*Random pictures will follow*
The main reason for the trip was WILDLIFE! I was very unsure what to expect after my 18 year absence. This is what I found....
Because of some cold weather and some rain just before we arrived, a lot of the animals, and predators, headed into the dunes away from the river beds where the main sightings occur. During the first two days I was anxious because of the few sightings. Popular sightings were Springbok, Eland, Ostrich, Goshawk, Black backed jackal, Oryx and Blue wildebeest.
During the third day the sightings increased and the type of sightings grew ever more interesting. I came across a badger foraging and accompanied by a pale chanting goshawk and black backed jackal, stealing from the badger whatever he may find. The juvenile goshawks also hunted red mongoose which made for great fun with camera in hand.
Red hartebeest also made a quick appearance. The smaller animals also included yellow mongoose, suricate, steenbok, Cape fox (a large den at Gemsbokplein five meters from the road), pygmy mice running across the road twice, ground squirrels, Cape hare and porcupine.
The larger predatory species and predators really surprised with great sightings. (Even though I unfortunately did not see leopard, but heard about a lot of sightings in the Aub river bed near Batulama and Montrose water holes. Leopards were found here five days in a row, including a kill 40 meters from the vehicles.)
Lions and cheetah really did not disappoint. In total I witnessed three cheetah kills and two lion kills in the time I was there.Pictures will follow.
Besides these wonderful sightings and animal interaction, I also came across African wild cat up in the trees during the day, as well as Giant eagle owls.
The experience was unbelievable and I would recommend it to any nature lover, nature/wildlife photographer. Not only great for photography, but you can also have a great time with your family.
When to go?
This obviously depends on what you are looking for...migrant birds? Wildlife? Landscapes?
For wildlife, action is great throughout the year, but after a lot of research I came to the conclusion that November/December can be the best months regarding animal sightings. This was after talking to people visiting the park for more than fifteen years. It is dry and warm, but sightings great. During February, sightings are also very good, with the additional element of greener vegetation. June/July is much better for day temperatures, but bring along the warm blankets, for it can easily drop below freezing temperatures!
Go check out the SANPARKS page for Kgalagadi here.
Thank you very much for taking the time to browse my work!
Until next time...