At 3am morning we were wide awake in an instant, a Hyena decided to start to whoop right underneath our bedroom window.
After that she started to growl, there was obviously something in the vicinity that disturbed her.
Of course we were out of bed in a flash, grabbed the torch and checked the riverbed.
And indeed, there was something at the waterhole.
There were two Lions having a drink and looking into the direction of the Hyena with unease.
Neither the Hyenas nor the Lions liked the presence of each other.
We never heard a hyena making such a sound, it was pretty scary to hear this in the middle of the night and pitch darkness.
The Lions were not happy at all, stopped drinking and soon left into the night.
It took us quite a while to get back to sleep.
We enjoyed our morning coffee on the lower balcony.
It was freezing cold and we were really happy that we packed enough warm clothes. Larger View
Soon we were on our way to the direction of Mata Mata.
Our first sighting of the day was the Crimson-breasted Shrike with his breakfast. It is never easy to take a picture as these birds are quiet agile.
But this time we were lucky. Larger View
And even more, as there was a second one joining the first.Larger View
We stopped at the 13th borehole to have a look for birds.
There were no Raptors around, but the bushes close to the waterhole seem to be alive with hundreds of little Red-billed Queleas.Larger View
Close to Craig Lockhard we saw some of the Springbok youngsters…Larger View
Apart from that the drive to Mata Mata was quite.
We did some shopping, had a little breakfast (in the newly built day visitors area, very nice) bought some fuel and were soon on our way back to Urikaruus.
Shortly after leaving Mata Mata we spotted the Giraffes for the first time on this trip.Larger View
This year we saw so many Black-shouldered Kites it was plain unbelievable. Sometimes we even saw as many as five in one single tree.
This one here is, I think, a juvenile.Larger View
But then we arrived at live traffic jam, quite uncommon for KTP.
We saw Springbok lying in the middle of the riverbed and not much else.
Then emerging from the shrub underneath a tree, was a Cheetah. He grabbed the bum of the Springbok and dragged it into the shrub.
Unfortunately we were not able to see how he started to feed.Larger View Larger ViewLarger View
It was time to return back to Urikaruus for lunch.
When we entered our bedroom, we were delighted to see that a Crimson – breasted Shrike had build its nest right in front of our bedroom window.Larger View
The choice for our afternoon drive was the southern direction.
Here we spotted a Thick Knee with two chicks, very well camouflaged. Larger View
And of course we spotted some Ground Squirrels. Mum with two youngsters always so nice to see.Larger View
We drove past the waterholes down south until we reached Batulama.
On the way back we were delighted to find a den with Bat-eared Foxes. The little ones were just too cute, and already have that slightly grumpy facial expression of the adult Bat-eared Foxes.
The den was situated shortly after the dead tree in the riverbed south of Montrose waterhole.Larger ViewLarger View
The sun was setting and so the light was getting worse and worse, which made it an easy decision to leave the Bat-Eared Foxes and make our way back to Urikaruus.
It was another wonderful surprise to find a Cape foxes right next to the road.
Mum was resting in the riverbed and the little ones were playing close to the road. What a wonderful sight!
This den was situated 2.6 km south of Rooibrak waterhole.Larger ViewLarger ViewLarger View Larger ViewLarger ViewLarger View Larger ViewLarger View
We arrived at Urikaruus just in time for a sundowner and later enjoyed another lovely braai.
Still having a brought smile on our faces…