Once again, a warm welcome and a BIG thank you for joining me on this trip and sharing some comments here! It is great to have you all on board!
While staying at Twee Rivieren all of the eight nights, we picked a random day to head north, north west all the way to Mata Mata along the rather green Auob river. It was the 30th December. In all of our five visits to KTP, this was the best we have ever encountered the condition of that complete Auob road. Hardly any corrugations! Well done KTP road maintenance staff!
It was the right day for many reasons, near perfect road conditions, a very green Auob River for this time of the year ...... and the variety of sightings on one single drive!
The first stretch up to Auchterlonie was rather uneventful, but just after the picnic site we spotted three spotted hyenas in the river bed. It was still early morning around six am.
We saw plenty of springbok with very young ones, some small herds of blue wildebeest and a few gembok.
This BBJ was clearly on a mission and I remembered reading somewhere that they can smell food as far as 11 km away.
But he did not have to run so far this time, or maybe he already have done some distance by the time I saw him.
Unicorn? I wonder if there is more than one gemsbok with only one horn in KTP, because we seem to see one on each visit!
Then on approaching Batulama waterhole
, we saw them in the river – lions
, but not sleeping this time! Two beatiful males and a strong, good looking female lion
The two brothers seemed to be more interested in one another than in the female with them.
She decided to come closer to the side of the road and to us, while the two male lions remained in the river – for now!
OMW, a thorn in the foot, must first remove it!
What is that on the back of your leg?
Let's see if I can remove it for you!
Now that was not too bad, was it?
What is that over there next to the road?
…..and I don't trust that camera looking at me!
Is that your shadow or mine?Batulama waterhole
in the back ground!
I'll just sit here waiting, the boys will come sooner or later!
Hang in here please , more Auob images to follow soon!