Neville Bailey's Durbanites' Odyssey to the KTP! December 2016

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Neville Bailey's Durbanites' Odyssey to the KTP! December 2016

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My SO (Margaret) and I were watching a documentary about two months ago, about the KTP, and we were absolutely enthralled and decided, there and then, that we simply HAD to go there, and soon!

We both love the bush and, being situated in Durban, we often visit the Hluhluwe/Imfolozi Game Reserve (every month or two) and KNP at least once a year. But we were captivated by what we saw on that documentary - it seemed so very different and so wild compared to the other places.

With great excitement we logged onto the Sanparks site to secure our campsite bookings at the various rest camps in the park, but we were dismayed to discover that nothing was available for months in advance, and we wanted to go NOW!

After some research, we made some enquiries at a place just outside the park, and secured a campsite booking for the week between Christmas and New Year, with the plan to do day trips from there. Although not ideal by any means, we could still satisfy our craving for instant gratification and take the opportunity to investigate some of the accommodation sites first hand, with a view to booking at them for a subsequent visit a year or so later.

So, in the early hours of Christmas Day (2am), we will be starting our first odyssey to KTP. Margaret's son will be joining us, so there will be three of us to share the long 14 hour drive.

My intention is to write this TR "live", with accompanying photos, every evening of our time there, before going to bed. Unfortunately, one of my vices is that I have to do things in the moment, not weeks or months later, after the thrill of the experience has waned.

So, to all you forumites who wish to join us on our odyssey, please set your alarms early on Christmas Day! We look forward to sharing our experience with you all.
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Hi Neville Bailey,

As long as you don't reveal names of accommodation outside a SANParks, I don't think you will step on any toes. I see nothing wrong with landscape photos or stars at night, or even your campsite, as long as you don't mention where you were camping if outside a SANPark. :thumbs_up:

Here is a link to the rules: (Rule 1 applies to the above):

RULES for posting on the SANParks Forums.

Have a safe journey, and enjoy every minute in KTP! :dance: :dance:
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The alarm went off at 1am this morning - what, already?

Tried to switch on the lights - no power. Looked out the windows and it seemed like the entire neighbourhood was out of power. Great, now we can't have coffee and we have to lug our stuff down 12 flights of stairs! Just as well we took most of our stuff down to the garage yesterday so it wasn't too bad.

Anyway, after loading the car and hitching the trailer in a light drizzle, we were on our way at 2am - dead on schedule!

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Our first pitstop was along the N3 near Ladysmith - boy, was it cold outside!

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Margaret's driving stint ended at Bethlehem, at about 6.30am, where we topped up with fuel and had some fruit salad for breakfast. This part of the world is so pretty.

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And so our long trip continued...

We hit the N1 south towards Bloemfontein - long and boring vistas.

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When we got to Bloemfontein, we broke the monotony of the trip by a quick pitstop and leg stretch.

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But then, as we headed towards Kimberley, the landscape changed dramatically.

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To add to the drama of the changing landscapes, we drove through some amazing sandstorms.

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...and fascinating vegetation.

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...and interesting remnants of bygone days.

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At last we reached Kimberley for yet another pitstop and, for the first time, we experienced the dry heat of the Northern Cape.

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Then, somewhere between Kimberley and Upington, at a little hamlet by the name of Campbell, we noticed this quaint filling station, but there was nobody in attendance.

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Eventually, after a long haul after Upington, we arrived at the last outpost of civilization, Askham, and stopped there for the last fill up of the day.

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Then, as we approached our campsite just before the Park, I remarked how smooth the trip had gone. Well, I reckon I jinxed the day by that remark, because we no sooner drove into our campsite establishment, when we got stuck in some thick sand! Fortunately there was no shortage of willing hands to get us out of our embarrassing situation!

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But the aforementioned mishap did not end there for us, I'm afraid. While we in the process of pitching camp, a sudden storm with almighty winds descended on us.

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The strong winds bent two of our tent poles before we had a chance to secure them with guide ropes, and then our tent almost blew away while we were trying to hammer in tent pegs into impregnable Kalahari ground! We had no change to salvage the situation, as the strong winds continued with the menacing storm circling our area, so we decided to call it a day and hit the sack - Tyron decided to sleep in the car and Margaret and I set up our bedding in the rather spacious private ablutions.

