Post subject: The Coetzee's Kruger trip with Ouma : October 2006
Posted: Mon Oct 30, 2006 2:04 pm
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I do not have much time to spend on the internet, so I will have to keep it short.
We spent the first night at Orpen. Had lovely overcast weather. Lovely little camp with very friendly staff.
From there to Talamati for four nights. Had a very nice Bungalow - No 9. Enjoyed our stay very much - only problem was the baboons. Unfortunately something has to be done about them. Even while sitting on the stoep the door has to be kept closed. Had very hot weather here, especially on Wednesday and Thursday.
Last two nights were spent at Letaba. Stayed in the huts next to the restaurant with the best view in camp. Really good value for money.
For the amount of time we spent on game-watching, we really saw a lot. As my mother is 86, we did not go on long drives.
We saw lions four times - two beautifull males at the Vutomi dam and nine lionesses about 300 meters outside Talamati's gate one evening. The other two sightings were on the tar road between Orpen and Satara.
While staying at Talamati we were fortunate to see Sable on three occasions.
We saw lots of general game - plenty of elephants and buffalow.
One white rhino sighting.
No leopard or cheetah, but the best were saved for last. On our way home yesterday, just three kilometers from Phalaborwa gate - wild dogs. Three of them right next to the road. We couldn't believe our eyes or our luck. Apparently there are nine adults in this pack with puppies. It looked like their den is underneath the road.
But the best sighting for me personally was three pearlspotted owlets in Talamati. They were obviously used to people, my daughter took lots of photo's. If we can just figure out how to post them, I will do so.
My mother enjoyed it tremendously - at 86 and in a wheelchair Kruger is still her favourite place.
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