Kgalagadi Trip Report Part-2

Gharagab Wilderness Camp

Leaving Urikaruus at 07h00 and arriving at Gharagab at 15h45 for our 4 day stay, we had a great 8 hour trip with a few stops along the way - we had 4 lions lying in the middle of the Nossob road causing a traffic jam...

lion roadblock near Nossob camp

On arriving at camp...

Gharagab dune cabin

we had two Red hartebeest at the waterhole and some ostritches hanging around in the background...

ostritchs

then that night we had an owl, jackal and Gemsbok drinking at the waterhole...

gemsbok at Gharagab waterhole

A very nice surprise for us was that a spotlight has been erected on a tree overlooking the Gharagab waterhole - makes a big difference to people who do not have a spotlight and makes nocturnal photography much easier!

In addition, Eric, the camp manager, tells us that Gharagab is going to be renovated during May 2011 - hopefully the squeaking floorboards will be fixed!

On day 2 we woke to see 2 lionesses drinking at the waterhole...

lionesses drinking at Gharagab waterhole

They were then joined by 2 males one at a time...

male and female lions at Gharagab waterhole

- the first female moved off and came round unit no 1 followed by the big male, they roared right behind our units - what a sound! Then the 2nd male walked right passed our unit walking between us and our neighbor...

male lion walking through Gharagab wilderness camp

Wow this was great stuff!

Each day we also had Lanner Falcons and Pale Chanting Goshawks hunting at the waterhole...

Pale chanting Goshawk at Gharagab

and each day we had magnificent sunrises...

sunrise at Gharagab

and sunsets that painted the sky in various colors...

sunset in the Kgalagadi

On our last day we went for a drive and photographed black-backed jackals in wonderful morning light...

blackbacked jackal near Gharagab

Then it was time to pack up and move to our next camp, Kieliekrankie...

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