Tomorrow we will find a solution to the sad ending of today - all we want now is sleep...
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Day 2 of our Odyssey.

We all woke up with rather stiff backs, but very well rested after yesterday's testing end.

After explaining our situation to the campsite management, they immediately loaned us a replacement tent without any hesitation and we set it up gratefully. So all's well that ends well! Thank you to everyone for your support!

After spending some time getting some order to our campsite, we set off for our first trip in the Park at about 10.30 am.

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After checking in at reception, we drove over to the shop at Twee Rivieren and saw this little chap. Our first sighting in KTP!

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We decided that we had head up towards Nossub until about 3pm, and then turn round back to Twee Rivieren, in order to get back to our campsite by 6.30pm so that we could get our first break going. No sooner had we started our drive, we saw our first lonely Wildebeest resting under a tree.

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And then we came across our first sightings of the famous social weaver nests - what an incredible feat of nature!

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And then our first ostrich sighting!

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Within minutes, we were elated to come across this small herd of red hartebeest, with youngsters among them.

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Another social weavers nest - it looks like a perfect thatch, doesn't it?

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The bird-life on this first day was amazing, but I am the worst when it comes to identifying birds, so I might get some of their names wrong, or simply not know what types of birds they are, so please bear with me! I think this is a goshawk - am I correct?

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And then we spotted this silver-backed jackal strutting along. Unfortunately not very much in focus...

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Eventually we spotted the first of many sightings of the enigmatic gemsbok - what perfect markings these animals have!

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As we continued trundling along, our eyes caught some movement behind the scrubs and we saw these reptiles (lizards?) having an almighty fight!

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Last night's storm must have deposited some rain in the Park, because we came across quite a few puddles of water along the road.

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And then we saw this beautiful little family of ostriches...

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Mommy, daddy and baby put up a show for us.

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Excitement mounted when we came across our first sighting of springbok. I have never seen springbok with my own eyes before, so this was a first for me. Very beautiful creatures - in many ways, very similar to the impala.

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Not long after this, we saw our first secretary birds, who put up a nice pose for us.

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I just love this one - is it a goshawk?

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A little way later, we saw these wildebeest resting in the shade of a tree. It was rather hot outside, but we were fortunate to have air-conditioning in our car, unlike these poor creatures.

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A tortoise!

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And then we saw the most photographed tree in KTP (based on what I've gathered on social media).

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What amazing structures these humble birds construct!

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Our first kill sighting, well kind of.

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I was enthralled by this sighting of a Kori Bustad (spelling?) or, as someone once mis-pronounced it as Gory Bastard!

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Another beautiful pose for my camera.

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This ostrich was fascinating to watch as it spread out and flapped its wings.

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And then broke into a trot.

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Not sure who this is - please help?

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Another angle of the same bird.

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And then we saw our first woodpecker - what a striking bird!

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These ground squirrels showed off for us.

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Followed by another display of beauty by this secretary bird.

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The circle of life on display.

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Another unidentified bird.

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And then, much to Margaret's relief, we reached Melkvlei picnic spot. And there were no lions guarding the entry!

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Could anyone please help us with identifying this buck?

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Another stunning but unknown bird - almost looks like a budgy.

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And this? Looks like a sparrow to me.

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An amazing lizard with almost artificial looking colouring!

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Some more evidence of what happens here in KTP on a daily basis.

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Aren't they adorable?

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A portrait of a springbok.

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I just love the setting of the ridge behind this ostrich.

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Some more beautiful springbok.

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This chap got his mitts up, all ready for a scrap, or so it looked it to me!

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A young silver-backed jackal - he was such a perfect specimen.

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Can someone identify this bird - looks like some kind of partriarch.

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Strutting his stuff, this one...

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We were given the evil eye by this character when we disturbed his meal.

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We could not figure out what his meal was though.

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Just before the end of today's trip, we spotted this rather large herd of springbok gathering.

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And then we saw our first martial eagle.

