Day 13 - 15th October - Continued
Last shoot before reaching camp.
It had been quite a frustrating day in general as we felt we had been close to action but nothing materialised. Once again tonight I tried my hand at getting some star trail photographic work done without any kind of success. I think the next step is for me to post my rubbish photographs and ask for help.
After lighting the fire we just relaxed having whiskey water and ice and beer shandy hoping for some activity at the waterhole. The waterhole was extremely quiet except for some steenbok and bbj we suspect again due to the waterhole issue.
By now the fire was nicely ready and we cooked a flatty chicken with the following salads beetroot, pickled onions, corn, pasta salad. We must be honest the packet salad mix were not great and we really would not recommend this unless you are desperate for some type of salad when you are on an extended trip of 24 days like us.
We do not have another recommendation here as the stock in any of the shops and the durability of good salad stuff will not last for an extended trip and we were on day 13 and it was the only option we had.
After dinner we did the normal had shower, wash dishes etc and got into bed around 9.45pm.Day 14 - 16th October
Today we awoke a lot earlier than normal at 4h15am as the winding was blowing at such a force that the noise was incredible. It was so strong that we could not really sit outside so we just made coffee and listened as it did its thing.
We left the unit at 5h50am to take our cool drinks, cameras etc to the car when williem came over and told us that just before we came out of our unit a genet and African wildcat were fighting on our walkway ceiling. We collected our permit and left camp at 6am sharp.
After heading down 3km’s to the t junction we decided to explore the road on our own so we turned right and tried the lower dune road going towards Kij Kij. The road in general was quiet but we did spot leopard spore on more then one occasion but without success. On arriving at kij kij we sat and had coffee just relaxing and watching the surrounding activity of black back jackals doves etc. After coffee we turned left and headed north to Gunong but did not see much along this road. Steenbok
Once they have mated and the female gives birth, the young fawn will lie in the long grass for approximately 3 months with mom only moving it to get the scent trails away so that predators have a tough time finding them. Even the adults will use hiding as a form of defence, only springing out of the bush at the last moment to make a break for it.
Steenbok are also the only antelope to have toilet etiquette - they dig a hole in which they will urinate or defecate. Once finished they will cover the hole up which is useful for 2 reasons; firstly it retains the moisture and scent for longer meaning they have to mark their territory less. It also leaves less of a visual marker for predators, which is especially important seeing as they have such small territories. Springbok
They have a pocket-like skin flap that runs from the middle of their back to their tail. When they are excited or frightened they can lift this flap which makes the white hairs underneath stand up in a conspicuous crest that acts as a warning to other Springbok.
Springbok have ringed, curved, black horns that are present in both males and females. They can reach lengths of 48 cms (19 inches) in males, but females have shorter, thinner horns.
Springbok are known to leap up to 4 m (13 ft) in the air in an activity known as pronking. While in the air their body is curved, and their legs are stiff, close together and point downwards. Upon landing they immediately leap upwards again and during this period the crest on their back is raised. It is unknown why they pronk but it is possible they do it to indicate to predators that they have been spotted.