Thank you one and all for your very generous praise, what I have decided to do is to continue with the trip report with my mediocre photography and hopefully by the end of it the Boss will have figured out how to get some pics of his video to supplement the dearth in my photography!
25th September - TR to Nossob
This was a very long drive made even longer by our own stupidity and to a certain extent a mishap on the part of Sanparks! When we got to the bottom dune road and were going to turn right we noticed a sign that said "Detour to Nossob" (spelt with a P) BUT it was pointing straight up towards Mata Mata. Oh boy - major discussion in the car - have the roadworks got up to Kij Kij and now we need to use the top dune? What happens if we travel the length of the lower dune road only to find it closed? Unanimously we all decided that we could not afford to waste either the time or km's if the Lower dune road was closed so off we went to the top dune road. We later found out that somehow the sign had either been moved but WAS pointing in the wrong direction! We could have used the bottom dune road but we didn't so added a bit of extra time to our journey.
We did find a manor of meerkats however and managed a picture but they were very active and quite far away!
The springbuck lambs were just everywhere - large nursery groups and smaller ones - too precious for words.
It was also not long before we were seeing the every present Pale Chanting Gowhawks everywhere. Has anyone ever noticed that there appear to be more PCG's on the Nossob side than on the Auob side?
Marie se Draai was exceptionally quiet for us this year after all the sensational viewing we had there in 2006 we were anticipating that the status quo would change but it sadly did not. However the jackal warding off the bees at Marie se Gat were comical to watch and this one figured that if he went in on his belly possibly he might minimise the amount of his body that would be exposed to a sting!
Another jackal came to drink covered in blood so there must have been a kill somewhere.
We became obsessed with tracks and spoor on Marie se Draai and it was so frustrating to see it all there on the road but not the animal that had made it. One morning we even sat at the Gat and could hear lion roaring nearby but could not find them.