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All in all, a most satisfactory first day in the KTP, even though we did not spot any lions, cheetahs or leopards. But we still have some more days ahead of us...
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Jo wrote:Hi Neville

Quite an eventful start to your trip :hmz:

I'm a bit out of practice but will try help with your photo ID's:

- photo number 2539 & 2608: Lanner falcon
- 2622 & 2628: immature pale chanting goshawk
- 2634: adult pale chanting goshawk
- 2641: African hoepoe
- 2663: brown snake eagle
- 2668: steenbok
- 2996: scaly feathered finch
- 2672: ? Marico fly catcher
- 2706: Sandgrouse
- 2712: adult pale chanting goshawk

Looking forward to the rest of your report :thumbs_up:


Thank you so much, Jo, for stepping in where my ignorance fails me!
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Robbert wrote:Hi Neville,

What a successful day! Lots of lovely pictures!
Your silver-backed jackal is more commonly know as a black-backed jackal.
2538 is a sociable weavers nest
2559 is a Agama aka Dragon Lizard
2613 is a Leopard Tortoise
2626 is a Kori Bustard (your spelling was almost correct 8) )
2706 is a Namaqua Sandgrouse (male)
2719 is a Yellow Mongoose

Thank you for sharing!

Are you going to stay inside the park as well?


Thank you too, Robbert, for your assistance in identifying these animals and birds!

Unfortunately we won't be staying in the Park on this visit, because we made our decision to visit the Park very recently, so we took what we could get.
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Day 3 of our Odyssey.

We woke up this morning a little rattled, as there was another big storm overnight, with heavy rain and plenty of lightning and wind, causing the tent to flap about violently at times.

However, the sun rose to greet us, accompanied by this magnificent show - an omen of good things to follow.

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We decided to get to the gate as soon as it opened for day visitors, which is 7am. After some yummy coffee with condensed milk, we hit the road towards the Park for our second visit. The clouds had descended once again and there was spitting rain. Believe it or not, it was quite chilly and we had to wear our jackets.

After checking in at the gate, we popped into the shop at Twee Rivieren to get some provisions for our day's outing, and also topped up the tank with petrol.

The first hour or two of this morning's drive was very cool, with continuous light rain, so we were forced to keep all windows closed and the windscreen wipers were working non-stop. The only time I opened a window was to take a quick photo, before winding it up again. Today we headed towards Mata Mata, and turn round at lunch time, because we had booked a sunset drive later today, which started at 6.30pm, and we wanted to grab a quick bite for supper at the restaurant beforehand.

Here is our first sighting of the day.

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Followed by these cute little ones trying to keep warm and dry under a ledge in the sand.

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I was fascinated by the rock formations along the calcrete ridge.

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Some more bird sightings along the way - the rain had stopped and they were preening themselves.

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All of a sudden, this chap decided to take-off, and I barely managed to catch him doing so!

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One of many caves along the ridge - I wonder what lurks in them?

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I spotted a single bee-eater on a branch and was getting my camera settings sorted out, when a second one decided to join him, so I got two for the price of one!

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At last we came across the famous meercats! What funny characters they are!

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Here's one in their classic pose.

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And then we came across a Kori Bustard, apparently the largest flying bird in Africa. He seemed to be fluffing up his feathers - I wonder why?

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And then the ever-present ground squirrels busily getting on with their business.

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What a handsome chap he is!

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And such a beautiful specimen!

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At last we came across the well-known Auchterlonie picnic spot and museum, and decided to have a toilet stop and leg stretch, and to check out the museum.

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We had hardly parked our car, when we spotted this hare very close to the perimeter of the car park. The sun was shining beautifully through his big ears!

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After the short break, we continued in the direction of Mata Mata.

There is something rhythmic and stunning when a group of springbok decide to walk in unison.

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This shy steenbok made a fleeting appearance before disappearing into the bushes and over the ridge.

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Another almost painterly scene of a herd of springbok.

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As we took a turn-off to a view point, we noticed this jackal trotting along, as if on a mission.

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And then, out of nowhere, two spotted hyenas came along the dry riverbed, trotting in the same direction as the jackal!

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There was a puddle of water in the road ahead of us, which happened to be in their path, and they promptly stopped and had a dip and a drink.

