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 Post subject: Michele and Doug in Monty KTP June 2007
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Have arrived safely at T.R. Gone for their first game drive as far as Melkvlei, where there now is a new waterhole with a picnic spot. Had a very nice sighting of a warthog. Also 8 Ludwigs Bustards, huge herds of springbok, Tawny Eagles, Vultures and Lanner falcons. No big cats though. Leaving for Nossob etc tomorrow, so will only be in cell contact again on Friday next week. The 60km to the gate was very corrugated so Michele and SO used the little donkey track instead! Also ... it RAINED. Although the thunderstorm has passed, Michele can still see the lightning in the distance!! The rain is typical cause Mich is a Kalahari Rain maker!!


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8 (rare) Ludwig's bustards - not Koris which are common?

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Yip, BB, believe me if Mich says Ludwigs she means Ludwigs. She's a bright :littleangel: and definately knows the difference between the two bustards. I'm the doff one of the two :littleangel:


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There must be a Ludwig's conference there C.

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Hi restio, me and my wife have seen warthog at Unions and in February this year.

Jannie can give you proof that there are some warthogs in KTP.


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I know that warthog are on the KTP mammal list, and I've heard that they are usually seen far north. I haven't seen them in 17+ visits to KTP - but we haven't been to Union's End often, so that's probably why. My surprise is because Michele saw one on the road between TR and Melkvlei i.e. quite far south. I'm not doubting the sighting - just amazed. :wink:

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Thanks everybody for all your good wishes. The report is taking a tad longer than expected because my internet has been playing up........but in the meantime meet

Doug , Michele and Monty

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Trip report to follow soon...


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@ Salva :funny:

@ BB......still wondering whether I saw a Ludwig's or not ? Wait and see :wink:
And on with the show

31 May

We hit the road as planned at 5h30 in the morning. It was pretty cold but I was so excited anyway that it didn’t bother me. We were spending the night in Keimoes because we didn’t want to push Monty all the way through. I think I was pretty nervous in the beginning but once I got used to all the rattles and noises I relaxed into the trip. I think if I had asked SO once more “What is that noise ? or “What can I smell burning? “ I think I may have been kicked out. For those of you that do not know, Monty is a 1981 G- Wagon and we have never taken it to the Kgalagadi before. We had done all our previous trips in our Kombi. Anyway Doug has spent many weekends getting Monty ready for the trip, had packed loads of spares and was quite confidant that we would get there and back in one piece. Our average speed was probably in the vicinity of 112km/hr and we had to stop at just about every town to fill up. All these enforced petrol/toilet stops made for a very relaxing trip and I really enjoyed watching the countryside go by.
We arrived in Keimoes at 15h30. If you would like to know more about where we stayed just send me a pm.

1 June

We left Keimoes at 8h10 and stopped off in Upington to pick up the last of our supplies.
By now I was thoroughly into the swing of things and was itching to get on with our journey. It had been 18 months since our last visit to KTP…..far too long.
Eventually we were ready to tackle last 60kms and I am going to say it once and once only…the untarred section of the road was horrendous. Needless to say we eventually used the donkey track, much against our better judgement though because we felt that the more cars that use this track the more it is being messed up for the poor donkey cart users. It was already quite badly corrugated in places.
The moment arrived …I saw the Kgalagadi signboard and I just thought of the wonderful 8 days that we had ahead of us and I wondered what was in store for us on this trip. The time was 13h45…plenty of time to unpack and go out on a drive !!!

http://video.tinypic.com/player.php?v=4mjsi2d


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Boy....you people drive a hard bargain...on with the show.

We left on our first game drive at 15h00. We headed out along the Nossob road. We were hoping to get to Melkvlei and back. I was desperate to find the leopard with her cub but she was playing hide and go seek. We saw a pair of African Shelducks at Samevloiing and before long we had crossed off tawny eagle, white backed vulture , fork tailed drongo, crowned lapwings, lanner falcons, springbok, gemsbok, red hartebeest ( very close to TR…which I thought was unusual ) blue wildebesst and jackal. There were literally animals everywhere but not a sign of any cats. It was just so great to be driving along the Nossob river bed again. This stretch of road to Melkvlei is one of my most favourite and we have had plenty of action along this road in the past.. But today we had not even seen a lion track ! Our action was to come in other ways. We rounded a bend and saw hordes and hordes of springbok running at full speed . My first reaction was…. What has spooked them…LION…CHEETAH ????? But no, we soon realized that they were just having happy hour. So yes ,it was an awesome sight and action of a different nature.

