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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi: Nossob 4 x 4 Eco Trail
Unread postPosted: Sun Feb 26, 2012 11:27 pm 
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Thanks all for the welcome!

I'm leaving tomorrow on another trail! To tide you over until the next trip report, here's some pictures I've taken while on the trail:

My camping setup and the Witgat campsite:
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TIMG_5737 - My New Job by Miros Photography, on Flickr

Hartebeest among the flowers!
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TIMG_5833 - Hartebeest in the Dunes by Miros Photography, on Flickr

The tea stop on the third day of the trail at Eileen's Pan:
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TIMG_6145_PAN - Eileen's Pan by Miros Photography, on Flickr

The view from Witgat, the first night's campsite (including the pool/cistern!):
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TIMG_6060_PAN - The view from Witgat by Miros Photography, on Flickr

A slightly more artistic view of the rain in the distance over Witgat:
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TIMG_6054_HDR-PNTRLY - Desert Rains by Miros Photography, on Flickr

More to come!

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Well written Miros...so marvellous to read of your adventures....sigh...nope not jealous at all.....you missed a great snowstorm in TO a couple of days ago...I am now north playing nurse for my MIL after an operation....I gather winter has now hit the prairies...I go home in a few days...hopefully all that nonsense will be cleaned up and warmed up by then.
Thanks so much for getting your MOM to pass on the links to me...I will be eagerly reading .....
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Hi Miros and a very warm welcome to the Forum :thumbs_up: Just wanted to say a huge thank you for this thread and for posting your 4x4 trail experiences - each one is so different and unique ..... Your photos are stunning too, thank you. It's wonderful to see the trail all cloaked in beautiful bright green and flowers !!

This is what Eileen's Pan looked like at the end of November last year :D

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And our view of Witgat waterhole/swimming spot :wink: with a massive thunderstorm brewing ....

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Hope you are having another amazing trip - cant wait to hear about it when you get back. Thanks again !!

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Hi Miros,

Welcome to the Kgalagadi and I hope you enjoy your time there and even stay on for longer. :wink:
Stunning pics of the trail and great reporting back on the trips. Wish I could have done the trip a bit later in March/April when its much greener. :clap: :clap: :clap:

When we did the trip we were ground dwellers and luckily did not meet any lions. I've just added a few pics to show the contrast between now and November. All the pics were taken at Witgat. Just love that swimmimg pool at Witgat. :thumbs_up:

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Feb 27 – Mar 1

Our first day started out cool and cloudy in TW, but that changed as the sun rose higher in the sky and burnt off the clouds to give us another beautiful Kalahari day. We made our way out to the trail passing herd after herd of antelope – gemsbok, hartebeest, springbok, and wildebeest were all there to bid us well on our journey. Once at the trail, this day was dominated by a few excellent bird sightings, catching wonderful views of a juvenile bateleur sending a sociable weaver’s colony into a tizzy while a pale chanting goshawk watched from the sidelines, several Kori Bustards the flew up at our passing, and a male Pin-tailed Whydah which posed beautifully in the top of a tree….. right up until I got my camera ready (figures!).

Beyond the birds, we also saw plenty of gemsbok on our way to Witgat camp, including one herd which were being escorted through the dunes by a pair of eland. The one thing we didn’t see a lot of were steenbok – I only saw one the whole day! I’m not sure where they were all hiding, but it’s most likely that they were hidden by all the grass, which is up to my mirrors throughout most of the trail! I ended the day covered in grass seed and pollen, and looking forward to winter when all the blasted vegetation stops playing havoc with my allergies!

We relaxed in camp, again making use of the “swimming pool”, enjoying a leisurely dinner while watching the stars above us and the lightning on the horizon. We were awoken late this first night by an amazing thunderstorm all around us, but aside from the lightest sprinkle of rain and some gale-force winds, we were left untouched.

