A young springbok, Morning Game Drive, Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch, Namibia

A Morning Game Drive, Kalahari Desert

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Amongst the red dunes of the Kalahari

We set off for our morning game drive from Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch, after a hearty breakfast.

This was the first game drive of our 3-week tour of Namibia, and it was just the two of us and the guide, what a great way to start

A young springbok, Morning Game Drive, Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch, Namibia

The enjoyment to be experienced while sitting in the back of an open safari truck, I struggle to surpass. It is the anticipation of not knowing what African wildlife that you are going to come across within the bushes and trees of this desert.

On entering the reserve, it wasn’t long before we caught sight of our first shy antelope. Continuing through the bush our guide pointed out a male nesting ostrich (apparently male and female ostriches sit on the eggs until they hatch).

An ostrich nursing eggs, Morning Game Drive, Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch, Namibia

A helpful guide

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On passing through some dunes we came across a Gemsbok sauntering across the red sand, its horns are amazing, they are used mostly to defend themselves and are about 85cm (33 in) long.

A gemsbok, Morning Game Drive, Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch, Namibia

Then we couldn’t believe it, a small herd of Wildebeest came into view, from over the top of a sand dune and down across the desert pan.

A herd of wildebeest on the Morning Game Drive, Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch, Namibia

Our eagle-eyed guide then spotted a Southern Yellow Billed Hornbill; its beak is impressive.

A Yellow Hornbill, Morning Game Drive, Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch, Namibia
A yellow hornbill foraging, Morning Game Drive, Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch, Namibia

There must have been something very tempting on the ground as a Lilac Breasted Roller came to join it.

A lilac roller, Morning Game Drive, Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch, Namibia
The Lilac roller, Morning Game Drive, Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch, Namibia
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Continuing our wonderful journey along the desert pan

A huge bird of prey came soaring above us.

A vulture, Morning Game Drive, Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch, Namibia
A vulture circling, Morning Game Drive, Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch, Namibia

Off in the distance, up the banks of the pan, were a family of Meerkats keeping an eye on us. These seemingly cute creatures belong to the mongoose family. They are very social animals and tend to live in colonies of around twenty.

A meerkat family, Morning Game Drive, Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch, Namibia

Off in the distance, up the banks of the pan, were a family of Meerkats keeping an eye on us. These seemingly cute creatures belong to the mongoose family. They are very social animals and tend to live in colonies of around twenty.

A roaming ostrich, Morning Game Drive, Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch, Namibia

Although we were out on the safari a couple of hours, the time just flew by. The terrain, and the spectacular environment of the Kalahari Desert are amazing.

The temperature in the desert was now starting to rise so it was time to start heading back. As we set off in the direction of home we saw another male ostrich but up on its feet this time and a lone Gemsbok.

A solitary gemsbok, Morning Game Drive, Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch, Namibia

Just before we returned to the camp, we also caught sight of a couple of Cape Ground Squirrels.

Cape Ground Squirrels, Morning Game Drive, Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch, Namibia

This game drive was fantastic way to break us in gently to the Namibian wildlife, and the guide was really extremely informative.

The Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch

You can read more on the camp in our post 'Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch, Namibia'
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Janis

Janis, the co-founder of Our World for You, was born in London and raised in Kent and the Isle of Wight. Along with Gary her partner, they have been travelling part time since 1995. In 2016, they decided that enough was enough with the 9 to 5, so armed with the knowledge and experience that they had gained on their adventures, that they wanted to inspire others to travel the world near and far.

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