Thursday 15 November 2018
We made a late start this morning. Earl managed to get some plastic sheeting from one of the staff at the park shop and he and Tony did a good job of sorting out the lack of a back window.
We had an excellent “Earlie” breakfast of scrambled eggs, tomato, bacon and banana and then set off for a game drive at half past nine.
Peter Derichs had produced a series of guides to various game reserves in South Africa called Peter’s Guides. The snippets of information I have given on the names and places in the Kgalagadi come from such a reference – Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park – by Peter Derichs”
Kgalagadi means ‘salt pans’. It is part of a 89000 square kilometers sand field which has a red colour caused by a thin layer of iron oxide on the sand grains.
The park has two rivers – the Nossob and the Aub which are mainly dry and only flow when there are heavy rains. There are many years between flooding and the average annual rainfall is 200 mm. To meet the water needs of the animals, over 86 water points have been provided. These were previously powered by windmills but now most are solar powered.
Today we followed the Auob riverbed road and checked out each of the waterholes until we reached the Kamqua picnic site where we had lunch and then drove back again.
The Aub River is part of an ancient drainage system and runs in a southerly direction until it joins the Nossob River near Twee Rivieren Camp. There are 18 water points in the river.
The quality of the water at Craig Lockhart bore hole is good. Craig means rock and Lockhart is a person’s name. It is derived from the French word Loche meaning a fresh water fish. It is assumed that Lockhart was a name given to a fresh water fisherman.
Craig Lockhart is a good place to spot birds. We spotted a black-breasted snake eagle. He did not seem to want to pose for his portrait but I managed to get a reasonable shot.
The Gemsbok were enjoying a drink until theu saw the bullies arrive.
Dertiende en Viertiende Boorgat (thirteenth and fourteenth bore hole) were originally known as Kleinskrij and Grootskrij – small and big diarrhoea. This is because when a surveyor named Jackson camped there his oxen ate tsamma melon and drank the poor quality water which gave them diarrhoea!
Kamqua like all the picnic sites in the park is not fenced so one must be on the lookout for wild animals when getting out of the car. Fortunately I have never seen any animals passing through while I’ve been there but cheetah are often in the vicinity. Kamqua means green pothole.