I did mean the 3rd, not the 4th. Not being Americans we don’t celebrate US Independence Day, but we do celebrate Sue’s birthday on the 3rd.
It was a bit of a late decision to go to Khumaga and to my shock when I phoned to book they were fully booked. We have been told this before and gone anyway and as it turned out we have often been the only ones in camp. So off we went. Of course we could stay at Tiaan’s Camp or even just camp just on the banks of the river.
We crossed the Boteti River near Rakops and were horrified that there was no water there at all.
There was still a bit of water at the crossing at Khumaga to enter the Makgadikgadi National Park, but not much.
We got to the SKL Campsite in Khumaga and were told that they could accommodate us that night, but our next 2 nights would be touch and go.
We set up camp quickly as we couldn’t wait to see what the reserve looked like and what animals were here at this time of the year.
As we drove along the river banks we got glimpses of the river or the lack of it. We were shocked at how dry it was, we have not seen anything close to this bad in our 4 years of visiting the reserve. The pictures below were taken from the same view point.
Our drive started very quietly with respect to game viewing. We dropped down into the river bed and watched a couple of elephants drinking from a small pool.
We left them and rounded a corner, only to an amazing sight. As far as you could see there were zebra, just thousands of them. It was mind blowing. They were either coming to drink, drinking or leaving.
We drove for over 5km and there were just more and more zebra. In between them were also lots of wildebeest, a number of elephants, a few giraffe and hippo sunning themselves.
We stopped at a waterhole, just switched off the vehicle and took in this incredible scene. The sight of hundreds of zebra going up and down the river banks and the dust they created was just incredible.
Another incredible sight was millions of quelea drinking and flocking on the river bank. Sue captured this video of them – note the fish eagle coming in to land and how is disturbs the birds.
It had been another wonderful afternoon at Khumaga and the best was still to come….