I needed a break, so suggested to SO that we go back to KTP, checked Availabilty and there was, for six days later. But last year we went in winter and said we would return in summer or a warmer time of the year.
She checked the 7 day weather forecast and temps were 6 - 22 each day, so ok to book.
We were short of one night in the middle with its previous night in TR.
Monday morning checked availability and the night was open and promptly booked Nossob, phoned in and painlessly swapped TR for Nossob. So at least some repeat nights otherwise it was to be a case of packing up each morning, not ideal but at least we would be in KTP.
The evening before our departure I suggested to SO that we should either leave at 02h00 or get packed and 'hit the road', the latter was the choice.
Just after 23h00 we were on our way to KTP.
On our 'not yet seen in KTP' list : Cheetah, Brown Hyaena, Caracal, Cape Fox, Honey Badger (previous just a glimpse), Genet, Polecat, Aardwolf, Antbear, Pangolin, Eland, Warthog and Ground Agama, and all the snakes. (still appie birders so no list yet)
A quick pit stop at Klawer for toasted sammies and coffee and then a relatively quiet drive to Keimoes. A couple of bokkies and rabbits en route.
Got to Keimoes at 07h00, pit stop and then had to wait for The butcher to open. Had selections individually vacuum packed and off to Wimpy for breakfast.
Reached KTP at 12h00. Road a pleasure, just so many BEF roadkills on the way. Why??
The new reception is a 'nice' building, half of it is in RSA and other half in Botswana. Ladies in RSA and gents in Botswana.
Off to the old gate.
"have you been here before?"
" tyres....., you MUST drive 50km ph"
I MUST drive 50...
"Yes, see here on the rules"
and if I see a lion I must keep driving past at 50...
"No, no you can stop.....
And we were in.
And the first animal, my SO's favorite little creature
And off to Samevloeiing to see THE leopard.
And guess what , ...... no leopard.
I told SO of Moose's observation that people don't great anymore and the responses that supported her observation. A mission was therefore to test it and we greeted each and every vehicle that we saw. We normally greet back or greet familiar vehicles.
So over the dune road and just as it goes down to meet the Auob River meercats, squirrels and yellow mongoose welcomed us.
This was our first and last sighting of meercats (suricates).
And merrily on our way to Urikaruus.