Day 3 Kalahari Tented Camp to Urikaruus
I was again surprised to be woken by some thunder followed very soon by some serious rain. Even though I closed the tent flaps the water just poured into my tent (through the flaps, under the door and the central support pillar that did not seal well).
As I was moving to Urikaruus I decided to have a late start after a breakfast of cereal and yogurt. First drove to Mata Mata to fill up with fuel and wash the car’s windscreen. It was really wet after the rain of the night before and this time the roads were a bit soggy at certain spots.
Viewing still a bit challenging with the tall grass. Did meet up with the giraffes again. The one was tired and decided to have a bit of a rest (or was his legs just too short)?
This LBR caught himself a nice snack and after giving it a few pinches swallowed it without any problems.
Suddenly saw a lot of unhappy Cape Crows circling and making a hell of a noise. What can it be? A Cheetah, with radio collar (Elana or Lizette?? – between 14de and 13 de waterhole) on the ridge!!!
I followed her for about 20 minutes while she kept going parallel to the road. I noticed the radio collar and it was clear that she has not eaten for some time. She would stop every now and then and look back. Were there some cubs following? She eventually came down to the road and continued in the road.
A lone Springbuck ram was grazing in the riverbed and she was very interested in him. She used a gap in the grass formed by the grader to channel water off the road to leave the road and immediately went into stalking mode. The Springbuck ram soon became aware of something not being right and started looking for what it was. Game over as he spotted the Cheetah and trotted off down the river.
Stopped at all waterholes along the way and spotted this Forked Tail Drongo
Arrived at Urikaruus at midday. Before I left Pretoria I contacted central reservations in Pretoria and asked them how to book a specific cabin. They informed me that I should contact the specific camp 30 days before arrival to arrange. I phoned Twee Rivieren, sent a fax and phoned them again a week before arrival to ensure that I do not end up in cabin 4. The only problem with this specific cabin is the tree that partially obscures the view, especially from the bedroom. When I entered at 2R two days ago I again confirmed and was told it has been arranged. At arrival I was allocated cabin … yes you guessed it – no. 4!!
The camp attendant, Eric who was in Grootkolk during the veldt fire (we were there then) could not do anything about changing as the other guests checked in 5 minutes before me. Eric did tell me that I am lucky Dupel Erasmus the Tourism Manager was in camp and I should bring my problem to his attention. Dupel promised to follow up but the facts are the following (from the proverbial horse’s mouth). It is not policy and not allowed to pre-book specific cabins or huts. The only exception is for people with disabilities. I accept that but have often arrived first, asked for a specific cabin to be informed that guests, still to arrive, have requested that cabin. All I ask is that facts be made known and then all are treated equally. Dupel stated that he will follow up on it.
On a more positive note (I also phoned Nossob to request hut no. 1 in Grootkolk
) the bakkie (pick up) travelling to Nossob and then on to Grootkolk was also still at Urikaruus and the camp attendant on his way to Grootkolk, Franco was there. He ensured me (and asked Dupel to please close his ears) that he WILL keep me hut no. 1. Let us wait and see. All griping over but I wanted to state the facts.
Again went on a late afternoon short drive, only as far as Kamqua picnic spot and back. Just south of camp I came across this large herd of Blue Wildebeest
(they came for a drink at the camp waterhole about 2 hours after sunset.) Typical for Wildebeest there was a lot of running around but I hope most got to drink some water – too dark for photos.
The hide and seek game seems to be very popular in Kgalagadi this year.
even the road signs wanted to play....
After a short chat to Eric, started my Askham wood fire for the braai. Planning an early start to do the lower dune road then north to upper dune road and back to camp. Hope it will be a good day…..[ Post made via Mobile Device ]