9th November 2006
Started at 8 am at Augrabies Falls National Park, had again a very relaxing time there.
In Upington we filled our bags at P’n P and the car at the petrol station.
Left Upington at 10 am turning North. Finally we came to Molopo lodge to deflate our tyres at the petrol station. The friendly attendant deflated them much more as we requested, telling us “The road towards Twee Rivieren is really very bad. It’s better to deflate them more.”
Always good to have someone knowing the current situation.
Right after the tarred road ended and changed into gravel and sand there was the first detour. One lane for both directions with some additional loops to cross each other. These additional loops were unfortunately with deep sand. Someone had engine problems and blocked the main route, but there was this loop to come across.
…the car banged on the middle of the lane at the sand piled up by the road work vehicles. Not enough clearance underneath the car. No time to enjoy the landscape
, today we need four eyes watching the road. … and a very good driver.
There were sections where you started to sink into deep gravel, guess they were finally prepared for tarring. Always when you thought you got it the next challenge appeared …
…today only cattle on the road ….
Happy to see this sign.
Finally we arrived at Twee Rivieren at 1 pm. Due to good preparations from the Augrabies reception our names were on the booking list.
We got #23.
Disappointment … no morning walk for sable …. currently only one guide on duty.
Plans were changed and we were on a sunset drive this evening. Sorry Tamara, guess this is why we didn’t see each other this evening.
We had a very early dinner at 5:30 pm at the restaurant
and left at 6:30 pm with the sunset drive.
First animal we saw was a far away tawny eagle sitting on the ground. Then we came across a B/B jackal running up the dune.
We were on our way towards the Auob riverbed and supposed to see lions.:-)
Came along the local steenbok couple, a black korhaan and then it turned more and more dark.
After a little pause the lights were handed out and then we had very often these reflecting eyes. A lot of springhares and eagle owles in the night.
As we didn’t expect any more to come across the lions we found them under a tree in the Auob riverbed. Too far away for a picture, just a picture you will ever keep in mind.
On our way back to Twee Rivieren we saw African wild cats, bat eared foxes and a cape fox. So this sunset drive was a good start for first time visitors to Kgalagadi.
Sitting on the veranda with an evening castle after the sunset drive we got more and more visits of the residents of #23. The bats were not amused to share the cottage with us. Even in the night I had bat wings twice very close to my head. They checked if I really was in my bed.
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