Thursday, 29 January 2015

The Epic Journey Continues - Part 7

After catching up on some washing, the past few days, and taking some pictures in Windhoek and surrounds, we headed out latish.
See the nice, oversized piston to your left?

A map, just for consistency

Funny: German City names in the middle of nowhere :)

Because we were only going to travel to Stampriet, there was not a rush to get going.
In Stampriet we again asked for a space at one place, which was full, but found a room at the Historical Guesthouse.

They had a lot of parrots, but even more importantly, they had a porcupine. A baby, mind you, but a porcupine nonetheless. They are quite grumpy, but funny.

After taking a dip in the pool, ordering cocktails and an amazing dinner with tipsy tart as dessert, we just fell into bed.
Such is holiday and life :0
The sunset was beautiful.

The next morning, we decided to book into Kgalagdi, since we had a feeling that they were going to be full. We found a place at Nossob. So, off we went to Mata-Mata, but not before we saw some of the beautiful Kalahari sand and some Giraffe along the way.

At the border post we then were told, that we had to book two nights if we wanted to get into South Africa at Twee Rivieren - nobody tells you this! Anyway, we were just going to take a chance.
We had a good laugh at the Police officer, who was quite surprised at our vehicle and said: "You are going to struggle with your car - it is Kalahari Sand!" Lucky for us, both of us could drive sand, he (and we)  needn't have worried. The main roads are all very drivable with a sedan, even one as small as a Hyundai Atos.
Our travels inside the park:

We had this lovely companion for both Kgalagadi and Augrabies. The maps helped a lot, as well as the tick-boxes for all the animals you have seen.

On our way to Nossob, we were still quite trigger happy when we saw Ostrich, Oryx, Hartebees, Wildebeest and Springbok, but towards the end, not so much. We saw quite a few Secretary Birds, Kori Busterds and Goshawks (which they apparently call the Kalahari chicken because they are so common).
It must have rained a few days before, since there were quite a number of puddles (well biggish puddles) on the roads. The other 4x4 drivers all did a double take when we arrived in our little Atos. :D
In Nossob the electricity goes out at 10h00 and there is no cell phone reception. Ahh what bliss.
We tried to view a few things at the waterhole but there was that one person that would not shut up, so the chances were quite slim.We left after about 30 minutes.

The chalets are well kitted out, even with braai stands and all cutlery. All you need is food and you can go.
A few pictures from the first day...

See, completely doable roads with a Sedan....

If you look closely you will spot the Korhaan
And here you will spot the Hornbill

Teesy-tiny Tree Mouse at Nossob Restcamp.
 Moths at the waterhole spotlights.
 A few videos from day one:

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