Have decided to create a trip report for my February trip to Kgalagadi, to help pass time will My Kruger trip.. Will try to follow it with July addo trip report!
So, we left Cape Town at 4pm for Augrabies on 28 Jan. The 4 of us snugly in Nissan, the 2 in the back seat still fast asleep! We’re all friends from Varsity, studying variants of the same degree.
Made good time although there was a lot of mist on the road out from Cape Town.
This holiday was the brain child of a quite braai, when SO’s family had gone up to KTC, and were making us jealous of all their sightings!! (They had watched a lion Kill from their tent) and I had been longing to go back since my last trip about 8 years before.
We arrived at Augrabies at around 2, and spent the afternoon on a short game drive, seeing baboons, and a Few good birds. Then when we got back, it was a long long swim, and a walk down to see the falls which 2 of my friends had never seen before. They were beautiful!!
The next day, we rose at a reasonable time and spent the day on a drive around the park. We went to see the little mound of Rose Quartz, very beautiful and stopped for a Pic Nic at one of the get out spots.
It was extremely hot to say the least! The aircon in the Navara was tested to its limit!
That evening we enjoyes a delicious meal at the restaurant, Ostrich Fillets and a few bottles of Orange River Rose, always goes down well in the Heat!
We found the nights extremely difficult, as at around 10 the aircon would switch off, and we’d be lying there as hot as anything til it was time to get up.. Stepping into the car in the morning was a treat!!!
The following morningit was off to the park for us… The road we felt is so dangerous, as its straight as an arrow as far as can see, and barren on the sides! However, we had purchased The Da Vinci Code on CD, so listened to that, making time pass quickly and uneventfully! Saw some nests along the way and unfortunately a Caracal which had been knocked over by a car
Our first night at Twee Rivieren we booked a night drive.We had a fantastic guide, who was entertaining and informative at the same time. We figured it would be your usual night drive, but we were very very wrong! We went off up the Nossob River bed, and about an hour into the drive, we stopped for a leg stretch. As we were standing in front of car chatting to the guide, we saw a massive sand storm coming. There were 2 German ppl with us who jumped into the car and got out their emergency Blankets, u know those silver crinkly ones for when you’re stuck on top of a mountain in the cold Anyway, we all eventually climbed back into the 4x4 and began driving to find a leopard which had been sighted.
All of a sudden the heavens burst forth into a dramatic thunderstorm, which soaked the 4 of us as we had chosen the front row of seats, it only took about 30 secs til we were soaked! The air was still warm, that electrical fuzzy warmth, so no hard feelings to the rain! So spotted the leopard just as it took shelter under a bush and we were able to watch it , with difficulty due to the pounding rain, for abou 20 mins! There was lightning on all sides of us, beautiful Golden and Blue streaks that seemed to touch the earth, with the blackened sky as a back drop.
The tourists behind us were very proud of themselves and kept showing us their emergency blanket, and making crinklr crinkle sounds!!
It was an incredible storm to witness, and one of the most unforgettable aspects of the trip, I would go back solely to be on that drive again. We eventually had to move on from our leopard, as te guide was afraid that we might get stuck, with the river bed turning into wet clay, the water was already up to more than half the tyres!
The following day we took a drive up the other river, the Auob. The Nossob had been closed off to all cars, and remained that way til after we returned from Nossob.
So, up the Aoub, we had many Meerkat sightings, some ground squirrels and beautiful mongooses (or mongeese?never know)
Also saw Gemsbok, springbok etc, but no giraffe and no cats! Were really hoping for African Wild Cat, which we did eventually get!!!
will add pics as soon as I teach myself how to resize them!...taught I think!!
To be continued…..