22nd July – Rooiputs
We wake up early in the morning to find out some water we had left out was frozen solid. I am not kidding when I say it can get very cold in Africa. Winter still has a solid grip on the Kalahari and it doesn’t seem like it will let go anytime soon. We spend our morning game driving towards the north – Rooiputs, Kij Kij, Melkvlei and further. We see some large herds of springboks and get told by a french film-maker couple that we just missed some lions. We also encounter some more meerkats, but the biggest entertainmnent of the day was provided by the jackals. Every waterhole has 2 or 3 and they seem to be particularly keen on catching the birds (doves and sandgrouse) that come down to drink. Just our luck every time they decide to pounce we are just arriving on the scene – so we constantly miss the action shot I would have loved to get.
In the afternoon we settle back to the cold and windy campsite and make some peri peri chicken wraps. I also brave a shower – I just cannot believe water can be so cold without actually being solid!! Thankfully the shower structure provides some shelter from the cold winds. I suspect that we will not wear much summer clothes during the trip if it goes on like this – I was right.
In the afternoon we go for another game drive, but once again the cats decide to lie low and not show themselves. We do see some usual suspects though.
We go to sleep early again, just after our sundowner. It is so cold it is not fun at all to sit around outside, and anyway I suspect our drinks would freeze solid. Of course we could have made a large campfire but we have a strict policy of only using as little firewood as possible and only for eating.