Everyone met at Upington for an overnight rest before we headed to the reserve immediately after an early breakfast.
We arrived at the reserve before noon after an easy drive. During short drive from the entrance to the reserve to the Lodge we were lucky enough to see numerous animals. Plenty of Plains animals everywhere, with ostriches, wildebeest, hartebeest, springbok to name a few.
We checked into the Lodge and after a splendid high tea we headed out for our first game drive. The day was overcast and windy, but we managed some really rewarding photographs.
Wildebeest ran across a dry riverbed, giving us an ideal opportunity for panning shots.
Springbok and ostriches also obliged by running around and we were able to capture some closeup portrait shots of both.
When we came across an area with plenty of rodents we knew that this was where we had reports of a caracal hunting on previous days. We didn’t see the cat but spent some time with the rodents, notably the Brants’s Whistling Rats that are unique to the area, and abound here.
Back at the Lodge we enjoyed a beautiful sunset before dinner and then bed, full of expectations for tomorrow …