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 Post subject: A Crazy Wallop of a KTP Trip!
Unread postPosted: Thu Nov 21, 2013 11:33 pm 
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One day in August I was feeling very heart sore, so I went on to the Sanparks site and dreamily looked at Availability. I could not believe my eyes - there were 3 nights available at Grootkolk, 2 tents nogal too - for early October. Of course I took this as a sign, so I booked them. My sister and her SO were game, so the trip was on. The fact that there was virtually no other accommodation in the park for early October was just a minor issue. Well, I stalked ‘Availability’ for the next few weeks and just before we left our itinerary looked like this:
2nd - Twee Rivieren campsite
3rd - Nossob campsite
4th - 6th Grootkolk
7th - Mata Mata campsite
8th - TR chalet

We left Cape Town at 5.15am on the 1st. Had quite an eventful trip up with a very near write-off of vehicle and people(our guardian angel was working overtime), and lots of stop and gos. We met up with my sister in Upington and hit the road again to our ‘accommodation’ for the night. We arrived at our campsite(about 4kms outside the TR gate) just before 6pm, and decided that we could not waste an hour, so we entered the park and took a slow drive along the Nossob road.

It was great to be in the park, even if the light was bad. We enjoyed seeing a spotted eagle owl,a pygmy falcon and some springbok and gemsbok. As we neared the TR 10km sign we saw a small traffic jam. 4 lionesses were crouching in the bush and stalking a grazing gemsbok. Finally the gemsbok noticed that something was wrong, and as the one lioness charged, the gemsbok turned, kicked and was off to live another day. (Yes, I tried to take some pix, but all I got was blurrrs!) We were very happy, this was a good start to our trip. Our time was disappearing fast so we drove to the gate, and got to our campsite, where we spent a lovely evening soaking up the environment(red dunes, barking geckos, bliss!) and chatting around the fire.

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 Post subject: Re: A Crazy Wallop of a KTP Trip!
Unread postPosted: Fri Nov 22, 2013 5:37 am 
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Great start with 8) sightings. :thumbs_up: ...looking forward to see the rest. :dance:

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 Post subject: Re: A Crazy Wallop of a KTP Trip!
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Glad your guardian angel worked overtime and that you have reached your destination in one piece wander! :dance: :dance:

Great start to your trip report! Looking forward to read all about it! :clap: :clap:

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I am sure we will be in for a real treat - what a great start with hunting lions already, wanderw. :thumbs_up:

waiting patiently for more :popcorn: :popcorn: :popcorn:

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 Post subject: Re: A Crazy Wallop of a KTP Trip!
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I like your way of doing things. Nothing like living for the moment :gflower:

Looking forward to more. 8)

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Looking forward to this TR, sounds like its going to be a goodie. Wow with a beginning like that, I am looking forward to seeing what the rest of the journey brings.


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A quick get away is usually the best trips......... :dance: :dance: :dance:

Ready to read more of this trip!! :popcorn: :popcorn:

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:popcorn: :popcorn: :popcorn:
What a welcome-party!
What next?
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I'm in... I'm there :dance: :dance: :dance:

what a chance to find beds at Grootkolk :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :clap:

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Thanks for the comments Trrp-trrrrr, hilda, gatita, MM, SurfCindy, lion queen, kyknetta and anne-marie. :thumbs_up:

Meandering Mouse wrote:
I like your way of doing things. Nothing like living for the moment :gflower:

Looking forward to more. 8)

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Our encounter with a huge truck earlier that day made us remember the saying 'Live each day as your last'! :wink:

Hoping to post soon, if photobucket plays along! :thumbs_up:

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2nd October

We packed up and got into the park at 6.10am. This was the earliest that we managed to get into the park for the whole trip. :redface:

At Samevloeiing there was a SA Shelduck couple enjoying the water, but light was bad. We carried on along the Nossob road.
A beautiful morning!

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The ever present Kalahari bird(Pale Chanting Goshawk) catching the early morning sun.

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As we approached Leeudril, we saw a few cars ahead. We joined them and watched a spunky queen and a would-be king, a mating couple.

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The king was not having a good day. The lioness seemed to be teaching him a lesson - ‘Handle with Care’! When the lion finished, the lioness tried to ‘wallop’ him.

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After a few minutes they mated again, and again the lion got a wallop.
The lion looking a bit sheepish.

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They mated a third time, seemed like he tried a softer approach.

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Then a display of teeth at the end.

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And then no wallop, although he sure was expecting it, going by his face.

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Either the soft approach or the display of teeth seemed to do the trick. :hmz: Who knows!

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At Leeudril we saw this bird - I believe it is a sub-adult Southern Masked Weaver, but I am open to correction.

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And a black headed heron was enjoying the waterhole.

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 Post subject: Re: A Crazy Wallop of a KTP Trip!
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nice story of the mating couple of Lions :lol:
magnificent images :dance: :clap:

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Love your walloping lady sequence! 8)


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