The topic of this post reads: "Spring visit to the Karoo". But instead of starting a new topic on the two short visits to Karoo (both 1 night stay-overs), I thought I will just carry on with this one - although both visits were in December, Sunday 5 December & Thursday 9 December.
I needed to go and see customers in the Northern Cape and decided to combine a bit of work and pleasure. We left home during mid-morning last Sunday and arrived at the park late afternoon. It was a nice sunny day, but fortunately the Karoo showed its nice side to us regarding temperatures. (It was not even necessary to use the aircon)
We unpacked our few things in Chalet No 22, had a quick cup of coffee and decided to drive up Klipspringers Pass and back during the short time we had available before the booms to the game viewing areas were closed.
At Reception we saw a beautiful photo of one the newly released male lions that was taken at the top of Klipspringers Pass by one of the field rangers. And no doubt, we were hopeful to find lion on our first visit (by the way, it was visit No 44 to the park) since their release.
Between the main camp and the camping area (on the lower slopes of The Pointer) we saw two Grey Rhebuck - the nearest I have ever seen them to the camp. The only previous ones were seen on the middle plateau. And once again Klipspringers Pass lived up to its name with the sighting of two klipspringers. We saw a single Black Eagle in flight near Rooivalle, and also the odd kudu, red hartebeest and springbok.
In order to be back in time, we had to make a U-turn on the middle plateau. Arriving back at camp, I took a photo of the view from No 22's stoep and of the chalet itself.
Looking back towards the chalet, I saw my "neighbour" sitting on No 21's stoep. He drew my attention to the lions lying about 400 metres away. It was the two lionesses and the 4 cubs (although I only managed to see 3 of the cubs). I made a white spot on the next photo to give an idea where the lions were.
It was too far to take photos (at least with my camera), but they could be beautifully seen with binoculars as they were out in the open - feasting on a zebra they have caught earlier the day. It was not possible to see whether it was a Burchell's or Cape Mountain Zebra. We watched them untill it became too dark to see anything further. What can be nicer than to have a nice golden frothy drink on your chalet stoep - watching nature play its own game. Monday morning they were all gone and it was difficult to find parts of the carcass through the binoculars.
After enjoying a nice breakfast at Salt & Pepper (the park's restaurant - and included in the rate if you stay in the chalets), we had to leave to go and earn some bread and butter. But it was nice knowing that two nights in Mokala still waited, as well as another night in this fantastic Karoo haven. (I'll report under 'Arid Parks' on the visit to Mokala).
To be continued.