Day 31 – Nossob to Twee Rivieren, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park – 9 October

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I was planning on going for an early morning drive, but after the previous day’s lack of anything interesting to see, and the freezing temperature outside, I opted not to! We were still awake before sunrise though and went down to the hide to see if there was anything at the waterhole, but all we found was the family with the 4 kids that were staying next to us at the Kalahari Tented Camp! How they managed to get all 4 kids up and sitting around quietly in a hide at 6 in the morning in sub-zero temperatures I really don’t know!

We didn’t expect much from the drive to Twee Rivieren, and weren’t disappointed! The road surface is quite low in a lot of areas, meaning you can’t actually see too much either side of the road. We stopped at Melkvlei Picnic Site, where we spotted a lion walking off into the distance, and other than some teenage ostriches and a few meerkat, that’s about as exciting as it got!

We got to Twee Rivieren before 14:00 but our chalet was ready and we got our key and unpacked. We got a 3 person chalet this time and again it was nice and big, with everything you need for a comfortable stay. Brian found the laundry so decided to do some washing, and as it was a fairly mild day (for the Kalahari!) I sat outside in the sun for a bit and promptly got burned!

It was nice and relaxing sitting outside in the sun, just watching all the ground squirrels, mongoose and birds in camp, but I decided to drive out to Samevloeiing waterhole for an hour or so before sunset to see whether anything interesting would happen. Of course it was a complete and utter waste of time, but I had to try as it was our last night in Kgalagadi!

Brian cooked dinner while I was on my wild goose chase so at least I could come back to camp with a lovely dinner and glass of wine waiting for me! Twee Rivieren is the main camp of Kgalagadi and as such bigger and busier than the other camps, with a restaurant that seemed to be quite popular, as well as a lovely swimming pool and pool area. Kgalagadi is completely different from Kruger, and even though you still hear a lot of foreign accents, it is a lot more off the beaten track and not somewhere you go on a whim. They strongly advise against going to the park in a normal sedan vehicle as the internal roads are all gravel and some are very sandy, so you have to plan your trip with a bit more forethought. The park encompasses a huge area and a few border crossings to Namibia and Botswana, as well as quite a few 4×4 only tracks, with camps along the route. The Botswana side of the camp is a lot more ‘wild’ and on the whole I would say more than half the vehicles we saw were custom ‘pimped’ trucks with trailers or caravan-like attachments that could probably survive Armageddon, so I’d say people going to Kgalagadi are definitely prepared for the park and roughing it! Camping seems to be very popular under the aforementioned section of society as well! (Un)fortuntaly we are softies from the city and have no delusions of bundu bashing or survival in the wilds, or even in fact of coming anywhere near camping!

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