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 Post subject: katydownunder's Travelling the Red Dunes - Oct/Nov '12
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It was once again time to travel the Red Dunes of the Kalahari…..
After we landed in Upington on Sunday and some shopping on Monday we finally entered the gates at Twee Revieren late afternoon.
Check in was quick and soon we moved into our home for the next 3 nights.
What a nice surprise, Arks (we already met her in Upington while shopping) was our neighbour.

Unpacking the car, having a quick coffee and soon we were on our way for our first game drive. A short visit to the petrol station, deflating the tires and of we go towards the Rooiputs direction.

It was a quiet afternoon, but we saw our first (of many) Elands in the park.

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We slowly drove back to TR and similarly slowly the full moon did rise over Botswana.
Such a beautiful sight!

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We were back to our paradise……

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 Post subject: Re: Travelling the Red Dunes- KTP October/November 2012
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30.10.

Well in the morning we had a real surprise when we opened the chalet door.
This was the first sight in the morning :lol:
We did not expect that :hmz:

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After that surprise we started our game drive not too early.
We slowly made our way to Samevloeiing and checked every tree along the way.
Then just after we had passed the t-junction my heart nearly stopped…
I had spotted something spotted in the old camelthorn tree just before you reach the waterhole.

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We stood there, watched the sleeping Leopard, when Francolin said: There is something in the riverbed….
We had a look and thought, yep a Jackal…
Then we had another look and spotted: a Cheetah!

Now we were here with a sleeping Leopard and only a couple of metres away a Cheetah… :slap:

We decided, OK we are going to leave and have a look at the Cheetah and hopefully return back to the Leopard, still in the tree.

When we reached the Cheetah, we discovered that there were in fact 3 Cheetahs, coming from the Botswana side into the riverbed. 8)
We followed them for quite a while before they disappeared into the dunes again.

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Then it was time to return back to the sleeping Leopard….

To be continued :whistle:

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 Post subject: Re: Travelling the Red Dunes- KTP October/November 2012
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Well, as I said, we returned back to the sleeping Leopard and she was indeed still there on her branch.....
After we had stopped another car aproached the tree, curious what we were looking at and by the look on the faces of the people in the other car we knew that they had discovered her as well....
Now with two cars around the Leopard slowly woke up and looked at us.

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When one of the bigger tourist "trucks" arrived, with a couple of people talking very loud, she got annoyed...
Finally got up...

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Climbed down the tree....

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Crossed the road and walked up the dunes.....

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Soon she was gone.
All the other cars left, but Francolin had a brilliant idea....
Let's drive around the corner and have a look at Samevloeiing waterhole.
I have got the feeling that she might come back for a drink.
And indeed as we drove around the corner, there she was, on top of the dune....

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Slowly she walked down the dune again, heading towards the waterhole.

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Watching us all the time...

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She walked past our car....
Stopped at the waterhole, had a good look around...

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Unfortunately the waterhole was nearly empty, but she still found a bit of water.

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As if she wanted to say: Yep, I know you are still there.....

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One last pose....

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And she was leaving...

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What a sighting!
While the Leopard was around we were dead quiet, almost like in a church, but after she had left , we let all our excitement out :lol:
It was not a problem, as since she came down the dune we were the only car there......


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 Post subject: Re: Travelling the Red Dunes- KTP October/November 2012
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After such an exciting start we decided to have breakfast at Melkvlei and drive back via the lower dunes road and the Auob River…

First sighting was an Eland close to the road and pretty relaxed.

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Further up the road another Eland…

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Just as we reached Kij Kij we spotted some Lions having a rest in the shade of a tree.

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Another one was lying under a tree close to the waterhole.

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We had breakfast at Melkvlei before heading back.
Here we had a little visitor.

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The drive along the Lower Dunes Road was very nice, but quiet.
South of Auchterlonie we came upon this beautiful Male having a rest just beside the road.

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What an eventful morning!!!!
We had a good rest at the camp before heading our once again in the afternoon.

First sighting……
A young Eland. The Elands seemed to be everywhere…

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At Samevloeiing a Mongoose was having a drink.
We had a good laugh, when she approached the waterhole she scared away an Ostrich…..This big bad Mongoose
Unfortunately we were too slow for capturing it…

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Later it was time for more “small” sightings.
One of my favourite Agamas.

