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 Post subject: Re: Lionspoon goes lionbored in KTP (Oct 2012)
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And another highlight awaited us when we returned to the camp for the night. Charlie Fax (Sharifa :whistle: ), the resident cape fox was out and about and relaxing away from her offspring. Alas, those were nowhere to be seen…

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 Post subject: Re: Lionspoon goes lionbored in KTP (Oct 2012)
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There you go, Pumbaa. :lol: - A lactating lioness who was desperately waiting for water to arrive at Dalkeith
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She was still there when we passed the waterhole on our way back.

Namaqua sandgrouses
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Swallow-tailed bee-eater
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I just couldn’t resist :twisted:
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Our one and only cattle egret, but at least a breeding one
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Giraffe children
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Northern black korhaan
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Spottie visiting Uri waterhole in the evening
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Day 11
31/10/2012 Urikaruus

The day started off with a big bang! 8) Around 4.30 am we were woken by a commotion outside. In the moonlight I could make out a shadow at the waterhole so I race to the bed stand to get the torch. I was just in time to see a leopard retreating as a spotted hyena was moving in. :dance: Adrenanline got pumped through my system and there was no way I’d go back to sleep for another half an hour. :slap: So I dressed up warmly against the chill outside and settled on the deck with a cup of coffee. Nothing really happened though until the sun was up and to my delight the hyena returned for a bath and a drink at the waterhole :dance:

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Despite the hyenas we had seen so far – this was the first one in daylight! And we hadn’t got far on our morning drive when another one of this clan lurked over dunes:

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Then it went quiet for an hour or so until we spotted a lappet-faced vulture in the riverbed, happily obliging to have its photo taken. I’ve never seen a lappet-face on the Aoub side before.

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At Gemsbokplein we saw a martial eagle sitting in the waterhole during the hottest hours of the day.

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Back in the camp for the midday siesta I manned the waterhole while Spots was lying down for some rest. The springboks granted me some company moving back and fro the waterhole. Not much happening. But all of a sudden one of the rams started pursuing another one and a serious fight was in the make.

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After the obvious patriarch of the springbok herd and the territory had fended of the intruder and all the springboks slowly moved off. Shame, I had hoped for a cheetah to arrive. :twisted: I had settled back to napping with open eyes when I noticed another movement in the corner of my eye to the right. A giraffe was on its way to the waterhole. What a treat! :dance:

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But it was very shy and skittish, coming closer a bit, turning around again as if it was about to leave again, turning towards the waterhole again and so on and so forth. It had almost made the rim of the water around the waterhole when our neighbours returned from their drive with much noise. I had thought that this was the end of my giraffe sighting, but it stayed on cautiously waiting and watching. And while it did so, a little sandstorm built up and obscured my view on the animal.

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After things had got calmer again, it proceeded to the waterhole where the whole show of ‘do I or do I not’ started all over again. In the end the thirst won over. 8)

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Once the giraffe was gone a white-backed vulture flew in.

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What a productive time at the camp during the hottest hours of the day! :D We actually didn’t go out anymore that day because we were meant to leave very early the next morning to get to Mata-Mata by the time the bookings opened for October 2013. Another wise decision as it turned out: jacliz kindly informed us that Charlie Fax and her pups were out and about. They have their den right next to unit 4. So I took my camera and spend an enjoyable half an hour with them, jacliz :yaya: and the Warrington Couple :yaya: who stayed in no. 4

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I think there is something about me that all the little pups keep hiding behind branches… :slap:

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Mum Charlie was roaming the camp later that night. Not particularly looking for scraps, but when I called her she sat down below our deck expectantly looking at me. Tells you stories… :evil: Of course, she didn’t get anything from us and when I sent her off looking for mice and other delicacies she happily obliged. :lol:

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cute... so cute little Foxes :clap: :clap: :clap:
I want one :lol:

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Cute little lamb close up
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Jackal devouring leftovers

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A young lioness sleeping close to the road.
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She was actually with two young males that both wore a collar. Quite a naughty bunch as we should find out later on the trip. :twisted:

Less than an hour later and without having seen anything else – more lions just north of Houmoed.
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We stayed with them all of 5 minutes and moved on towards the waterhole. When we came back the lovey dovey couple had moved further into the bush and we just drove on. At Kampfersboom I finally found the hyena den I had heard so much about. :dance: But the snoring hyena was too far off for a decent photo, so on we went.

Our naughty friends were still sleeping, but one of the collared guys had turned so I took a profile shot. It will serve for the wanted list. :tongue: But more of that on a later date…

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That night the elands and spotties would take turns at the waterhole. 8)

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Day 12
01/11/2012 Urikaruus

Bookings opening day! We got up at 4.00 am and while sitting in the dark and having a coffee, a brownie came to drink at the waterhole. :dance: This was very special despite the many brown hyena sighting we had had before. But a brownie at Uri is rather rare. In fact, I haven’t seen people reporting them in the sightings books that you find in each of the 4 units. :hmz:

We were out exactly on gate opening time and ‘raced’ towards Mata-Mata to beat the crowds in the satellite offices, headquarters and what have you. Still we did get to see some amazing stuff on the way. If you’re into colour and smaller cats that is… (Actually, we saw a spotted hyena at 13th but the light was still low and the critter obviously was on a mission as it moved off rather fast.)

Glorious morning light over the dunes

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An almost full moon still up in the sky

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AWC (at Dalkeith) again – YAY!!!
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This trip has been amazingly good to us with the little cats. Before we had had one fleeting glimpse of an AWC and this time we have had several good sightings. I was happy! :mrgreen: Surely this would mean good things for our planned reservation for next October as well? Far off, we had to find out later. Despite the ever so helpful and lovely Loretta at MM who did her utmost to accommodate us (literally…), we weren’t able to get a single night in our beloved Urikaruus. :wall: All gone after 10 minutes… Well, at least we hold 4 nights in Grootkolk and we’ll go back to check out KTC again. Always good for the cheetahs and the lions anyway… :wink:

Our bestest BEF sighting of the whole trip – YAY!
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