Besides, when you're hiking with the oryx, the wildebeest, the ostriches, and the springbok it's pretty interesting!
At first, the scenery was nothing special.
Kevin, hiking in the Kalahari Desert.
But eventually, we saw some animals. Although these are hiking trails, we honestly don't think they get used as such very often. Most of the time they are safari type vehicles on these trails and we think the animals are a little more used to the vehicles than they are when people are hiking.
A herd of oryx. All looking at us. They're thinking "do I run, or do I stay?"
Some springbok. They really are a dime a dozen in this part of Africa. Very common to see springbok, and if you're out touring you'll see them pretty much every day.
These zebras were a little concerned, we think because they had a little one with them. One of them was snorting quite a lot but they stayed put as we passed by.
This herd of wildebeest didn't seem bothered by us at all.
But these ostriches ran as soon as they spotted us!
This is an aardvark's home. You won't see them during daylight hours though.
It took us about two hours to do the hike. We were pretty warm and we should have jumped in the pool. I don't really know why we didn't! Instead, we just relaxed in the shade. By the time we had done some reading and some internet, it was time for a late lunch and then after that we went on the 4:30pm game drive. This game drive goes on part of the same property that we walked on earlier in the day, but of course you go a lot further in a vehicle and so the odds of seeing more animals is greater.
Our guide Jason, explaining about the termites home and how they live.
A red hartebeest with her young one.
Our guide brought us to a spot where there was an abandoned ostrich nest. Apparently a lot of reasons could cause the nest to be abandoned, most often because of a predator in the area, but it can also be because of fighting between females. When one is more dominant, she will cause another to abandon her nest and the more dominant one will try to take it over. But then she will leave after her own eggs are hatched and not protect the other eggs.
Ostrich egg shells are very strong. You can stand on them and they won't break!
Not every day you get to hold an ostrich egg!
Jason, setting up the sundowner bar.
So that we could watch the sun go down!