Skip to Content

Kgalagadi: The Big and Small - Trip report Charbel El-Hani

Tell us about your breathtaking experiences in the parks

Moderator: hilda

User avatar
charbel
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
Posts: 890
Joined: Sat Nov 27, 2010 8:22 pm
Location: Brazil

Re: Kgalagadi: The Big and Small - Trip report Charbel El-Ha

Unread postby charbel » Sun Jan 26, 2014 7:27 pm

Hi Vinkie!
Great to have you on board.It is a pleasure, real pleasure to share!

Cheers
Charbel

User avatar
charbel
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
Posts: 890
Joined: Sat Nov 27, 2010 8:22 pm
Location: Brazil

Re: Kgalagadi: The Big and Small - Trip report Charbel El-Ha

Unread postby charbel » Wed Jan 29, 2014 6:02 pm

That day our plan was to do game drives around Dalkeith, Veertiende Boorgat, Dertiende Boorgat, Urikaruus, and then come back to Kalahari Tented Camp by the end of the afternoon for the sunset drive. It was a day full of BBJs, as it is commonly the case in KTP. They are fascinating animals, and thus deserve another posting for them.

This one was by the side of the road smelling something in the air. Maybe the next (rotten) meal.

Image

A little swimming in Veertiende Boorgat.

Image

An inviting look?

Image

Time to get rid of the water, very dog-like, don't you think?

Image

A nice pic of a drinking time, also Veertiende Boorgat.

Image

This was taken during the sunset drive. Caught in action again in dog-like manners, as expected.

Image

Next time, our first encounter with living Bat-Eared Foxes... After seeing many that on the way from Upington to KTP.

All the best
Charbel

User avatar
anne-marie
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Posts: 9406
Award: Forumite of the Year & Travel Tale of the Year, Other Parks (2013)
Joined: Sat Feb 18, 2006 10:36 pm
Location: Lausanne (Switzerland)

Re: Kgalagadi: The Big and Small - Trip report Charbel El-Ha

Unread postby anne-marie » Wed Jan 29, 2014 9:55 pm

interesting to see on in the water :hmz:
:clap: :clap:
It is only with the heart that one can see rightly, what is essential is invisible to the eye
Le Petit Prince

planing KTP janv/fev.2016

User avatar
Pumbaa
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Posts: 5312
Joined: Fri Jan 28, 2005 4:43 pm
Location: Back to Reality

Re: Kgalagadi: The Big and Small - Trip report Charbel El-Ha

Unread postby Pumbaa » Wed Jan 29, 2014 10:40 pm

Love the jackal, Charbel,

always great to spot them :clap: :clap: :clap:

User avatar
vinkie
Senior Virtual Ranger
Senior Virtual Ranger
Posts: 15181
Joined: Tue Jun 07, 2011 7:07 pm
Location: Living in The Netherlands but raised in South Africa

Re: Kgalagadi: The Big and Small - Trip report Charbel El-Ha

Unread postby vinkie » Wed Jan 29, 2014 11:22 pm

Great sighting of the Jackal :thumbs_up:
Live life on the edge but be careful not to fall off! :wink:

2013 Trip: Satara, Lower Sabie, Hluhluwe, Berg-en-Dal, Lower Sabie, Satara, Elephant Plains(Sabi Sands) :dance:

Our 2013 Trip Report: Vinkie and Apex Predator back in the bushveld

User avatar
charbel
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
Posts: 890
Joined: Sat Nov 27, 2010 8:22 pm
Location: Brazil

Re: Kgalagadi: The Big and Small - Trip report Charbel El-Ha

Unread postby charbel » Wed Jan 29, 2014 11:34 pm

Dear Anne-Marie, Pumbaa and Vinkie
Thanks for remaining on board!
BBJs are a constant joy. I am always amazed about how resourceful they are. No surprise they are so frequent!

Cheers
Charbel

User avatar
hilda
Forum Assistant
Forum Assistant
FAC Member (2014)
Posts: 13802
Joined: Fri Apr 06, 2007 6:39 am
Location: Pretoria SA

Re: Kgalagadi: The Big and Small - Trip report Charbel El-Ha

Unread postby hilda » Thu Jan 30, 2014 5:27 am

I also love to watch the BBJs Charbel, and am looking forward to see some in April! We didn't even see one in KNP in January! Awesome pictures! :clap: :clap:
The secret of life is not to do what you like, but to like what you do. - Unknown.

User avatar
Meandering Mouse
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Legendary Virtual Ranger
FAC Member (2013)
Posts: 15419
Joined: Tue Jun 07, 2005 8:47 pm
Location: meandering between senility and menopause

Re: Kgalagadi: The Big and Small - Trip report Charbel El-Ha

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Thu Jan 30, 2014 5:32 am

I do love that swimming picture. :thumbs_up: Very interesting.

Lovely images of a really intelligent animal.

:popcorn:
The bird doesn't sing because it has answers, it sings because it has a song.

