Michelle, I am glad you mention the insides of the legs. I will go through all of them, and sent them in. I have the pamphlet with all the relevant info on it. Thanks for your comments as well.
June 28 to 30: Nossob
We spent 4 nights at Nossob. The Jackals are really a nuisance in the camp. You can easily loose your meat from the fire if you are not alert. Luckily, they only got hold of some of our snacks.
We had a slow start on the first day. We slept late and then went to Marie se Draai. At the waterhole, we saw our only kill of the trip!! A Jackal was trotting towards us in the road. It stopped and looked around. Suddenly it dashed into the bushes and started digging ferociously. It turned around and started digging again, this time some two metres away. It caught a rat, and in absolutely no time, the rat was devoured. The Jackal trotted away, liking its lips. Unfortunately, no pics.
A White-backed Vulture was practising its take off and landing skills, and gave me enough time to compile a sequence of the action.
The afternoon we went north for a short drive. We saw a herd of more or less 400 Springboks at Kwangpan, and a huge herd of Bluewildebeest and Springboks at the hide. The sun had already set and the light was low. Before that, the Kalahari delighted us with this picture:
It was one of the expectations I had: to see typical scenes like this one in late afternoon lighting conditions. This is really a special place, and if it is even remotely in one’s abilities to visit the park, do so. Do not expect the same as, or even compare, this park with any other park. It has an atmosphere of its own. And the only way to experience it, is to be there.
We set the next morning at 8h00 of for Union End, a camp-like set-up in SO’s view. The ride was very corrugated in areas, while in other areas, the road was perfect. The total distance for the day we travelled was more than 300km.
Again, apart from the normal game, we had some special sightings. Today, it was the Kudu bull we saw in the distance, as well as the herd of Eland. They sped away the moment they see you. Apart from them, this herd of Red Hartebeest was one of the several sightings we had of them.
And this one as well:
The special sighting for the day was these two warthogs. They are not that common, and they gave me enough time to take a pic or two.
SO was hugely disappointed in Unie-end. She expected a shop of sorts. There is a sign with distances and some more info about the place. Nothing more. To me, it was great to be at a place where 3 countries meet.
The following day was a day of not much driving around. We went again to Marie se Gat. We saw a badger in the distance, doing his thing. A jackal was around all the time, just for in case a lizard or rat is missed by the badger.
At the hole, we were just in time to see this Kudu leaving.
When we arrived at the camp after 12h00, we heard that we missed all the action. At the hide at Nossob, a cheetah caught a Springbok. Unfortunately, the actual killing was behind the big trees in the riverbed!!! When we arrived, they already ate what they thought suitable is for well raised cheetahs. We watched them for about half an hour. They got up and left. The result of this action was that almost everybody in the camp ran for they’re cars, almost like those races they have where the drivers had to ran a distance before the actual race started. And I mentioned the racing capabilities of our 1500 cc Camper. None the less, the last oxen also get in, or is it out of, the kraal. We managed to get some pics of the mother and her 3 cubs. Just look at those stomachs!
After all the excitement, we went to Marie se Gat to relax. As usual, the Gemsboks were there, constantly coming and leaving after they had a good drink at the hole. And the opportunistic Jackal was around, just in case something eatable pops up.