Skip to Content

KDU & Francolin's Thirstland Trip - KTP: Nov. '13

Tell us about your breathtaking experiences in the parks
User avatar
katydownunder
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
Posts: 1438
Joined: Sat Feb 12, 2005 9:25 pm
Location: Back "home"?!...........

Re: Thirstland Trip- KDU & Francolin at KTP/ November 2013

Unread postby katydownunder » Tue Mar 25, 2014 11:55 pm

Well, Francolin asked me: What about the videos of the 26th?! :hmz:
And indeed, I forgot to process and upload a whole batch of videos for a complete day :redface: :roll: :doh:

[video]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bjfG3hATUc8[/video]

[video]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8nubNbc69Uo[/video]

[video]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mSTLsfGRVAA[/video]

[video]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E6FvPhLOqUc[/video]

[video]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lUKDHrL6IkU[/video]

And last but not least, some more night time visitors

[video]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qkpmFJg_BBs[/video]
The Trip of a lifetime....
Our KTP Adventures November 2010

User avatar
katydownunder
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
Posts: 1438
Joined: Sat Feb 12, 2005 9:25 pm
Location: Back "home"?!...........

Re: Thirstland Trip- KDU & Francolin at KTP/ November 2013

Unread postby katydownunder » Wed Mar 26, 2014 10:33 pm

South of Kamqua we spotted this Ostrich Lady with her offspring...

Image
Larger View

Then we reached Auchterlonie.....
Cheetahs!

Image
Larger View

Image
Larger View

Image
Larger View

Image
Larger View

Image
Larger View

Image
Larger View

Image
Larger View

Image
Larger View

Image
Larger View

[video]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PP5uh5O1c6U[/video]

By the way, when the Cheetah started to run she was chasing a Jackal :wink:
Last edited by katydownunder on Wed Mar 26, 2014 10:50 pm, edited 1 time in total.
The Trip of a lifetime....
Our KTP Adventures November 2010

User avatar
katydownunder
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
Posts: 1438
Joined: Sat Feb 12, 2005 9:25 pm
Location: Back "home"?!...........

Re: Thirstland Trip- KDU & Francolin at KTP/ November 2013

Unread postby katydownunder » Sat Mar 29, 2014 10:23 am

At Kamfersboom we found a sleeping Lion....

Image
Larger View

Driving a bit further and having a closer look , we discovered that he was sleeping close to a killed Springbok baby.....
I know that's nature, but still I felt sad.... :(

[video]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dst6Ps55Bgo[/video]

Then we arrived at Twee Rivieren....
We checked in no time and moved into our home for the last nights.....

Of course we could no wait to get out again in the afternoon for yet another drive

We found a Sentinel on top of the ridge only a couple of kilometres out of the camp

Image
Larger View

A Heron at Leeuwdril

Image
Larger View

Another Meerkat near Rooiputs

Image
Larger View

A couple of kilometres north of Rooiputs we discovered the Cape Fox mum at the den again, but this time with the youngsters.... :dance:

Image
Larger View

Image
Larger View

Image
Larger View

Image
Larger View

Image
Larger View

Image
Larger View

[video]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ue8xSDyoUgQ[/video]

Now it was time to leave...

A Namaqua Dove having a drink in a mud pool...

Image
Larger View

A sunset Springbok

Image
Larger View

And a braai back at the camp.....
The pic is not as good, as I would loved it....
But I still think it pretty much shows the atmosphere...

Image
Larger View
The Trip of a lifetime....
Our KTP Adventures November 2010

User avatar
katydownunder
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
Posts: 1438
Joined: Sat Feb 12, 2005 9:25 pm
Location: Back "home"?!...........

Re: Thirstland Trip- KDU & Francolin at KTP/ November 2013

Unread postby katydownunder » Sun Mar 30, 2014 11:49 am

28.11.
Our last full day in the Park (thank God we still had some more hours to drive before leaving the next day around noon) .....
And the Kalahari was still very generous.

Just outside the camp gates a Secretary in wonderful morning light

Image
Larger View

Then close to Leeuwdril we discovered a Jackal den with two gorgeous pups

Image
Larger View

Image
Larger View

Image
Laregr View

Image
Larger View

Then they both got tired and disappeared into the den, so time for us to leave..

[video]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A5C4VVoBKBQ[/video]

At Rooiputs waterhole we observed a huge Springbok herd having a drink and listened to the hundreds of Doves that were there....

