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Kgalagadi 2016 Trip Report

Unread post by Sigmund » Fri Aug 05, 2016 12:38 pm

Although it was our third trip to KTP, our first trip to the region during 2006, was spent at Augrabies, Riemvasmaak and Kalahari Trails approximately 30 km outside of Tweerivieren, taking day trips into the park, making this our forth visit to the area.

Accompanying us on our trip, were the Pelser and van Wyngaard families, both KTP rookies although the Pelsers were also our travel companions during our initial 2006 trip to the area.

This trip turned out to be one of our most fruitful with (for us that is) a record breaking seven leopard sightings experienced during two weeks in the park.

Herewith a short report on the trip.

The itinerary of the trip would be as follows:
Niewoudtville 1 night
Oranjerus 1 night
Nossob 2 nights
Polentswa 4 nights
Mata Mata 3 nights
Rooiputs 3 nights

We left the northern suburbs of Cape Town on 23 June and travelled north along the N7, turning east at Van Rhynsdorp, ascending the escarpment via the Van Rhyns Pass to our first night’s stopover at Willemsrivier Trekpad Guest Cottages on a farm on the outskirts of Nieuwoudtville.

The venue offers rustic yet extremely comfortable accommodation that will definitely see us again and is an ideal basecamp during the Namakwa flowering season.

Our next night was spent at the never disappointing Oranjerus Resort, Kannoneiland on the banks of the Orange River in the Upington district.
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The Saturday morning saw us depart bright and early heading North to Askahm for fuel replenishment and fire wood stock up before entering Kgalagadi TP at the Tweerivieren gate.

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Fresh water supplies at the well-stocked shop at Tweerivieren.

Well after all the admin and necessary stock replenishments, we were finally “in” the park and the feeling of excitement and suppressed expectations as one drives out of Tweerivieren, seeing your first gemsbok, goshawk, springbok or whatever, is hard to describe to those that have never been here.

To be continued…..
2015 Berg en Dal 19 Sep - Biyamiti 20-22 Sep - Lower Sabie 22-26 Sep - Satara 26-30 Sep
Tambotie 30 Sep - 2 Oct

2016 Nossob 24-25 June - Polentswa 26-30 June - Mata Mata 1-3 July - Rooiputs 4-6 July
Augrabies 7-8 July

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Re: Kgalagadi 2016 Trip Report

Unread post by WillieV » Fri Aug 05, 2016 2:27 pm

I was waiting for this Trip Report Sigmund. :dance: :dance:
:popcorn: :popcorn: :popcorn:
KGALAGADI AFTER THE RAIN. MAY 2016.
KGALAGADI AUGUST 2015. THE HUNTER BECAME THE HUNTED
KGALAGADI May 2015
August 2014 short trip to Kgalagadi.
Kgalagadi May 2014 with Lion vs Leopard and the "Love Birds"

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Re: Kgalagadi 2016 Trip Report

Unread post by Sigmund » Fri Aug 05, 2016 2:46 pm

I am sure some of the members would have noticed my postings on the Leopard Identification topic, so apologies in advance for the duplication that will follow.

We had barely left Tweerivieren and were inside the park for approximately 30 minutes and 10 km down the Nossob road, and I was relating our 2014 spotting of Kabello at the Leeuwdril water hole to the other two vehicles in our group over our two-way radios.
Also mentioned to them that I know of people that have been to KTP 20 times or more and never had the privilege of spotting a leopard.
My words were barely cold when I spotted what seemed to be the flick of a white tipped tail approximately 150 meters off to our right....braked and scanning the veld to spot a leopard casually approaching the road.

I suspected that the animal was on its way for a drink of water and we held back to have her cross the road and spent around half an hour with her at Leeuwdril.
We now know that this was the Auchterlonie female unfortunately for us, without her cub.

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From here we took a leisurely trip to Nossob where we pitched camp for the next two nights.
Some of the sights enroute to Nossob.
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Nossob was disappointing from a big cat spotting perspective although we saw our second leopard for the trip at Marie se Gat watering hole early the next morning.

It was a very brief sighting by my wife of a leopard descending from a tree in the rear-view mirror and as I turned the vehicle around, we had a 10 second glimpse of it slinking off into the shrubbery to the east of the water hole. Too quick for any photos or videos.

The two nights that we spent at Nossob were weekend nights (Saturday and Sunday) so there were no construction activities for the new bungalows taking place.
A lot of people that had been in Nossob for 5 or 6 days by the time of our arrival, was of the opinion that the construction activities were to blame for the lack of animals in general.

The reports on Nossob sightings were however very conflicting. When we passed Nossob again after our four night camping at Polentswa, there were lots of reports of lion at the hide and keeping the campers awake at night with their roaring.
So just another classic example of right time, right place.

The two days at Nossob were spent in the usual way of leaving camp as the gates opened, looking for spoor in the roads, and trying to find their owners.

