Thanks Lionspoon - heck, if we didn't laugh we'd have been in tears ( also, its a LOT funnier now its over - the kids still talk about that awful drive but now they also see the funny side of it
And yes, those ground squirrels were adorable - they always cheer me up !!
We got really excited with this brief glimpse of a cape cobra in a weaver's nest but it disappeared so quickly we only got a quick snap of it....
As we bounced and lurched our way further up the road, things started to look a little brighter - a car stopped on the opposite side with people hanging out the windows
....we stopped and looked....and looked.....till eventually we saw him lying under a tree - our first lion !! unfortunately, he wasn't a very stunning specimen of a black maned Kgalagadi lion I had been bragging about to the kids - didn't matter that he was just lyin' there
- we pulled out the bino's and all had a good look....
"He's not moving at all - do you think he's dead ?"
"Nah, he can't be dead, he's just asleep..."
"Here, you have a look"
"Sh*t, his chest isn't moving at all.........maybe he IS dead"
"Let me look - nope, nothing...."
"oh cr*p - I hope he's not dead - our first lion and its a dead one !!!"
"Look at his mouth, its all skwiff - he probably can't eat so he's died there ......shame...."
" He's still not moving ....."
"Do you think he's really dead ?"
This went on for a while until after about 15 minutes and half a dozen cars slowing down, stopping for a quick check and driving on - a paw twitched
- the kid with the bino's let out a yell of "He's ALIVE '" and with that we drove off in a flush of triumph at seeing our first "not-dead" lion. I was incredibly happy to see subsequent photos of him in a later TR, proving once and for all that this IS an amazing specimen and he's doing very well for himself, thank you very much....
According to Caracal ( sorry
), the Kalahari will reveal itself to only those who seek with a true heart ....obviously our hearts weren't very true or maybe it was all the bad vibes floating around the car but we still saw practically nothing - the odd lonely gemsbok or wildebeest or springbok under the shade of a tree until another stopped car kindly pointed out some more lions for us. Unfortunately, this bunch were snoozing under a tree on the far side of the river - with the bino's we could just make out that yes, they were lions and there were 3 of them but they were so far away and so fast asleep we couldn't tell if they were male or female...
By the time we eventually staggered into Mata Mata we were all very grumpy and thirsty and HOT so after a very quick pitstop and a visit to the shop we were off again. The kids were not speaking to each other (or me) because of the whole Iphone incident so it was surprsingly restful
The area around the camp was beautiful and green and covered in those sweet little yellow flowers which I think are those damn devil's thorns in disguise...but still lovely none the less
We drove in a stony silence until Craig Lockhart ( I think
) where we got SUPER excited at seeing TWO - yes TWO cars - parked in the little turning circle near the waterhole. As you well know, two cars parked in the Kgalagadi is definately a super-special sighting - in all probability one of the kitties - so we were all happy and the bad mood dissapered in a flash - cameras got readied, windows cracked open to full and we crept slowly up so as not to disturb................THE 2 IDIOTS WHO WERE OUT OF THEIR CARS , MOOCHING AROUND AND HAVING A FAG !!!!! RIGHT NEXT TO THE SIGN ON THE TREE SAYING "DO NOT LEAVE YOUR VEHICLE" !!!!!!
Our initail excitement turned to dissapointment that there weren't any kitties, to utter outrage at these twerps, to a kind of evil pleasure (don't judge me PLEASE
) so I plastered a big smile on my face and carefully positioned the car for optimal photography and snapped happily away at them, being very careful to take some closeup shots of the sign as well as their numberplates - they were not very happy with me, especially as my son was muttering rude things out the window like ..." what's WRONG with you people, cant' you READ"
so as they looked like rather large boere and I didn't want to get into an arguement with them I smiled manaically at them again, gave them a cheery wave, and drove off.........
A voice beside me says " well, we didn't see much but that certainly made up for it don't you think ...."
( the outcome of this little episode was a very happy Jannie when he downloaded the photos and 2 very unhappy men who subsequently got a MASSIVE fine )