http://video.tinypic.com/player.php?v=6ai2o0z

We carried on and between Kij Kij and Melkvlei we saw many Kori bustards and Ludwig’s bustard. The Ludwig’s seemed to be mostly in pairs and the Koris on their own….unfortunately nothing to prove this BB…you will just have to take my word for it. We arrived at Melkvlei, did the necessary and turned around to head back to camp. It was only then that we noticed the skies......
http://video.tinypic.com/player.php?v=536nb0w

Everytime I arrive at TR there is a thunderstorm…this is now getting beyond a joke. Before I could stress too much about braaing in a thunderstorm I saw the warthog lying at the waterhole. This waterhole is situated just south of Melkvlei Picnic spot and it is new to me. Anyway there he was lying there without a care in the world. We had seen warthog north of Leiersdraai before but very far in the distance. So this yet again was action of a different nature.

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We could not spend too much time marveling at this warthog or the Ludwig’s that were still teasing me in the distance because we had to get back to camp. We got as far as Rooiputs and could not believe what had happened. The road had suddenly turned into a river. This thunderstorm which we could still see in the distance had passed over and the rain must have been torrential.
http://video.tinypic.com/player.php?v=4kdawly


This made us realise yet again that Kgalagadi is so unpredictable…..one just never knows what is about to happen next. Oh, it was so good to be back.
We finished off our evening with a braai…no rain but it was very windy. The lightening in the distance behind Two Rivers made for a spectacular back drop for our braai. I think SO was well satisfied with the way Monty was performing and I think I was well satisfied with the way the Kgalagadi was performing , even though I had not seen a lion yet!


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Okay..let's try this again

2 June
We were all packed up and ready to move onto Nossob by 7h30
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It was rather chilly but once again I was too excited to care. First of all we checked for the leopard and cub but once again we were disappointed. The road was still quite full of water.
http://video.tinypic.com/player.php?v=4v6yhxs
There were many animals around but they basically took one look at us and disappeared.
http://video.tinypic.com/player.php?v=5ylb77l
Can anybody help out with id of following bird.
http://video.tinypic.com/player.php?v=4xqolmu
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We got as far as Rooiputs without seeing a single cat track in the road. We decided to go and see what Rooiputs campsite looks like….rather interesting ablution facilities. I made SO go in first to check for creepy crawlies or any other four footed creatures that may be lurking around...all was clear.
http://video.tinypic.com/player.php?v=4qenl0m
We moved onto Melkvlei where we had breakfast. Yet again I saw the Ludwigs bustards along the way but no opportunities for photos.

Jan se Draai yielded a eland carcass and nothing else . We then saw 2 tortoises at Kameelsleep. I thought you weren’t supposed to see tortoises in winter.!
http://video.tinypic.com/player.php?v=66xjuaq

By now I was really beginning to wonder where all the cats were…we had not seen any tracks at all. As we left Dikbaardskolk picnic spot we saw an adult Bateleur. Well, he flew off before I could even think photo.Soon after we spent a few minutes watching a mole snake trying to get up the sand embankment. This was a first for us...we had not seen a mole snake in KTP before. I was also verty surprised to see a snake in mid winter. At least this was some excitement!
http://video.tinypic.com/player.php?v=4uert5y
Just before Kaspersdraai we saw a family of bat – eared foxes but yet again too far away for any photos. This was getting a bit frustrating. As we were almost approaching Kameelsleep we saw some Eland. We had not seen Eland since our very first visit to the park in 2000. Yet again they took off.
We continued to Marie se Gat. Surely there must be something waiting for us there. Two more bat – eared foxes and two Martial eagles flying above us and that was all.
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We arrived at Nossob at 14h00. It must have been one of the quietest drives that we had ever had from TR to Nossob. Oh well, some you lose and some you win!