The next day dawned beautifully clear, with the night’s storm having blown itself out, leaving us with wonderful blue skies entering our second day. This day, unfortunately was fairly quiet, but what we did see were excellent sightings. The steenbok came out of hiding and were nicely relaxed, affording us some wonderful views of them grazing from quite close. The gemsbok were also in abundance, and we saw two cases of quite extreme horn deformities, with their usual stately long horns instead curving forward into something looking much like a spear. Also along the trail, we came across a fresh set of brown hyena tracks, which followed our road for several kilometres before disappearing into the dunes.

The birds were also cooperative, with some hornbills flying around us, the koorhaan as loud as ever, and some scaly feathered finches tending to their nest while we stood by at watched from scant metres away.

We were chased by rain clouds the last 10 kilometres of the trail on this day, and we made it to the second camp, Rosyntjiebos, with just enough time to throw up our tents before we started getting wet. Thankfully, the rains only lasted for a few minutes – just long enough to send the humidity soaring – before clearing into another beautiful evening, with large thunderclouds in the distance entertaining us with a spectacular light show.

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TIMG_6341 - Sunset at Rosyntjiebos by Miros Photography, on Flickr

That night, we were awoken by a black-backed jackal, who started yeowling and yelping very loudly just around our camp for a good 5 minutes. The next morning we set out to look for its tracks, but instead came across the tracks of a hyena, which walked around our camp! I believe the jackal had been surprised by the hyena and had been voicing its displeasure at coming across the greater scavenger.

We continued to have good luck with prints on this third day, coming across another set of hyena tracks along the trail just before lunch, as well as a fresh set of cheetah tracks – the first I’ve come across!

We took our usual lunch stop at Eileen’s pan, again accompanied by the herd of gemsbok and hartebeest who seem to have made it their permanent residence. It was another beautiful stop, with big puffy cluds rolling across the sky and giving us some welcome relief from the heat.

The birds were also very cooperative today, with 3 large male ostrichs near our trucks, a swallow-tailed bee-eater flying nearby, and an African hoopoe sitting out in the open and calling his little heart out.

We arrived at Swartbas, our final camp of the trail, just in time for another small cloudburst – a light rain that lasted for all of 5 minutes. We set up camp, again with the sound of thunder in the distance, which is now becoming a staple sound of the trail.

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TIMG_6384_HDR-PNTRLY_Sunset over Swartbas by Miros Photography, on Flickr

Our fourth day was sadly abbreviated, as my guests needed to head well into Botswana this morning, but we drove the last portion of the trail quickly enough to get them to the end before 9am, and did so while getting an excellent view of a juvenile martial eagle right near to the trail!

Another excellent trail completed!

There is no trail scheduled for this week, but next week I've got several cars booked already, and we're swapping our start point to begin in Nossob and head south. Until then!

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Our first day started beautifully cool, and we set out from Nossob en route to the trail enjoying the cool breeze. On our way to the trail, we were surprised to see a small group of white storks at one of the waterholes. It had been a while since our last rains in the area, and they seemed to be enjoying splashing around while a few gemsbok watched looking perplexed.

Our first day on the trail was a little slow in terms of wildlife. This northern section of the trail has absolutely beautiful scenery, but the wildlife tends to be fairly well spread out and well hidden in the chest-high grass. Nonetheless, we managed to get some excellent sightings of gemsbok, and spotted a few steenbok that darted off into the grass.

I again continued the tradition of arriving at camp just in time for it to start raining, but thankfully the rain didn’t last long, and the clouds went a long way towards significantly dropping the temperature. We enjoyed a leisurely supper while watching the lightning, before heading to bed for the evening. Overnight, we were treated with the sound of hyena calling relatively nearby, and we found jackal prints crisscrossing our camp the next morning.