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We had a prime view of them, with no other vehicles in front of us, but other vehicles appeared very soon behind us to get a piece of the sighting. However, the people occupying the vehicle directly behind us decided to open their doors and step out of their vehicle in order to get better photography angles! We could not believe the stupidity and brazen disregard of the Park rules by these idiots! They could not have been more than 30 meters away from the hyenas, so one of the hyenas very soon noticed them.

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Fortunately, for all concerned, there was no escalation of what could have been a very dangerous situation, and the hyenas carried on with their dipping and drinking.

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We left the scene soon afterwards to give others a chance to view the hyenas without obstruction, and came across this carcass on the side of the road. Where the hyenas on their way to this?

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We trundled along our way and spotted this cute fella.

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Yet another stunning herd of springbok - I can't get enough of them!

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And then, at last, we came across our first giraffe sighting in KTP.

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What was this guy doing?

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Some more ground squirrels doing their thing.

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At last we arrived at our planned turn-around point, the picnic spot at Urikaruus. We tucked into some delicious sandwiches, whilst avoiding the many biting ants (forcing us to perch on top of the benches).

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A vehicle then approached and the driver told us that, if we continued towards Mata Mata for another 15km, we would see a some cheetahs at a kill. So our plans were quickly modified and we made a beeline for the sighting. Our first cat sighting!

On the way, we saw these giraffe necking.

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At last we arrived at the cheetah sighting, and we joined about four other vehicles at the scene. Now, in KNP at this time of year, such a sighting would attract no fewer than 30 vehicles!

I will let the pictures tell the story. There was a grown female and two cubs.

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Aren't they amazing animals - so perfect and athletic?

After this wonderful sighting, we turned back towards Twee Rivieren, and came across this giraffe.

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And this wildebeest.

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And his mates.

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Some more stunning birds.

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I loved this scene of four gemsbok walking in single-file, with the ridge behind them.

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Then, out of the blue, we saw these pretty flowers!

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This handsome fellow presented himself for us.

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I was still about to recompose another shot of him, with my lens sticking out of the window, when a selfish tourist group bus rushed past us without even checking what we were looking at, causing our handsome fellow to take off!

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A mole snake!

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Another lovely secretary bird sighting.

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Our final sighting of today's travels was this red mongoose scurrying past us.

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Good news! Internet access has been restored here in the Kgalagadi again, so I can continue with my not-so-live travel report again.

As I mentioned earlier, we had booked a sunset drive on Tuesday night. After our self-drive on Tuesday, we popped back to our campsite and had a quick early dinner at the restaurant there, and then headed back to Twee Rivieren at 6.30pm to get onto the sunset drive truck.

Our guide greeted us warmly and we met the other people that joined us on the drive - we were 9 in total.

The drive route was on the Nossob road, up until about Rooiputs and back, ending at about 9pm.

We saw our first owls!

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These guys were very curious and their necks were stretching in and out all the time, trying to get a good view of us. Who was watching who in this situation, I wonder?

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Another grumpy looking professor owl on the ground.

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As the light faded, we came across this Kori Bustard.

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There is something very special about a Kgalagadi sunset!

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We saw quite a number of nocturnal animals on the drive but I did not have my camera settings fine-tuned enough, so I botched the first lot of attempts, but I managed to get some reasonable shots (without using a flash).

Here is a jackal.

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He was very curious with us as well, or maybe he was paralyzed by the spot lights shining on him!

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Another owl!

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Hope you enjoyed our sunset drive!.
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Day 4 of our Odyssey - Wednesday 28 December 2016.

This morning we decided we would leave as early as possible (7am for day visitors) and drive from Twee Rivieren to Mata Mata and back. We reckoned, with the clearer conditions, we would have a different experience to what we had yesterday.

Unfortunately, I did not keep notes of our trip, as I expected to post it that night while my memory was still fresh, but the storm messed up our internet connection and I am now posting the day's report two nights later. This means that I cannot remember where every photo was taken. However, I will try my best.

Our drive started with the usual bird-life for which KTP is so famous.

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Then we came cross this murderous bird! It seemed to be plucking the feathers from another smaller bird, before ripping it to pieces and devouring it.

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After witnessing that gory scene, we saw a much more pleasant and pastoral scene.

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Then we saw this martial eagle performing some kind of acrobatic stunt.

