Day 2 at Kielie Krankie
The next morning we headed up to see how the lions were doing on the kill and found only 1 female in attendance with jackal hiding behind every bush waiting for their chance.
We were fascinated at how few vultures we saw in KTP and clearly the hyaena and jackal do an excellent job clearing up after kills!
We headed up towards KTC and then turned and came back down South - suddenly we noticed a vehicle parked to the one side of the road - we stopped about 50 metres before them and suddenly she was there - a beautiful cheetah against the shale dune.
She was extremely alert and the reason for this was a herd of about 60 Springbok in the riverbed slightly further down the road.
To our astonishment she went down in a full crouch and it became clear that she was in "hunt" mode. Then inch by inch she lifted each foot with her shoulders raised and it staggered us when we realised that she was actually using our vehicle to shield herself from view of the Springbuck.
Then she burst across the road in a flurry and the herd of Springbuck took off up the river bed creating a huge cloud of dust.
Having missed out on her objective she was then joined by what appeared to be an older cheetah. Upon drawing alongside the other vehicle we discovered that it was non other than Dr. Gus Mills - we renewed our acquaintance (we had met him in KNP many years previously) and he told us that is was a mother cheetah with her daughter.
She was clearly showing a bit of inexperience at hunting and Dr. Mills did not think it would be long before the mother got involved in the hunt as he said that they had not eaten for several days. What an exhilarating, awesome experience!
Cheetah in road
Mother and daughter back in the shade
We headed back to camp very satisfied with the morning and its viewing.
By the afternoon drive the lion were no longer at the kill but we did find 26 jackal in attendance and this sociable weaver's nest made for a good picture.
Nest on Tree
That evening when we got back to camp we followed an AFW cat at the waterhole for some time with our torches and a little later when we went to fetch something from our trailer the Camp Attendant drew our attention to the fact that she had now moved up to the camp parking area with her kittens. One peeped at us through the garbage at the rear of his tent whilst the others hid under a bush.
AFW cat amidst the garbage
Under a bush
Another glorious sunset to end the evening
Be prepared to be bowled over by this magnificent little camp but sadly the Camp attendant could do a lot more to oblige. Our tent was not cleaned once whilst we were there nor was our garbage emptied or the bathroom seen to.
A little willingness would be richly rewarded by folk who are on holiday!
Our next day saw us depart for the looooonnnnnngggggg drive up to Nossob which we were looking forward to. It would mean that for the first time we could unpack and take stock properly of catering etc as we were to be at Nossob for 5 days.
BTW - do not be fooled or misled by the distances and travel times in the book bought at reception as they are totally wrong!!!!! It took us 6 hours to get to Nossob and we had a very dry run so did not dilly dally on the way but kept to our speed limit!