Monday, 30th April 2007
Once again we were out of the camp as the gates opened. Today we were heading south along the Auob riverbed and then were going to take the connecting dune road which would get us to the Nossob riverbed.
We saw an AWC not far from the camp but it did not hang around. Further south we saw this lovely steenbok
and also giraffe, wildebeest and gemsbok.
Soon we were on the dune road and here is an idea of what the landscape is like
Compared to this photo of springboks taken on the Auob river bed. The contrast can be seen.
One would not expect to see game away from the riverbeds but we saw gemsbok, ostriches, springbok and another steenbok. We later learned at the dikbaardskolk picnic site that we had missed a cheetah sighting at the Eland waterhole by about half an hour.
The dune road is all of 50km and very undulating going up and down with the dunes, so if you are prone to motion sickness take the necessary precautions.
We then headed north along the Nossob riverbed and saw these lovely red hartebeest.
We reached the turn off into Marie se draai and remembered how everyone had said that this road is magic. It was 11.45am and once again we thought the timing is all wrong. Once again we were wrong as barely a kilometer into the loop we saw two bat eared foxes and spent about twenty minutes with them as they hunted for insects. They would stand motionless listening intently for any sound from below the ground then dig profusely and come up with a juicy caterpillar or insect.
At Marie se gat we spend time with a gathering of gemsbok and ostriches.