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TIMG_6734 - Swartbas at Sunset by Miros Photography, on Flickr

Our second day was wonderfully relaxed, as we drove the short distance to Eileen’s pan for tea and enjoyed watching the gemsbok and red hartebeest wandering around in the sunlight. The pan is slowly turning brown, now that the Kalahari sour grass has finished growing and is drying in the sun from its vibrant green from a few weeks ago, but despite the colour it is still unfailingly beautiful.

This day, we saw many more gemsbok and hartebeest, as well as finding a buck spoor spider, several korhaan displaying for us, steenbok playing hide and seek in the grass, as well as some ostrich which were very cooperative and stuck around near our vehicles.

We arrived at camp and enjoyed a leisurely afternoon under the gathering clouds, laying bets on whether we would get wet or not. Thankfully, our optimists proved correct, and we enjoyed a dry evening in camp – if a bit blustery, as the winds came up and blew the heat of the day away.

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TIMG_6744_HDR-PNTRLY - Camelthorn by Miros Photography, on Flickr

Our third day dawned overcast and wet, as the rains that held off the night before finally arrived. Thankfully, the rain wasn’t hard enough to significantly dampen our spirits… or our gear, as we packed everything away for the journey down to Witgat.

On this third day, we finally managed to find the animals, as we passed several small herds of gemsbok and hartebeest, groups of ostrich, and steenbok and kori bustards in large numbers. The clouds from the morning stuck around well into midday, and we all enjoyed the cooler weather.

It was on this day where I really noticed what a difference a couple of weeks had on the vegetation. We have not had much in the way of rain since the last trail, and in the interim all of the sour grass has changed from its original vibrant green to an almost straw-yellow, covering our radiators with massive quantities of grass seed. The flowers, as well, have started to disappear, with only sparse bunches of cat’s tail, devil’s claw, thunderbolt flowers, and springbokopslag remaining. Witgat’s waterhole looks drastically different. Still beautiful… just very different.

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TIMG_6750 - Why You Want a Grass Guard by Miros Photography, on Flickr

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TIMG_6759_PAN - Witgat Campsite by Miros Photography, on Flickr

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TIMG_6763 - Witgat Camp by Miros Photography, on Flickr

On our last day, we decided to leave early to see if we could find any of the parks predators before they retreated to the dunes and the shade, and our gambit paid off: not far out of camp, we spotted a couple of lions sitting up on the crest of a dune! The female and sub-adult male were very cooperative, sitting in full view while we watched for a good hour, the sub-adult being very clearly curious in our vehicles, peering at us from his perch.

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TIMG_6806_HDR-PNTRLY - Lions on the Dunes by Miros Photography, on Flickr

Another successful trail completed!

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Thanks for the feedback Miros :thumbs_up:

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Welcome to the forum Miros :D
and thank you for your report :clap:

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Excellent pics and reports, thanks Miros.

We're doing the Nossob-Eco trail a week from today :D and are looking forward to perhaps meeting you then. Can't wait to finally be in the Kgalagadi again!

Your reports are definitely helping to make the wait more bearable ... :)

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Hey G...lovely to read your prose...you paint a lovely picture of KTP...sigh wish I could come and play too.
Just sent a small parcel off to your family...with something for you to chuckle over...just hope the parcel actually gets there...somewhere in SA an errant package which your Mom sent us still wanders..ha.
Love your photos...especially the sunset over Swartbas...stunning.
Snow is gone early here, but would really love to be back in KTP.
Continued success on your 4x4 trips...am enjoying the read!

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This is so exciting. I now get a much needed dose of Kgalagadi until I can get there myself!!

Thanks for your amazing report and beautiful photos.

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This week, I had a co-pilot on our 4x4 trail! Robert, the new SAN parks guide for Twee Rivieren (and ex-student guide!), came along for the ride. He had run the trail when he had been a student here, and so we worked together to share the hosting duties, while he showed me some additional viewpoints and general tips and tricks to ensure that our guests get the most out of each drive. I was especially glad of his help as this was my largest group yet – a group of 12 South African veld experts (in customized bush vehicles which both Rob and I envied), and a family of 5 from Switzerland who were just starting their South African bush experience.

