21 November 2018
What an awesome day we had today. There were more gemsbok, springbok and wildebeest about and jackals were going busily about their business.
We were on the road just after 5:30 and by quarter to six we had a lovely male lion at the Samevloeiing water hole. He was just lying there lazily set to sleep for the rest of the day.
This waterhole is fed by three boreholes drilled in 1913, 1984 and 1987 respectively. Samevloeiing means flow together – thus confluence.
More excitingly we found three lions right next to the road at Kij Kij Waterhole. They were finishing off a meal of springbok and we got some lovely shots.
Kij Kij was the first borehole driled in the Nossob River in 1913. The farm, Kij Kij was private property at the time. It means – big big or The Biggest.
Then all of a sudden they got up and marched off. All the spectators got into gear and followed them. We enjoyed them walking, play fighting and interacting for the next 20 minutes. It was great fun.
There was very little going on for a while but then we heard a jackal howling. Stop, I said, There’s a reason why he’s making a fuss – there’s a predator nearby! We looked all around and couldn’t see anything. The jackal was looking up toward a hill and Earl followed his gaze and then said – It’s an African Wild Cat. He snapped a photo and then pointed it out to us.
Wow! It was as clear as anything through our binoculars. Another car was wondering what we were looking at and was amazed when we went up next to them and told them where to look. It was an awesome sighting!
Those were the two highlights of the day. We also enjoyed the birds tortoises and ground squirrels and a cute little mouse.
It’s all about being in the bush and experiencing the colours of the Kalahari, the changes in weather, the huge sky and the awesomeness of being away from normal town life!