Posted by: tim ellis | September 15, 2015

South Africa’s Rare Mammals – Tuesday 15th September 2015

Arrival yesterday at Heathrow couldn’t have gone smoother if I had tried! When I walked in to the departures hall the screen said bag drop off for our flight opened in 2 minutes. I wasn’t the first there though – Margaret was ahead of me, and we waved identifying Naturetrek logos at one another. There was another couple with Naturetrek labels behind me, so I assumed they were Neville and Mary, right up until I encountered them again getting off the plane, and when I pointed out the Menzies rep with the “Naturetrek Rare Mammals” sign they said “That’s not our tour…”. Once all assembled the transfer to the Kimberley flight was smooth and uneventful (although the flight itself was a little bumpy in parts).

Kamfer's Dam

Toby was ready to meet us and proposed a quick drive up to the Kamfer’s Dam to see one of the 4 sites in Africa where the lesser flamingo breed – although he did warn us that access to the site was apparently becoming more restricted (to protect the site, which is good but…). A combination of fences, terrain, and the railway embankment meant our best vantage point was the side of the road – quite a way back, but still an amazing sight, with some greater falmingo also present. From there we went to “The Big Hole” the site of the largest manually dug diamond mine, and now quite literally a big hole, partly filled with water, and the site of a museum/craft centre where we stopped for lunch before heading for the Langberg Game Farm where we we will be staying for the next three nights.

The Big Hole

An afternoon walk on the farm finds Nyalla, Grey Mongoose, and the remains of both Nyalla and Steenbok, suggesting larger carnivores in the area. There are also Sable and Buffalo on the farm. Dinner then bed, as we have all been up far too long.

Nyala

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