May 17 - Day 9: Part 2
We decided to do the Potlekkertjie Loop clockwise and come down the Klipspringer Pass - this decision was mostly based on the fact that my mom and I had done it the other way round last trip. The first animals we got to see were a herd of Grey Rhebok
I think - which is I think a first for me!
There were then some far away Springbok, and lots of scenery
stops. Here is the view from one of those stops (Not official stops, just where we felt like admiring the view)
Looking on the otherside of the car were these resting Gemsbok
, looking at us!
And then another first for all of us
- Teenage Ostriches
! I mean, we have seen the tiny chicks (well relative to their parents!) and we have seen adults (we were even lucky enough to see a courting trio and mating in Kruger), but nothing in between until now. You can see they are almost adult size but still speckled.
Actually there was a real population explosion of ostriches just around this area - simply masses of them (teenagers and adults), numbering I would guess between 50-100. There were also other animals here, such as these Red Hartebeests
And a bit further on these Mountain Zebras
Two of which decided to have a bit of a tiff...
Next up was this small herd of Springbok
. It must have been wonderful about a century ago or more, to see the great herds of Springbok in the area - maybe one day we will get them back, but I fear me that the only animal forming great herds presently is Homo sapiens
Then another unexpected sighting - this Kori Bustard
! I think they are one of my mom's favourite birds - if we don't see one on our trips we are all in trouble!
And then another first - Gemsbok calves
! - We seemed to be very lucky with youngsters this trip! And looking at these calves one can really see why the Afrikaans for Roan Antelope is 'Bastergemsbok' meaning roughly fake gemsbok.
And then we one of my old friends Gomphocarpus filiformis
and Flowers taken the following day on our way to Prince Albert. (hopefully it now makes more sense why I think these are quite special plants! - the flower structure is quite unique.)
We then had a very quiet drive until just at the top of Klipspringer pass - not that this stopped us from enjoying the spectacular scenery
Just before the top of the pass we came across this hungry Steenbok