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Meerkats south of Houmoed

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We drove up to Monro waterhole before heading back to TR once again.
This is when we spotted a beautiful Tawny on the ridge.

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Close to Monro a beautiful Lioness.
Such a beauty!

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On the road over the Dunes we spotted a couple of Sandgrouses.
Such wonderful small birds.
We love them, but even more their sound when they approach the waterholes in the morning.

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It has been quite an exciting day.
Now it was time for a little chat with Arks, Jannie and Vanessa.
Arks had checked the internet for us, we had told her that we were sad, that we had only been able to book two nights at Grootkolk. She found out that there was still one night available that we might be able to grab :dance:
We will try our luck as soon as the reception opens the next the morning :pray:

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 Post subject: Re: Travelling the Red Dunes- KTP October/November 2012
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Well, as I said, no early morning drive for us today.
We HAD to go to reception as early as possible….
Annetjie was at the reception, she listened to what we had to say, checked the availability and within maybe 30 seconds we had our additional night at Grootkolk!!!!! Image

Now we were ready to leave for our drive…

It was a quiet day, but we did not mind at all, the day before had been breathtaking and we still had a smile on our face after our successful start of the day.

First sighting was a Pale Chanting Goshawk having breakfast on a Weavers nest.

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A Slender Mongoose, fast too fast for a decent pic,lol..

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Later one of our favourite little Raptors, a Pygmy Falcon

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In the afternoon a Secretary hunting for food.

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And Meerkats again

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Later on the way back to TR we spotted 4 Jackals roaming the Nossob riverbed.

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Back at Twee Rivieren we spend the evening with friends who invited us over for dinner, a perfect ending of our stay at TR.
Tomorrow we are off to Grootkolk, meeting up with Arks once again and meeting wanderw and markw for the first time since we "knew" each other for years here on the forum….

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Today it was time to move to Grootkolk.
We couldn’t wait and were soon on the road again.
First sighting again Elands.

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A little later 3 youngsters.

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Last year we really struggled to see any Hartebeests, this year we saw many of them again especially around Twee Rivieren.
To see calves is always extra special…

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One of the many Eland carcasses we saw on this years trip near Rooiputs. :(

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But thank God we saw many impressive Eland bulls, like this one near KijKij too….

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Before we reached Nossob we spotted a very grumpy looking Bate-Eared Fox :lol:

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A little shopping stop at Nossob ( and an ice cold drink) and we were soon on our way further north, we still had a couple of km to drive ahead.

We decided that Polentswa was a perfect stop along the way, in fact it is one of our favourite waterholes, there is always something to discover there.
This time once again beautiful Raptors.

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The Kalahari flasher :lol:

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Then we arrived at Grootkolk, Andries greeted us and soon we were moving into our new home.
#1 for the first time ever, neighbour next door wanderw and markw.
First thing was to fill all the bird baths around including our own.

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Sometimes you are not fast enough :slap:

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#1

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View of #2

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Setting sun at Grootkolk 8)

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We had a lovely dinner and always had an eye on the waterhole.
Suddenly we saw that we had a visitor, a Brown Hyena!!
Sorry, very bad photo, but the best I was able to take… :wall:

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What an end of another wonderful day in KTP….

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02.11.

We decided to stay in the camp this morning.
You never know what comes for a visit at the waterhole and moreover it is beautiful to sit there and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.
It was a quiet morning ( in terms of big visitors to the waterhole), but we had a lot of fun watching the birdies and mice that came to the birdbaths.

Well we had breakfast, or at least we tried to have breakfast….. :roll: :lol:

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And then we watched the little visitors…

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Those beautiful Black-faced Waxbills

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A featherless visitor to our birdbath

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Then a new Raptor for us, a Pallid Harrier

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A little later a quite “blonde” Jackal at the waterhole

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Then we had more mice…

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Scaly- feathered Finches

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And a Black-chested Prinia

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Arks came over for a chat and later wanderw already helped me to ID the Leopard we saw on our first full day at Samevloeiing.

What a wonderful morning in the camp.

In the afternoon we decided to drive up to Union’s End.
We love that place and were too tired the previous day after the long drive from TR to drive up there.
So it was time to go….

At the waterhole we spotted a Lanner having early dinner.

