Finally, we reach the Kgalagadi
Photos taken on trips from Tweerivieren
The lion above at the Kij-Kij waterhole did a balancing trick while drinking and later moved to his older friend under a nearby tree. This friend of his is maybe the most beautiful lion I ever saw. Have a look at the video below.
We were also lucky to find these two Cheetas next to the road near Auchterlonie. We suspect they are the kids of a mother who reared them and only recently left them to fend for themselves - something they can do very well - judging by their bellies.
Above is a view over the Aub river with the lower dune road crossing into the dunes past Kieliekrankie and joining the Nossob road at Kij-Kij. This was a wonderful circle route. Tweerivieren past Auchterlonie, turn right into the dune road and see what the dunes offer, then the expected lions near Kij-Kij and back to Tweerivieren with the Nossob road via Rooiputs and Leeudril waterholes where anything can show up to entertain you.
Cape Fox near Auchterlonie. Supposedly the only real fox in the Kgalagadi. The others are mere jackals.
This leopard is a female who was lying in the tree near Auchterlonie. With her was her young subadult cub who, upon us stopping beneath the tree, decided to leave the tree. Not very impressed with the attention we offered them.
The young one leaving and mother following suit where they joined each other again below the tree in the river. (Below)
They moved up the dune and vanished over to the other side and we not able to follow it! So beautiful, these cats.
Back at the camp, we met up with a visitor, a Cape Cobra, which luckily was not aggressive and only peeped from its home under a braai and later left for the bush. (Below)
One morning, as we left the camp for our early morning drive, this female lion greeted us just outside the gate and walked along for about a kilometer before vanishing over the dune.
Early morning drives on the dune road produced quite a few sightings of Honey Badgers. The ultimate Honey Badger sighting is when you see them in the company of a jackal and a Pale Chanting Goshawk who both like to strike at the mice and other animals that run away from the Honey Badger when he is digging them out.
We saw this Rooihartbeest who got its neck broken by a leopard and the hind parts eaten out. The leopard was nowhere to be seen - perhaps in the bush behind it. We were not willing to check :-)
A Bat-Eared fox hunting for food early in the Aub river near Monroe waterhole. They use their super hearing abilities to hear small animals and insects under the ground, which they then quickly dig out to eat. Just look at those ears focused on the ground.
We suspect this female Cheeta is the mother of those two we previously saw. Judging by the size of her belly, she also know how to look after herself in the bush. After a while she got up and moved away. (Below)
Two Tawny Eagles in a tree near Kij-Kij. Tawny Eagles are almost as common as lions in the Kgalagadi.
A wonderful sighting of a Bat_Eared Fox and her siblings. They were playful and vanished into their den holes ever now and then, playing with each other.