Caravanning in The Kgalagadi – Mata Mata Friday 13 March 2015

It is a calm day today – no cats but we do have fun seeing birds and other creatures as the photographs will show.

We ended our day early and came back to camp at 2 pm.   The temperatures gets up to 36 every day but while in an air conditioned car this is not too bad but in camp it is energy sapping.  I decide that I will go to the pool for a quick swim but stay in for an hour!   I meet some interesting people.  Mike is a vet from Hout Bay and heavily into Bird Watching so we have a lovely chat while his companions tease us about looking at birds when there is a lion right in front our noses.  This is too true!

When I am out of the pool I chat to a lady who is on one of the recliners in the shade. It is her first visit to Kgalagadi and she is not impressed.  “It’s just a dessert,” she says – “I miss Kruger.”  I tell her that it will grow on her. “Why,” she asks – “The -vastness of the dry, scorched land, the muted grey-green-pink-mauve-lime-green-khaki colours that contrast with the orange dunes and brightly coloured bee-eaters and crimson breasted shrikes, the huge sky and the dusty pink clouds,  the very earthiness of the place – I don’t know – but it does grow on one and one keeps longing to come back.  Kruger has a different kind of fresh, lush beauty. Kgalagadi has a rugged character that keeps drawing you back time and time again.

Maureen cooks Puttanesca (Prostitutes’ Pasta) for supper and Earl is impressed.  He wants me to learn to cook it!

Giraffe matching their background

Giraffe matching their background

The ever-present tawny eagle

The ever-present tawny eagle

He finds the remains of the cheetah kill

He finds the remains of the cheetah kill

And what a feast it will be for him

And what a feast it will be for him

Unusual to fine a barn owl

Unusual to find a barn owl

009Gemsbok at Waterhole Helen

Gemsbok (Oryx) at Thirteenth Water Hole

011 Gemsbok Earl (2)

Rufous vented titbabbler

Rufous vented titbabbler

Ground Squirrel in our camp

Ground Squirrel in our camp

Built in sunshade

Built in sunshade

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One thought on “Caravanning in The Kgalagadi – Mata Mata Friday 13 March 2015

  1. Another interesting day for you but I am sure you enjoyed it all despite the heat. The birds are lovely and all the little creatures look so cute. Have a great stay and enjoy.

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