Lions had been roaring during the night and into the early morning so we were up early. As soon as it was light enough to see we headed towards the waterhole as that was the direction the lions had been calling from.
There were no lions at the waterhole but there was an elephant drinking.
The sun began to rise and its orange light made the miles of grasslands a wonderful golden colour.
Flocks and flocks of Cape-turtle Doves came to drink and the sky was full of wave after wave of these birds.
A jackal came down to drink and the yellow-orange sunlight lit up his coat. He was soon joined by another jackal and then we had a constant flow of them. It was surprising to see that not one tried to dominate over another, they greeted each other with a muzzle rub and then got on with their own business.
The rest of the day was quiet game wise, we did see a herd of giraffe, kudu and plenty of kori bustards which has a status of “vulnerable” – not here at Nxai Pan.
A late afternoon visit to the waterhole was rewarded by seeing 6 elephants drinking and as we were leaving 3 more were approaching.
The following morning it was time to head home and we re-looked at our route options. Strangely none of us suggested the one we had come on. We decided that we would head from Nxai Pan, through the Makgadikgadi Salt Pan National Park, coming out at Khumaga and get onto the tar there.
We bounced our way back to the entrance and then headed down to Khumaga – the road was a bit better and we saw animals which made a massive difference; lots of kudu, zebra and wildebeest. The concentration of game increased as we got down to the banks of the Boteti River, there were 100’s of zebra, wildebeest and elephant.
We stopped briefly at Khumaga camp site, it felt as if we were at home. I was very tempted to spend a night here.
It was then Sue’s favourite, the ferry trip. Inflate tyres, top up with the fuel we were carrying and it was homeward bound on tar. The home trip still took us 8 hours, once again a distance of roughly 200km.
We are pleased that we have had the opportunity to visit Nxai Pan, it is incredibly beautiful and the peace and quiet was amazing. Even though we were there out of game viewing season I can’t say we will return in a hurry as even in season I think the effort to get there would out way the experience.
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