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 Post subject: Re: Still Driving Miss Sharifa
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On the way back to KTC, we got a glimpse of the Huntress and the little tigers detween 13 and 14 :D and seems like they did get a meal but we could only get these pics

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Tomorrow we were going to see them under very different circumstances

and always fascinating to see giraffe drinking :D

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End of day 2 .


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 Post subject: Re: Still Driving Miss Sharifa
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Thank you CB and Shi :thumbs_up:

28 December - Drama at the waterhole

We were the first out of camp again. It was very quiet again :hmz: Craig Lockhart came and went and so did Dalkeith and 14.

At the entrance of 13 borehole we found a sleepy lion

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we carried on towards the waterhole and saw another young male in the grass and one returning from the the waterhole side

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Then a car came round the corner and an excited guy told us the lion had just chased a cheetah and her two cubs and the cheetah did not see the lion..............

We drove towards the waterhole and found the Huntress and cubs moving at great speed

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they slowed down when they got to the road

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The huntress had a wound but seemed OK

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and they disappeared into the dunes

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We did see the Huntress again a few days later and she was fine :dance: :dance: :dance:

but there was more drama at the next waterhole :tongue:


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Before we could get to the next waterhole we were stopped by the courtship ritual of these secretary birds - great to watch but just a little too far away at the top of the dune and then they disappeared over the dune :(

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At Kamqua waterhole there was a red haartebeest family :D

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A wildersbeest arrived at the waterhole but the haarties were not happy and one haartie saw him off

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Just before Rooibrak we saw Lisette and the cubs :dance: :dance: :dance: feeding on a springbok

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Video - Lisette and cubs feeding


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on the way back to KTC we crossed a "Springbok" bridge

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End of another good day in KTP :D


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 Post subject: Re: Still Driving Miss Sharifa
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Thank you oddesy, Shi, CB, Michael, Pumbaa, Pikkie, KDU, WendyA :thumbs_up:

29 Decmeber 2011- The CHEETAH Show

Today was one of those magic days in the Kalahari.

We were first out of camp and on our way for our long trip to Grootkolk. Just before Sitzas (which did not come and go today :lol: ) we say 2 cheetah in the riverbed.

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We realize that it is two males we have not seen before. RichardJ , :hmz: could one of them be the survivor of Simon/Garfunkle that has now teamed up with another male.

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and the other one

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Two beautiful cats in the early morning light....TBC


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Thank You Shi :thumbs_up:

There was a lot of sniffing, spraying and marking.

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and then they walk on the road towards Sitzas

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and in the parking area at sitzas waterhole, more sniffing

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TBC........


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The one then sits down in the road with the other following slowly and they do the cheetah (rock and) roll for us :dance: :D

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just beautiful :dance:

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Sigh......

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That was a great cheetah sighting. We moved on and found some pronking springboks - always a joy to watch :dance:

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Between Veertiende and Dertiende waterholes we met Elena. She was sitting very alert on Duke’s side of the road.

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On the riverbed there were a few springbok and she had her eye on one of them.

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Her eyes were locked on a springbok and my camera was locked on her. Using our car as cover she stood up and moved forward slowly.

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She was now in stealth mode. Duke did a video

Video - Elena on the Hunt


She sat down in front on our car getting ready like a track runner waiting for the gun to go off. Ears pinned back, head in line with the rest of her body, she started her run up. In a flash she was across the road at full throttle. Duke was not going to be able to take stills or video when she took off and I had decided I am just going to click away through the windscreen and follow the chase.

Here she comes

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There she goes

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TBC........


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 Post subject: Re: Still Driving Miss Sharifa
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Thank you hilda, Vlakvarkvrou, WendyA, Lionspoon, Crested Barbet, RichardJ, Div, flying cheetah.

The cheetah in full flight is an extraordinary sight. In pursuit of prey, her high muscular shoulders glide effortlessly. Her strides are up to seven metres long and she uses her long tail as a rudder to balance and change direction. I lost her in the sun for a second

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but found her again

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She has a window of about 250 metres to catch her prey before she gets tired and has to give up the chase.

She is full steam now

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Unfortunately this time she was not successful and had to give up the chase.