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Thanks yet again for comments. :lol:

2 June (continued)

We had a quick unpacking session and hit the road again at 15h05.
We decided to drive North….I rather like watching the birds at Kwang. Just as we drove out of Nossob we saw 5 bat eared foxes. It is actually quite amazing that on my previous 8 trips to KTP I only ever saw bat ear foxes on a night drive ….now they were everywhere. Not ten minutes out of Nossob I noticed something small moving in the bushes. We back tracked and it was a cat…at last a cat!!!! Albeit a small cat ….at least it was a cat. I think he was busy hunting and was not too interested in posing for me.
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http://video.tinypic.com/player.php?v=4liz3pz
I now reckoned our luck was changing…we continued to Kwang. There were many gemsbok and jackals running around and a couple of birds but that was it.
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What I did notice is that all the jackals that we had seen all seemed to running around and eating something small off the ground. I presume it was some or other insect but I could not work out what it was even when I looked through my bins.
http://video.tinypic.com/player.php?v=4qqb2c1

We turned around at Kwang and headed back to camp. We stopped for a while at Cubitje Quap and then had a bit of time before the gate closed so we had a quick look at Rooidam and we saw NOTHING ! :cry: So much for the luck changing.

We visited the birdhide later on and watched a spotted eagle owl hunt.I love owls so this was really enjoyable. :lol: Jackals also popped in for a quick drink and then continued into the camp to harass everybody. They are becoming quite a problem. No matter how much we chased them they kept on coming back. At one stage while we were braaing there were 5 jackals around us.


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@BB.. PCG would definitely get my vote to..if only it was bigger

@ Batsman...Bitterpan coming soon :lol:

@ Aboon...it's a pleasure thanks

and @Wild about Cats....I may have something up my sleeve yet :wink:

3rd June

We decided to drive north of Nossob in the morning and do Marie se Gat in the afternoon. We saw eland at Kousant but yet again they took to their heels.
http://video.tinypic.com/player.php?v=63lmfjn

We moved onto Kannaguass where we saw warthog in the distance. I also noticed a blackish raptor flying around but was unable to id it. The only thing I could say for sure is that it seemed to have white shoulder patches when it was flying. While we were stopped at Kannaguass a car drove up to us and asked the usual question…have you seen anything???? They told us about a hyena’s den near Leiersdraai. They were off to look for it. I then gave up on the id of the bird and we set off to find the hyena’s den. Well no such luck. When we got back to camp I was having withdrawal symptoms because I had not taken many photos. So I went to play with the camp critters.
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Then I took a couple of photos of Monty and immediately felt better.
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Incidently other visitors were interested to know where we had collected all the mud on Monty. They had no idea that it had rained so hard down south.

We decided to drive to Marie se Gat in the afternoon . There were many antelope around …but that was about it. I also eventually identified a little bird that had been confusing me for a day or two….a brubru. New one for me! :lol:

We slowly made our way back to camp and even though we had not had many major sightings we had throroughly enjoyed our day.
A visit to the waterhole in the evening revealed bat eared foxes and jackals but no owls this time.
We spent a pleasant evening braaing and chasing away the jackals.
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The next morning we would tackle the Bitterpan trail…was I nervous.??? No, of course not…..Monty had not fallen apart on the horrible corrugations so I was quite sure it would not fall apart on the dune road !!!


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Thanks everybody...

and @ Anne- Marie
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next time I will buy a cameraman at the shop...

you can buy meeeeeeeee !!!!!! :angel:

4 June

We decided to drive to Marie se Gat before we left for Bitterpan. The gate to Bitterpan at Nossob only opens at 9h00. Surely there are lions out there! There was a stunning sunrise and it was rather cold.
http://video.tinypic.com/player.php?v=6bsuyc2
Well there were plenty of animals at Marie se Gat….eland, gemsbok, ostrich , springbok, blue wildebeest and bat - eared foxes……but no CATS!
This was getting beyond a joke.
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Anyway a starling arrived and sat on my half wound down window. Either he was trying to remind me that we should love all creatures great and small or he was after my muesli. Well, he succeeded in cheering me up but he did not succeed in getting any muesli. He then tried SO’s mirror to see if he could bum a rusk. But no luck there either.
http://video.tinypic.com/player.php?v=540kl8z
We then said good bye to Marie se Gat ( by the way BB I did give Marie your regards) and headed back to camp. I could not believe that I was leaving Nossob without seeing a lion!
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Oh my goodness.....I almost forgot. I managed to get the following photo just before we got back to Nossob.
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Hey BB do you think you could id this bird for me ????? :angel: :lol: :dance:

By the way I saw a flock of 20 of these birds take off.....it was quite a awesome sighting but sorry no video or photos :cry:

@ Peterbee...yes the editing and posting is a fair amount of work but it is fun. Everybody seems to be enjoying the video clips so it is worth while :)

I will try to upload the next installment this evening....


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