Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

3 December Mata Mata

Yes you guessed it, the Leopard did not visit (or I was fast asleep when she did). I got up later than I wanted to, quickly packed the car made my coffee and said goodbye to Eric (until we meet again in April 2012). I took a slow drive to Mata Mata as I could only check in at 12:00 and it was only roughly 60km to go. Sightings again rather slow with some general game and a Crimson Breasted Shrike

 

Crimson-brested Shrike

and a Pygmy Falcon

Pygmy Falcon

At 14th waterhole I sat watching some Red Hartebeest

Red Hartebeest

They were later joined by some Springbok and Gemsbok

Gemsbok trio

They were all interacting and the dominant RHB male was giving everyone a hard time

Red Hartebeest chasing at waterhole

They Springbok left the waterhole but after a few minutes came charging back. Everyone at the waterhole was now wide awake and staring in the same direction. From the reaction it must be something serious…..

Gemsbok staring

RHB staring

it turned out to be

Black backed jackal

what a disappointment, as he was drinking the male Red Hartebeest tried to take him on as well.

Stand off at waterhole

These Swallow Tailed Bee Eaters were putting up a show with dad first feeding mommy a bee

Swallow-tailed Bee-eater family

and they then commenced some lovey dovey

Swallow-tailed Bee-eater mating

Just before camp I saw my first Giraffe for this trip

Giraffe

I arrived at Mata Mata at 11:30 and was given chalet no. 6 (Riverside) which has a slightly different layout than no. 2 where I previously stayed. After unpacking I made sure that the bedroom aircon was on and drank probably 1 liter of cold water (as it was rather hot)!!! I made myself something to eat, charged all camera batteries and downloaded photos. After all this hard work I took a short nap and was ready to leave camp at 17:00 for my afternoon drive. As would be expected this time of the day most animals were still standing in the shade.

There were some Giraffe approaching the waterhole at Craig Lockhardt and I had to quickly find a spot that would remain in the shade but also presented good photo opportunities (although these two are normally mutually exclusive). All of a sudden there were 7 Giraffe and this made getting a nice shot very difficult as they were all over and in the way of a clear photo

Giraffe drinking at Craig Lockhardt

 

Giraffe drinking at Craig Lockhardt, Kgalagadi

I reluctantly had to leave them and head back to camp. At Sitzas this male Cheetah was relaxing very close to the cars

Male cheetah at Sitzas