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Unread postby Pavlik88 » Thu Apr 12, 2007 5:32 pm

Hi there,
Small update on non Sanparks days.
Went for panorama road through Blyde canyon reserve.nice views especially pot holes and Lisboa and Berlin waterfalls.
Today morning more waterfalls around Sabie-Bride veil,horseshoe and mac mac.beautiful walls around.
Now heading for Hluhluwe game reserve,tomorrow will do more safari:-)
Pavel
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Unread postby Pavlik88 » Mon Apr 16, 2007 3:07 pm

Hi,
only short message I reminded to my self, to wrtie about yellow ribbons.
I had my on mirror. I saw only one yellow ribbon so far, unfortunately we did not meet or talked.
It was on N'Wanetsi picnic area in KNP. We got there and I sprinted to toilet. just as I walked out of it I saw leaving black Nissan X-Trail with zellow ribbon and two people inside. pity we could not have a chat.
It was on April 10th morning around 8:40
you can post it, if there is topic for YR sightings
will watch for more YR in other parks.
PAvel
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Unread postby Pavlik88 » Tue Apr 17, 2007 5:07 pm

Hi again,
Today next great SANpark- Addo.
We started early,6:30 in game area.
Saw jackal still in shadow.during morning dozens of Kudu:-) later at Carols rest 7 different animals at one place- jackal,ellies,zebras,warthog,kudu,buffalo and ostrich,beauty!went on to spekbook hide,a lot of warthogs+kudu.from view hill a lot of ekephants in trees and grass.two families of them next to our car,3-5m far.at noon 15 ellies group "attacked " water dam and had great drink.finally 50+ ekephants herd next to road.
Bag in couple of turtles,eagles,dozens ostrich and more birds,makes a great day in Addo.
Now heading for coast and Tsitsikamma.
Pavel
P.S. Did not noticed any YR
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Unread postby Pavlik88 » Thu Apr 19, 2007 7:36 pm

Hello.
News from garden road.spent whole day in Stormriver mouth.camp is great!right by sea.had big waves and cloudy weather.went first part of otter.great walk,fabulous coastline,beautiful forest.I want to do it all.no boat rides- big waves.
River mouth wild,new bridge nice and water cold for swim.on coast all day míst and dozens of dassies:-) plus one bushbuck on Otter.
Today went to forest,big tree.I love forest.winding road to Natures valey.finally sun and nice walk on beach.climb to view point and end of Otter. Very peaceful place.
Also visit heads in Knysna lagun.again high waves,sharp rocks.now we got to Wilderness park.north camp along the river,nice grass,quiet with only few people.
Have to get to fire for braai:-)
Pavel
P.S.I know a lot of driving around,but who knows if I can come back.
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Unread postby Pavlik88 » Sat Apr 21, 2007 2:53 pm

Hi,
Update from Wilderness park.we camped in north camp,right by river.in morning went to Rondavei hide.lovely place with a lot of birds.spent half hour watching.after that to Dune Molerat trail.nice walk with a lot of flowers.we were not able to find the second hide.
After lunch refreshing swim in river.
Second hike was Giant Kingfisher.it was great walk with nice views of river.seen antilope and some birds.the valey at water fall is wild and stony.
Again evening swim and great pasta for dinner.
Today through MooselBay to Cape Agulhas.
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Unread postby Pavlik88 » Sat Apr 21, 2007 3:02 pm

Did you see some dolphins when you were at Stormsriver.

No dolphins at Stormsriver, we had mist over shore all the time.
no dolphin at other places yet.
Pavel
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Unread postby Pavlik88 » Tue Apr 24, 2007 2:18 pm

