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 Post subject: Kyknetta's Kgalagadi Adventure: April 2013
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We had a lot of fun with the TR that we did of July 2013. We decided to share our April adventure with you as well.
We can not remember everything, but with the help of photo's we will tell our story.
On this trip we took friends with us . It was a pleasure to take them with us, because they enjoy the bush and Kgalagadi as much as we do.
We arrived at TR in the afternoon and after a coffee break, we just have to do a sunset drive.
First sighting Martial Eagle
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This Southern Pale Chanting Gashawk was catching a mouse ---spot him left under the clump of grass :?
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We just did a 20 km drive and have to turn back.
On our way back we found these 2 on the dune.

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Just before we reached the camp: a Verreaux's Eagle Owl.

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That night we were so happy to be back in the Kgalagadi, we slept like babies. Tomorrow we have to travel to Polentswa. Polenstwa campsite nr 1 will be our next base for 4 nights.


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It rained a lot in the KTP during Easter Weekend. We were there a week after the rain and although it was very dry in the park before the rains, there were puddles and water every where.
All the shrubs and grass were still grey and looked dry but as the days went by we witness new growth and green sprouts all over.

Gemsbok
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Polentswa's Jackal

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Sunset at Polentswa

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Welcome Wanderw. Polentswa is a magical place! Deserves a Nr 1 place on TO DO list :D

Allnight long I was listening if the territorial 2 males will show up. Nothing yet.....
On our morning drive we encounter a family of kudu's. Always a treat in KTP!

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The Gemsbok is most important to acknowledge the Park's first name - Kalahari Gemsbokspark. :wink:
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We found lots of babies:
Meerkats
Looking fuzzy and cute.
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Redharte Beest
Playing in the road.
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Blue Wildebeest
Feeling sorry for himself, all alone....
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I almost forgot this cute baby Gemsbokkie!!
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This BWB father chased a jackal from his waterhole.

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Birds we encountered:

Tawny Eagle Roof Arend
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Lilac Breasted Roller Gewone Troupant (in Vivid Colours :wink: )
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Familiar Chat Spekvreter
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Kalahari Scrub-Robin
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After lunch, we decided to turn South and drive to Nossob and back. We celebrate to be back in the Kgalagadi going slowly back to Polentswa.
Had to make a coffee stop at the hide :D
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Our first day came to an end
Sun set at Polentswa ...
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We hoped that the Polentswa brothers would turn up tonight........


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Sun set view from Campsite 1(Vivid colours! 8) )

The next morning, we drove North again.
Capped Wheatear (Hoeveldskaapwagter) on anthill
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Sandgrouse and Kelkiewyn
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RHB Move it!

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What is going on there!
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Peeka-Boo
Ostrich on dune :D
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Tonight was our last of 4 at Polentswa.
Only heard the lions from far.
When we arrived 4 days ago , there were no animals in sight.
Today though, BWB, RHB Gemsbok and Springboks was grazing all over the pan.
New green sprouts brought new life to dried clumps of grass.
This is our camp. :D
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That night we stayed around the fire until late. ('n regte diepbos-kuier! :D )
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Somewhere in the small hours of the night, we heard the lions roar. They came closer and closer.... We were very exited, we had to leave the next morning, and may be they show themselves before we had to leave...


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As the day break, we could hear the Polenstwa Lions were quite close....
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We were all out , ready with our cameras and binoculars waiting for the Polenstwa King to arrive.

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And here he comes!!!! :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance:
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He came right in front of our campsite on his way to the water hole.
He was alone, and not a happy chappy.
He was looking over his shoulder all the time, while roaring letting every one knew he is on his way.
As soon as he left our campsite, we jumped into the car and went to the water hole to wait for him.
No coffee today....
His Royalty King of Polenstwa..... arrived and making an entrance.
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After quenching his thirst , he approach us.
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He came right up to OomDaan, looked him straight in the eye.
The shadow in the corner is OomDaan's camera lens...
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Window's open, we scarcely breath....
He went passed us , marking his territory.
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We watched him parading his territory. Jippy! What a treat!!!
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:D :D :D
This must be the fastest TR ever!!!
But I have time on my hands and can not resist to continue .
When we got back to camp, we have to pack up and move to Nossob for the next few days.
This little birdie just shows off the new growth since the rain.
Kalahari Scrub - Robin.
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That afternoon we join the night ride. Melissa showed us this I think Harrier-Hawk? ( Kaalwang sing valk)
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We have not travel to Rooikop jet and saw this Cape Cobra.
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When we took an no entrance road, we found this Steenbokkie
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Now the sun was setting fast and its getting dark. We were very lucky to observe a few owls.

Barn Owl (Nonnetjies uil) at the end of Marie se draai.
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This one I think a Spotted Eagle Owl. (Gevlekte Ooruil)
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The rest of the trip we only see Springhare.... :D


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This day we decided to take our friend to Mata-Mata on a day-trip.
It started of with a wonderful sighting of a honey badger digging to his hearts delight. SGH and Jackal was close to catch anything that tried to escape from the ever so busy Badger.
At Marie se draai.
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Just round the corner passed the water hole we witnessed 3 lioness being attracted to 2 Gemsbok minding their own business......
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As soon as the Gemsbok fled, they lost interest .

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This was still very early in the day and we were exited with good fortune at our side.
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