I’m an embarrassment.. say I’ll do something tomorrow and now its more than a week later.
Sorry.. and thank you to all of you who have encouraged me along alone and asked for the rest!!
Just as we neared Rooiputs, I remembered a discussion with a fellow forumite which prompted me to suggest that we go a have a look at the Rooiputs Camp Site.
We had read plenty about it and also heard stories in the various camps so if we had a look for ourselves, maybe one day we would give it a try. We had never thought of looking before because we had a 2 x 4 and not a 4 x 4 which is the requirement.
It was a hot, hot day and was around midday that we arrived at Rooiputs. The intention was to drive in , have a look at the camp, continue along the Nossob to TR in search of the leopard and then up the Auob to spend our last night at Kielie Krankie.
WELL, after driving in and getting STUCK, I was “Krankie” and wanted to “Kielie….”
Why on earth did I suggest we have a look??
We had plenty of water so that was not a problem and also if we were to ‘stay over’ we were in a campsite with facilities, so what was the problem??
The problem was, it was hot, nobody else in the camp and we would just have to wait and hope and pray that someone else would be coming to have a look or even stay for the night. We struggled for just over an hour when… in the distance we saw a vehicle and it was coming in our direction!!! Well, we thought it was. They did not see us as we were on the extreme end of the camping area, fortunately under one of the lovely A framed structures providing shade. This vehicle stopped quite a distance away and it looked like they were heading for what probably was a wash up area or loo. Decisions, decisions, do we just stand and watch and hope they see us, or does my SO walk to them, we chose the latter. The difference in being stranded here and walking alone here than at one of the regular picnic areas is that at least at the picnic area you know that sometime someone will pass. Well, we were finally spotted and cutting a very long nerve recking story short, we were rescued. All I can say is…. How lucky for us!! I don’t remember any other time that I have felt so nervous and unhappy. I suppose there is no point in harping on about it, it happened through no fault of anyone. For you reading this it may seem no big deal, but trust me… you do not want to be in that situation in predator territory. And, another thing for sure, I do not want to return to Rooiputs unless we have another vehicle with us. I know this was not planned and if it didn't happen I may feel differently, however it DID and I cannot change how I feel!!(Think if my SO reads this I could be in BIG trouble!!) For those of you who have not been there, we were not in forbidden territory, it is a camp very easily accessible for those in a 4 x4, ... if the 4 x 4 is working
It's just very sandy in some areas. What we did establish on our return home, was that something had gone wrong with a sensor in the vehicle and the 4 x 4 could not engage. No points to anyone guessing that this was not one of my happiest memories of our trip. I did not take a single photograph, I think at the time I thought that any reminder of this experience would not be necessary. I can say for sure, that prayers are definitely answered.
We got back on to the Nossob and with half an hour spotted what we had set out to see that day… a leopard!!!
If it wasn’t for a couple of vehicles in the road we would never have seen him.
This was the first clear pic, will post a couple more once I have done my homework and read the new posting rules.
You will need to 'click' to enlarge to see him