26th July Kalahari Tented Camp to Nossob
Time to head for Nossob which we hadn’t visited before. Actually everywhere from this day onwards is new frontiers for us so we are very excited. The day starts off slowly but just before Urikaruus we see a Cape Fox couple. They must be one of the most adorable animals I have ever seen. So cute you just want to grab them, take them home and squeeze them for eternity. They were on my wishlist to see and photograph so we are pretty pleased with ourselves.
At Kamqua we are greeted by an amazing sight of around 30 giraffes. We stop for a small break at the picnic site and set off on the upper dune road. There isn’t much game here apart from the occasional gemsbok and ostrich but the scenery is quite enjoyable.
We arrive at Nossob and check in. We are given a unit close to the fence just by the fuelling station. Not very inspiring but perfectly adequate for just one night. We set off on a game drive along the famed Marie se Draai. We wait and wait by the waterhole but only a couple of jackals show up. Closer to Nossob some wildebeest are at the Rooikop waterhole – the light is fantastic and it is a perfect opportunity to photograph these creatures, as it is normally quite difficult to get a compelling picture of them unless they are very numerous.
We return to Nossob and set out looking for some owls which we duly find. It is difficult to get a good shot of them as they are really deep into the branches and I don’t want to use the flash – the result is quite horrid as you can see below. We would have liked to spend sunset at the hide but some people are talking extremely loudly in the hide, despite the clear silence sign and I get a bit annoyed and we leave. Why do people sitting right next to each other need to make such a racket? We set about making some burgers with peri peri sauce today – our favourite bush meal! After we eat we go again to hide. Now it is quiet but we are told we just missed a Brown Hyena. I am crestfallen, the Brown Hyena is THE top animal I want to see in the Kgalagadi, especially after reading the book: Hyena Nights and Kalahari Days by Gus and Margie Mills. We hang around a bit longer and I experiment a bit with some flash photography on a poor jackal. I never was into flash photography but I figured that at some point I might need it. A few days later I was proven right!