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A week in a very green and wet Kgalagadi TP (2 SA addicts from Holland)

Unread post by Robbert » Sun Dec 03, 2017 3:39 pm

Welcome aboard! So glad you hopped on our bus, thank you, we hope you will enjoy our adventures again! :gflower: :gflower:

We are back in South-Africa!! :dance: :dance: :dance: It's the 22nd of February 2017 and we have 6 weeks holiday ahead of us. The first week we will spend in the KTP, from there we drive on into Namibia to spend the rest of our holidays.
After a night flight via London we pick up our rental car at OT. Five minutes later we nearly have our first traffic fine :shock: , we missed a stop sign :wall: : welcome in South-Africa :evil: . Fortunately after some social talk to the police officer (we are tired, we have to get used to this car, only picked it up 10 minutes ago, mea culpa, mea culpa :pray: :pray: :pray: .) we may drive on without paying 600 R. :dance:
We spend the night in Potchefstroom, the next day we drive to our friends in Kathu. Just before we enter Schweizer-Reneke we drive over a bridge and see a wide wide river. :hmz: A river? We have never seen a river here! When Ina looks on the map she sees that indeed there can be a river flowing near S-R: It appears to be the Harts. My goodness, so much rain?!?

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Lots of swallows fly over the river and under the bridge.

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Between Vryburg and Kuruman the road is nearly flooded, streams are flowing left and right, of the road, the grass is as green as we have ner seen it before (only in the Netherlands :D ). We wonder how green the Kalahari will be?

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Around half past three we arrive at the farm of our friends, so good to be back again! We spend two wonderful days with them. Rob's favourite pastime is of course taking :cam: :cam: of strange and colourful insects in the garden.

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(No more :cam: , :rtm: )

Saturday we say goodbye to our friends and drive to Twee Rivieren, the car packed with our camping equipment and food for the first week. In Upington we buy a few gaz cannisters and drink a strong :lotsocoffee: :lotsocoffee: After filling up the car we drive into the wide and open emptyness. :)
We have never seen the Northern Cape so lush and green. Even the salt lakes between Upington and Twee Rivieren are filled with water!

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The sky looks as if more rain will fall!

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We get a warm welcome at the reception of TR, the staff recognize us, so good to be back! We find a nice and shady spot on the camp site. After 20 years of camping in SA we finally are the proud owners of a table!! What a luxury, it;s so covenient, how did we manage without one all those years? :hmz: :doh:

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Around five we go out for a sunset drive. The first animal we see is a red hartebeest, he won't see us....

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Springbok and a blue wildebeest in the Nossob river bed

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Butterflies at the Samevloeiing waterhole

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There are lots of young springbok; they are on the alert... :hmz:

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Secretary bird foraging in the high grass...

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... as well is a Kori Bustard

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Capped Wheatear

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juvenile Pale Chanting Goshawk

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The BBJ's nearly disappear in the long grass!

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The gemsbok look so beautiful in the green riverbed.

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tbc
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Re: A week in a very green and wet Kgalagadi TP (2 SA addicts from Holland)

Unread post by WillieV » Sun Dec 03, 2017 5:29 pm

This is good news Robbert.
I am on board. :thumbs_up:
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Unread post by ruthp » Sun Dec 03, 2017 5:55 pm

:clap: :clap: :clap: so glad to have another of your travel tales to read :) Looking forward to your experiences :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up: :)

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Unread post by wildflowergirl » Sun Dec 03, 2017 7:06 pm

I'm on board 8) :popcorn: :popcorn: :popcorn: :D
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Unread post by umtali1 » Sun Dec 03, 2017 7:26 pm

On board this one :popcorn: :popcorn: :popcorn:
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Unread post by manicwalker » Mon Dec 04, 2017 4:35 am

I am also on this bus :dance:
You were rather lucky you managed to "talk" your way out of that traffic fine :wink:
KTP is certainly looking very green.... :dance: :clap:

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Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Mon Dec 04, 2017 4:48 am

What a wonderful start. :D

That really does look an impressive seasonal river. 8) I am sure that it is not often that you can get pictures like that.

Nice creepy crawlies. Super colors. :thumbs_up:

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Unread post by Karin Mitton » Mon Dec 04, 2017 7:29 am

All that water - what a wonderful sight!
Love the photos of your insects!
I had to giggle about your table!

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Unread post by colbol » Mon Dec 04, 2017 8:49 am

Hi Robert
Superb shots of the insects, such vibrant colours :thumbs_up:
Looking forward to this visit am interested in how you spend a week in ktp and how far you can travel/explore ?
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Unread post by john n poppy » Mon Dec 04, 2017 12:15 pm

wow...so much rain...

looking forward to seeing a different side to KTP...

would love to hear what you did after leaving KTP....if you wouldn't mind PM me :k

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Unread post by Robbert » Mon Dec 04, 2017 6:26 pm

Great you all hopped on the bus! :gflower: :gflower: We had to rent a bigger one, we had not thought so many people would follow our TR. :wink: Look for a comfortable place and be sure to keep your feet dry! It's going to be very wet!! :tongue:

It's time to go back to the camp. Back at Samevloeiing we see that a huge flock of Abdim's storks has landed in the riverbed. We estimate their number at 70 at least. It always surprises us to see birds you don't expect to see in such a dry region. How do they know the Kalahari is wet and green at the moment? :hmz:

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A few minutes later all of a sudden they all fly away, make a big circle and land a bit further again in the riverbed. What's going on? :hmz:

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And then we see them.....

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The pride consists of a male, 3 females and 3 cubs.

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The Abdim's storks are still nearby in the riverbed.

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They look quite comfortable, they know the lions are not interested in them.

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Bonding...

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The sun is setting, the temperature drops and the cubs get playful.

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Wow, what a spectacular start of our week in KTP! Just before closing time we enter the gate and we are not the only ones! :wink:

We make a quick pasta meal and enjoy the beautiful evening. The sky is really breathtaking here in the Kalahari, the milky way is so brillliant and clear as you never see it in Europe.

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Unread post by Jan van Wyk » Mon Dec 04, 2017 7:19 pm

Yippeee........another TR from our friends from Holland :dance: :dance:

Wow Robert .....must have been amazing to see all the water in the dry KTP :thumbs_up:

Super start but to see so many Storks in KTP must have been just amazing....perfect timing :dance: :dance:

.....then the beautiful images of the Lion family against an green BG..........just superb with dream images :clap: :clap:

Thank you for sharing :thumbs_up:

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Unread post by colbol » Mon Dec 04, 2017 7:32 pm

What a way to start my day Robert, looking at your fantastic photo's :clap: :clap:
The lion series is superb especially like "the bonding" :thumbs_up:
Abdim stork gathering is rather special also !!
Thank you.

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Unread post by Robbert » Mon Dec 04, 2017 8:41 pm

Welcome on board Jan!!
It's a pleasure colbol to hear about your pleasant start of the day :wink:
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Unread post by umtali1 » Mon Dec 04, 2017 9:31 pm

It’s really strange to see so much lush vegetation in a desert :hmz: :hmz: . Great pictures.

One of the benefits of visiting these parks at different times of the year is you get to see migrants. :thumbs_up: Fantastic flock of Abdims storks. :clap:

Who wouldn’t want to hop on the bus :whistle: :hmz:
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