Of course one also visits a national park to observe game. Even though we did not spot rhinoceros or cheetah as some of our fellow campers did, we were seldom out of sight of wild animals of one species or another. Apart from the kudu, springbuck and vervet monkeys which I mentioned earlier, some of the other animals we observed included the black wildebeest with their characteristic white tails.
Gemsbok are beautiful, majestic-looking animals.
Large herds of blesbuck occurred all over the park and were always a pleasure to watch.
It was fascinating watching the antics of a large chacma baboon sitting on a branch while yawning and scratching himself. He was joined briefly by a female and clearly enjoyed the grooming session that followed.
Equally interesting were the antics of the yellow mongoose.
On our last morning we came across two lions that were sated after feeding on an eland they had killed. We were fortunate to see the one lion sitting up briefly for as soon as they flopped down they were hidden from view even though the grass is sparse and short. The other lion is just visible in the bottom left of the image below.
Finally, I have to show you the snakeskin that had been sloughed off in a bush just below the level of the road winding down from the plateau.