Hi,
Update from Cape.we cought sunset at Cape Agulhas.the light house is nice.two days ago had fun with penguins at Bettys bay.we spent nice afternoon at both Capes.
Cape point is dramatic with light house on the edge of cliff.also enjoyed sunset there.
We had luck for Table Mt. Yesterday.blue sky,no clouds no wind:-)took cable way up.magnificent views,all the way to Cape point.seen a lot of lizards.went down the gorge.there were two some mountain goats.walk in city in the afternoon,seafood plate at waterfront with view of TM.
Today morning again penguins at boulders.a lot of birds sat on eggs.
Now heading north to Cederberg.
Pavel
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Unread postby Pavlik88 » Fri Apr 27, 2007 10:50 am

hello,
we had great day in Cederberg.nice warm sunny day for Wolfberg arch and great cracks.
had third flat tyre:-( so now we force the rental company to give two new tyres.
had super sunset in Augrabies.nice color of clouds after sunset.wish we could stay day.
after tyre bussines we will go to Kalahari-Matamata
Pavel
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Unread postby Pavlik88 » Mon May 07, 2007 4:07 pm

Hi,
sorry for long silence I did not have data service in Namibia.
HAD a great time in kalahari, will post short description soon.
after that red sand dunes in namibia a 5 fantastic days in Fish river canyon.
now back in SA nice morning in Augrabies with dasietrail and rocks.
Pavel

PS: any news about the new park replacing Vaalbos N.P.? open already? where is it? i amgetting close, so I am curious. thanks.
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Unread postby Pavlik88 » Mon May 07, 2007 6:48 pm

finally kalahari eport
Hi there,
New update from great safari in Kalahari.
We got to Twee riverien in the afternoon,but had camp in MataMata.just enough time to get there.seen a lot of gemsbok.beautiful animals.also some jackals
.about half hour in park we got first big cat.leopard was walking on side of valey,100 m from us.even saw her chase jackal.what a sight!
Not an hour later two cheetah walking in riverbotom looking for food.
More gemsbok springbok and jackals.
As sun was lower we got to see batear foxes and finally cheetah with freshly downed springbok under the tree.jackals around waiting for leftovers.got to gate few minutes late.
What an afternoon.
Pavel
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Unread postby Pavlik88 » Mon May 07, 2007 6:58 pm

More safari in Kalahari.
Early morning start. Some ostrich,wildebeest.
Cars parked on side indicated cat.
And yes,male lion with two female.was going around just one.we saw mating atemp.second female waited 20m away.three big cats in 20 hours!!
We took conecting road to Nossob river.nice dunes,but few animals.jackals at waterhole.first sight of redhearted wildebeest.at picnic area a lot of begging birds and yellow mongoose.
Went by the river.big herd of springbok,nice jackal near car.took evening safari from Twee riverien.after few minutes leopard on ridge,distance about 200m.other people told us about Cheetah 15km away.saw her with belly full of springbok.after that some owls,many small animals and also Caracal.
We went in the morning for short drive and found big lion female with 3 already big cubs just started to eat hunted wildebeest.cubs were playing around.so we had Cats safari:-)
Pavel
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Unread postby Pavlik88 » Thu May 10, 2007 10:13 pm

Hi,
Some more news from my trip.
We went to Augrabies falls after 5 days in Fish River.was great hike.
In Augrabies we just caught nice sunset.went to Dassie trail.it is great short walk.seen a lot of dassies and lizards.the views are great.
The same day driven to Witsand park
Pavel
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Unread postby Pavlik88 » Fri May 11, 2007 8:26 pm

Hi,
Last SANpark we visited was Golden Gate highlands.did not get there in evening due to stop at big hole diamonds and big seafood plate at Ocean Basket:-)
Came in morning and went to drive two short loops.nice views of sandstone rocks and few rheebok in distance.also flying vultures.
As half day trek we went around Mushroom rock and up the steep slope.got to high platoe and to the ridge.the views were so beautiful.seen some grazing wildebeest.nice walk.spent very cold night in camp 1910m high.
Next day drove to Royal Natal.did great walk both days.
Tomorrow we go for Amphiteatre climb.sunday fly out.wish I could stay few weeks longer:-)
Pavel
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Unread postby Pavlik88 » Tue May 15, 2007 12:20 pm

Hello to all,
I am already back in Prague, Czech Republic and working.....
trip was great, will try to post first trip report soon with pictures.
Question. i visited also other places than SANparks. Should I stick in my report ony to SANparks or is it OK to write and post pictures from some of the KZN wildlife parks as well?

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