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KGALAGADI May 2015

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KGALAGADI May 2015

Unread postby WillieV » Sun Jun 14, 2015 4:39 pm

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This was the seventh year that we visited the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park during May and as in the past we were blessed with good weather.

What animal sightings are concerned we knew it was going to be difficult to beat last year’s sighting of the last few days in the life of Langklaas the Leopard.
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On our arrival we were told by some visitors that they were in the Park for a few days without any Lion sightings. This was not good news, but at the end of our third day in the Park we already saw 19 lions. With a few quiet days in Nossob we were thankful for our final total of 31 different Lions.

When we left a couple from Cape Town, who we saw almost every day on the road, told us they still had no Lion sightings after 10 days in the Park. The old story of being in the right place at the right time.

With the mostly green riverbeds there were many Springbok, Red Hartebeest, Gemsbok and Blue Wildebeest.

The photos in my report will tell you more about the other animals and birds we saw.
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Our itinerary was;
3 nights Twee Rivieren
6 nights Nossob
2 nights Mata Mata
3 nights Urikaruus
1 night Twee Rivieren

We arrived at Twee Rivieren on the 5 th of May at about 12h00.
After we have booked in, unpacked and had lunch we went for a drive along the Nossob river to Melkvlei.

The contractors were busy with the last section of the new road to Kij Kij. During the day that was not a problem. In the morning when the gates opened and in the evening, just before closing time, a truck and a few LDV’s were in front of the visitors , going to and from the workplace, covering the riverbed in a cloud of dust. At the end of our visit one could see that they were making good progress and hopefully the work will soon be done.

Except for the normal Gemsbok, Red Hartebeest, Blue Wildebeest, Springbok etc. we saw the following that afternoon.

One of many Kori Bustard.
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Suricate.
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Cape Ground Squirrel.
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Lilac-breasted Roller.
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and Verreaux’s Eagle-Owl.
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KGALAGADI May 2015

August 2014 short trip to Kgalagadi.

Kgalagadi May 2014 with Lion vs Leopard and the "Love Birds"
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Re: KGALAGADI May 2015

Unread postby Jan van Wyk » Sun Jun 14, 2015 4:48 pm

I am on board again .... :dance: :dance:

This will be another stunner and thank you for sharing your wonderful sightings and images! :thumbs_up:

Good start and love the Meercats posing, roller and beautiful Owl!! :clap: :clap:

:popcorn: :popcorn: :popcorn:

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Re: KGALAGADI May 2015

Unread postby Goronta » Sun Jun 14, 2015 5:20 pm

A seat for me :thumbs_up:
Ready to enjoy Kgalagadi in may :dance: have been only in winter so far :D
A good start with a cute Meerkat and nice birdies
:clap: :clap: :clap:
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2015:
Namibia july 21th-22th,
Kgalagadi july 23th-August 3rd,
K.K july 23th-24th,
Urikaruus july 25th-26th,
Nossob july 27th- 28th
Grootkolk july 29th-30th -31st
Mata Mata august 1st - 2nd
Namibia august 3rd - 19th

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Re: KGALAGADI May 2015

Unread postby WillieV » Sun Jun 14, 2015 7:39 pm

Thank you and welcome on board Jan van Wyk and Goronta.
KGALAGADI May 2015

August 2014 short trip to Kgalagadi.

Kgalagadi May 2014 with Lion vs Leopard and the "Love Birds"
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Re: KGALAGADI May 2015

Unread postby gatita » Mon Jun 15, 2015 8:55 am

meerkats :dance: :dance: great pictures :clap: :clap: :clap:

:popcorn: :popcorn: :popcorn:

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Re: KGALAGADI May 2015

Unread postby WillieV » Mon Jun 15, 2015 9:08 am

Thank you and welcome on board gatita. The Meerkats are not always so close to the road.
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August 2014 short trip to Kgalagadi.

Kgalagadi May 2014 with Lion vs Leopard and the "Love Birds"
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Re: KGALAGADI May 2015

Unread postby TigerTommy » Mon Jun 15, 2015 10:36 am

Lovely start to your trip. Definitely on board for this one! Looking forward to all the lions sightings plus all the other creatures you came across :popcorn: :popcorn:

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Re: KGALAGADI May 2015

Unread postby WillieV » Mon Jun 15, 2015 11:00 am

Welcome and thank you for joining us Tiger Tommy.
KGALAGADI May 2015

August 2014 short trip to Kgalagadi.

Kgalagadi May 2014 with Lion vs Leopard and the "Love Birds"
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Re: KGALAGADI May 2015

Unread postby Karin Mitton » Mon Jun 15, 2015 11:05 am

I'm on board as well!
Great photos to start with!

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Re: KGALAGADI May 2015

Unread postby WillieV » Mon Jun 15, 2015 11:21 am

Thank you and welcome on board Karin Mitton.
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August 2014 short trip to Kgalagadi.

Kgalagadi May 2014 with Lion vs Leopard and the "Love Birds"
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Re: KGALAGADI May 2015

Unread postby hilda » Mon Jun 15, 2015 1:11 pm

I'm not missing this bus either! Great start WillieV, especially with that beautiful intro photo of the Lions! :clap: :clap:

Still very sad to see a picture of Lanklaas. :cry:

Great bird sightings, especially the Verreaux's Eagle Owl, the Meerkats and Ground Squirrel! :clap: :clap:
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Re: KGALAGADI May 2015

Unread postby barryels » Mon Jun 15, 2015 1:42 pm

Great start to another special WillieV visit to KTP :dance: :dance: .

Looking forward to the rest :popcorn: .
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Re: KGALAGADI May 2015

Unread postby WillieV » Mon Jun 15, 2015 1:54 pm

Welcome on board Hilda.
Yes that photo of Langklaas was taken 6 May last year.
We were back in Nossob 8 May this year.
We were hoping to see the Lioness and the Prince of Nossob, but could not find them.
KGALAGADI May 2015

August 2014 short trip to Kgalagadi.

Kgalagadi May 2014 with Lion vs Leopard and the "Love Birds"
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Re: KGALAGADI May 2015

Unread postby WillieV » Mon Jun 15, 2015 1:57 pm

Thank you and welcome barryels.
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August 2014 short trip to Kgalagadi.

Kgalagadi May 2014 with Lion vs Leopard and the "Love Birds"
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Re: KGALAGADI May 2015

Unread postby Jonkers » Mon Jun 15, 2015 2:03 pm

The Lilac-breasted Roller against the intense blue sky
Beautiful colours of Nature.


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