Our first day was wonderful, and full of a vast array of bird life. Several of our guests were birders, and we managed to spot 3 martial eagles and a tawny eagle en route to the trail. Most our interesting – and unusual – sighting on the main road, however, was a group of white-faced ducks at the kousaunt! These ducks were well out of their standard range (at least according to my now one-edition-out-of-date bird book), and the first time I – or my guests - had seen them outside of Kruger. We’d not had any rain in the past few days, so I’m really unsure why they were doing so far into the park, and away from permanent water.

Once on the trail, our luck with the birds continued, seeing an African wood hoopoe, black shouldered kite, PCGs, and what was either a whalbergs eagle, or a tawny eagle – we couldn’t come to a consensus, and the bird wasn’t helpful enough to perch on any of the nearby trees so we could get a better look at it, insisting on soaring well above our heads. Silly bird.

We also managed to find almost a dozen steenbok this first day, though they were all quite skittish and dove into the bushes nearly as soon as they were spotted. The trail also showed signs of both spotted hyena and lions, with relatively fresh tracks along our route in clear evidence.

We arrived and set up camp for a lovely evening, which remained dry and cooled off nicely after the heat of the day. When we rose the next morning, however, we found that our camp had Been Visited! Three lions had apparently approached the camp in total silence while we slept, with one lioness circling around us to the east, and another two walking along the road to the west of camp, each approaching around 10 metres from our tents, before turning and disappearing into the bush on the far side of the camp. Our guests were amazed that the lions had come and gone without making any noise, and enjoyed looking at the tracks and the paths they had taken to skirt our camp as they investigated this ragtag group of intruders upon their territory.

We left camp slightly earlier then usual and stopped for a proper brunch at Eileen’s pan, enjoying left over braii meat as we watched gemsbok wandering around the pan while bateleurs flew overhead, all while a trio of scaly feathered finches twittered at us from the branches above our heads. Further along the trail, we found ostrich and gemsbok, but otherwise had a warm and quiet day along the trail, settling into Rosyntjiebos for another amazing evening under the African stars.

Our third day started out quite quiet, with only a few sightings: a scorpion menaced us at one of our lookout points, a few steenbok, gemsbok – including one with a curved horn – some ardvaark diggings, and a PCG or two.

This quiet day was why, when we pulled into Witgat to find several fresh sets of lion prints at the waterhole we got quite excited. That excitement increased a hundredfold when one of our sharp-eyed guests pointed out that the lions were in fact still around – in fact, they were sitting smack dab in the middle of our camp!

There was one female sitting by one of the long drops, one by the braii pit, and one under the shade trees in the middle of the camp area. In addition to them, there were also 7 cubs! Four under the tree, and another three sitting right by the road and peering at us quite intently. It was a truly amazing sighting, and the first time I had seen such a large number of cubs in a single pride!

It took both Robb and myself quite some time to determine how to: a) get all of our guests a good view of the lions (the road into Witgat is a dead end, so driving past was not an option) and b) politely suggest to the very large – and obviously very recently and very well fed – group of lions that they spend the night elsewhere.

Thankfully, we managed to arrange so each car in our entourage could drive into the camp site, view the lions at around 15m away, and then get back out again without surrounding the lions or driving all over the dunes – and equally fortunate was that after all of this hubbub the lions decided that we were a noisy and tiresome bunch, and they moved up over the dunes to a safe distance where they could keep an eye on us (and vice versa!)

We moved in and set up camp in a much tighter boma configuration then usual, and spent the evening chatting happily while a nice bonfire burned brightly in the midst of our tables and tents.

We had a rather restless night thanks to the lions – not because of how close they are or because they bothered us in any way, but because we were all hoping to hear them roar while they were so close by. Unfortunately, the lions decided to leave at some time in the night, with only a couple wandering up to the road to peer at us, before turning away and heading back over the dunes and into the desert. All we ended up hearing was one lonely jackal – a lovely sound, but a poor substitute for a lion’s roar to be sure!

