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 Post subject: Kruger calls again! Wildchild's trip : 7-14 July
Unread postPosted: Wed Jul 05, 2006 7:43 am 
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Hello everyone I have been out of it for a while, but the good news,in fact the excellent news is another trip to Kruger in two days time. We will be staying at Marloth Park and making day trips into the park. Looking forward to Kruger.


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Salva wrote:
Marloth Park is where exactly?


Hi Salva,
Marloth Park is near Komatipoort, about 15km to Croc Bridge entrance and 30km from Malelane. First time we will be staying here.


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Unread postPosted: Fri Jul 07, 2006 5:27 pm 
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Wildchild is in the Park and here is the sightings report for today:

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Kudu x 2
Rhino x 2
Hippo and baby x 1
Crocs +/- 20
Monkeys vervets x 3
Fish eagle x 3
Elephants x 7
1 x elephant tusker
1 x Brown snake eagle
3 x Ground Hornbill
3 x buffalo herds
1 x giraffe and
Plenty of impies - about 27 herds
Zebras x 1
Waterbuck x 1


A great start to their trip!!

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Hi everyone

Date : 8/7/2006. Entered at Croc. Bridge.

Sightings
Lions 2 sightings (2 each)
Ele's - Many herds
Rhino's - 1 sighting (3, 1 baby+2 adults)
Buffalo - 3 sightings (1 herd approx 300)
1 x hyena
Klipspringers x 2
Sanparks Kudu x 1
Giraffe x 3 sightings
Zebras - plenty
Impalas - plenty
Wildebeest - plenty
Crocs
Hippos
Warthogs
Duiker
Vervet monkeys
Baboons
Lilac breasted rollers
Fish eagle
Mongoose
Water Monitors (Not PC's!)


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Sms just in from Wildchild:

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Sightings of 09-07-2006:

3 of the big 5. A sighting of 2 leopard, rhino and ellies. We also saw hyeana and a lot of general game.

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Salva wrote:
Wow what a day! Great for you Wildchild! Lions more or less where?


Date: 8/7 , day 2.
Lion sigthing details:
1st sighting - S65 , lioness with 2 cubs.
2nd - S122, 2 males

Date:10/7 , Day 4
Lions : 3 sigthings (6 lions) between LS and Skukuza.
Elephants: Plenty
Rhinos : 1 sigthing (3)
Buffalo : 2 sigthings (Herd +-300, 2)
Hyena
Kudu
Giraffes
Impalas
Wildebeest
Zebra
Waterbuck,
Vervets
Hippos plenty
Crocs plenty

Date:11/7 , Day 5
Lions: 1 sigthing (2) at H4-2
Buffalo
Elephant
Wildebeest
Hyena
Rhino
Ostrich
Vultures
Warthog
Hippos
Crocs
Impis

Sunset Drive - Malelane
Listed in order of sighthings:
Crested Francolin
Yellow Billed stork
Bushbuck
Impala
Buffalo
2 Falcons hunting a bat (Acrobatically Spectacular)
Eles (2 bulls)
1 x Rhino
1x Leopard on a hunt
4x Scrub hare
1x Genet
Herd of buffalo (sitting)
2x Rhino
5x Rhino
Impis
1x Duiker

Forumite sighthings
Met Stephen Nel @ Bergendal

Date:12/7 , Day 6
Lions: 2 sigthings (9 @ S65, 1 @ S21)
1x Leopard, S21
Buffalo (2 dagga boys)
Rhinos: 3 sightings (11)
Wild Dog: 1 sighting (5) on H5 - Specially for Mark Chowles.
Hyena (1 wounded)
Wildebeest
Zebras
Giraffes
Wharthog.
Steenbok.
Kudus
Chameleon
Impis
Baboons
Vervets (sleeping)
Crested Francolin
Starlings
1 Wharlberg Eagle
Huge fire on H4-2 near CB

Forumite sighthings
Met Dirk

Looking forward to CHEETAH sighthing to complete magnificient 7. (2 days left) :D


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Wildchild has just sms'd to say:

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We had a great morning today. We saw 2 cheetah and 1 leopard.