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That’s all that was left after he flew away…

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Shortly after that we spotted a Cape Cobra

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Further along the road some beautiful flowers, they are called Eland's pea or Swartstorm (thanx Scouter)

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After all the recent fires, the first greens were able to come back. So lovely!

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Back at the waterhole a Lizard

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Then we had two unusual sightings….

At first a Warthog

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And then a couple of..... Banded Mongoose :sup:
We actually needed some time to ID them as we never expected to see them in KTP….

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We were baffled, to say the least …

Then on the way back to the camp, just before we reached the turnoff from the main road.
Francolin spotted a Lioness in the riverbed walking straight towards us.

She crossed the road right in front of us and walked towards the direction of the camp, obviously on the way to the waterhole.

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We drove back to the camp, but had to wait quite a while till she arrived.



We now had a braai and later that evening the Brown Hyena was back at the waterhole again.
Wonderful Grootkolk! 8)

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 Post subject: Re: Travelling the Red Dunes- KTP October/November 2012
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03.11.

Well this was the extra day at Grootkolk…. :dance:
And we used it well.

In the morning we drove once again towards the northern direction.
It was quiet and we always drive onto the picnic spot at Unions End, we just don’t want to miss a sighting that might be there.
This time we had just entered the picnic spot when we saw him…. 8)

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And he was sooooo tired…

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But he kept an eye on us…

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It was very clear that NOONE is going to have a pinic here…

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At Union’s End we met Arks and chatted for quite a while.
On the way back south we saw the Warthog again, nearly in the same spot as the day before.

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South of Grootkolk a Mole Snake climbs the side of the road.

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It was getting hotter and hotter that day and so we decided that it was the right time to return back to the camp.
Just in time to see our visitors at the waterhole.

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Of course we had the usual visitors.
The Prinia unhappy that we not yet filled the bird bath…

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The odd couple :lol:

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By now it was really hot and humid, so we left for another drive towards the north.
First sighting, a Korhaan.

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The King was still sleeping on the Picnic spot.

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Just before we reached Union’s End we spotted this very acrobatic Mouse.

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One last stop at Unions End :|

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Unions End Waterhole

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It already started to rain in the distance.

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Then a Jackal came for a drink

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He was very nervous

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And the King ?! Still sleepy :lol:

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Soon after we had left the picnic spot the sky got darker and darker.

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The wind got stronger and soon we were in the middle of a dust storm.
At first we had thought that there was a fire on the horizon, but then we realised that a wall of sand was moving towards us.
Used no filter, the colours were exactly like that.. 8)

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I am a big rainbow fan…. :wink:

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The view exacately to the other side…

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It was awesome… :sup:

We returned back to camp and discovered the mess…
The cover of our stove had been blown away, when we opened the door we saw that there was water in the cabin, the geyser was not working, as well as the fridge.
But Andries did a great job, while everybody was away he went through each and every unit and closed the windows in avoidance of much worse.
Thank you so much!!!!! :clap: :thumbs_up:

I went over to Arks unit to tell Andries who came down to the cabins again that the fridge was not working. While I was there wanderw arrived, opened the car door and shouts: Wow, what a thunderstorm…. :lol:
We all were still awe-struck what we just witnessed… 8) 8) 8)

Later we were even able to have a braai.
And the Brownie was back to the waterhole at exact the same time as the evenings before….
Without the extra night we would have missed this natural spectacle…. :hmz:

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04.11.

Today it was time to move to Nossob.
Early in the morning, still too dark to take photos a Brownie again came to the waterhole for a drink.
Markw told me later that while I had a shower, either the same or a second one passed right beside our cabin on her way towards the waterhole...
And I missed that :wall: :slap:

We took our time, had breakfast, said goodbye to everybody and left camp around 9am.
We would see wanderw and markw again in Nossob, arks was going to follow the next day.

It was a quiet drive south. We stopped at Polentswa and watched some Wildebeests and a couple of Secretary Birds.

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At Nossob we got the same bungalow like a couple of days before.
Again unpacking the car, recharging the batteries and in the afternoon we were leaving again for a drive towards the southern direction.

