Day 8 Grootkolk - Nossob 22. April 2008
This morning we took our time to have a cosy breakfast at the sunny patio. Next time we come here, we will spend at least 2 days at Grootkolk.
First sightings soon after we have left the camp have been 2 Bat-eared Foxes. Unfortunately once again a little bit too far off the road and with grass too high for decent photos. Anyway it was a nice sighting. We wondered why we have seen them during this trip for several times in the park, while in March 2007 we had not seen even one.
Speaking about high grass, here is a pic of some Hartebeests in middle of a ocean of wavy grass. It is not really a good photo, but an example of how the unusual rich vegetation was sometimes spoiling the view as well as the pics – and this although we had a heigh clearance vehicle, it must been even worse with a Sedan. On the other side, there was plenty of game and predators around due to the surplus of food and water, so overall we do not consider it as a disadvantage to come here during or soon after a exceptional good rainy season. As a fact, we have seen much more animals, especially lions and cheetahs as we did last year during a very poor rainy season.
Here a funny Gemsbock sighting
Closed to Kannaguas we found this fellow and his friend a few meters further away. Good thing lions are just as nosey like little house cats. If they had not raised their head anytime they heared a car coming by, one would not have seen them while they laid all the way down in the grass.
The Nossob waterhole was visited from Gemsbock and Wildebeests.
There was a board at reception showing the previous days temperatures, as they were lowest minus! 9 degrees, highest +19 degrees. After looking for a campsite, we went to the shop to replenish our stocks. Oh great, they had wolly hats, exactly what we needed to have for such cold evenings. We also bought a nice pack of meat for our braai. Only when we had already left the shop, we have noticed this was lamb. And we do not like lamb, because of where we live it has a kind of strange taste (which is our personal opinion, some people do like it). So what to do now – take it back and get something else, or just give it a try – maybe the Kalahari lamb does taste better than their relatives in old Europe? We decided to give it a try.
Little later we went around to take fotos from the animals inside the camp.
First we went over to Dreamer’s unit to see the Giant Spotted Eagle Owl next to their door.
maybe someone can help to identify this one?
The Ground Squirrels always so funny to watch
Around 4.00 PM we went to Marie se Draai for our afternoon game drive. As for birding we have seen a Kori Bastard close by and this black-breasted Snake Eagle not too far from the road.
There wasn’t much game around, soon we should see the reason why:
This couple was not moving much at all when we got there. After about 15 minutes she got up to lie down right next to him. He must have thought this was a invitation to mate her…..
but she told him different……
the visibly intimidated male did pay her respect…and only screamed his love pain into the wideness of the Kalahari.
We have stayed with them for about another hour. No more attempt for mating, or any other activity. Once again it was time for us to return to the camp.
SO did light up our campfire and soon the lamb steaks have been on our plates. What shall we say, they did taste delicious! What a shame, it took us 5 times to travel to Southern Africa until we tasted this wonderful meat.