Thanks, forumites - you are a veritable fountain of knowledge! Arks - thanks for id'ing that juvenile PCG; when do they start getting lighter? Peregrine - thanks for the information on Killiecrankie; SO will be most relieved to know that he didn't imagine it all!
I forgot to mention a little *traveller's tip* yesterday. If you buy the rooster broodjies at Nossop, you must consume these on the day of purchase. The next day they are transformed into something completely different - so hard you need a hammer and chisel to break into them
Also forgot to mention *traveller's tip #2*. As a first time visitor to KTP, when you look at the map, you see there is a one-way road that leads from Nossob camp to Kalahari Tented Camp/Mata Mata. What nobody mentions, however, is that you can only use this route if you are staying over at Bitterpan
Anyway, when you are in the KTP (or any of our other wonderful national parks), you can't stay cross for long... so back to the trip report!
Once again stopped for breakfast at Dikbaardskolk en route to Urikaruus, where we spotted this lovely glossy starling:
And this little fellow (help: is this a chat or a Marico fly catcher or what??):
And a herd of resting red hartebeest:
Then, across the dune road to join up with the Mata Mata road again. Just outside Urikaruus, we came upon the brown spotted hyena family (mom, dad and two pups). This little family seems to be very well-known; most people we spoke to had seen them. They were lovely:
Wow, what a privilege!
Then we spotted this lovely cheetah, but she seemed in a big hurry:
And the busy secretary bird, doing what secretaries do best (stomping feet):
We finally got to Kalahari Tented Camp, jumped out of the car..... oh dear!!!
Back right tyre flat, flat, flat. We were driving a Mercedes ML, which unfortunately does not have a proper spare wheel, only a "Marie biscuit". Luckily SO had brought a foot pump, so - with the help of the very kind and gracious camp staff
, we managed to get the wheel to a state where we could at least drive the 3 km to Mata Mata to see what could be done. Well, we got to MM and put some air into the tyre, but the wall of the tyre had developed a big bubble.... not good news. At first hubby wanted to leave the park and head straight home, but I said (with some force): "Bugger that"! We still had three nights booked in the park; two at KTC and another at Mata Mata. After some discussion, we decided to spend the two nights at KTC and then try and swap the Mata Mata night for a night back at Twee Rivieren. Thanks again to the helpful staff (at MM this time), we managed to do this. We tried in vain to source a spare tyre by phone via Upington.... nada, niks, fokol.
Anyway, while hubby dear was doing all the phoning and tyre pumping, I took the opportunity to walk around Mata Mata (another BEAUTIFUL camp, people!!) with my camera.
Hmmm.... scary looking koringkriek (mole cricket):
White browed sparrow weaver:
Business concluded (as far as was possible), we headed back to Kalahari Tented Camp. All will be revealed in the next exciting instalment....