Day 2. 11 November.
We decided not to get going too early so relaxed a bit and enjoyed the sights and sounds of this new world we were in.
Left TR for the long drive up to Nossob at about 9am.
Collected our permit and set off.
First animals seen were 2 Gemsbok, a tortoise and an ostrich at a waterhole. Fascinating as it is not something that we have seen before.
Followed by a plain full of G Squirrels. Springboks, Fork tailed Drongo doing some aerial manoevres and our first Pale Chanting Goshawk.
A little further on we come upon 3 Lions lying sleeping under a tree, well they were but the sun was creeping up on them more and more and soon one had to lazily get up and flop down in the shade. Unfortunately not the best pic.
The road for the next 50 kms was really productive, not so much for predators, but just for smaller things that we were seeing for mostly the first time.
This was a very big herd of Springbok sheltering under a tree literally covered in Sociable Weaver nests.
Leeudril waterhole was a hive of activity with all the usual animals plus Secretary Birds, Namaqua doves. dozens of other birds, and even a couple of Lappet faced Vultures slaking their thirst.
A bit further on we saw a BB Jackal trotting through the grass towards a large tree and as he got nearer, something gave him an awful fright, he jumped bckwards, almost running away and then curiosity got the better of him and he cautiously approached the base of the tree sniffing all around and looking upwards.
Well, we were so convinced that there was a Leopard in the tree that my SO thought he could even see its face through the binocs.
Unfortunately it was a fair distance in from the road and after a thorough searching we came to the conclusion that it was a Giant Eagle Owl. But still not too sure what gave the BBJ such a scare unless his nerves were a just a bit ragged that particular morning.
Carrying on we continued seeing G/ Boks, Springboks, Wildebeest and Ostriches by the dozens.
Stopped in a Dikbaardskolk for a picnic lunch and enjoyed the tranquility and peacefulness all to ourselves and the little birds who beg for a crumb shamelessly.
W.B sparrow Weavers, Sociable Weavers, and my still to be confirmed Pipit.
A bit further up we started seeing the road on either side literally strewn with Tsama Melons.
At first we couldn't make out where they had come from as there didnt appear to be any sort of plant there that would have produced the fruit. This continued on for at least a good couple of Kms and then they vanished again.
We have since being told that the vines on which they grow had died and dropped the fruit.
Eventually, we arrived at Nossob, shaken but not stirred, and checked into our little chalet no 10C. which was quite nice and close to the hide where we spent a good few hours over the next 2 days.