If you only have two or three days in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, you want to make the most of your time there. Going on a guided sunset drive is a great way to do that, leaving the camp behind to watch the sun set in natural surroundings and spot nocturnal animals after dark.
We were thrilled that Nossob field guide Johan Vaalbooi was on loan to Mata Mata for the night. He grew up in the Khomani San area south of the park and used to work at the private !Xaus Lodge. And he really knew his stuff.
Once it was fully dark, the spotlight picked up a white-faced owl. A spotted eagle-owl took off from the road ahead and disappeared into the tall grass in search of dinner, just a few rustles to pinpoint its location.
I was thrilled to see four bat-eared foxes, which you only see at night in summer though they forage early in the morning and late in the afternoon in winter. They were hunting for beetle larvae, fruits and termites. Their huge satellite-dish-ears help them hear movement underground and then they dig to unearth the tidbit. Our spotlight drew the attention of insects so one of the foxes came barrelling towards us. The grass was so long we couldn’t see the fox, just follow the ripples as it got closer. Then it popped out on the edge of the road to grab and gobble.
And it’s always thrilling to be out and about in the park when everyone else is confined to camp. How glorious the Kalahari sunsets are when you see them radiate through an open landscape unencumbered by the trappings of man.
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