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Kruger addicts tries Augrabies and Kgalagadi

Unread post by Blydeboer » Sun Dec 11, 2016 8:12 pm

At the end of November we drove from the Lowveld via Pretoria to Augrabies for one night and from there to Twee Rivieren (one night), Mata Mata (2 nights) and Twee Rivieren again (5 nights). A friend of our son joined our adventure. The stretch from Pretoria to Augrabies was quite long (10 hours) but we made light of the travel, enjoying seeing a different part of our country. My wife and I visited Kgalagadi 18 years ago, and Augrabies now for the first time. Unfortunately the Orange river was rather low, but seeing the chasm cut by the Orange river was breathtaking! As a friend described it, a photo can never really give the picture of the immense size and beauty! As forumite canon suggested, one day is not enough...
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Re: Kruger addicts tries Augrabies and Kgalagadi

Unread post by Karin Mitton » Sun Dec 11, 2016 8:28 pm

I'm on board for this one!

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Unread post by Blydeboer » Sun Dec 11, 2016 8:35 pm

The next morning we started our journey's last leg to the Kgalagadi. We stopped at Marchand Butchery to buy droëwors, biltong and boerewors (very nice, and again thank you canon!). The Kalahari Mall in Upington is also a very convenient stop to buy the last essentials before going to the Park. Then, finally, we entered the beautiful, wonderful Kgalagadi! TBC
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Unread post by cheetahlady » Sun Dec 11, 2016 10:45 pm

KTP has it's own magic :)
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Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Mon Dec 12, 2016 4:44 am

Blydeboer. :D I am right on board here.

What a wonderful start.

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Unread post by Blydeboer » Mon Dec 12, 2016 11:46 am

Welcome aboard Karin Mitton, Cheetahlady and Meandering Mouse!

About 19:45 I received a phone call from a 054 number. I answered and a friendly voice asked if we were in camp! I forgot to hand the permit in! :doh:

After a BATtling night (we threw 4 bats out at intervals through the night) :evil: , we had coffee and beskuit on our stoep. The bird life so early was beautiful! Crimson breasted shrike, Sociable weavers, Cape sparrows, Scaly-feathered weavers and then an Acacia pied barbet with a young one!

TBC
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Unread post by Blydeboer » Mon Dec 12, 2016 12:37 pm

Onward to Mata Mata!

We saw an interesting agama (koggelmander) that I haven't got a clue what it is. Any herpetologists? At Houmoed we saw our first Meerkat! Quickly a tick to one of our animal wishlist for the Kgalagadi! We quickly stopped at Auchhterlonie, but I didn't see any air-conditioning in the old farmhouse, as well as no en-suite bathroom... So, moving on we spotted some Spotted eagle owls, Swallow-tailed bee eaters, Giraffe, something in the shade of a camel-thorn and our first lions at Rooibrak! We then stopped at Kamqua for our first Kgalagadi brunch.

TBC
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Unread post by wildflowergirl » Mon Dec 12, 2016 12:49 pm

I'm on board for this one. :D :popcorn:
I can so relate to the name of your travel tale. :D
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Unread post by barryels » Mon Dec 12, 2016 4:05 pm

I am also on board for this trippie :D .

Have to agree with cannon that only one night is not enough for Augrabies and a revisit is on the cards :thumbs_up: .

Great sightings in KTP thus far :clap: :clap: .

Looking forward to the rest :popcorn: .
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Unread post by Toddelelfe » Mon Dec 12, 2016 11:45 pm

Blydeboer, please take me with you on this ride :pray:
No mission on the way :( :wall: :oops: :bmp:

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Unread post by manicwalker » Tue Dec 13, 2016 4:18 am

Blydeboer,
I am on the bus...
Greatsightings and photos so early in the trip :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:
Makes one long to get back there for sure :mrgreen:
Looking forward to more :whistle:

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Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Tue Dec 13, 2016 4:54 am

What sweet little meercats. 8)

I do love the view of the road. It gives such a sense of the atmosphere of driving in the hot dry KTP.

:thumbs_up: on the lions...doing what lions do best. That looks like very welcome shade.

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Unread post by Blydeboer » Tue Dec 13, 2016 6:23 am

Welcome aboard Wildflowergirl, Barryels, Toddelelfe and Manicwalker!

About 2 kilometres past Kamqua, we saw our first cheetahs! I love the young one propped against the tree trunk. Onward we saw a Southern pale chanting goshawk right in the road and a Gabar goshawk (?). Before Mata Mata we saw another three cheetahs far away across the wide Auob. With the heatwaves, we couldn't get a decent photo.

We arrived at Mata Mata just after 2. It was extremely hot and the air-conditioning barely kept the temperature inside our cottage bearable.

After dinner we went down to the hide to see if there is anything interesting. I am always amazed how binoculars enhance one's night vision. While looking up into the Auob past the furthest drinking hole, I saw two ghost like forms approaching. I said to my wife that there is two lions approaching... I gave her the binoculars to look. Now that I knew were to look, I could see these phantoms coming closer and closer... Then, someone from the river view cottages shone a light, and lo and behold it is three lions! One male and two beautiful females! They came right before us on the other side of the riverbank. It was beautiful to sit in the hide and observing these magnificent specimen. The male kept sniffing and scenting, while the females were on a mission. Unfortunately we didn't get any photos.

We then went to bed. It is sad that there is no gauze over the windows, because we didn't want to risk opening the windows. Having two young kids with us and one is not our own, we didn't want to invite creepy crawlies into our cottage. So it was hot, and we missed the lion serenade that the other Kgalagadi dwellers experienced... :wall:

TBC
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Unread post by barryels » Tue Dec 13, 2016 6:50 am

Great cheetah sighting :D .

Also wonderful pictures of the adult and immature Southern Pale Chanting Goshawks :thumbs_up: .

Have to agree that your lion sighting from the hide must have been amazing :D .
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Re: Kruger addicts tries Augrabies and Kgalagadi

Unread post by Karin Mitton » Tue Dec 13, 2016 7:35 am

It sounds as if you had a wonderful day. I can just imagine the minutes before sunrise with coffee in hand listening to the birds .....
It must have been so cool to see the lions approaching like ghosts - special moment indeed!


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