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 Post subject: Re: Sandy and Silver Bird:City Slickers at it again
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@Philip1 Thanks

@Sheenaugh-Lee Coffee never tasted better!

@hilda Those Kudus were my favourite buck of the trip. First time I have seen them in KTP!

@anne-marie I think it was because he was barking and we herd little yelps in the background ;(

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Thank you for joining! That lion kept us so entertained with it's determination to catch the little bird.

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I had to look it up in spell check!!

@Pumbaa We were very sad but those lions did cheer us all up!


Sticking with the spotted creatures we see another Giraffe at Dalkeith. If you look at them long enough you can see the slight differences to their cozies in Kruger. Shorter neck and lighter in color.
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Mr Jakalas came for a sip of liquid gold.
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The next part of our day made up for all the sadness of the previous afternoon. As we approached the same spot where the dead faun was born we see what we were waiting for yesterday! Another newborn!! He must have just been born when we arrived... he had not even stood up yet!
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Immediately he was named Pumpkin by my girls!

Pumpkin is terribly wobbly!

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Face Plant!!
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Mom gives a helping shove to get pumpkin up and going!
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Horns can be handy too! Image

MOM!!! enough cleaning... I can do this walking thing!!!
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Whoooo hoooooooo I can stand by myself!
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And now I am off.

Time join up with the rest of my herd!
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Amongst all the excitement of pumpkin coming into this world alive and kicking we could still feel the sadness of the mom who lost her faun the day before.

This poignant picture shows the life and death in the Kgalagadi.

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The mom was still trying to get the baby up after 24hours.

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Driving back to Mata Mata the mood was one of extreme happiness and then of course a cute little mouse to make the girls even more happy!

Sitzas with it’s normal visitors at this time of the day! I love their painted faces. So beautiful.

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Not a moment to soon we arrive at back at camp and ready ourselves for another swim. Temperatures soaring to 40 degrees that afternoon. Image
Emily finding a lady bird to keep her company at the swimming pool.
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@hilda They are pretty cute but the Gemsbok are beautiful!
@ Me Skarabee Very happy and excellent nature despite the heat! Thanks!

After our restful afternoon we head out for a sundowner and park at Sitzas. This ovely Stilettoed ( Check the back leg!) lady came for a drink of water.
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Getting in there for a nice clean drink.
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Back at camp we watched the as the sun dipped behind the hill feeling that familiar sense of calm that comes with a perfect African evening. Fire started and drinks in hand. Sigh this is what it is all about and what keeps us going back year after year. Another Tough day at the office!

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A peak at what tomorrow will bring with this sunrise over the hill!

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The morning was one of those perfect Kgalagadi dessert sunrises. Like burst of copper and gold the sun breaks through the trees with the promise of another scorcher of a day.
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As we make our way past the dead little fawn we see that the caretakers have moved in.
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In the distance we year the tell take sound of a roaring lion. He sounds pretty close and then he bursts into view with a seriously determined spring in his step. He must be pretty thirsty because he makes for the water hole with singleminded focus.
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This was “Die Groot Maneer” as he passed the car. We were parked right at Craig Lockhart waiting for him!

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Let me tell you it is a pretty terrifying sound that makes me even more grateful that I am in my car and not out!

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Watch my belly grow as I do “Lion down downs!”
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Hear my voice as I let everyone know “The boy is back in town!!!”
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After spending time listening to big boy we head off to complete the loop. A Brown Eagle watches us before taking off into the morning sky.

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Another fleeting or should we say fleeing AWC crosses our path and again I only get a “bum” shot! I love these little fighters!

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The debate is still out on our next sighting as we return back towards camp. We see Maneer again! This time right at the side of the road. The debate being if he is the same Maneer or a buddy???

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All I know is that LIONS ARE BIG IN KTP!!!

He was a monster!
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After he got tired of posing for us he poked out his tongue as if to say :”Nah Nah Nah Nah nah!”

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Then he walked right next to our car and we had to rush to close the windows. As if he new the kids were in the car he stopped next to us and stared into Sandy with menacing eyes..... the chill still runs down my spine.