And so (slightly bleary eyed), we broke camp and set off on our final day of the trail, enjoying sightings of a cape fox darting into the bush, several herds of gemsbok, steenbok, and both a black-headed heron and a swallow-tailed bee-eater posing for us as we returned to the main road.

Another fantastic trail completed!

I’ll edit this post to add pictures, which I’m afraid I’m somewhat behind on. =/

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Our first day was a beautiful one, with large puffy clouds dotting the sky throughout the day, while never quite becoming ominous enough to make us worry about rain. The game was hiding from us, unfortunately – likely hiding and exhausted after all the excitement of last week.

Nevertheless, the birds were still out in force, and we found white storks and a white-backed vulture en route to the trail, and a black shouldered kite, multiple PCGs, and both black and red-crested korhaans while en route to Swartbas. As for animals themselves, we only managed to find gemsbok and steenbok this first day, but had high hopes for what the rest of the trail would bring us.

On arrival at camp, I had a look around to see if there was any more lion activity since we’d been here last, but from the looks of things the lions had not returned, and the rains that had hit the camp in our absence had washed away all signs of their passing. However, we did manage to find some tracks of a Brown Hyena, which had wandered through the night before our arrival, checking out the camp before wandering away west to continue on the patrol of its territory.

As the sun dipped towars the horizon, the wind picked up and a thick layer of cloud rolled in. We kept a wary eye on the clouds and worked quickly to produce dinner, but we were lucky that the rain held until we were in bed.

Once that happened, however, the skies opened up, and it rained. And it rained. And it rained.

It wasn’t a severe downpour,. But rather a constant steady rain, the likes of which I’ve not before seen in the Kalahari. It started raining at around 2am, and didn’t cease until 4pm, shortly after we had arrived at the next camp.

The second day, aside from being quite damp and cool, was actually quite good for sightings. Rain is wonderful for predators – the cooler weather means they are active longer, and the rain dampens both their smell and the sound of their approach, meaning that all manor of predators are able to sneak up on their prey much more easily then during dry weather.

We broke camp at Swartbas a little later then planned – in the hopes the rain would break and our tents could dry before we left – and headed over to Eileen’s pan for tea. This was the first time that I’ve seen actual standing water sitting in the pan, and it was an impressive sight to show my guests as we sat in our trucks drinking coffee and watching a group of red hartebeest frolic and play in the rain, chasing each other back and forth across the pan quite near to our convoy.

We continued on past the pan, and were rewarded for tolerating the dampness of the day, finding a male cheetah that ran along beside our vehicles for a bit, before turning and walking back around behind us and over the dunes. Full credit for this sighting goes to my guests, one of whom spotted only the briefest of silhouettes on top of a dune which I missed completely, before he ran down into the valley we were driving along. We also spotted a steenbok in the same valley, just on the opposite side of the road from the cheetah, and we think we may have accidentally spoilt his hunt! Sadly, this guy was a little skittish, and spent most of the time hiding behind some bushes from my position in the front, so while my guests were able to get some excellent pictures, I wasn’t able to capture any.

After the cheetah disappeared behind us and we moved on, we decided to tackle Bertha, the largest, softest, most s-curved dune on the trail. It’s a dune we occasionally skip in very hot weather, as the softness of the sand makes it nearly impossible to concur, even for the most powerful 4x4 vehicles. However, with the cool temperature and fairly good soaking the dune was getting from the constant rain, we managed to set a record that will likely stand for quite some time: of all 5 vehicles, all but one made it up on their first time – and the one that missed made it easily on their second! Considering this dune is the only one the trail with an “escape route” that goes around t due to the difficulty of the climb, this is an amazing achievement. I’d love to credit the achievement to the skill and excellent advice of the guide, but the weather probably had more to do with it.

