I’ve often heard that a 4×4 offroad type vehicle is a prerequisite for driving on the sandy corrugated roads roads of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Situated in the Northernmost corner of South Africa, this National Park does not have the Luxury of tarred roads like the Kruger National Park and others. Speed is limited to 40km/h and signs requesting that tyre pressures be lowered to prevent further damage to these corrugated roads, and to improve the driving experience are visible at all the camps in the park. On a recent visit to the Park, I had the privilege to witness a Cheetah cross one of these roads ahead of me. I couldn’t help but notice the opposites between the deep tyre tracks of the heavy fuel powered vehicles that had already travelled this road before me, contrasted with the delicate pawprints left behind by the fastest animal in the world as it swiftly made its way across one of these infamous Kgalagadi corrugated roads. Opposites is the prompt on the Weekly Photo Challenge this week, and images of the Cheetah crossing the tyre tracks is my response to the prompt.
As the Sun descends towards the horizon, visitors on game drives in the Kgalagadi National Park start heading back to the Camps to ensure they get there before the gates close. The desolate camps are suddenly a hive of activity as everybody starts preparing dinner. More than likely this will be a open fire braai outside the chalet or tent as may be the case. Shortly after Dinner, the camp is quiet again as everybody gets some well deserved sleep, prior to waking up at the crack of dawn to head out for game drives as the next day dawns. Dinnertime is the prompt on the Weekly Photo Challenge this week, and images of the activity around the campsite at this time are my response to the prompt.