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Let the trip report continue!
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After close encounters of the lion kind we head back on our usual drive home to see what “Pumpkin” is up too...

Drinking and hoping around all in a days work for a newling!
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Plus he has a little friend!

Here we can see why no matter what the species it is always unsafe for a girl to bend over near a boy!!
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Another lazy afternoon around camp before we head out for a little sunset drive. First to be seen at Sitzas on our way out is Mr Jackal!
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All the thirsty animals at Sitzas.
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Sunset on our way into camp.
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Another night under the stars another mixed grill on the braai!
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As a little extra night time gift I see my first and only Eland of the trip! Sorry about the
bad picture but it was through the fence late at night!

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An Early Morning wake up to pack up camp. We are really sad to say goodbye to Mata Mata but excited to get over to Nossob and further our explorations on the otherside of the park. We manage head out at about 9 with trailer and goods in toe.
Another African Wild Cat enroute near Dalkeith - I can’t get enough of these little creatures!
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And then another snake encounter. He zipped past us on the road and this time I mange to get one quick shot! Not even sure what kind of snake it is because it crawled away so quickly!
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My first ever sighting of a leopard in KTP was just before Kamqua. Not the best sighting but it still goes down as one!
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As we neared Kamqua we came across this slow crosser!
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By now we were all pretty desperate for the toilet and made a quick dash into the loo’s at Kamqua! The road taking longer than expected we took the Dune road over as we headed to Nossob. These amazing dessert creatures not only survive here but thrive.
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Nothing at the Nu-Quap Waterhole except for 2 Black-headed Herons :)
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Strathmore was just as deolate.
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At Eland Waterwhole we spotted a few Gemsbokke! And a baby too!
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Leaving our dessert specialist behind we stop to feed some mouths at Dikbaardskolk! and then a Cheeky Jakalas tried his luck at all and sundry at the picnic spot!
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It was a good thing we rejuvenated and refilled our energy levels we were about to need it big time.....

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Now we made it over the dune road without incident which was celebrated at lunch time since the previous time Silver Bird and Sandy came over the dunes Silver Bird cracked her samp but at least a “seepsteeltjie” saved her till we got home to do a proper repair! Now we are filled up and emptied out (toilet break) and ready to head to Nossob. The road is VERY sandy and as we are chatting over the walkie talkies we say how we would hate to get stuck again........

Cue the TA DAAAAAAA music!

Silver bird hits a sandy patch and gets totally stuck.....

Right Pink Lady assumes her Sunroof look out position while Jan Peterman and hubby try and get the bird loose. Bosvrou tries to steer them out of the sandpit! Forwards brings no results so we try backwards. The sand is so thick and hot that their feet get well and truly exfoliated!!! :hmz:

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:cam: Photos from my lookout spot. Check the zigzag patterns as the sand doggedly holds on to Silver Bird!

After a half hour we still have no progress and since we have the trailer we can’t pull our dear little silver bird out. We make the decision to go drop the the trailer at Nossob (10km away). Ray drops the girls and I off and we unhitch so that he can go rescue our friends by yanking them out.
Now the story goes as follows. I am waiting anxiously at camp unpacking and making sure that there are some cold ones for them when they get back. When the 3 of them arrives they are as white as sheets. Then nervous laughter bubbles out as Bosvrou starts to tell me the incredible story. :popcorn:

When Ray got back to help them they were almost little melted humans and they hitched up Silver Bird. So far so good... Sandy pulls through and gets Silver Bird out of the trouble she is in. This required lots of “out of the car time” as the boys had to hitch and unhitch. Bosvrou now has to take my role of lookout.
After Silver Bird is out of the sand all that is left is to unhitch and they can head to camp. Bosvrou decides to take one more casual look for predators as we have often seen MR LION in this are.

Her eye catches a flick..... Now at this point I laugh and say you are joking now aren’t you????

