I have previously described the Grootkolk Wilderness Camp (Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park) in this post.
Grootkolk is a remote camp situated north of the bigger Nossob camp. Here the vegetation has changed from the red dunes of the south to savanna. We always see the most beautiful sunsets at Grootkolk.
It is also big predator country – lions and leopards often pass through the camp, and sometimes even stay close to the waterhole for a couple of days. On game drives close by we have also seen cheetah.
During our visit there this year, we shared the camp with a group of friends. On the evening I described in the post Campfire story: The Last Outpost, we all gathered at the communal fireplace to have a braai (barbecue). It was a very good evening to be there, as we got to see the “resident leopard” which had been living close to the camp.
Date: 17 August 2011 – Approximately 18:25
Place: Grootkolk Wilderness Camp, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park (see map). We were all busy around the camp and fireplace preparing the evening meal, when we suddenly became aware of something at the waterhole – approximately 50 metres away. As the sun was setting, it was difficult to get clear photographs, but Heyns (one of our friends), had camera with a serious zoom lens, and captured the whole sighting with these beautiful photographs.
From the time we first spotted the leopard, to when it finally walked off into the long grass and we lost sight of it, took about 11 minutes. During which time I could hardly breathe.
After looking at all the photographs, and because this was so close to the camp, I think that this is the same leopard as we saw the previous evening at the Grootkolk camp.
Date: 18 August 2011 – Approximately 08:40
Place: Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. On a game drive north of the Grootkolk Wilderness Camp.
Eventually, it finds the spot it’s looking for and leaves the road.
Thanks to Heyns Kotze for allowing me to use his beautiful photographs for this post.
The Kalahari 2011 Series:
- An oasis in the desert
- Take your camera to the bathroom (and other Kalahari safari tips)
- The Long Road North – Southern Cape to Upington
- The Long Road North – Upington
- Showing your kid where its food comes from
- Fierce Creatures
- Gemsbok Graphics
- The Long Road North – Upington to Twee Rivieren and beyond
- Campfire story: The Last Outpost
- Slip-Slap-Slop-Slide and other Bush Beauty Tips
- Hey Mom . . . wait for me!
- A tough customer
- Frenzy at the “water hole” – includes the movie
- The Camp Cat (this post)