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The lucky springbok

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Wow! It was not only her adrenalin that was pumping; we were very excited as well. That was just great and she ended up about 300 meters from where she started.

We are very lucky to see another cheetah stalk/chase having seen The Huntress make a kill in October :dance:

Just before Kamqua waterhole Duke asked me

"Why is that bush moving"

Which bush I ask, thinking he is still excited about the cheetah chase and imagining things :tongue:


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Thank you flying cheetah, Pumbaa, Crested Barbet, Caracal, RichardJ, Michael Borcherds :thumbs_up:

Duke pointed to the bush and because it did not have spots :whistle: I could not see it at first :roll: He was also not sure at first what it was

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We both then clicked..........PORCUPINE :dance: :dance: :dance:

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The favourite delicacy of the Male Kalahari Lion who goes to great lenghts to get one. This lion was seen on our October trip

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A wow moment as we had only seen the quill end of one disappearing into the bush on a night drive prior to this

Moravet pan had water :shock:

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At the Nossob entrance to the dune road we met Caracal and had a nice chat.

There were flowers on show on the Nossob side

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and an Ostrich gathering

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We also met Rookie and had another nice chat.

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(No cliffhanger)






:) there were 4 beauties waiting for us at Bedinkt :wink:


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Thanks WendyA :thumbs_up:

We had a break at Nossob and then made our way north to our favourite camp, Grootkolk.

There is a little loop road at Bedinkt waterhole and four lazy lionesses were under a tree close to the road

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It was hot and this one said can you just let us be

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They were very close to the road and this one was not happy with us at all, look at that back leg

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I moved forward giving her more space and she got up

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and went to go sit where we were parked

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We got to Grootkolk and started unpacking. A Lanner Falcon dropped in to welcome us

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Hello there

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and moved on

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 Post subject: Re: Still Driving Miss Sharifa
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Thank You WendyA, flying cheetah, p@m, Crested Barbet

CB, you will definitely see a lanner in KTP :wink:

30 December - 2011 - Glorious Grootkolk

Grootkolk has become our favourite place in all of SANParks and once again it did not disappoint. I love the ambience and the feel of the camp and driving in the area. We have only stayed in Unit 1 upto now so we decided we not going to request a unit in advance this time and experience another unit. We were allocated Unit 3. A lot better in the afternoon as there is a lovely tree so the area is shaded but Unit 1 has a better view of the waterhole.

A feature of Grootkolk is the bird baths. We had all the usual visitors and also a special one on this trip. I will do the birdies we took during our stay now and then move on to the daily drives.

Red headed finches, sociable weavers, scaly feathered finches, red eyed bul buls, red billed queleas stiil abound

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The violet eared and black faced waxbills also visited

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We also had a Shaft Tailed Whydah (STW) drop in :dance: :dance: :dance:

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Not a very freindly fellow, bullying the sociable weaver. Just like the pin tailed whydahs that visit our garden - bullying the other birds. Violet Eared Waxbills (VEW) are the host of the STW - a brood parasite. It also mimics the the song of the VEW

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This guy wanted center stage :lol:

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after which he was happy to share

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We still on the 30 December and Glorious Gtootkolk. We were on our early morning drive and just pass Geinab we were greeted by this magnificent lion :dance: :D

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He walked towards us

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and then went into the riverbed

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Thank you all for the comments :thumbs_up: Happy you have joind us barryels, Tobieo and Salva :D

That was one of the best male lions we have seen - a majestic specimen all right :D

Our first ever KTP warthogs

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A tawny eagle

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and two PCG

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We decided to go south of Grootkolk and just befoe the Kaa Road turn, Sharifa once again showed her uncanny ability to spot a leopard

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 Post subject: Re: Still Driving Miss Sharifa
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The leopard gets up and walks in the riverbed but it is still far from the road

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It is heading for the Kaa intersection and we think if we get to the entrance of the Kaa road it might just cross the road in front of us :pray:

But the leopard sits and sizes us up

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She eventually gets up,here she comes - It is Safran - delighted to see her again :dance: :D

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:hmz: wonder if she is pregnant

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and she crosses in front of us :dance:

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