22nd September - Bribery and the Big Chill(Part 1)
This was supposed to be one of our few ‘chilling’ days, again staying at TR that night. After booking 2 nights at Grootkolk a few weeks before, I had to rearrange our accommodation plans and unfortunately it included moving camps every night other than the 2 nights at TR and Grootkolk. So what? Well, we have a teenager who is used to surfacing at noon on non- school days, and the thought of getting up early every morning bar 2 in school holidays was just TOO MUCH! SO and I get very excited when we are in the park and are usually awake at 5.30am, so we would really love to go on early morning game drives. Suggesting an early morning drive on this day would probably lead to a total rebellion! However, there is always a solution to a problem, and the easiest way to solve a male teenage problem is - through the tum! So, at 6.25am we were ready and waiting, 6th in the queue for the gate! (Having promised a full-on brunch of eggs, bacon, sausages, mushrooms and toast, and a ‘chilling’ period later in the day)
An old gentleman,1st in line, was smiling broadly and said “the early bird always catches the worm’.Ah, but cats catch (out) birds -not the other way round! We got out of the gate 6.35am, with those ahead of us hightailing it up the Nossob to find the lions. After a few hundred meters we had been overtaken by another 4 cars, and after the dust clouds settled, we were ready for our expedition into the Kgalagadi morning. We planned to have a look at Samevloeing, then head out along the Aoub, away from the maddening crowds!
Samevloeing was bathed in gold, with a kori bustard drinking at the waterhole. All was peaceful and we sat for a few minutes enjoying the beauty and silence -all on our own!
When SO suggested carrying on up the Aoub, yours truly pleaded for a quick drive-by of a certain camel-thorn tree(which jb72 had mentioned was a favourite haunt of a famous dotted duo - thank you jb72). We had found the tree the previous afternoon, but no luck then. Maybe we would be lucky now. A guy in the line that morning had said that the leopard had made a kill at Samevloeing a few days ago, so she was still in the area. We headed up the Nossob road for a few kms, scrutinised the tree but no leopard! SO did a U turn and after being held up by some gnus crossing the road, and us doing some shooting, we headed back to Samevloeing.
Back at Samevloeing, peace reigned..................... for a further 5 seconds!!!!!