KTP Summer Visit: 1 - 15 Dec 2013
The summer holidays are over and time to write up on what we did last (year) summer.
I've been a bit quiet with Travel Tales and hope to enlightened you with our sightings while the webcam is down.
As with all KTP trips the plans started months ahead, followed by countdowns of months, week, days and finally hours. The road reports sounded good and at the end of November we left late Friday morning from my home town east of Gauteng. Luckily the traffic were still fine and by sunset we have reached Kuruman. Our plan was to drive until we tired, but after spotting my first steenbok of the trip at 100 km/h in the middle of the road, we knew it was time to stop and late after 9 pm found a place to sleep in Upington.
The next morning we left early after breakfast and got to the park before 11 am. We did not book for Saturday and first tried at the Botswana office as we've booked for the Sunday night at Rooiputs. They were not much of a help to confirm availability and we opted to stay at Twee Rivieren instead.
Our itinerary for this trip was to camp at the following camps:
1 - 3 Dec: Rooiputs
4 - 6 Dec: Nossob
7 - 8 Dec: Polentswa
9 - 10 Dec: Gharagab
11 - 13 Dec: Nossob
14 Dec: RooiputsTwee Rivieren camp: 30 NovemberAfternoon drive to Kij-Kij and back to Twee Rivieren:
After pitching the tent and resting a while until after 2 pm we were ready to explore the park. Our route were north towards Kij-Kij waterhole and back. Samevloeing was very quiet and the first interesting sighting was around Leeudril.
We spotted very few Martial eagles and found more Black-chested snake eagles on this trip:
The first lion sighting was at Rooiputs where we found 3 females dosing off under a tree. After returning back from Kij-Kij the one stood-up and moved to another tree followed by the rest.
The first large springbok herd was spotted passed Rooiputs only:
Sociable weavers nest near Leeudril and a Black-headed heron at the waterhole:
Grim reminder of what happened in the park before our first. At most waterholes carcasses were spotted, but during our 2 week stay we saw no new kills.
Jackal exploring the area at Samevloeing for some bites to eat.