Day 19 continued.....
I suppose many of you thought I had disappeared! Thank you all for your comments while we were away. Our trip to Wilderness NP, Gamkaskloof Dam and Karoo NP was most enjoyable - trip report will follow at some stage.
Now back to Day19 of our trip.
We continued up to Melkvlei Picnic Site and it was quite noticeable that the valley was greening up slightly after the abundant rains that had fallen over Easter.
This was a whole new experience for us because we had never had the privilege of being able to spend time at Melkvlei in the late afternoon because of the long drives back to where we were staying. Rooiputs, being much closer, afforded us this honour - I say honour because it is hard to describe the absolute silence and peacefulness that we experienced here in the amber shades of the late afternoon sunshine. Here are a few pics of Melkvlei as we experienced it
The ambience was so good that we decided to enjoy a sundowner here before heading for home
The "son was trekking water" so we were soon heading back down the Nossob valley in order to get to camp before curfew time. Along the way we saw this herd of Springbok grazing peacefully next to the road
The scenery was once again breathtaking
We were soon back at Rooiputs.....
.....just in time to enjoy another Kalahari sunset.....
.....before settling in for another great night under the dancing stars
Sitting at home writing the report about this great day in the Kalahari brought back memories of a poem that I had read whilst staying at a B & B in Upington. It was written by Paula Draycon from Germany...HARSH PLACE OF MANY COLOURSIt is Africa. It fills me with a deep sense of passion for a land and her wildlife. It moves me while sitting on a dune, looking over dry river beds. It has provided me with heart-stopping moments as lions killed. It has placed leopards and cheetahs on my trail. It had endeared me to the little creatures of the desert sands and amazed me as eagles swept the sky
It is a place which still refreshes the soul, where man is very much in the minority and where the land remains essentially as it was originally architected by our Creator.
It is wild, it is free and it is home to so many of our beloved animals. It knows many colours and survives harsh conditions. It is my favourite place. It is the Kalahari....