25th July – Kalahari Tented Camp
For once we don’t need to pack everything up in the morning but as usual we leave as soon as the gates open. Nothing special is seen during the game drive – I guess the cheetahs are still digesting their meal somewhere in the dunes. But the early morning light is once again so beautiful.
In the afternoon we head towards Mata Mata to refuel and to cross the border into Namibia to visit the Sitzas Farm Stall. We go on foot as it is very close and we just tell the officials at the border we just want to go shopping and we don’t even need to show our passports. At the farm stall there are lots of nice things – jams, pickled veggies, and meat. We get a huge Gemsbok steak (about 800g) for a mere 50 rands (4 euros). Since I don’t eat much red meat this is all for the mister!
Shopping and refuelling done, we head back to the Kalahari Tented Camp. While the meat is marinating in salt, petter, peri peri sauce and steak spices I go around camp and stalk some squirrels. The squirrels are not too obliging but I manage to get a couple of shots.
During the afternoon game drive we manage to see a cute Pearl Spotted Owlet at Craig Lockhart, and a bit further away we also catch a glimpse of an African Wild Cat but it is very camera shy and instantly hides in the thick branches. We also see some bat-eared foxes but they too are camera shy! I am not liking this evolving pattern – but I do manage to grab some sort of proof shots of the foxes.
Back in camp in the evening we enjoy our last luxurious night in the park, from tomorrow we’ll be camping again. Despite not knowing how to marinade the gemsbok the mister is pretty pleased with the results. You can’t go wrong with peri peri I guess!