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And another sms!!!

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Just saw lion now on S112!

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Date:13/7 , Day 7
Lions: 2 sigthings, LS and S114.
CHEETAH - 1 sigthing (2) on S112. Finally, that completes the MAGNIFICENT 7! :shock:
Leopard (1) - S21
Elephants: Plenty
Rhinos : 1 sigthing (1)
Buffalo : 2 sigthings
Kudus
Giraffes (Close encounter)
Impalas
Wildebeest
Zebra
Waterbuck,
Duiker
Vervets
Hippos
Crocs
Squirells
Warthogs
Ostrich
Starlings
Hoopoes
Yellowbilled hornbills (Plenty)
Crested Francolins
Little Bee-Eater

1/2 day left tommorow - What bonus is in store?


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Salva wrote:
10 lion sightings
4 leopard sightings
1 AWD sighting
1 Cheetah sighting

A good thing Bert is in SA himself hence unable to read all this.


Hi Salva,
It just got even better. In the last half a day we were fortunate enough to see six of the magnificent seven apart from cheetah.

Date:14/7 , Day 8
Lions: 1 sigthing, H3.
Leopard (1) - S3
Elephants: tusker -S21
Rhinos : 1 sigthing (1)
Buffalo : 1 sigthings
AWD 1 sigthings (7) H3
Kudus
Giraffes
Impalas
Wildebeest
Zebra
Waterbuck,
Duiker
Vervets
Warthogs
mongoose
Starlings
Yellowbilled hornbills (Plenty)
Crested Francolins
eagles
Just got back and decided to post in short. Will have to sort out videos and pics as well as write a more detalied trip report. Thank you one and all for the encouraging remarks and good wishes.
This was definitely my best trip so far. A super sighting saga.


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I still have not recovered from driving 3012kms and will therefore post a detailed report later. For now, be satisfied with a magnificent seven report starting with leopard sightings.

Leopard 1@2

Where: On the H3 - (2) One sititng behind some bushes peeping out. The second one came out on the opposite side just in front of our vehicle, stretch out with its front paws in gthe air brushing sone twigs in midair, dropped its feet to the ground and walked right in front of us crossing to the opposite side by which time the first one had got up and started walking into the bush followed by the second one.

Date and Time: 3rd day Monday 09 07 06- early morning, about 6.45 am.
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Leopard 3
Where: On S110
during the night drive from Malelane. It was spotted on the left hand side of the truck siting not far from the road. Got up, walked behind some bushes, came out, crossed the
road and walked away into the tick foliage.

Date and time: 5th day Tuesday 11 07 06 at about 6pm

Leopard 4

Where: On S21 this beauty was sitting on the edge of the water hidden under a thick thorn bush with barely its head visible. We sat there watching it sleep, turn in different positions, lifting its head up to peer across the water. not long thereafter a family of warthogs came to the water and stood not more than a metre or two away from the leopard without them even realising it was there. they drank to their fill and walked away. This was when the leopard got up and came out into the clear sitting on its haunches before deciding it was not worth the effort to give chase and crept back into the shade. Soon therafter a thristy giraffe ambled along and came straight to the water, bent its long legs and sated its thirst also not realising that a leopard was sitting that close to it. After its thrist was quenched, the giraffe too, walked away. It was along while before it finally awoke fully and came out of the shade walked around and began stalking some impala that were grazing up the road. What the result of this endeavour was, we do not know, for its time for us to depart in order to make it to the gate.

