Let us start the tripDAY 1: 3 MARCH 2013
At last the day that we will encounter KTP in its full glory, arrived. We were like two school children filled with excitement before going on a school trip. We were in front of the police station by 04:40 which gave me the opportunity to take a pic of the statue of a policeman on his camel on patrol. This statue was actually sculptured by my ex father in law.
Our guardians really thought of everything. I was handed a two-way radio to communicate with each other during the “trek”. The tar road from Upington to KTP was a pleasure to drive.
Our first sighting en-route was probably the best ever and the four of us will surely remember it for years to come. We never saw one in real life before. This is what we saw crossing the road and climbing the embankment at the side of the road. A pangolin in full view for us to admire.
Might this be a sign of sightings that we will encounter in KTP?
We arrived at Twee Rivieren by 07:30 and I just had to photograph the welcoming sign for future reference.
The admin at reception was a pleasure and done by friendly and helpful personnel. It was our first time that we came across a permit system as a way of monitoring movement within the park. I found it to be excellent because it spreads the vehicles entering the park.
Our guardians had a surprise for us when we were booked to drive the Leeudril 4x4 route on our way to Mata-Mata.
At last we entered the park and drove along the white gravel road to Samevloeiing water hole. The only sighting at the waterhole was five Eland carcasses scattered around. Not a great sight for maiden visitors to the park. No leopard at Samevloeiing for us Sky.
Our first live sighting was none other than a lone springbok, lying in the Nossob riverbed.
Our next sighting was a Cape ground squirrel
At Leeudril we saw our first gemsbok of the trip. What majestic animals they are.
Our first impressions of the park are the openness demarcated by impressive red dunes, the feeling of time that came to a standstill and a deadly silence that can be enjoyed.
On our way to Rooiputs we came across red hartebeest and springbok on their way to the waterhole.
An ostrich family accompanied by a gemsbok.
Next to the road we found this sociable weaver nest, one of many in the park. Some of these nests become so heavy that the branch will break under the strain.
Just opposite Rooiputs waterhole we saw our first herd of Blue Wildebeest trying to find a bit of shade. .
We turned around to start our 4x4 route at Leeudril. What will we see along the route...........