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We pulled into Auchterlonie for a leg stretch and I spotted this skink sunning itself.

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Another view of the museum at Auchterlonie.

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After our pitstop, we saw this cute thing pop its head out from its burrow.

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A portrait of a springbok.

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Sparring exercises!

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The long and the short of it...

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Our first Cape fox sighting, with its young.

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Without fail, the meerkats put up a show for us!

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Then we came across this tower of giraffes.

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With one deciding to cross the road, dwarfing the car in the background.

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Eventually we reached Urikaruus, and stretched our legs once more. It was hot out there!

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There was so much water on the ground and in the river-bed, after last night's storm, and this Kori Bustard seem to love it!

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The cutest Cape fox appeared from the bushes and showed off for us.

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After another 15km or so, we found the same spot where we witnessed the cheetahs. Look what's left of the kill, one day later! We were debating why the stomach was not eaten.

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Could this be the sibling of the aforementioned kill?

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I just love this shot - it epitomizes the essence of the Kgalagadi. Red sand dunes and the secretary bird.

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This secretary bird decided to quench its thirst and one of the water holes closer to Mata Mata.

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Another beautiful springbok herd.

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Some more sparring...

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In single file they march.

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What a stunning place is the Kgalagadi!

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The ever-present gemsbok.

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And the elegant giraffe.

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At last we reached our destination - a very hot Mata Mata!

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While we were at Mata Mata, I spied these ostriches bathing on the nearby pool of water.

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Getting ready for our return trip.

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An overhanging social weavers nest - imagine if that lot fell on top of a car!

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We passed the scene of yesterday's cheetah kill once again, and here is a shot of the remains of the kill, from another angle.

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Some more amazing birds!

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Another pitstop!

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Some more birds along the way.

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We startled this steenbok on the road.

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And also this trio of ostriches.

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Another encounter with a jackal.

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What a comical scene!

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We were puzzled when we saw these two tortoises walking across the road together, with the one appearing to nudge the other along the way. On closer inspection, it was apparent that one of the tortoises had a lame back leg!

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A proud pose.

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We were very proud with ourselves to have spotted this little owl in the remains of a social weavers nest.

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It appears that social weaver nests are used by many other birds as well!

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After the trip, we got to our campsite for a braai in the most perfect weather conditions - clear skies without any wind or threats of a storm! I celebrated this with a shot of the Milky Way. Which version do you prefer, the colour or the B&W?

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Day 6 of our Odyssey.

We had our first restful sleep last night - no winds and no storm!

We got up early, had coffee and breakfast and headed to the KTP gate at Twee Rivieren just before 7am, the opening time for day visitors. After checking in, we filled up with petrol and headed to Nossob, our destination for today.

Our first sighting was this eagle.

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Followed by this jackal, trotting busily along.

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Then we met up with our ostrich family again - we’ve seen them in this area on all the occasions that we’ve passed through here (between Samevloeing and Rooiputs).

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Here’s a closer look at Junior.

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And another sighting of an eagle.

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The ever-present Kori Bustard.

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This magnificent red hartebeest appeared, but froze completely when it saw us.

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And then I was presented with the iconic shot that I have waiting for the entire trip - a gemsbok on top of a Kalahari dune!

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To our amazement, we came across this sleepy owl, who gave us the hairy eyeball.

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FINALLY! Our first lion sighting of our trip, although it was not the lion sighting that I was hoping for, it was still a lion sighting. We encountered these flat lions near Rooiputs. They showed no intention of moving at all, so we moved on.

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Another jackal trotting about.

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The following sequence of images seemed to be of two eagles fighting over some prey, possibly a snake, but we could not make out what it was.

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This is what greeted us when we got to the Melkvlei picnic spot. The people in the photo have perched themselves on top of the table due to the water all around.

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Fortunately access to the toilets was fine, as it was on higher ground.

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I think it was at Kransbrak that we came across these gemsbok having a drink.

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The road further north was flooded in many areas, but it gave the animals more drinking options.

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We stopped for another leg stretch at Dikbaardskolk picnic spot.

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During my leg stretch routine, I spotted this little mouse.

