|Springbok grazing on the dry riverbank|
Day 2 - Two Rivers to Nossob
A mad rush to get out of Twee Rivierin at the gate opening time – something we dubbed the “Kalahari Express” for the rest of the trip. For the first 10km, it was basically just driving in a row trying to get through the dune and into the river bed J We hit our first bit of luck at the first waterhole in the
. Auob River
|Our first cat sighting in KTP - cheetah|
The leopard was pretty calm, but unfortunately he was just a bit too far for our cameras to pick up clearly (we could see why so many people have MASSIVE cameras and lenses in this park) and he was a bit of a spoil sport by heading away from us into the opposite dune ridge. But still – to see a leopard on our first morning – and right after a cheetah – was phenomenal! And there was more to come…
We stopped at the Museum at Auchterlonie, where we met a couple who were on their final day, and they told us that there were 3 cheetahs about 5km up the road – and they had just made a kill… We were off like a shot and found the group of cars soon enough.
And there they were – one was walking with part of the springbok they had hunted, while one was already resting after gorging himself.
We couldn’t have dreamed of this! Spending so much time in the
|Hyenas cooling off|
We hit our 2nd bit of luck with the spotted hyenas on our way back – as we approached 13th Boorgat again, 2 of the hyenas were walking towards the waterhole. Not only did they drink, but actually got into the water and spent some time playing in it. We spent about 40 minutes with them (them in the water, us in the hot sun!) before leaving for Nossob.
But what interested us the most was the bird hide and the fact that it is open 24 hours a day. I had read passing references to it, but even in the official information guide, they didn’t mention it, which would be extremely worth promoting to anyone that wants to try and catch the night creatures of the Kalahari.
Check out our full list of sightings for Day 2