Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Kgalagadi: September 2009 (Part 4)

I hope you are enjoying my Kalahari trip report from September 2009 thus far. When I last left you, we had left the Spotted Hyena den close to the Urikaruus Wilderness Camp, and moved further up the Auob riverbed.

We soon came across 2 other vehicles parked on the side of the road. What were they looking at? This...



There were 3 cheetahs (we later found out it was a coalition of 3 young males) resting under a large camelthorn tree. The other tourists told us they had been lying there for at least 6 hours already! And at the moment we arrived, they decided that they were getting up. What luck!



They walked along the riverbed briskly and we had to follow along in the road. It seemed like they might be looking for a meal!
















They came to a halt under a camelthorn tree by the roadside...staring straight ahead...



They had seen a lone springbok gazelle standing further up the dry riverbed...



They remained still there for about 10 minutes. When they eventually started to attempt a stalking approach, the wind direction changed, and the buck immediately caught their scent and barked a warning. The hunt was over before it began...

They crossed the road behind us, and disappeared into the dunes for the night.









We had to avoid stopping for any other sightings along the way in order to make gate-closing time at the Kalahari Tented Camp (not that there were any more decent sightings). The sunset was magical.




What will the following day hold?

Stay tuned to find out...

Morkel Erasmus

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