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 Post subject: Re: Going to the Northern Cape slowly.
Unread postPosted: Wed Jan 16, 2013 10:32 am 
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When we arrived at Kieliekrankie I noticed the beautiful book donated by fellow forumite Caracal in which you note sightings in camp. I read that a Brown Hyena is a regular visitor at night around 6. Obviously we were eager to see it and mentioned to Willem, the attendant, that we were staying in to see it. It didn't appear. Later that evening as we were doing dishes, Willem came to the back door and told us our Brown Hyena was at the waterhole. 8) He promptly returned to his accommodation and used his spotlight to give us a chance at seeing the animal I most wanted to see. A HUGE thank you to Willem for that. :D

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 Post subject: Re: Going to the Northern Cape slowly.
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When we left Kieliekrankie on the morning of 21 December, we didn't know what waited for us at Kij Gamies waterhole. This was the sighting that spoilt all future lion sightings. We sat with them for an hour with NO other cars coming past AT all. I can't imagine ever seeing anything like this again.

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This idiot saw a beetle and decided "You look like a fun toy!" :lol:

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There are so many, I can't share them all on here! :lol:

Have a look in Kgalagadi 2012 for more.


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 Post subject: Re: Going to the Northern Cape slowly.
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This episode happened on the Nossob road. :lol:

We stopped for some Ground Squirrels at their den RIGHT next to the road. Duco was looking for photo opportunities when I saw a Suricate popping in and out of one of the holes! :big_eyes: He was rather :hmz:? Is she sure?! I told him, I knew what I just saw. There is a suricate with them in their den. So we waited....

Meanwhile a vehicle pulled up and Duco told them to wait, there is a suricate too. They actually laughed at us and the guy said "Ja, they're always fun to watch!", indicating the Ground Squirrels. By then I was quite miffed because the little so-and-so had now been down for about 5 minutes. I told the guy I SAW it there. He laughed....drove away.

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My "I TOLD you so!" moment!

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Moral of the story - If somebody with a foreign accent tells you they saw something, make sure before you laugh at them, that just maybe they're right. :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: Going to the Northern Cape slowly.
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Run away bokkie.

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Water Monitor in the Nossob Riverbed.

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 Post subject: Re: Going to the Northern Cape slowly.
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One of the Melkvlei lionesses under a bush about 800m from the picnic spot as you approach from Twee Rivieren.

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And walking away from the picnic spot so we could go to the toilets! :lol:

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Some more suricates.

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Some stills from the Springbok giving birth. An awesome experience.

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Now to set the scene of what I know was supposed to be a sighting of a lifetime but had me in shock and close to tears a day after these were made. :(

There were baby Springboks all over the Nossob riverbed.

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Enter these two...

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Notice the blood on this one....

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I'm guessing you know what we saw by now. :(

At this stage I was still chuffed with seeing them, especially when a third (we suspect the mother) followed them.

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But first some more photo's of what turned out to be the best 3 days of the entire trip as far as sightings went. :D

Some Red Hartebeest with calves.

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Just as I was thinking my leopard jinx was still in place, we found one barely 1km outside the Twee Rivieren gate. WAYYYYY over there in a tree, but here's the proof shot. :lol:

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Three fully grown lions not far from Auchterlonie.

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The Eye of the Blue Wildebeest.

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Tsamma melons at Kieliekrankie

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We did some much needed laundry and these critters came to drink:

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Not sure yet exactly which hare this is - either Scrub or Cape - but we saw him close to Kij Gamies.

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We HAD to have a go at Caracal's iconic photo. :lol:

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A bit of scientific fun. :lol:

Have you ever heard that the temperature of sand in the sun can rise to above 70 degrees Centigrade? Enough to cook an egg in?

W had a spare egg and temperatures above 40 degrees.
So DuQues buried an egg, not too deeply, in the sand at Kieliekrankie, around noon, which is of course the hottest part of the day.
About 6 hours later we arrived back from a drive, and the egg was dug up.

For safety sake we cracked the egg over a plate. Good idea. :lol:

The result?
Mythbusters would say: Busted!

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There probably is way more to it than simply burying it in the sand. Was fun though! :lol:


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A very happy little Kalahari Scrub Robin

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Very very early on the same morning of the red sunrise....

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A moth came to visit too.

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Jackal at Kieliekrankie

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Some flowers along the way

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If I hide here, you can't see me.

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2 Cape foxes

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Honey badger with youngster.

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Before we left I said I wanted to see a cheetah run but NOT while it was trying to catch a Springbok lamb. Well, I got more than I bargained for. This has to go down as the sighting of all sightings. I looked at the timeline from where the cheetah noticed the Springbok running past them with a lamb to the final kill - 1 minute flat. :big_eyes:

We found them feeding and said to each other that looks like a Springbok lamb, when one sat up on full alert. And it was off in a flash and blur. DuQues shouted something like "Here goes!" I started shaking.... We saw the adult Springbok first followed by the lamb. In LESS than a second according to the timeline, the cheetah was tripping it. I never realized how fast a cheetah really is. It is mind-boggling. We literally saw a flash of spots across the road.

The photo's of the kill itself are not good since DuQues had to make them through the windscreen and I think he was shaking as much as I was. It happened too fast to turn around the car.

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Milliseconds separate the following two photo's:

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As they moved their kill, I at last managed to turn around the car.

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 Post subject: Re: Going to the Northern Cape slowly.
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The Kgalagadi is an incredibly beautiful and special place. I know it's not everybody's cup of tea, but I fell in love forever. Sightings are few and far between at times, but when you get them, they blow away your mind. I can't IMAGINE ever going back to the South of Kruger, not after this.

There are a couple of loose photo's left and we will probably add some more as we find more favorites, but this is basically the end of the trip. :D

I'll make a separate short photographic report on Golden Gate National Park and add some of the mammals and birds we saw in Kwa-Zulu Natal under their individual existing topics. 8)


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Follow this link for Dropbox, anne-marie. I've shared it with others that can't open the forum pages due to slow lines and they've reported back to us that it works very well for them. All the photo's on here plus some extras are in there. Please let me know if it works for you? :pray:

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