She swears by all and sundry this is a true story. She yells at Jan Peterman who is under the small polo with his large body “Martin!!!! There is a lion” (OK this has been edited in terms of language!) He yells back “stop talking poo” (another soft word to replace the Afrikaans explicit one!) She call to LION SPOTTER to look a mere 20 meters away!!! He climbs out the sunroof and true as nuts ... A LION. Fortunately he is a lazy lion but still very close. Martin moves with the speed of a springbok and gets into the car. Hearts pounding they rush to Nossob where I am told the story. I can’t believe it what a close call. But being my “suspicious self” I insist they take me back to the spot to see this guy for myself...

They oblige and there from where the car was stuck I took this photo....

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Eish Close!!! If he had been slightly interested we would have had a very sad story indeed. Not much could be done if you are stuck you need to get yourself out. Needless to say that night we were chirping our lion story to all at camp who wanted to hear! We then find out that the grader would be coming the next morning as many cars had been getting stuck..... :hmz:

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@Philip we sure did feel like we were in nature and very much a part of it!

Now once we got back to camp we finished unpacking and got ready to relax as the spirits calmed the nerves! We really wanted to camp but when making the booking there were never campsites available so we booked in a chalet. Yet as we watched the sun go down we saw at least 6 open sites.... Image

Nothing Beats a KTP red sunset!
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That night the little Scops owl made his appearance in the tree right by our unit!
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Our first sighting of the day is this caravan on Wildebeast!
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Nothing else on offer with our loop but as we get back to Nossob we see a pair of lions at the drinking hole. One of the rangers runs in from the OUTSIDE OF THE HIDE!!! :big_eyes: :big_eyes: Apparently he went to retrieve a dropped torch from the night before and as he got to the edge of the hide he saw who was drinking and ran to safety! :D

We spent a few minutes with this wonderful couple! :clap: :clap:

Reaching for the sweet water this gentleman lets his lady go first! 8)
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See how the wind is blowing his mane!
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Eyes that can see into your soul...
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Time for a scratch.
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Then he watched as she started to head off into the distance.
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We know who is boss here :roll:
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Now his turn for a drink. Ever so patiently he waited for her (Ag as ‘n man verlief is :) ) :gflower:
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While this romance was happening a jackal came along and spoilt the mood with jester-like antics! :slap:

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His name was “Skooter-Boy”!

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After the excitement of seeing the happy couple we head North in the blisteringly cold wind. About 2km up the road we saw a conglomeration of jackals around a carcass all struggling for a bite!
It’s mine I tell you!!!
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Give it back!!
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No Longer Cute and Cuddly! That’s for sure.
Next we spot this little guy. Is this a Red Necked Falcon?

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Back at camp our little Scopsie makes a return.
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Sadly our final night in KTP had arrived. We were very somber and the only way to fix that is to eat and drink away the sadness!
Stokbrood was the order of the day and Red wine!

Stokbrood professional Jan Peeterman!

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And yes they tasted AWESOME!

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Wine Sommelier !

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Even Emily tried to steal a sip from Bosvrou #2!

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All the Kway tops is a good advertisement for Cape Union Mart!

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A moment to reflect on the two vehicles who got us here on one heck of an adventure!
SANDY AND SILVER BIRD!!! Glistening in the sunset

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Sandy wearing her yellow ribbon proudly!
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One last night drive adventure before the early wake up the next morning....

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That night the two ladies dressed up in our supper warm outfits and packed the the kind of drink that warms the cockles of heart ... AMARULA CREAM!

We head out towards Marie se draai in search of the night life of Kgalagadi! Night photos can do no justice but we see some spring hares
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and then an exciting first for me a BROWN HYENA. Ok in the photo he looks like a brown blob but it was a brownie!
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Then on our way back to Nossob the mating pair make a reappearance. Our guide tells us to sit very still and not move... After he slowly pulls away he tells us the female is notorious for charging at the vehicles and is VERY aggressive! (Now I am thinking how lucky we really were when Silver Bird got stuck!) Then he tells us the male very passive but has the nick name Droopy! His lip looks like she went few rounds at his face....

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That night I get into bed with a heavy heart knowing we head home tomorrow. At least the final drive had a few more delights to offer us!

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