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Our 2007 trip to the KNP by Propolis

Unread postby propolis » Sat Feb 17, 2007 11:51 pm

This year, Propolis and Bird Song will be going to the KNP from the 04/03/2007 - 11/03/2007 and to Tsitsikama from the 12/03/2007 - 14/03/2007.

I don't believe that the KNP can be better than last year (March 2006), as we saw all the main animals but not a cheetah. Also, we saw most of all the main Birds, especially eagles.

We also had a lion kill 20 feet from the car, an elephant up-rooting a tree, a female leopard who was teaching her young one to jump from tree to tree. A lion kill outside Satara camp was amazing.

Hopefully this time we will find cheetah, but the most important animal we both want to see is wild dogs :D

As soon as we get the images they will be posted and video clips as well.

:D :D :D

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Unread postby propolis » Sun Feb 18, 2007 11:03 am

Will be in Letaba on the 04/03/2007

Satara on the 05/03/2007 - 07/03/2007

Skukuza - 08/03/2007 - 10/03/2007

:cam:

--:D

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Unread postby propolis » Wed Mar 21, 2007 12:51 am

Just arrived back in the UK today. Will put the trip updates and pictures on as soon as possible.

Seen the 'Big 5' in three successive days.

Most important to me, was the wild dog sighting.

Tsitsikama was fantastic.

Only seen 2 other cars with yellow ribbons and spoke to one of them just outside Lower Sabie

:wink:

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Unread postby propolis » Wed Mar 28, 2007 10:58 pm

Due to a computer failure, we have not yet posted our trip report or some pictures.

Here is one of our favourites (Sorry about camera shake, but we were very excited :lol:)

Spot the cubs

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Video

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Leopard and Cubs

Real Player
Leopard and Cubs

:dance:

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Unread postby rothk » Thu Mar 29, 2007 8:54 am

Propolis,

what a luck you had to get such a sighting !!! Must have been breathtaking. How far were they away from you and how did you recognize them?
Karin

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Unread postby propolis » Thu Mar 29, 2007 10:20 am

We were about 25m away from them, but it was very early in the morning about 06h45.

They were laying in a river bed (will post the location) and went back the next morning. All we found the next morning, because we only got there at 07h15 were the footprints of the mother and the cubs crossing the sandy road.

:D

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Unread postby propolis » Thu Mar 29, 2007 8:00 pm

OK, here we go. Wild dog pic and video as promissed.

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Wild Dog

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Wild Dog

:dance:
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Unread postby propolis » Thu Mar 29, 2007 9:42 pm

The Big Five

Lion
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Leopard
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Elephant
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Rhino
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Buffalo
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:D

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Unread postby propolis » Sat Mar 31, 2007 10:55 pm

Satara Trip Report

The S100

We stayed 3 days at Satara, and reading on the forum it can be a hit and miss. 2 out of the 3 days we saw 4 of the big 5, no leopard. But one day and night drive we only saw impala and zebra, some owls and one viper (snake). That was it, so as you see, it can be very good


Drive 1:
Turn right out of the camp
Then turn right onto the H7
Then turn right onto the S12
Then turn right onto the S40
Then turn left onto the H7 and back to Satara

Drive 2:
Turn right out of the camp
Turn left onto the S100
Turn right onto the S41
Turn left onto the H6
Turn right onto the H1-3
Back to Satara

Drive 3:
Turn right out of the camp onto the H1-4
Turn left onto the S127
At the T junction turn left towards the S40
Then left onto the H7
Back to Satara

Sightings:
Lions
Elephants
Impala
Zebra
Wildebeest
Hyenas
Bushbuck
Waterbuck
Duiker
Hippo's
Crocodiles
Vervet Monkeys
Baboons
Buffalo
Giraffe
Warthog
Blacked Backed Jackal
Ostrich
Fish Eagles
Storks
Herons
Various other Birds

:D

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Unread postby propolis » Wed Apr 04, 2007 9:21 pm

One thing I we were very pleased about is the amount of speed traps they had in the KNP during our 8 days in the park. Also, most of the outside operators were keeping to the speed limits, but came accross 4 that was realy speeding on the gravel roads. I hope if they catch these operators, their licenses should be suspended (not the drivers, but the tour operator itself) for a period of time. Maybe then they will learn to obey the speed limits.

On a different note, we noticed that the park was very drynorth of Satara, but from Satara further south it seems that there was some rainfall. Its not a pretty site to see the dried out lanscape. Hopefully by now the KNP have had some rain.

Just to say we will be back next year for about 2 weeks this time, just cant keep away.

:D

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Unread postby propolis » Thu Apr 12, 2007 9:51 am

After our fantastic trip in 2006 (Postings on this Forum) where we saw a lion kill 20 feet from the car taking place, and many other fantastic moments, with a Leopard and her 2 10 week old cubs in 2007 (posts on this Forum) as well as Wild Dogs and other fantastic moments, we have now booked our trip for 2008 :D Just cant stay away :D


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