Animals of the Kalahari

The allure of the Kalahari is the beauty of the land.  However, the wildlife – while less dense than in other parts of south africa – is still amazing.   steenbok.  these beautiful antelope almost look like they have make-up on.   african wildcat. a rare daytime sighting, as they normally are only active at night.  long ago, the egyptions domesticated them.  they’re related to our house cats!     i forget what these guys are called.  🙂   a running family of gembok   gembok   springbok

The Red Sands of the Kalahari

The colors of the Kalahari are remarkably dynamic.  Depending on the time of day and the weather, the “redness” of the landscape shifts.  Since there were scorching 100F heat waves and explosive thunderstorms during my stay, I got to experience the whole range.  🙂     early morning overcast   bright morning sun     sunny afternoon brief cloud cover   morning after thunderstorms   late morning after thunderstorms

Welcome to Africa

After a tricky car rental process (turns out automatics aren’t common in south africa) and figuring out (sorta) how to drive on the left side of the road, I arrived at Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. A few minutes into park, three wild ostriches appeared from behind a hill on the left side of the road… and ran across the road about 15 feet in front of me. These giant 8 ft birds run with remarkable grace.  And for a second, I had this “OMG – I’m in Jurassic Park” moment – i swear, those ostriches had a velociraptor aurora  to them. …