Ok, I start my Kgalagadi May 2008 Trip Report. Be patient if there are long gaps between updates please - still processing images !
We were three "musketeers" on this trip, Bucky, and myself, also joined for most of the trip by Texasboer. Words and images are mine, but I hope the other two will intercept if I get a bit muddled and also add their own images when appropriate.
So here goes......
I arrived in Johannesburg on 2nd May
, to a cold wet day !
I was delighted to meet Bucky's wife, Lynn and their 3 Junior Bucky's ! I stayed with the family overnight and we began our journey the following morning with the "combi" fully packed for the trip.
We stopped overnight at a charming little private reserve at Spitskop, just about 10km North of Upington. The landscape on the route up was not too inspiring, being mainly of maize fields. Lots of lying water around, and I was amazed to see a salt pan in the middle of farm fields, with a large flock of Flamingo's !
4th May, Sunday
With all the water around, we thought we would pay an unscheduled stop to Augrabies as we had plenty of time to do the last leg to the KTP, but a storm began to brew with heavy clouds over Augrabies, so we rapidly turned around and drove onto the KTP, arriving around 11 am.
We went straight out on a drive along the Nossob road, stopping at the first waterhole just outside TR and our first sighting was Jackal. I love Jackals, they are so photogenic and I never tire of taking pics of them !
There was a large Eland carcase near the waterhole, maybe from the sorry state of the dying Eland from last September?
The Dunes and riverbed were lush with grasses. We saw Wildebeest, Red Hartebeest, Gemsbok, 3 wildcat in quick succession, Pale Chanting Goshawk, but little else. Everywhere seemed very quiet - no bird sounds, and seemed so different from the visit of 8 months previously.
We returned to our Chalet (No 12) at TR, unpacking just enough for our overnight stay there and we were back out for another drive at around 3pm. This time we took the Mata Mata road, seeing many Springbok, Meerkat (Yeah - a first for me!) Vereaux Eagle Owl (2), PCG, Kori Bustard, Black Korhaan, Swallow-tailed Bee Eaters, Drongo, White-browed Sparrow Weaver, Shaft-tailed Wydah, and a Cheetah high on the dunes near to Houmoed waterhole ! Not really good enough for good pics although we did manage a few, but the Cheetah was obviously wearing a collar.
We also saw (we think) a Cape Fox, and a large brood of Ostrich with around 20 chicks of 2 different age groups. Obviously some had got mixed up somewhere !
We were joined in the evening by Texasboer and enjoyed our first Braii !