get some awesome photos
We think the cheetah is Skinny’s mother. Can anyone assist with an ID?
(I also have a video which I hopes works
)Cheetah on kill
We got back just as the gates were closing but just too late for petrol as the pumps close at 6pm, hence the late start the next day. Mata Mata skyline:
That evening we enjoyed a great potjie and had a bit of excitement in the camp as a young puffie had been spotted at the ablution block.
Fortunately a Sanparks ranger came in a saved the night and our
bladders, by removing said puffie in a black dustbin, with a broom. He said that he would be taking out to the bush, and releasing it out of harms way!