Sadly, today was to be our final day in the KTP, with one night left at Twee Rivieren.
It was another cold Urikaruus the night, but not as bad as before. The Hyenas had been around again in the night and had eaten the tow bar cover off "Betsy". We also had a flat tyre, but this could not be blamed on the Hyenas. Emille, who had arrived back in camp the day before helped Malcolm to change the tyre and we were packed and departed Urikaruus at 8.30am, to head towards Twee Rivieren.
Just past Kamqua we saw two Bat-eared Foxes huddled in the river bed close to the road. These littly BEF's were everywhere this trip,
A nice Tawny Eagle was perched on a dead tree after Rooibrak, and again we saw the Meerkats just past Bataluma.
One of the most exciting sightings for me this day, and indeed the trip, was a beautiful Slender Mongoose with kits on the Calcrete.
These are usually very shy and are rarely seen, especially to get good photos of so it was indeed a special moment to witness and capture. Even Jannie says he has only ever seen a small handful of sightings of this more elusive, but splendidly coloured mongoose.
We again saw a White Stork in the riverbed.
We stopped at Auchterlonie, stretched our legs and took a few last shots of the surrounds. The little house (now museum piece) always reminds me of "The Little House on the Prairie". To imagine living there and surviving such harsh conditions is very thought provoking.
Betsy & crew at Auchterlonie
Auchterlonie with the Aoub riverbed below.
We arrived back at Twee Rivieren and were allocated Family Unit 1, nicely tucked in beside the dunes. I took a few pictures of the resident Yellow Mongoose and a Yellow-billed Hornbill.
We set out for one last drive in the afternoon, up the Nossob riverbed to see if there was any sign of the Leeudril Leopard. We did not find the Leopard, although there were a few other vehicles searching for it, but we were lucky enough to catch sighting of an African Wildcat which had just caught a small rodent.
It was sitting looking straight at us, but hastily ran off as we stopped to take photos.
Just after this we saw a Jackal, also hunting the Whistling Rats and Mice that were in abundance.
As we turned to go back to camp, we again met up with Penni on the road also out to look for the Leopard.
That evening we treated ourselves to a meal at the Twee Riveren Restaurant, as did Penni & Mark.
And back to my wish list: I got the amazing good Leopard sightings, but missed out on the Caracal and I will just blame Jannie that he never found me an Ardvaark!
So it was farewells to the Kgagaladi once more. The following morning we did not venture out for a drive as is usual previously, but headed straight on the road home, driving the red dune road this time to Kuruman, for an overnight stop before the long drive back to Johannesburg. I must say, that although the red dune road was a bit dodgy in places, the scenery was much better and we did not encounter the many road hold-ups we had on the way up.
All in all another good Kgagaladi experience!the end
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Kagalagadi Wheat Fields TR 2008