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Hads

Awesome stuff @JayRon - well done to your sons finding the Caracal :D

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Towlersonsafari

lovely caracal  @JayRon

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xelas

Amazing Caracal in amazing Kgalagadi! And to top it, amazing photography, @JayRon. Even sitting in front of the display far away in cold Ljubljana I can feel the excitement.

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Peter Connan

Wow, what a morning!

 

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mopsy

Great report @JayRon what a fantastic adventure you and your family have had.

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9.1 From Rooiputs to Nossob Morning gamedrive

 


After 4 great days at Rooiputs, we were a little sad to leave Rooiputs, but on  the other hand still very excited about going to stay a Nossob for 2 nights. We had talked to a lot of other tourist, who been at Nossob and the said they then seen a lot of lions in the area, but not much other than that.  But hey, we like lions ;) 
Going from Rooiputs towards Nossob we drove past the familiar waterholes like Kij Kij and Melkvlei searching for a brown hyena, but no luck. After Melkvlei we went into new territory going past Gunong, Kransbrak and Jan se Draai, but no special sightings. In fact I can´t really remember the waterholes, so I guess they didn´t make a big impression. But still very nice to see a new area. 


A finally, at Kaspersdrai waterhole we had luck!.  We spotted a brown hyena. The sighting was great and we spent quite some times looking at it. Only problem with the hyena was it acted like a lion, it didn´t do anything. Just slept in the shade. At one time it move a little, only to urinate, and then lay down in that same place. We found that a little strange, even though the boys found it very funny.

 

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While we were there, quite a few cars came and went. Most stay for a few minutes before they left. But one car took the first prize in odd behaviour. Normally people have the courtesy to smalltalk a little, but they just asked "Is there lions?". "No, its is brown hyena", we told rather ecxited.   They didn´t even answer and just raced on. They must have been on a lion mission or something, but to us it felt strange. We seen so many lions, but this was our first brownie and they didn´even look at it. Even if I am a big fan of big cats, I think you will miss out a lot, if you ignore almost anything else. 

 

I wonder what happend to the ears....

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The rest of the trip went fairly quiet and we reached Nossob around 12.00. There we were hit with a minor disaster. The pool was closed! Turned out that there wasn´t enough water in camp. On the bright side, they expected a watertank to arrive the next day, so maybe we could survive one day...:rolleyes: Instead I had a good sleep in the shade, whiile the boys played some cards.DSCN3945.JPG.25197209f0cbc06c344bebdd0407f9cc.JPG

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xelas
15 hours ago, JayRon said:

I wonder what happend to the ears....

I know persons chewing off their fingernails ...

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9.1 2019 Afternoon gamedrive going north from Nossob

 

After a good sleep, I talked to our "neighbours" at the campsite. Some nice germans, who told us,that exactly 5.6 km north of Nossob there was 3 cheetahs on a kill. We couldn´t miss them, because they were next to the road ... So of course we decided to go north. We found the cheetahs easily, since there was 3 cars parked next to them ;). And the germans were almost right, the cheetahs were not next to the road, they were on the road!! 

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We watched them for a long time, people were friendly and we took turns, so everybody got a good view. Again this was easy, since the cats were on the road. 

 

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The cheetahs had a kill behind the bushes and we had a difficult time figuring out what they killed. I thought it was a springbok, but the rest of the car thought hartebeest (which we had seen only one of, on the entire trip :) ). Later we heard it was a hartebeest, damn!

 

You can just glimpse the kill in the bush!

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So again the bragging rights went to the boys (and the wife, which was even worse :() But yet another great cheetah sighting...

 

After the sighting we went further north up to Qubitje Quap waterhole. Here we had another good sighting of a bateleur and we also saw some jackals on the remains of a wildebeest. We heard from another car, that the wildebeest had been killed by a large male lion 2 days earlier. He then stuffed himself for 2 days, before he departed.

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Back at Nossob we went the hide, which is famous for nightly visitors. This night is was very quiet, and we only saw a jackal at the waterhole. But again an awesome day in Kgalagadi with our first brown hyena and a great cheetah sighting. 

 

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19 minutes ago, xelas said:

I know persons chewing off their fingernails ...

 

ha ha..... I know that I giraffe can lick itself in the eye, so why not :rolleyes:

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Ritsgaai

I am still following along closely, @JayRon and enjoying every morsel. :rolleyes::P You were extremely lucky with an abundance of cheetah sightings... I've lost count! I can only hope to have half as many with our visit in May next year.  

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Peter Connan

This last was a lovely cheetah sighting!

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JayRon
On 12/9/2019 at 6:09 AM, Ritsgaai said:

I am still following along closely, @JayRon and enjoying every morsel. :rolleyes::P You were extremely lucky with an abundance of cheetah sightings... I've lost count! I can only hope to have half as many with our visit in May next year.  

 

@Ritsgaai We were very very lucky. On this trip we saw so much more than we ever could have imagined. I would have settled for a third of the sightings ;)  But I will keep my fingers crossed for you for your may trip (especially if you write a trip report ;) )

On 12/9/2019 at 4:56 PM, Peter Connan said:

This last was a lovely cheetah sighting!

@Peter Connan You are right, we were again so lucky :) 

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Treepol

The diversity of your sightings is amazing, KTP is such a rewarding park to visit. Caracal and a Brown hyena are memorable sightings, especially as both animals seemed so relaxed. 

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10.1 2019 Gamedrives  from Nossob

 

We were up a little later than usual, which we soon regretted. For the first time on our entire trip we heard lions roaring(including Kruger) in the night.  I know it sounds absurd, but at this time ,we hadn´t heard a single lion roar during the night-  When I sleep, I sleep heavily, so I could easily have missed it, but my wife sleep very lightly, and she didn´t hear anything. But during the night there was a lot of loud roaring and pretty close. But we were tired and just went out at 6.30.

 

 

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We soon discovered that was a bad choice to sleep a little longer. We went down south, and soon found out, that we missed the entire Nossob pride of 11 lions. They were seen walking on the road a few kilometers south of Nossob. That was a shame, but a  We discussed it a litlle bit and then decided to drive north instead. 


Here we had a good sighting of a small group of bat-eared foxes. They had a den pretty close to the road so we had a good view, but they were still quiet difficult to photograph, but I think we managed a few good ones.

 

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We went pass the Quitje Quap(QQ) waterhole and then up to Kwang waterhole.  I really like the area around Kwang. The waterhole is one of the most popular, both with animals and tourists. We watched a group of wildebeest drink and after searching the area with the binoculars we could see a lone male lion in the shade of a tree. We waited for a while, but it never came to the waterhole. 

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Later in the day we spent some time in the hide at Nossob. Here we were entertained by a lot of birds. Lots of vultures and one of my favourite birds. The secretary-bird. A very remarkable bird...  

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It was far greener around Nossob than down south. 

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When it was almost dark, we could see a male lion walking towards the waterhole, but it stopped a few hundreds meter away and didn´t drink, when we were at the hide. 

 

 

We could only get a picture of the lion, because we had the nikon 900 with 2000 mm zoom. It was very far away.
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