For years we’ve wanted to visit the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Now finally the stars lined up and we were off for three days of game viewing.
“18 lions, 9 cheetah and 3 leopard” she said. “But nothing the last couple of days.”
After hearing and reading about the big cats and other predators in the Kgalagadi we were excited. Huge big black maned lions. Lightning fast cheetah. Elusive leopards and even the fierce caracal… we thought we were in for a real treat.
“Did you see the lions by that last waterhole?” The fellow traveler asked as we chatted by the picnic spot. No we hadn’t.
In the afternoon…
“A leopard and her two cubs walked down the wash.” He said as we pulled up next to him. All we barely see with the binoculars is the tail and a paw in a distant tree.
The next day…
“Right over there by that green bush there’s a brown Hyena and her baby.” He told us as he pulled up by us in the shade. Of course no sign of them as we drive by.
And so it went… not one cat (or hyena) did we see.
The biggest cause of life’s frustrations are expectations!
Had we gone into the Kgalagadi not expecting to see the cats we wouldn’t have been frustrated. Fortunately we’ve been in enough game reserves to know that it’s all about time and space. You have to be in just the right space at exactly the right time.
When we simply sit back and enjoy the ride… the drive in this case, the experience is amazing.
I scream and Russ screeches to a halt. I see her disappear up the sandy bank where she’d come from in the side mirror. No we didn’t run over her. We back up. Russ sees her winding tracks and how she’d whipped around to escape. If she wasn’t yellow we’d never have spotted her in the dead wood. She lies there looking at us… all our hearts pounding. Then she slithers further into the branches. This was our spine-chilling encounter with the Cape Cobra.
It’s all about time and space!