27th July – Nossob to Polentswa
In the last few years we have always stayed at pretty remote campsites so the morning in Nossob was a rude shock to us, even though the Kgalagadi is nowhere near the circus that Kruger is. There were lots of people queuing to exit the gate causing a whole commotion. This is not our style so we are glad we only spent one night here. We are one of the first to get out and we settle for some time at Cubitje Quap watching the birds come to drink – or rather waiting for a predator to swoop in, but alas no drama was to be seen.
We continue towards Kwang, and finally after 6 days of searching we finally spot our first lion of the trip – a lone female walking towards the waterhole. We spend some time watching her until she disappears in the bush and then reluctantly move on to Kwang where we are treated to a sighting of the rest of the pride drinking at the waterhole. Of course they choose that moment to leave, but we still have a good view of them. There are a few large cubs too. Eventually they settle in the bushes far away from the road and after waiting a while we move on.
In the late morning we arrive at our destination, the Polentswa Campsite on the Botswana side of the Kgalagadi. We have campsite #1 with an absolutely gorgeous view of the pan. A really lovely, large campsite. We relax a little and then set about making preparations for dinner. It’s no easy task with the strong cold winds that pick up at this time of the day, so we decide to make all the preparations in advance and then eat in the evening. Today we are having Peri Peri chicken fillet burgers. We do love our Peri Peri, we use it with almost everything – it’s our firm camping food theme.
There is some game grazing in the pan in front of the campsite, mainly wildebeest, Gemsbok and Springbok but our afternoon game drive is fairly uneventful and when we return to our campsite we just settle for a sundowner and some chores, enjoying the beautiful starry night. The game is grazing much closer to camp now and a quick swipe with a powerful flashlight reveals lots of green eyes. We also manage to see a springhare which is a first for us.