Best ever visit to Kgalagadi
Ken and Jen Munro from Port Elizabeth recently returned from their sixth visit to the beautiful Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. They say that this was by far their best ever visit…
Ken and Jen Munro enjoyed their recent trip to the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park so much, they wrote to tell us about their experience:
"Following copious rains, the grass, in the words of Howard Keel, was a high as an elephant's eye. Where in the past we had seen red and white sand, now there were swathes of pale green grasses, white and pink heads of luscious seeds and trails of bright yellow flowers.
"All the animals we saw were "spekvet" (plump), from the cheetah that had killed a large springbok ram to the lone male lion hiding his wildebeest in the shade, and all seemed to be sharing in the bountiful feast.
"After a heavy shower we were rewarded with magnificent close-up sightings and pictures of bateleur and martial eagle frolicking in the fresh puddles formed in the roads.
Very green after a good rainfall in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
"A pair of pygmy falcons caught our attention with their head bobbing actions. As we watched, the male flew off, returning a few seconds later with a striped field mouse that he tore open. He then flew off to a nearby tree that supported an enormous sociable weaver nest. We quickly moved under the tree and found him handing his kill over to two very hungry youngsters who without squabbling shared the meal enthusiastically.
"Early one morning we found a honey badger busy hunting in close association with a pale chanting goshawk. It was the perfect picture of what is known as a symbiotic relationship – both using each other to assist in the hunt. Twice the honey badger disturbed a gerbil and the goshawk was onto it in a flash. After a good hour they both decided they had enjoyed a good breakfast and went their separate ways.
"The accommodation was very good at Twee Rivieren and at Mata Mata, and whilst we do enjoy Nossob, it is due for an upgrade, which we hope will open soon. Our stay in the new tented camp near Mata Mata was made all the more enjoyable by us having a thunderstorm at night, an incredible sound made even more so under canvas.
"The roads in the camp were better than during our previous visit and the new road to Nossob will be a great improvement. We have always said that because the roads are rough it makes you travel more slowly and you get to see so much more.
"It is no wonder that so many photographic prizes are won with pictures from the Kgalagadi. It truly is an awesome national park."
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