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To be continued.....
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2015 Berg en Dal 19 Sep - Biyamiti 20-22 Sep - Lower Sabie 22-26 Sep - Satara 26-30 Sep
Tambotie 30 Sep - 2 Oct

2016 Nossob 24-25 June - Polentswa 26-30 June - Mata Mata 1-3 July - Rooiputs 4-6 July
Augrabies 7-8 July

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Re: Kgalagadi 2016 Trip Report

Unread post by Sigmund » Fri Aug 05, 2016 2:49 pm

WillieV wrote:I was waiting for this Trip Report Sigmund. :dance: :dance:
:popcorn: :popcorn: :popcorn:


Some patience shall be required unfortunately :lol:

I try my best but tend to get carried away and then things become too much after the tenth page :redface:

That's why my previous "trip reports" on Kgalagadi and Namaqua had no text and only pics 8)
2015 Berg en Dal 19 Sep - Biyamiti 20-22 Sep - Lower Sabie 22-26 Sep - Satara 26-30 Sep
Tambotie 30 Sep - 2 Oct

2016 Nossob 24-25 June - Polentswa 26-30 June - Mata Mata 1-3 July - Rooiputs 4-6 July
Augrabies 7-8 July

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Re: Kgalagadi 2016 Trip Report

Unread post by barryels » Fri Aug 05, 2016 3:34 pm

Great start to your trip Sigmund :thumbs_up: .

Stunning pictures of the leopard :clap: :clap: .

Looking forward to the rest of the trip :thumbs_up: .
Always be humble and understanding

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20-22/10/2016 Punda
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Re: Kgalagadi 2016 Trip Report

Unread post by Jan van Wyk » Fri Aug 05, 2016 7:37 pm

On the buss all the way....just know this will be a brilliant TR!! :dance: :dance:

What a start with your Leopard sighting plus beautiful images :clap: :clap: :clap:

...and as always the BBJ will welcome you :thumbs_up:

Thank you for sharing :thumbs_up:

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Re: Kgalagadi 2016 Trip Report

Unread post by ritad » Fri Aug 05, 2016 8:36 pm

Sigmund, great you have start a new TR, i'm on board :k :k

Super start wit a leopard and lovely picture with the ostrich family :dance: :dance: :dance:
Our Tripreport has startet: KRUGERFEVER? - YES WE HAVE - September/Oktober 2015

Next trip 2017 planned 21.September 2017 - 09.Oktober 2017 :dance: :dance: :dance: only wait for booking :dance:
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Re: Kgalagadi 2016 Trip Report

Unread post by Sigmund » Fri Aug 05, 2016 10:04 pm

barryels wrote:Looking forward to the rest of the trip :thumbs_up: .


Jan van Wyk wrote:On the buss all the way....


ritad wrote:Sigmund, great you have start a new TR, i'm on board :k :k


Welcome all :) although I must admit, stage fright gets to me now and then 8)

Continued......

Being only 10km away from Nossob, we love just sitting at Cubitje Quap water hole for hours on end, just taking in the sounds, colours, smells and activity surrounding the place.
It is normaly where we spend the last remaining time of the day before returning to Nossob before the gates closes.

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After the two nights at Nossob, it was time to move further north to Polentswa.
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2015 Berg en Dal 19 Sep - Biyamiti 20-22 Sep - Lower Sabie 22-26 Sep - Satara 26-30 Sep
Tambotie 30 Sep - 2 Oct

2016 Nossob 24-25 June - Polentswa 26-30 June - Mata Mata 1-3 July - Rooiputs 4-6 July
Augrabies 7-8 July

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Re: Kgalagadi 2016 Trip Report

Unread post by billyf » Sat Aug 06, 2016 4:45 am

Lovely way to start a KTP trip, a liesurely drive up there and then a wonderful leopard sighting :clap: :clap:
Definitely joining you for the rest of the trip :popcorn: :popcorn:
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Unread post by barryels » Sat Aug 06, 2016 12:06 pm

Great bird pictures Sigmund :thumbs_up: .
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20-22/10/2016 Punda
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Re: Kgalagadi 2016 Trip Report

Unread post by hilda » Sat Aug 06, 2016 12:12 pm

You were very lucky to have found a stunning Leopard so soon after entering the Park Sigmund! Beautifully captured too! :clap: :clap:

Looking forward to read all about this awesome trip! :dance: :dance:
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Re: Kgalagadi 2016 Trip Report

Unread post by Jan van Wyk » Sat Aug 06, 2016 6:07 pm

Superb BW images and love the birdies specially the perfect Bateleur :clap: :clap: :clap:

Thank you for sharing :thumbs_up:

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Re: Kgalagadi 2016 Trip Report

Unread post by Pumbaa » Sun Aug 07, 2016 10:22 am

Awesome start Sigmund,

especially with such a leopard sighting :clap: :clap: :clap:

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Unread post by ritad » Sun Aug 07, 2016 4:39 pm

Hello Sigmund, great pictures. My question what is the name of this many birds they looks pretty. :clap: :clap: :clap:
Our Tripreport has startet: KRUGERFEVER? - YES WE HAVE - September/Oktober 2015

Next trip 2017 planned 21.September 2017 - 09.Oktober 2017 :dance: :dance: :dance: only wait for booking :dance:
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Re: Kgalagadi 2016 Trip Report

Unread post by Philip1 » Sun Aug 07, 2016 9:54 pm

Sigmund :thumbs_up: What a start. :mrgreen:

:clap: Great Pic's and adventure. :mrgreen:
The birds in the tree look like "Red-headed Quelea's"?
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