It was an early start for us due to the long distance that we needed to travel to get to out next destination - Urikaruus, another of our favourite spots in KTP. It was still very gloomy outside when I heard SO say that there were animals at the waterhole and that she thought they were Lions
. A quick look through the binocs confirmed that they were in fact Lions - there were two Lionesses and one lonely cub. Unfortunately the photos are not great because of the poor light conditions. Nevertheless I cranked up the ISO and this was the best that I could do.
It was hard to believe that these were our first Lions of the trip and we had already been in the park for a week - maybe this was a good omen!
We stopped at Leijersdraai Picnic Spot for a cuppa - the silence at this place was deafening! Soon after heading off again we saw this Red Haartebeest
soaking up some early morning sunshine.
Polentswa waterhole was un-characteristically quiet untill this BBJ
arrived for an early morning drink
This Greater Kestrel
was perched in a nearby tree
Between Bedinkt and Kwang waterholes we stopped for a while to watch this rather large group of female Ostriches
We sat there for a while while they entertained us and suddenly a few dark shapes under a camelthorn tree in the distance caught our attention. A quick inspection with the help of the binocs confirmed that the shapes were in fact a Cheetah
with two cubs! Unfortunately they were quite far away on the opposite side of the Nossob which means that the pics had to be severely cropped which had an adverse effect on their quality but at least we had the proof. These were the first Cheetah cubs that we had seen
A quick stop at Cubitjie Quap yielded this Namaqua Sandgrouse
We were being pressed for time so our pitstop at Nossob had to be a hasty one. I quickly went to check if our friend, the White-faced Scops Owl
was still on his perch in front of 10b - well he did not disappoint except this time he was fast asleep and not in the least even interested in greeting us
Here are a few images taken of Nossob Camp
Between Cheleka waterhole and Dikbaardskolk we stopped to watch a pair of Tawny Eagles
feeding their chick - once again a bit far for good pics.
cut a handsome figure strolling down the dune
The northern dune road was quiet which could be expected at around 13h00. This Secretary Bird
was having a drink at the picturesque Morevet waterhole
The trip to Urikaruus had been a long but rewarding one. We were once again lucky to be allocated No 1 which is the unit we had requested. This herd of Springbok
were at the waterhole in front of our cabin to welcome us to Urikaruus and YES, the floors still creak!!
We unpacked and sat and relaxed on the balcony for a while before heading up towards Mata Mata for an afternoon drive. We saw a Blue Wildebeest
and then stopped at the Hyena
den which appeared to have nobody at home. Our patience was rewarded when this young fellow came out to greet his visitors
We turned around at 13de Boorgat and headed back to Urikaruus. The weiry travellers laboured up the creaking stairs, went straight to the fridge , got a cold beer and went out onto the balcony and would you believe it - there was a Leopard
coming to the waterhole for a drink. Lion, Cheetah and Leopard in one day - not sure it gets better than that.
My, was that beer sweet!