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Re: Kgalagadi: April / May 2012 - Trip report in photos

Unread postby inado » Tue Sep 24, 2013 6:41 pm

27.04.2012:
After just one night in Nossob we continue to Grootkolk.
There we have the big luck and get the cabin No. 1. :dance: :D :dance:
Today we make ourselves comfortable in front of the cabin and enjoy the great place. :thumbs_up:
I could sit there for hours and not like now in wet-cold Berlin. :(

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Besides the "usual suspects" coming some Kudus to the waterhole. There are many birds to watch. The Red-billed Quelea fly in large flocks through the air. An impressive spectacle. Falcons try to catch a bird.
At night we heard lions roaring nearby. :D

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Re: Kgalagadi: April / May 2012 - Trip report in photos

Unread postby inado » Tue Sep 24, 2013 6:59 pm

Thank you, Philip1. :D :D

Welcome and thank you forestgump. :D :D
For you 2 more elephant shrew :cam:
However, they are not photographed in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park :wink: , but in the Skilpad Section of the Namaqua National Park.

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Cape Elephant Shrew (Elephantulus edwardii)

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Re: Kgalagadi: April / May 2012 - Trip report in photos

Unread postby inado » Wed Sep 25, 2013 8:27 pm

I thank you all, forestgump, Pumbaa and Cape of Storms. :) :) :) :gflower:
Now it goes on. I'm a little digressed :wink:


28.04.2012:
Today we take a tour to Unions End.
At the waterhole 'Unions End' we take a longer break and watch many birds.
Very impressive is a large flock of Red-billed Quelea.

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Red-billed Quelea (Quelea quelea)

Butterflies flutter around.
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African Monarch (Danaus chrysippus)

A larger group of Blue Wildebeests comes to drink.
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Re: Kgalagadi: April / May 2012 - Trip report in photos

Unread postby inado » Wed Sep 25, 2013 8:45 pm

Thank you, Trrp-trrrrrrrr. :D :D
I like the Elephant Shrews also very much. It's funny to watch how they move their long noses, when they sniff. :wink: :wink:


29.04.2012:
Today we want to start early.
About 7:00 o'clock Kudus come to the waterhole. They look nervously in our direction and give warning sounds. Something is wrong here! :hmz: :hmz: :hmz:

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Re: Kgalagadi: April / May 2012 - Trip report in photos

Unread postby inado » Wed Sep 25, 2013 8:54 pm

Right next to our cabin 3 lionesses run along and start to a short spurt. :D :D :D

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The Kudus flee and the lions surrender fast. Then the lions drink close side by side at the waterhole.

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Unread postby inado » Wed Sep 25, 2013 9:31 pm

Thank you, Carol g. :D
Yes, it was a great experience. :D


But still someone followed there. :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
Close to our cabin (see the birth bath) :shock: walks a imposing lion. :dance: :dance: :dance:

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We observe fascinated this scenery and we are glad that we have dawdled in this morning. :D :D :D If we had driven off five minutes earlier, we would not have noticed it more.

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Re: Kgalagadi: April / May 2012 - Trip report in photos

Unread postby inado » Wed Sep 25, 2013 10:03 pm

Thank you, Carol g. :D :D
However, we stood in the door and not on the fence. :wink: We want once again to Africa. :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

Yes, the fence ... :doh: I would not have needed it. He already existed 2010.
But Grootkolk still remains for us one of the most wonderful places. :D :D :D


Here is a photo from 2008 as a reminder.
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Re: Kgalagadi: April / May 2012 - Trip report in photos

Unread postby inado » Thu Sep 26, 2013 7:59 pm

Thank you, Carol g, Pumbaa, Cape of Storms, hilda, barryels and lion queen. :D :D :D :D :D :D

@barryels: You can look forward to Grootkolk. It is a beautiful place. Here comes an interior shot (2008):

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Re: Kgalagadi: April / May 2012 - Trip report in photos

Unread postby inado » Thu Sep 26, 2013 8:05 pm

Kudu in the morning:

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Unread postby inado » Thu Sep 26, 2013 8:15 pm

Then we make still another trip to Unions End. Some Bat-eared Foxes roaming around in the dry river bed.

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Bat-eared Fox (Otocyon megalotis)

On the return trip we see three Cheetahs. :dance: :D :D
We can observe them long, because they run in our direction along the way.

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Re: Kgalagadi: April / May 2012 - Trip report in photos

Unread postby inado » Fri Sep 27, 2013 7:43 pm

Other animals we encountered on the way back to Grootkolk:

Ostrich family
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Red Hartebeest (Alcelaphus buselaphus)

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Re: Kgalagadi: April / May 2012 - Trip report in photos

Unread postby inado » Fri Sep 27, 2013 7:51 pm

Bird life in the camp Grootkolk:

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Barn Owl (Tyto alba)

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Red-headed Finches (Amadina erythrocephala)

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Shaft-tailed Whydah (Vidua regia) and other visitors

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Sociable Weaver [img](Philetairus%20socius)[/img]

Not only birds visit the bird bath:
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Re: Kgalagadi: April / May 2012 - Trip report in photos

Unread postby inado » Sun Sep 29, 2013 7:02 pm

Thank you, Carol g, forestgump and hilda. :D :D :D
Yes, we had a great trip. We can hardly expect it to be there again. 8) :D

Unfortunately, my report comes to an end. :( - there are still 2 stations (Nossob and Mata Mata).

Here are a few photos of the accommodation at Grootkolk:

shade roof for the cars:
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cabin 2 and 1:
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Re: Kgalagadi: April / May 2012 - Trip report in photos

Unread postby inado » Sun Sep 29, 2013 7:13 pm

30.04.2012:
Today we drive to Nossob.

Some pictures from the camp:
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Re: Kgalagadi: April / May 2012 - Trip report in photos

Unread postby inado » Sun Sep 29, 2013 7:18 pm

In the afternoon we make a short trip to the waterhole 'Marie se draai'. There we see a honey badger. Unfortunately, the encounter is very short.

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