[video]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5at8_k09ULM[/video]

The KijKij area was occupied by a lovely lady and her two handsome but very tired mates...

Image
Larger View

Image
Larger View

Image
Larger View

So we left them behind, we had only driven a couple of kilometres towards Melkvlei, when we spotted him....
An AWC, obviously looking for some breakfast...

Image
Larger View

Image
Larger View

Image
Larger View

Some morning toilet or was it morning exercise.... :hmz:

Image
Larger View

He knows he is gorgeous

Image
Larger View

Image
Larger View

Image
Larger View

Image
Larger View

Then he crossed the road right in front of us and was gone.....

[video]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r33sxpLZZgo[/video]

Some bigger Ostrich chicks with their parents

Image
Larger View

At KijKij the Lions were still sleepy....

Image
Larger View

We checked the Cape Fox den, but today we found nothing...
Instead only a about a kilometre further along the road we found the Meerkats again

Image
Larger View

Image
Larger View

Image
Larger View

Image
Larger View

Image
Larger View

Image
Larger View

In the afternoon back at camp we were busy rearranging our stuff, we wanted to spend as much time as possible in the Park the next day before leaving...
That afternoon the Kalahari spoiled us with that wonderful golden late afternoon light...

Image
Larger View

Image
Larger View

Image
Larger View

Image
Larger View

Image
Larger View

Of course we were sad that this was our last evening, but we still had the next day till around noon for a drive and were wondering what the Kalahari still had in store for us.... :whistle:
The Trip of a lifetime....
Our KTP Adventures November 2010

User avatar
katydownunder
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
Posts: 1438
Joined: Sat Feb 12, 2005 9:25 pm
Location: Back "home"?!...........

Re: Thirstland Trip- KDU & Francolin at KTP/ November 2013

Unread postby katydownunder » Wed Apr 02, 2014 7:38 pm

29.11.

We left TR with a heavy heart....
But still we had a couple of hours left for yet another drive...

Of course we checked the Jackals den and were lucky once again, the pups were out. :dance:

Image
Larger View

Image
Larger View

Image
Larger View

Then Mum came to fetch them.....

Image
Larger View

Image
Larger View

Image
Larger View

Image
Larger View
So cute...

[video]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G0KeDeli8VQ[/video]

At Rooiputs we discovered that we obviously missed some action.... :slap:

Image
Larger View

Image
Larger View

Image
Larger View

Image
Larger View

Image
Larger View

[video]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=11UHs2gdjkQ[/video]

Shortly after that we spotted an Giant Eagle Owl couple

Image
Larger View

And then......After we had passed KijKij.....
Cheetahs! 8) 8)

Image
Larger View

Image
Larger View

Image
Larger View

Image
Larger View

Image
Larger View

Image
Larger View

Image
Larger View

Image
Larger View

Image
Larger View

Image
Larger View

Image
Larger View

Image
Larger View

Image
Larger View

And then they left....

[video]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8OPeBVqsISs[/video]

We had one last breakfast at Melkvlei and then it was time to slowly drive back again...

We spotted some Oryx with youngsters

Image
Larger View

A picturesque Oryx

Image
Larger View

Some Ostrich Chicks .....

Image
Larger View

Some Ostriches tried to keep us from leaving the park....

[video]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VYQhqwUzjiY[/video]

And then the last time we looked at this tree at Samevloeiing...

Image
Larger View

I have to admit, I was ( as usual) in tears when we left the Park :cry: and headed back to Upington...
But of course we already knew back then that we will be back ;-)
The Trip of a lifetime....
Our KTP Adventures November 2010

User avatar
katydownunder
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
Posts: 1438
Joined: Sat Feb 12, 2005 9:25 pm
Location: Back "home"?!...........

Re: Thirstland Trip- KDU & Francolin at KTP/ November 2013

Unread postby katydownunder » Sun Apr 13, 2014 9:56 am

I created my first timelapse video.....
It's not perfect, but ....
It shows the sunrise at Twee Rivieren, the stars and waterhole at Grootkolk, the stars at KTC and the moonrise at Mata Mata....
Hope you enjoy it :wink:

[video]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EZ8Pt2efE-4[/video]
The Trip of a lifetime....
Our KTP Adventures November 2010


Return to “Travel Tales”