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After quite a long and uneventful stretch, we eventually got to Nossob, and we had a picnic lunch in the hide - nice, cool and peaceful. Initially there was no activity at the waterhole, except for some small birds, but eventually some very twitchy springbok made their way for a short drink.

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Suddenly, they darted off! Something must have spooked them.

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After a nice break at Nossob, we headed back south. I was drawn to this scene of a springbok and Cori Bustard in the same frame.

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After some more boring stretches of road, we saw an usual sighting of bateleur eagles and vultures hanging out together. By the way, this was also our first sighting of vulture.

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And then another red hartebeest was spotted just off the road.

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When we saw this kudu cow, we were over the moon, as they are not that common in the park, especially in the south. She posed so nicely for us.

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We had no sooner commented that it would be fantastic if we saw a kudu bull, when our wishes were granted!

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Another beautiful eagle pose.

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And then a pair of Bateleur eagles!

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I love eagles, even though I don’t know most of their names.

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This jackal was drinking from one of the many puddles in the road, and he seemed unperturbed by our close proximity.

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Some more flat lions.

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Followed soon afterwards by these cheetahs lazing under a tree.

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It was a long and tiring day, but very rewarding. The cold beers were very welcome when we got to our campsite!
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Re: Durbanites' Odyssey to the KTP!

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30 Dec 2016

This morning Tyron decided to stay at the campsite for the day, so it was only Margaret and me in the car for the day. So we got to the Twee Rivieren gate at 7am sharp and then onto the petrol station to fill up. Unfortunately we could not get any fuel because the heat (even at that time of the morning!) caused the unleaded petrol pumps to not work. Apparently extreme heat causes air pockets in the petrol tanks which then shut down the bowser pumps. So we had to do our drive on half a tank.

While I was at the petrol station I admiring this Unimog having its tyre pressure adjusted.

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We decided that we would drive along the Nossob road as far as Kij Kij and then cross over to the Mata Mata road along the dune road, and then head onto Mata Mata for lunch before returning to Twee Rivieren directly.

Soon after leaving Twee Rivieren I came across this ostrich strutting along the red dunes. Unfortunately the photo was spoilt by the feint out-of-focus branches in the foreground. I was in two minds whether or not to delete the photo, but I decided to keep it.

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We then came across these two red hartebeest resting on the ground.

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Another first for us - gemsbok calves!

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They were watched carefully by their mother.

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All legs!

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Mommy watching her offspring with pride.

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Wotcha looking at?

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A little further up the road we spotted (pun intended) this cheetah in the distance.

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And then some flat lions.

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Another elusive steenbok.

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Just before we took the dune road turnoff, we saw this jackal.

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Once on the dune road, there was nothing to see, except for this steenbok foraging on top of the dunes.

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When we got onto the Mata Mata road, there was a lot more activity.

I’ve been trying in vain, until now, to get a clear photo of these birds.

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As we were driving, scanning for game, we noticed a sudden scurrying of something on the ground near the road and then, perched on a scrub, was this lizard. It was absolutely still, like a statue.

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And then we saw a meerkat running along the ground.

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And then it stopped suddenly to survey the surroundings for any danger.

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I love these types of shots.

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Near Batulama waterhole we spotted these two lions relaxing in the shade on the other side of the river bed.

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A secretary bird quenching its thirst in the heat of the day.

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Even a wildebeest needs to have a drink now and then.

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A family of giraffe sampling the leaves.

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Then we marvelled at this martial eagle wading in the water.

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As we drove along the road, following someone else towing a trailer, we noticed something in the middle of the road in the distance. When we got closer, we saw that it was a gemsbok carcass.

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Where were the lions that caused this unfortunate gemsbok’s demise? It didn’t take long for us to spot these two young male lions across the river bed. If you look carefully, you will notice a nasty gash on the side of the lion in the foreground - the result of the gemsbok’s sharp horns?

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Another typical Kgalagadi scene.

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A lovely sighting of a vulture nearby.

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And then he decided to give a demonstration of his take-off manoeuvre.

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A great springbok sighting followed soon afterwards.

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On our way back from Mata Mata, we were privileged to witness two giraffes drinking.

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And then we saw this young Bateleur eagle.

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I love the reflection of this eagle in the water.

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And then he flew off!