Wanderw’s sister opened the gate for us, when we saw that a huge Cape Cobra was coming her way. Thank God we noticed her and as soon as she was gone, everybody was rushing for the cameras to take some pics, causing a traffic jam :roll:

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The next sighting was a Yellow Mongoose, unusual outside the camp

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Marie se Draai landscape

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Relaxed Jackal at Marie se Draai

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Jackals at the Waterhole

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Ashy Tit in the bushes at the waterhole

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About a km before we left Maries Loop again we heard a familiar sound….
Spotted Eagle Owls, so we stopped the car and had a look around.
Unfortunately it was already pretty dark.

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Wonderful sunset skies on the way back to the camp….

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And then a surprise.
Wanderw stopped shortly after they had entered the camp gates and soon we discover why…
An African Wildcat close to the two small “towers” at the camp gates. 8)

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Such a beauty

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And so relaxed

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More and more cars arrived and so it was time to leave and get back to our bungalow.
We had a braai and quite a few Jackals came for a visit …

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Another wonderful day with nice and unusual sightings… :dance:

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Well today was a really quiet day….
We did not start too early, vsited wanderw for a last little chat before heading towards the northern direction.

South of Kwang we spotted this Whistling Rat.

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At Kwang a couple of Wildebeest ad a drink

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Soon they were leaving again…

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It was a hot day and sightings were rare.
So we returned back to the camp, did some washing and thought if the animals are having a slow day, we can have one too…..

Meanwhile I played around with my camera.

Love the message on the plugs….

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The new Emergency Fire Buckets

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Nossob Shop sign

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Petrol Station

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Only sighting on the afternoon drive, a PCG. But beautiful light.

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Back at the camp we went over to the hide

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One of the Nossob Jackals at the waterhole

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Nossob evening mood

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We had a chat with arks and while we sat there, I discovered that the AWC was back to check out the Bats once again…

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Back at our bungalow we discovered a Mouse, how cute she was and really tiny….
We already spotted one of those at Grootkolk, but then she was way too fast and gone in seconds before I had the chance to take a photo….

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I guess it’s an African Pygmy Mouse, but still need some help with the ID…..

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06.11.

This morning we are driving towards the southern direction….
It was quiet until we reached Marie se Draai. Here we found Wildebeest, Kudus, Oryx, Springboks and lots and lots of Jackals….
At times we counted as many as 25 Jackals around Marie….

It was great to see the magnificent Kudus. To observe the interaction between the Jackals. Wildebeest shooing away the Jackals and, and, and….

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Chasing away the Springboks

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The Jackals were not happy that the Kudus were coming to the waterhole for a drink

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This Kudu had quite some strange Horns

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Jackal interaction….

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The spectator

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06.11 Part 2

After we had left busy Marie se Draai we observed several Weavers building their nests….


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Masterpieces…

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Then we found the Spotted Eagle Owls again….

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Back at the camp we decided to make the dough for some roosterkoek, as they are not longer sold at Nossob….
I was excited, I never tried to bake on a braai before….

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Then I took a walk through the camp…

The infamous Ground-scrapers Thrush

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Visitors to the waterhole
The Nossob triplets :lol:

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A Secretary

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While I observed the waterhole and it’s visitors a Jackal was having a nap underneath the dead dread close to the waterhole… :lol:
It took me quite a while to discover him :slap:

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View over the camp taken from the little trail leading trough the camp.
Unfortunately I discovered this year that all the signs explaining some facts about animals and vegetation were gone

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Later in the afternoon we did choose the northern direction for our drive.
Shortly after we had left the camp we spotted another Spotted Eagle Owl.

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South of Kwang we were stopped by a traffic jam.
Two Cheetahs were lying in the shrubs close to the road. Unfortunately too many twigs to take any decent photos….

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More and more cars arrived and so we decided that it was time to go….

We stopped at Cubitje and waited for what might come….

First a Kalahari Shrub Robin

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Sandgrouses

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Very shy Wildebeests….

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They waited and waited and when the first of the cars arrived that have been at the Cheetah sighting they decided to leave….

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While at Nossob I can never resist taking sunset pics on the way back to the camp….

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Our last night at Nossob we enjoyed being there once again.
Of course we lit a fire, at least I had to bake the roosterkoek ;-)
I was chuffed they turned out quite well…

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We enjoyed them with a nice salad while listening to the sound of the Barking Geckos and Jackals…

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07.11.

So it was time to leave Nossob and move back to the Aoub River….
But not without a last early morning drive….