We pulled into camp with the rain still going strong, surrounded by thick rainclouds and no sign of releaf anywhere on the horizon. So, we did what every camper knows is the surest way of getting rain to stop in a hurry: we set up every tarpaulin we had.

Sure enough, the rain stopped not 30 minutes later, ending a 14 hour stretch of unbroken showers, and leaving Rosyntjiebos a maze of tent poles, rope, and bungee cord.

Camp that night was remarkably peaceful and quiet. The rain held off all night, and we enjoyed a respite from the constant rain, sitting around a bonfire (started by using the last dry bag of wood we possessed) and trying to spot stars that managed to peek between the clouds (we only spotted 6).

Our third day dawned cool and quite overcast, but we were mostly just happy that it dawned dry. The rain from the day before had washed away all signs of tracks prior to our arrival, and we didn’t find any new ones that had come through camp in the evening. So we set off on our third day of adventure towards Witgat.

Our third day’s sightings were incredible, and seemed as though trying to make up for the rather miserable day in the rain we had experienced. Bird life included a rock kestrel, kori bustards, 2 adult bateleurs and one juvenile, and more pale chanting goshawks you could shake a stick at!

But of these bird sightings, two stood out as truly remarkable. First, we found two pale chanting goshawks mobbing and divebombing a tawny eagle, which is the first time I’ve seen a bird as large as a PCG actually doing the mobbing, rather then being mobbed by smaller birds. It was an amazing sighting, and only 75 meters off of the road, affording us an excellent view of the tawny trying to duck into the braches of a tree every time the goshawks came screaming down at it out of the sky.

The second amazing sighting was spotting a pair of secretary birds and a juvenile PCG following a honey badger along the dunes. This was the first time I’ve ever seen secretary birds following a badger around – even the first time I’ve heard of such a thing happening! The PCGs and jackals are well known to follow the badgers around in the hopes of snatching up an easy meal that the badger digs up but fails to catch, but I didn’t expect secretary birds to follow the same behaviour! Another amazing sighting that, unfortunately, happened too fast for me to get my camera ready before the birds and the badger made it up and over the crest of a nearby dune.


Beyond the bird life, we also saw plenty of steenbok and gemsbok, found a fresh set of African wild cat prints at our lunch site, and a black backed jackal dashed off along a dune as we came roaring over the top.

We pulled into Witgat camp and immediately turned the area into a field of drying items, as we all aired out those items of ours which were still damp from the rains our second day. I took an extra long walk around to make sure that the lion pride which had decided to claim their camp as their own were nowhere around, and saw no clear signs of them – of course, the rains had washed away all signs of everything that had been in the camp, so all I could be sure of was that they hadn’t been around earlier that day!

We enjoyed about an hour of sun in the camp until the thick grey clouds rolled in for a second time, but we decided to live dangerously and left the tarps in our vehicles. On our last night, mother nature decided to play games with us, raining every so often, but just long and hard enough to send us scurrying for cover before stopping.

The fourth day dawned with a bright blue sky overhead – our first day without a single cloud in the sky! We started by heading down to the waterhole, and found some fresh tracks – lions from before the rain, and brown hyena after the rain let up! We were quite excited by this finding, even though we hadn’t seen the animals themselves, as the prints were wonderfully fresh and clear thanks to the damp sand.

Our final day was also quite good for sightings as we made our way to the end of the trail, spotting plenty of steenboks, kori bustards, PCGs, and gemsbok, as well as a rock kestrel, tawny eagle, 2 black-backed jackals, ostrich, and the tracks of an African wild cat.

All in all, a truly excellent trail!

I’ll be adding pictures next week – I’m a bit behind in my photoshopping! Off on another trail tomorrow – until next time!

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wow ! superb trails... Lions, Cheetah, Badger etc...
thanks for the narration :D

from which part of Switzerland was your guests ?... they speak German or French or Italien :hmz:

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You write beautifully Miros :clap: :clap:

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