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After a quick bite to eat we got ready for our night drive. We were at the vehicle really early to make sure that we got a good seat….I had learnt from past experience!
Firstly I have to mention that I do not take my cameras with me on a night drive so therefore I have no photos of the sightings. I had warned the Geordie Trio that we may not see much and our guide promptly gave them the same warning.
Off we went and the first thing we saw were kudu………….kudu everywhere. I could not believe it. I do not know where they had been hiding during the day. My visitors now believed me that there were hordes of Kudu in the park. Just before the turning right to Hapoor we came across eland. There were quite a few of them and very close to road. This was the first time that I had seen eland so close up. We continued and turned right to Gwarrie Dam. The next sighting was of a buffalo right next to the side of the road. By now the Geordie Trio were in their element (actually so was I…this was turning out to be my best night drive in Addo ). Not much to see at Gwarrie Dam so we continued to Rooidam and just before we got to Rooidam a spotted hyena ran acroos the road. We then saw 4 more. We were told that the alpha female was pregnant and should be having her pups soon. We watched the hyena for a while and then turned around to strart the trip back. As we were leaving the hyenas started whooping and yelling. It gave me goosebumps and the Geordie Angel that was sitting next to me almost fell off her seat. On the way back we saw many springhares , scrub hares and 2 bat- eared foxes. We could also tick of the common duiker, Cape grysbok and black backed jackal. We also had another sighting of a buffalo. Zebra and hartebeest were plentiful as well.
This night drive had been very productive and we spent quite a while sitting outside on the chalet’s balconey discussing all the ins and outs of our drive. The Geordie Trio were very impressed with our guide. They found both him and the driver very friendly and informative. They just found it strange that not many people tip the guides….well we did because we felt they deserved it.
As we were chatting away and of course having a Amarula Geordie Musketeer nudged me and asked what was walking through the grass. Well, I couldn’t believe my eyes…there was a small spotted genet. It was totally unaware of us and it spent a while investigating the grassy patch before it disappeared into the bushes. This was a first for me.
I have only ever seen the tail end disappear into the bushes.
We retired for the night and my last thoughts were that we only have one more day left in which to find elephants cavorting in the water. We had not seen this yet and I was so desperate for my visitors to see the fun and games that elephants have at a waterhole.
13-15th Oct Kgalagadi Lodge
16th Oct - Twee Rivieren
17-19 Oct - Urikaruus.