Of course as usual I could not resist taking some sunrise photos :redface:

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I wanted to drive up till Kwang, but a couple of kilometres before reaching the waterhole I spotted something in the riverbed…
Unfortunately a bit too far away for decent pics, yet still….
A Jackal with pups 8)

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Checking them with the binoculars showed that Mum had to care for 5 youngsters :shock: , good grief, poor Mum… :slap:

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I stayed with them for quite a while, but as it did not seem that they were going to move closer to the road I turned the car and headed back to Nossob.

Next sighting another Whistling Rat.

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When approaching Cubitje Quap I just realised, I had missed Hyenas at the waterhole.
Mum and two youngsters were already swiftly moving away… :wall:

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Ok, but still I stopped at Cubitje and enjoyed the many Doves coming for a drink in the morning.

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Then it was finally time to say goodbye and drive back to the camp.
Breakfast and packing the car. After everything was done we said goodbye at reception handed over the keys and were on our way to Kalahari Tented Camp....


To be continued....

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 Post subject: Re: Travelling the Red Dunes- KTP October/November 2012
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Pumbaa wrote:
I would die to receive your rosterkoek recipe :whistle: :whistle: They do look so yummy :mrgreen:


The recipe..... :hmz:

There is not really a recipe....
I can not even tell you the quantities, as I did not have a scale and measuring cup....
I had a 1kg bag of flour and it made about 7-8 roosterkoek for 3 times. And I needed about one of the big SANPARKS mugs in the accomodation of luke warm water.

I made a bread dough using bread flour, instant yeast, salt, oil, sugar/syrup and warm water.
The dough should not be too dry (they get too firm) or too wet (they stick to the grid).
Let the dough prove for a couple of hours, form the rolls (the diameter of a tennis ball and about 2cm thick), thoroughly dust them with flour and place them on the grid.
It took me a few time to find the right hight for the grid. The first time the grid was too high, so I lowered it later to make the nice golden and crisp.
If you are not sure if they are ready take one and cut it open.
They needed between 15 to 20 minutes. Keep turning them regularly the whole time.
When I made them at Mata Mata I nearly burned them, as a Lion was visiting the waterhole while they were on the grid :roll: :lol:

Best when they were still hot :thumbs_up:

Hope this helps Pumbaa :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Travelling the Red Dunes- KTP October/November 2012
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07.11. Part Two

Just after we had passed Rooikop a jackal Mum with a youngster was running towards the road. 8)

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Then they passed the road right in front of our car….

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At Maries Loop we looked for the Spotted Eagle Owls and found them again, even after they had moved to another tree…. :dance:

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Later back on the main road we spotted one of those shy Steenboks

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And this unfortunate fellow in a tree….
We were wondering who had killed the Springhare, and we guessed that it might have been a Giant Eagle Owl….. :hmz:

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At Kaspersdraai this guy was having a nap.

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We met some good friends on the road who were moving up to Grootkolk and after a nice little breakfast at Dikbaardskolk we were on the upper dunes road leaving the Nossob River behind.

Here we spotted some Oryx youngsters. Mum and dad were lying in the shade, but the youngsters were curious.

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A Dunes Road Roadblock :lol:

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Just north of Kamqua a Kori Bustardwas standing in the shade of a tree.

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And we found this beautiful Tawny eagle at the 13th Borehole.

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Just after we had entered the lower entrance to the 14th borehole we spotted this…

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The first of many, many Wildcats that we saw on this years trip….
I hope you can cope seeing loads of AWC pics in the next upcoming parts. :whistle:
It was plain unbelievable how many Wildcats we saw between Sitzas and the 13th Borehole…

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And then she was back to sleep…

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At Craig Lockhardt a Vulture was having a drink.

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The Bee-eaters were very busy catching food for the offspring

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Then we arrived at Kalahari Tented Camp, we checked at the reception which tent we got and moved in…

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As it had been quite a long drive from Nossob we decided that we would spend the rest of the afternoon in camp and enjoy the beautiful surroundings…..

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Oh and more sunset pics :roll: :wink:

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Always fascinating to see the clouds…

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After we had dinner and enjoying a glass of wine sitting outside, we herd something at the waterhole.
We checked with binoculars and couldn’t believe our eyes.
There was an Eland herd having a drink, we roughly counted 40-50 animals. :sup:
It was unbelievable, unfortunately the waterhole is a bit too far away for any good photos.
But at least you can see they were there

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