Sorry for the delayed continuing of the report. But the weather ist to fine. Yesterday Mothers Day, and we braaied with friends and so on
But here it goes again:
Thursday, 04.10.2007 - Take Me Home
We are leaving PN at 06:40. We have to make +- 720 to the Kalahari. I know from my other 2 visits, it could be a boring trip. Not much cars and peoples. And it is so. Only breaks for fuel and loo. But its okay.
At Upington we stop at P´n´p. Well stocked, we took a lot of fruits, veggies, meat, bread and so on. At the winkel a "few" castle and an Amarula. Lunch at Wimpys. Oh god, they are so slow, unbelievable for fast food.
And on the road again. The 210 km to the Molopo Lodge are very easy. Good road, only a few other cars. We stop at Molopo Lodge for fuel and let the guy deflate our tyres. A very good decision.
Now came the baddest road i ever drove. Dust, stones, very big trucks, goats and so on. This is not a gravelled road, it´s a nightmare. If you ever drive this road in a sedan, please be careful and drive slow. Take your time, it´s for your own health and for your car.
A few km before the gate, we saw 3 meerkats. The only meerkats we see on this trip. A very good jump start for KTP. At this point 2 big Offroaders passes us. Later, at the office, we realise these were Madach and company. And they didn´t spot the meerkat
After 80 minutes for 60 km we arrived at 16:00 at KTP. We (Tanja, i and the car) are so happy. We are going to check in. Friendly staff at usual. We got a bungalow near to the office. Very nice, everything is fine, the hot shower is wonderful.
We leave the bungalow for our first trip in the park. We came only till Leeuwdril waterhole. We saw only a few carcasses, springbok, jackals and birds. But it´s wonderful!
We´re back at 17:30, because, we took the chance, to be part of a night drive.
The guide of the nightdrive is Allister, a well behaved man. He knows so many things about nature and wildlife and it seems, it´s a pleasure for him, to share his knowledge with interested guests.
Directly behind the gate he show us to 2 giant owls and eland. On my 2 previous visits i never saw eland. Allister explained us, that the eland normally live in the botswanian part of the park. Because of the enormous dryness, many game came to the southafrican boreholes.
And the games didn´t looks good. It´s in the moment the paradise for the predators. Many carcasses lying around, more than vultures, hyenas, lions and so on could eat.
We are spotting red hartebeest and after sundown cape foxes, bat eared foxes, hares, african wildcat and birds. Allister caught a barking gecko and presented him to us.
Near Leeudriwl crosses hyenas our way, very fast. Very close behind them a lioness. We follow her and at the waterhole we met the rest of the pride.
They eating on a carcass of a wildebeest, very close to the road. We could stay very close to them, hearing them eating, smelling the old meat and see them by their behaviour to another. Fantastic sighting. A great time.
After that, we drove back to Twee Rivieren, all passengers are a little bit tired, but very satisfied of this tour. I start our first braai of the trip. You know, it took a little time to braai. Tanja and i chat about our experience. She is so happy to be here with me. It´s a trip of a lifetime for her (for me again).
With a few castle and wonderful braai in our stomachs we fell in bed and slept very well.
Decision is made I´ll be back in may / june
May 27th - 31th Letaba, May 31th - June 2nd Skukuza, June 2nd - June 4th Berg-En-Dal