Date and time: 6th Day Wednesday 12 07 06 about 12 45

Leopard 5
Where: Once again on the S21 not even five hundred metres away from where we had seen the leopard the day before. We saw this beauty sitting and basking in the early morning sun to the right of the road in a section that sloped down from the road and rose up progressively. While sitting on a rocky outcrop, it stretched and yawned a few times. After a while sitting and watching the world go by, it decided to get up and find a cooler spot under a shady bush. From there it got up and bounded a couple of leaps towards us before turning back into the long grass, weaving its way deeper into the shadows until finally it was no more to be seen.

Date and time: 7th day Thursday 13 07 06 early morning about 9 30 am

Leopard 6
Where: From Skukuza we drove up towards Paul Kruger gate and took the S3 along the river and I said to the rest of the family in the car that this looked like prime leopard area. Soon
enough, we reached a car coming towards us and were told that there were two leopards sitting in the road three kms ahead. Pregnant with expectation we drew closer and as we
reached the cars that were obviously parked there, we saw the back of a beautiful leopard flowing and merging into the colours surrounding it as a single entity.

Date and time: 8th day Friday 14 07 06 around noon


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The leopard we saw on the nightdrive, sorry its very blurred:

Leopard 3
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Leopard 4:
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Leopard 5:

Here are some pictues of the fifth leopard we saw:
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Unfortunately, leopard six was to fleeting a sighting to take a picture of.

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THURSDAY 06 07 06

The day passes in a blur of preparation buying food, packing bags, cooking, packing the vehicle. Hands and body fully occupied with these chores while the heart and mind replay
flashes of scenes from previous trips. Slowly but surely, the hour drew closer and closer and before we knew it, time to leave. Surprisingly enough and contrary to habit, I actually slept for a couple of hours.

FRIDAY 07 07 06

Awoke at 3 00am had a shower got the rest of the stuff, cooler bags binoculars, camcorder and the rest of the things packed, handed the gate keys over to the security company and drove out of the driveway at 4 30 am. Took the R28 to Pretoria and from there onwards to Witbank and reached Nelspruit at about 8 30 am. Went to HI FI Corporation in order to buy a few last minute things and decided to rather enter through Numbi Gate this time rather then Malelane. Reached Numbi Gate secured our permit and finally drove into the park.

Our very first sighting at Numbi Gate were some beautiful starlings. We proceeded to Pretoriouskop and from there took the S1 on which we spotted our first mammal sighting,
kudu. Apart from this, not even impalas.

Turned onto the Diospane Rd on which we saw two massive rhinos. Stopped at Nyamundwawatering hole and saw hippo mom and cute baby and also some crocs. After leaving
Nyamundwa, we finally had our first sighting of impalas which was an omen of even better sightings to come. Soon enough, monkeys were seen somewhere along that road followed by
a fish eagle.

Thereafter, our first ellie sigghting in the form of two beautiful tuskers. On reaching the S65 intersection, we decided to drive down in the hope of seeing those famous seven cheetahs. Instead, we saw a brown snake eagle. We then proceeded to Skukuza where we made a pit stop and then onwards to LS on the H4-1 where we were greeted by three ground hornbills. This was followed by a herb of ellies and then 2 buffs grazing in the bed of the Nwathimiri river followed by our first giraffe sighting on the trip. From LS we moved on towards Croc Bridge on the H4-2 along which we saw eagles, herds of ellies two big herds of buffaloes a dead impi, a big waterbuck ram, zebras, kudu rams and finally waterbuck ewes just before the low water bridge. In all we saw about 27 herd of impis. The first day drew to a close and we found our way to Marloth Park got the keys to our accommodation, found the house which was nice and spacious. Unpacked, had supper and an early night considering the fact that we had to reach the gate early, after all, it was holiday season and the park was packed as usual.

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pardus wrote:
We are all different and yet so much the same...I felt as if I was there with you, from the preparation to the gate...I also never sleep the night before we leave...

Loved it so far WC!


How true it is Pardus, that is the true beauty of belonging to this forum because through each posting we read, we are there with the person. This is why, I can never feel envious of anyone who has had great sightings, for each sighting of each individual adds to the collective experience which enriches us all collectively.

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