Stand by for my second last posting on the TR!
The last day in Nossob we took the North bound road past Cubitje Quap to Kwang! A slow drive with our eyes peeled to the wide river bed! Our first sighting, other than Springbok and BWB…….was this! Actually two of them, male and female!
Not too far from there we came across two cheetahs with a kill (Springbok) in the river bed about 5 k’s from Nossob and about 200 meters off the road.
The cheetahs have had their fill by the time we arrived and a BBJ took the scraps from them!
Heavy clouds threatened to whip up a storm, but all it did, was to give us our first experience of a ‘mother’ of a dust storm, that lasted more than a half hour! We drove into it!
It cleared from time to time!
Near Cubitje Quap we saw a huge male lion and some lionesses with a BWB kill. Unfortunately too far and too much dust for quality photos!
Not far from there we witnessed another first for us! We came across a heard of BWB’s with about 5 young ones and one that was in ‘labour’ on the ground.
I captured this ‘amazing’ episode on video of the birth taking place at the Cubitje Quap open air maternity Ward! After a while, the new born tried to get up with a few “assistant mothers” guiding the him/her from behind!
First steps with mother and Auntie BlueWB supporting on either side of his wobbly young leggs!
Just before Gate Closing time, we set off to Marie se Gat, where we came across a huge solitary male Lion. Too dark for descent photos!
It rained that evening and we were safely in the Guest House for our last night in Nossob!
Good – bye to Nossob ………….!!!
………. and back over the Top Dune road to Mata Mata, where we will exit KTP via Namibia to Cape Town! An excitement of a new kind!
Hope we are not held up by lions, cheetahs or giffs to-day, because our destination is Giants Play Ground and Quiver Tree Forest Lodge near Keetmanshoop, about 260 k’s from the MM border! Then to Seeheim Hotel, 46 k’s from Keetmanshoop on the B4 to Luderitz.
The running takeoff of this Korri Bustard, took far too long, to finally get him airborne only a meter in front of the windscreen, almost made me swallow my camera!
But alas, as soon as we came into the wonderful Auob River bed at Kamqua – Six lions including some young males ‘forced us to stop! Look between the markings on this picture!
I’m watching you ……and can you see I’m growing up, look at my long beard!
……and the second young male with his female sleeping partner in the back ground!
I’m so tired!
It must have rained a lot since we left KTC for Nossob……water everywhere….and a bit cooler…….now below 40 and the grass much greener!
We did the necessary border checking out at MM and again in at the Namibian Border Control point!
The “transit” went smooth and we were soon on our way on this really well maintained road – The C15 and then after 89 kms, left on the C17 to Keetmanshoop! This is the SITZAS shop just 200 meters from MM on the Namibian side. Well stocked with good meat etc (cheap) and the Border Officials will allow you to walk across to buy there if you camp in MM!
The winding road continue all along the Auob river, only now there are fences and no Springbok….and a Lodge here and there!
When on the C17, there are countless dunes for the first 20 Kms or so! Like these below!
Then we came across this remote and not your “everyday visiting” Coffee Shop sign on the C17 at Koës in Namibia!
For those potential overseas readers (read: foreign) of my TR, that are not so familiar with the ‘Lingua Franca’ of us South Africans, this sign says something about one’s “far away living, Mother”!
Closer to Keetmanshoop we just missed the tail end of an ominous looking thunder storm! We turned off the C17 to the Mesosaurus Camp Site (tiny fossils were discovered here) that lived in this area near Keetmans millions of years ago! But unfortunately it was too wet to pursue this. We did however got to see how they were fossilised into rocks in this area!
Just a few kilos further towards Keetmans on the C17, these amazing rock formations can be seen. GIANTS PLAY GROUND
......and they were not piled by human hands!
Giants Play Ground is situated on the farm that is part of the QUIVER TREE FOREST LODGE. To visit it, a permit must be obtained from QTF Lodge office!
Have you ever slept in an Iglo?
…..and enough photo opportunities amongst the Quiver trees!
.......and these phenomenal trees have been here for centuries!
Just displaying their rustic beauty to this arid sun drenched environment.
.....and a potential postcard model from any angle!
….and holding on to the rock for dear life………!
……almost there…….one more posting........then I will have to return to KTP for more inspiration! To be concluded soon!