Thanks for your kind comments all!
Munchkin - next installment coming up
wanderw - I agree, definitely my favourite!
MN - No more faffing, liquid amber is doing the job tonight although not on the video
Pjw - enjoy the excitement and let it be fed by everyone's trip reports (it is a way to keep sane
annalie - I have to tell on Russ - he is telling fibs!!! We have two pc's at home and he can quite easily get on and do some of the report himself but ... being a muskateer he would rather leave it to me!
Give him a break Eish! I'm the one doing all the work!!
OK Ok so I have got the hint
Monday 19th May Urikaruus Chalet 3 (Approx Min 20⁰C Max 32⁰C Windy but bright)
What a place to wake up to!! We had left the canvas flap up and so when we woke up at we could watch the slowing rising sun while still snuggled up in bed. *Heaven*
During the night we had heard the leopard intermittently and it slowly grew fainter and fainter. We also woke up a couple of time to strange whistling noises. I have no idea what they were but the noise did come from underneath us. Regardless of these interruptions we had a really great night’s sleep and NO MOZZIES!!!!
A word about Urikaruus, it really is the creaky camp! Everything you do makes a noise and the more you try to creep about the more you end up creaking about! Eventually we gave up trying to be quiet and just walked about – surprisingly that seemed to make it less creaky!
At about 5am the wind started to get up so we closed the bathroom window flap and that stopped the through draft. The wind was a little fresh but not too cold and really made you want to snuggle up nicely in your bed. We got up at 6am – ready for 7am ‘gate opening’ time! It was great to sit on the deck and have an early morning coffee. It is amazing how the light changes as the sun starts to come up behind the buildings.
At 7am we started our drive to Mata Mata and at the hyena den we saw the hyena with a kill/carcass. On the other side of the road were two jackals fighting over a scrap of the carcass. We could not see the hyena cubs although we did look for them.
“Don’t know why I am so itchy”
(PS. I do … it’s those %&%&$££ mozzies!!)
Birds mobbing a Gemsbok
We drove all the waterhole loops but it was very quiet. On the way to Mata Mata we saw red hartebeest, springbok, wildebeest, ostrich and many birds. We got to Mata Mata at about 10am and filled up with diesel.
Fancy a walk?
All was very quiet on our drive back to Urikaruus but we still enjoyed the scenery and peace. The road was quite bad in places and I discovered that you have to be really careful not to let the corrugations, sun and slow driving speed lull you into a drowsy state!!
We got back at lunch time and spent a little time relaxing. There was no game at the waterhole and the mongooses (geese?) seemed to be absent – maybe they were hunting elsewhere.
Sleepy road …..?
At 5:20 we went for another drive and saw springbok, wildebeest and gemsbok. We stopped at a waterhole and had a sun downer while waiting for game to appear. The atmosphere of peace and tranquillity is priceless and the memories of sitting quietly at the Kalahari waterholes are an abiding memory to be taken out and treasured in times of stress. While we were quietly sitting at the waterhole a line of Gemsbok came down to drink, single file and very nervous. We did notice that the Gemsbok on the Auob side were far more nervous than the Gemsbok on the Nossob side of the park.
Fancy a dip?
Nah, I’ll just dunk my head instead!
When we got back to camp we made another fire and Russ attempted his first potjie! Dinner was delicious. It had been windy during the day but the wind died down at sunset. I wondered if this is a feature of the camp? We sat by the fire and the temp was a very comfortable 25⁰C. Sitting on the deck with a drink or two and watching the sun set while the fire blazes merrily away – could life get any better?
Sightings were sparse today and it was almost as if the Kalahari was saying “learn to enjoy me as I am and put all your expectations aside”. Sightings are great but without them I cannot say that we enjoyed the day any less. It was great to be alone with no telephones, no TV, no radio and NO INTERUPTIONS! Just us and nature – bliss!