User avatar
Trrp-trrrrrrrr
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Award: Funniest/Best Forumite Name (2014)
Award: Forumite of the Year (2014)
Award: Video of the Year (2014)
FAC Member (2013)
Posts: 10094
Joined: Mon Sep 24, 2012 4:57 pm
Location: 2012 km..... to Paradise

Re: Kgalagadi: The Big and Small - Trip report Charbel El-Ha

Unread postby Trrp-trrrrrrrr » Thu Jan 30, 2014 8:13 pm

Charbel,

Interesting to see all the vaious actions and behaviour of the BBJ. :thumbs_up:

Love the air smelling and swimming ones. :clap: :clap:
"Listen to the voice of nature, for it holds treasures for you."~ Native American (Huron) Proverb

User avatar
charbel
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
Posts: 890
Joined: Sat Nov 27, 2010 8:22 pm
Location: Brazil

Re: Kgalagadi: The Big and Small - Trip report Charbel El-Ha

Unread postby charbel » Tue Feb 04, 2014 8:30 pm

Dear Hilda
We also saw a limited amount of BBJs in KNP, particularly if we compare with the huge amount in KTP. You are very likely to see many of them in April.
Yes, Meandering Mouse and Trrrp-trrrrrrr, very smart animals, always showing a large diversity of interesting behaviors. That's why we never get bored of them.

Cheers
Check also my KNP Trip Report: viewtopic.php?style=2&f=27&t=65025

User avatar
Fotomaljohan
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
Posts: 276
Joined: Fri Apr 30, 2010 11:22 am
Location: Brackenfell, Cape Town

Re: Kgalagadi: The Big and Small - Trip report Charbel El-Ha

Unread postby Fotomaljohan » Wed Feb 05, 2014 5:36 pm

Great picture of the cheetah on the dune and that big male lion! The BBJ's are real photo opportunities. They always have something new up their (Jackal) coats! (So to speak)! KTP remains my favourite park! FMJ
My Latest Trip Report:
FROM B&D TO PAFURI IN 30 DAYS - Aug/Sept '13
The (Green ) Auob & (Dry) Nossob in December/January 2013

DO NOT FORGET:
Predators at Picnic Sites, Waterholes and Toilets in KTP!

User avatar
charbel
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
Posts: 890
Joined: Sat Nov 27, 2010 8:22 pm
Location: Brazil

Re: Kgalagadi: The Big and Small - Trip report Charbel El-Ha

Unread postby charbel » Tue Mar 04, 2014 6:02 pm

Dear Fotomaljohan,
Welcome on board also to the KTP TR.
KTP Is certainly a top-quality park... I feel, however, that I need to experience more of the parks to decide... good plans to the future!

Cheers
Charbel

User avatar
charbel
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
Posts: 890
Joined: Sat Nov 27, 2010 8:22 pm
Location: Brazil

Re: Kgalagadi: The Big and Small - Trip report Charbel El-Ha

Unread postby charbel » Thu Mar 06, 2014 5:19 pm

In June 4th we found our first Bat-Eared Foxes in the trip to KTP. There were four of them foraging together and peacefully, facing no threats in the open field.

Image

They were far away in the field, but some close-ups were possible.

Image

In this pic we can see two of them actively foraging in the ground, looking for small burrowed animals.

Image

The big ears and the masks are such incredible signatures of these animals!

Image

Finally, a Bat-Eared Fox butt, for the never realized project of the butt calendar!

Image

During the sunset drive, we were lucky enough to see many carnivores. First, an African Wild Cat. It was lying in the ground under the sunset, showing how it can be camouflaged against the sand background.

Image

It was hard to get close-ups with the right contrast, but Pedro managed two nice pics. It was such a great animal to see, our first and only encounter during the trip! But we could hear them every night, meowing across the field. In Grootkolk, several nights later, I woke up at night due to a Lion roar, and stayed for many minutes delighted, listening to the meows and roars around the hut.

Image

Image

Later, when the night had already fallen, Byron took us through a side road and then I saw two shining eyes in a tree. We came closer and it was a Genet. Nice to see that hard to spot cat simply lying down on a tree. Notice how different were the color schemes we were using in the cameras.

Image

Image

We were also lucky to see a Hyena bathing in a waterhole in the middle of the night and it was surrounded by BBJs, just as the Cheetahs we saw early morning that day and late afternoon the previous day. BBJs always opportunistically following larger predators. So annoying that not even bathing alone was allowed! It was very very dark. So, no good pic since we didn’t have the right equipment for those conditions.

Image

Cheers
Charbel

See also my KNP TR: viewtopic.php?style=2&f=27&t=65025

User avatar
anne-marie
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Posts: 9406
Award: Forumite of the Year & Travel Tale of the Year, Other Parks (2013)
Joined: Sat Feb 18, 2006 10:36 pm
Location: Lausanne (Switzerland)

Re: Kgalagadi: The Big and Small - Trip report Charbel El-Ha

Unread postby anne-marie » Thu Mar 06, 2014 9:42 pm

super, you saw the Genet :dance:
and love the little BEF :dance:
the cat is a little bit red... with the sun... :thumbs_up:
:clap: :clap:
It is only with the heart that one can see rightly, what is essential is invisible to the eye
Le Petit Prince

planing KTP janv/fev.2016

User avatar
hilda
Forum Assistant
Forum Assistant
FAC Member (2014)
Posts: 13802
Joined: Fri Apr 06, 2007 6:39 am
Location: Pretoria SA

Re: Kgalagadi: The Big and Small - Trip report Charbel El-Ha

Unread postby hilda » Fri Mar 07, 2014 4:55 am

Beautiful sightings Charbel! I loved the Bat-eared Foxes and the awesome AWC and Genet! :clap: :clap:
The secret of life is not to do what you like, but to like what you do. - Unknown.


Return to “Travel Tales”