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 Post subject: lion queen 4 LEAF CLOVER IN KTP Oct 2010
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We were very lucky to go on 4 trips at the end of 2010 to Kgalagadi. Some were only weekend visits and other a bit longer. The first was at the end of September and then a quick and unplanned one at the end of October. Mid December we were of again for a weekend and then back there on Christmas afternoon for a week.

We had four wonderful and very different visits. Each with its own treats. These were also our first time all on our own and without Leopard Cub. It felt strange not having her on the back seat giving us our cool drinks and snacks. Having one pair of eyes less than usual made a big difference.

DAY 1 – 24/9/2010

We booked 2 nights in TR and then one night each in Nosob, Gharagab and again Nosob. I still had to work the 23rd so we only left after 2 the afternoon. We arrived and booked in and went for a very short drive and back to TR to have a braai and rest.

On the 24th we drove all the way to Mata Mata and back. We were just in the river bed after the 1001 dunes getting there when on of the biggest Hyennas I’ve ever seen, came hopping and a jumping down the river and across the road up the dune and was gone in a few minutes.

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After that we were sure that this trip will be a good one…..

Just a few kilometers on we spot a car driving on the wrong side of the road and next to it in the river bed something was walking…..

It was too far of to actually see what it was. I made a joke and said if that was a caracal……

As we drove nearer we could see some tuft ears and brown-red body and and and and…….

I could not believe we were so lucky. After a while the other car drove off and we were alone for a while with the caracal before it also went off over the dune.

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We saw birds every where. As it was a cold morning none of them moved……. :lol:

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At Gemsbokplein we saw this Gemsbok getting some extra calcium…………….

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I’m so glad he listened to his mommy!!!

At 13th Borehole people stopped us to show us this AWC. They were looking for owls when they saw him. We were so glad they stopped us……

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Just after the water hole his bigger “brother” was doing the same, this time only under the tree….

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It was now just before 11H00 and we have already seen 4 cats…….

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DAY 1 – 24/9/2010 ( PART 2)


It seems it was a day for getting all your vitamins and minerals…..

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Doing some grooming….

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Getting those feathers ready for some high flying…..

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And some no flying…….

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Maybe testing those dance steps for Saturday evening………..

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Next up day 2 on our way to Nossob……

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Still to come in trip 1.............

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Still to come in trip 2...............

The beginning................

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The middle.................

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Still to come in trip 3.......................

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DAY 2 – 25/9/2010 ( PART 1)

Today we are leaving TR for Nossob. I love the sunrises in Kgalagadi…………….

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Just as we turned of on the lower dune road we spot this one having breakfast……..

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Not very much further we see one of his family members, but he is in a hurry and there is not much time for posing for photos……..

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Just one of those moments…………

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These 2 were having their morning chat and looking at the sunrise……

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I love those wonderful “rock” formations…………..

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This little one entertained us for a while at Melkvlei. After a while he got his twig and ran of to his nest with it…….

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Had to put in a bird pic………

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We nearly ran over this one. He looked just like a dead tree root. It was only when he lifted his head that we saw it was not a root……….

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Unbelievable how quick it disappears into the tree………

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This was a quiet day with no “big” game. I’ve always loved bat eared foxes and the small stuff have a way to fascinate me for hours………..

Next up day 3 all the way to Gharagab……..

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DAY 3 – 26/9/2010 ( PART 1)

Today we are on our way to Gharagab. This will be our first time there.

Our very first sighting for the day…….

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They sure are stunning birds. I love their colors. To me they are the kings and queens of the bird world.

I know the next pic is not in the same league as some of the other mites, but that was the best I could do ( note to myself Need a lot more practise)

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Accept for a Battaleur my bird knowledge is not that good. Feel free to put names to my bird pictures….ok I know how a secretary bird looks like too and an ostrich it seems I do know more than one bird!!!

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We saw this family of Battaleurs at one of the waterholes. There were a few jackals around, but they did not worry about each other. The Battaleurs flew up from time to time. My only wish that we could have been a bit closer to them….

I hope you enjoy the series of photos…………

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More to follow.............

For the predator lovers hold on to your seats I'll post you some photos soon....... :P

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DAY 3 – 26/9/2010 ( PART 2)

Just past one of the waterholes we spot footprints in the road. We looked every where but can’t see anything. We decide to turn back and see if there is anything where we first saw the footprints.

As we drive back we look left and right for any signs.

Then a head pops up on the left side. Screams of CHEETAH!!!!!!

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Just then another head a few meters further on.

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There are no other cars and we get a nice spot to take a few pics. The road sides are high and there is a lot of grass in the way.

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The second one don’t look in our direction, but the first one keeps an eye on us.

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After a while they laid down in the grass. There is Springbuck further down the river. We decided to drive to the waterhole and see what’s going to happen.

They blend in so well with their surroundings!

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After a while a lot of other cars arrive. The cheetahs keep an eye on the Springbuck.

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We decide to move on since it is still a long way to Gharagab and there is to much cars to our liking…………..

No cheetah hunt or kill this time for us…………..

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Just after the next waterhole there are 2 cars next to the road.

There is a lion having a late breakfast. The BBJs keep an eye on the scraps. Might just be that they also can have a nice snack…….

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Just then we spot his brother. Obviously he has already had enough. Just look at that tummy!!!

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Brother number 1 is still eating as if there is a competition! Do hope that he doesn’t get stomach cramps…………..

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