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We almost missed this Cape fox lying dead still, very close to the road.

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As we approached the gemsbok kill from the opposite direction, we saw that the two lions had moved into the road, very close to their kill. Notice how the neck of the gemsbok has been pulled completely backwards.

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A closer view of the lions, with the gash very apparent on the wounded lion. The gemsbok must have put up a brave and vicious fight.

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Looking back at the carcass, from the viewpoint of the lions.

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The look of a satisfied and full lion.

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As if our sighting of the kudu yesterday was not enough, we were treated to this warthog sighting! Apparently they are very rare in KTP.

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When we arrived back at camp at about 6pm, Tyron was waiting for us with a bush pig potjie for dinner!

All of a sudden, as the sun was setting, we noticed the sky changing colour towards the east, and we were told that a massive sand storm was rapidly approaching, and that we should get everything under cover as soon as possible. Within minutes after this photo was taken, the sand storm hit us with a vengeance, and continued for at least an hour, while we huddled together in our private ablutions eating our bush pig potjie!

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Re: Durbanites' Odyssey to the KTP!

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More stunning sightings, Neville, but I think that your "young Bateleur eagle" is actually a blackchested snake eagle :) A bataleur would be all brown, while your eagle has a white belly and legs, so .....
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31 December 2016.

Our final day at KTP has sadly arrived.

We decided to drive from Twee Rivieren along the Nossob Road, as far as Melkvlei picnic spot, then track back to Twee Rivieren for a toilet break, and then onto the Mata Mata road as far as Urikaruus, and then back to Twee Rivieren.

Soon after we started our drive, we came across this scene of a wildebeest and two gemsbok sharing the shade of a tree.

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And then this classic view of springbok grazing alongside the dunes.

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We spotted these two young jackals resting in the shade, while their mother was foraging in the distance.

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Then we came across this interesting bird, which I have identified as a crowned lapwing in my Roberts guide - am I correct?

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A beautiful Bateleur eagle.

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I was fortunate to capture this eagle in flight.

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Along the road, we came these two ostriches drinking from a puddle, and I waiting until they were in sync with each other!

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A peaceful scene of wildebeest grazing.

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And another striking springbok herd.

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We found another ostrich family, with many chicks!

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We loved watching this leggy young red hartebeest galloping around the river bed.

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All of a sudden, we saw this gemsbok running like it was being chased, but we could not see anything chasing it. It was quite exciting watching it, hoping that we would witness and chase and a kill, but it was not to be.

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And then, when we were on the Mata Mata road, we could believe our eyes when we saw a kudu bull again, only two days after we saw one on the Nossob road.

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We spent a while watching this eagle devour its prey close to the road.

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A steenbok resting in the shade. It was surprisingly calm when we approached it - normally they are very skittish and dart away when you approach them.

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A typical Kgalagadi scene - a windmill, springboks and dunes!

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And then we met up with our warthog again - I am sure it was the same one that we saw yesterday, as it was in the same area.

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Excitement again! We noticed a few cars parked in the road and, after waiting our turn to view whatever was causing the traffic jam, we gazed onto this handsome male lion, sleeping in the shade. His mate was lying under another tree, on the other side of the road, but we could not get a decent photo of her.

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He sure had his share of battle scars!

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A family of giraffes.

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On our way back to Twee Rivieren, we same across the two lions again, and this time I managed to get a shot of the lioness.

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The male lion was sitting up this time, so I got a few shots of him posing nicely for us.

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As we continued our drive, we spotted two lions on top of the ridge. One of the lions was very relaxed!

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Not far afterwards, also on top of the ridge, there were some wildebeest.

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It was a great final game drive. We headed back to our campsite and lit the fire for the last time, and hit the sack early, in anticipation for the long drive back to Durban the next day. No New Year’s Eve partying for us this year!

Our first visit to KTP was a great experience, even with some of the challenges we faced, and we definitely will be back. I think we missed out a lot by not staying in the Park itself, as I would imagine so much more can be seen in the hour and a half before 7am. We will need to get ourselves kitted out better as well. But now we have a better idea of what the Kgalagadi is all about.

Thank you to all of you that have been following our adventure, as it unfolded!
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Here is a YouTube compilation of the photos I took on our trip.

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