Thanks to Billy and Jock for the friendly comments.
Day 7 Nossob – Grootkolk 21. April 2008
This was the coldest morning we have experienced during our stay in the park. Some of the window panes at the cars have even been frozen. Brrrr….. We just had a quick cup of hot chocolate, dressed as warm as we could, said Goodbye to Chris and Andrea, got into the car, turned on the heater for the very first time during our vacation – and few minutes later felt nice and warm.
Our sightings this morning have been BBJ, PCG, Wildebeest, Oryx, lots of Ostrich, Bat-eared Foxes in high Grass - not good for any pics, Tawny Eagle, and a first sight to us – the Shaft-tailed Whydah.
Somewhere in between of Nossob and Grootkolk we came along two lions sleeping nearby a kill. They have been too far aside the road to take decent photos. With the binocs we could see one BBJ at the leftovers of the kill, and another BBJ almost right next to the sleeping lioness. There was also a springbok feeding not too far from the lioness.
We had stopped at Lijersdraai for a break as it was still a bit too early for checking in at Grootkolk. And NO, we did not go to use that toilet, knowing from other trip reports of what has been going on there with a leopard. So we just sit in the car and watched the numerous Red-headed finches out there.
Finally we went on for Grootkolk. When we got there, we had a very special sighting. A car with a yellow ribbon did park at unit # 1. We knew, this must be Dreamer with her SO.
Gert, the tourist assistant showed and explained us everything we needed to know about the unit and the camp itself. What a nice guy he is, think he is the most friendliest and competent employee we have met at KTP. Sanpark may be proud to count him to their staff.
We moved into unit #2 and soon met with Dreamer and SO to say hello.
The early afternoon we have spent in camp, enjoying the beautiful surrounding. There wasn’t much activity at the waterhole, only a few Wildebeest have been around. Dreamer was explaining to us, this is because most animals don’t like to walk thru the high Grass.
As we had only one day at Grootkolk, we just had to go all the way up to Unions End this afternoon. To our surprise there was lots of game around there.
We have seen a Ostrich family with young chicks, many Springbocks, Oryx and Hartebeests and at Unions End a Bateleur in tree.
It was so nice, quiet and peaceful there, the perfect place to relax ones mind and become one with nature. Some people said, Unions End looks like the end of world, to us it looked much more like the very beginning of the world. It would not have surprised me at all, if all in a sudden the last Unicorn or some other prehistorical animal has came along. Where else, should they still live, if not here in the Kalahari?
Today we wanted to be back in camp early enough to take some nice sunset photos.
But – as so often something came in between.
Should I mention, by the time we have left the cheetah and reached the camp it was a few minutes too late for talking sunset pics?
After Dinner we have spent some time with Dreamer and her SO, looking at each others photos and telling about the adventures all of us had. It was still a bit cold, but either not as cold as the night before, or we didn’t feel it because of the Amarula Dreamer has brought along
Another wonderful day in KTP ended and we sure wished, we could stay for another day at Grootkolk.