Kgalagadi visit 17-25 August 2012 - WOW experience!

by Wessel Badenhorst
(Cape Town, RSA)

The young ones start arriving

The young ones start arriving

The young ones start arriving
Injured, but still stature of note
Shy? We killed 3 eland!
I'm watching you.....

We were very fortunate to visit the Kgalagadi from 17 Aug the afternoon until the morning of 25 Aug 2012. And what a lucky trip it had been. Still being amateur photographers, practising a lot and with limited equipment, we were so lucky to have many sightings close to the road.


We stayed in Twee Rivieren, Mata Mata, Nossob, Kieliekrankie, Urikaruus and Kalahari Tented camp - of the new wilderness camps Urikaruus is our favourite - waterhole close by, roads in acceptable condition, and plenty of animals in the Auob river. A close second best is Kieliekrankie!

We saw big cats every day, and cheetah on 4 separate days.

Our first morning in the reserve was started with an injured leopard at a waterhole. Thereafter 6 lions. Later in the week we came upon a lion kill - 3 females killed 3 eland the previous night at Houmoed. 2 days later we see an eland carcass at Melkvlei, killed by 3 cheetah. After seeing NOTHING at Gemsbokplein for the whole week, we stumbled upon a lion kill there on our second last day - 2 sub-adult males with 2 eland being killed. The next morning a female joined them, and had a big scuffle with a black maned male which intruded.

We also saw a jackal eating nearly a whole mole snake - where he stored all that meat is still a mystery.

At Nossob the jackal and lanner falcon hunting the doves was awesome to experience.

All in all a memorable week of bliss - pleasant weather and good roads, with fantastic sightings - what more can you wish for.

Some photos of the first 2 days are attached.

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Dec 03, 2012
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Injured Leopard
by: Wessel

Hi Mario,
it was at Houmoed Waterhole in the Auob river.

The leopard's name is Luna, as per Hannes Lochner and the game rangers.

Hope this helps.

Wessel

Dec 01, 2012
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Injured leopard
by: Mario

Hi Wessel

Do you remember at which waterhole you photographed the injured leopard?

Sep 04, 2012
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Kgalagadi visit
by: Wessel

Hi Phil,
wish I was in your shoes! I have not been to Grootkolk, but Urikaruus is amazing!
We have seen our best and most animals at Houmoed and Melkvlei.

Hope you enjoy.

Sep 04, 2012
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Pics & Tips
by: Phil

Thanks for the great pics and sighting tips Wessel. We head to Kgalagadi this weekend for the first time - staying at Groot Kolk and Urikaruus. Hopefully we will have as much luck with sightings as you did. Thanks.

Aug 29, 2012
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by: Wessel

Thanks all - yes, it was a memorable trip. Already looking at the calendar to see when we can go again - still want to see a cheetah hunt!

I did submit additional photo's of our second day in the park - will probably show tomorrow. Hope you enjoy....and any crit on the photos are welcome, else how do I learn?

Aug 29, 2012
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Wow Pics
by: Jenny

Wow Wessel, thanks for sharing your lovely trip report and stuning photographs with us. It sounds like you guys had a fab time!, we know how you feel because this is one of our favourtie parks too and we also love the wilderness camps.

Aug 29, 2012
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Thanks for sharing your wonderful trip!
by: Mario

You captured some great images Wessel and we agree with you - Urikaruus and Kieliekrankie are in the top-3 camps in the Kgalagadi (with Grootkolk making up the third).

Aug 29, 2012
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Woweee!
by: jim

The leopard pic is my fav!

Aug 29, 2012
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So many sightings in just 1 week!!
by: Brian

What a great experience with lovely photos as well!

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