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Unread postPosted: Fri Jan 18, 2013 8:01 pm 
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Yesterday we set off shortly after 8am, still with drizzle falling. We had to take new photos at Klopperfontein dam and check GPS readings, repeat process several times along the border track, and near the Pafuri pump house amongst other tasks.

First problem.....finding the section ranger and getting permission and information....... And then second problem....flooding! One place was totally inaccessible, others we were told to be cautious......and one they said if we got stuck it would be OK as the rangers were busy in the area and would help us out! The Limpopo river had come down hugely in flood, causing the Luvhuvhu to back up and flood extensively.

We had no troubles travelling at all.....even one spot where the river approaches had washed away we were able to get around (and met the rangers shortly after that!).

Saw giraffes, zebs, wildebeest, impalas, ellies, buffs, nyalas......

On our way back along the border track we found very fresh lion spoor over our tracks. Evidence was a huge male had tried to catch an impala.....but been unsuccessful. We took photos of the tracks, and I took one with my boot next to it....and the lion's paw print was wider than my foot!

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 Post subject: Re: needed a (permanent?) fix so.....
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Another braai followed.......but we were earlier to bed than the previous night, and had less insects to deal with. The genet that had visited the first night also did not reappear.

This morning we woke to sun, despite the forecast rain. By 7.30 we were off to the gate for a meeting to discuss displays......but had it on our own as nobody else turned up! Then we headed south for Shingwedzi. There we had to take down all the posters, clean the frames, replace most of the posters with freshly printed ones and put new plexiglass on to protect them. Took a couple of hours, but then we were done and had so much to do at Mopani that we decided not to stay at Shingwedzi after all and push on to Mopani.

Tonight we have one of the lovely 3 bedroom guest cottages at Mopani, and are now here for 2 nights which is great. Tomorrow lots to do again.....displays at reception and in the conference centre to update, and sites outside to visit and check/photograph

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 Post subject: Re: needed a (permanent?) fix so.....
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You have an awesome job, Ecojunkie! :clap: :clap:

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Busy day today.......the rain was falling, but then eased up so we went out to take photos etc...... tramped around Pioneer dam (at the foot below the wall, not the bird hide!) and then went to a secret place......and more tramping around. Eventually back for a late lunch, and then while the other folk went to the conference centre to sort out the displays, we went out to the petroglyph site to take more photos. I was given a lesson in orientation and finding the vehicle on the way back......!

Now the rain is heavy again and we are trying to get a fire going for a braai!!!

Animals today included ellies, impalas, warthogs, ellies, wildebeest, waterbuck, water monitor, goliath heron, African crake, water dikkop, grey heron, night heron........

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:thumbs_up: What a job!!!!! :thumbs_up:

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I'm enjoying this armchair travelogue through Kruger! Sounds awesome. Thanks for posting EJ.


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 Post subject: Re: needed a (permanent?) fix so.....
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Philip1 wrote:
:thumbs_up: What a job!!!!! :thumbs_up:


Yep.....I am amply compensated for the time I spend 'helping out'......and I really appreciate it. It is great to be able to share it with other folk too via the forum.

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While meat is being braaied, and salads made, I have a little time to post, so will try to post some photos...... No more than 3 or 4 per post so should not be too difficult for folk to view.

Black stork with grey heron behind it......Tzendze river near Mopani
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.....and now Photobucket refuses to let me copy more links....... will continue to battle and post if it decides to cooperate again!

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Green-back heron at same spot......
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Think it was wondering what we were doing!
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And then had a bit of interaction with a water monitor.....
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This is tedious! I have to go back to my 'library' and click on each photo in turn to get the link when it reloads on a new page....but will keep going for a while.

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Then an Egyptian goose family came along....
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When we eventually managed to get to the bottom of the dam wall we saw some jacanas in the dam above us
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Food is ready.....more posts will have to wait for another day.....

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Thanks EJ. Just awsome!!! :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:


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Awesome pictures! Thank you Ecojunkie! I especially love the Egyptian Goose family! :clap: :clap:

The Black Stork and Heron is just as awesome! :dance: :dance:

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It has been a very wet day. Did manage to see tsessebe, ellies, buffs, warthogs, waterbuck, impala, zebs, wildebeest, ground hornbills (twice) and just outside camp there were lions too.

We are at Olifants for 2 nights now, in bungalow 2 next to restaurant, so a nice river view. River is full - but not as bad as Letaba river which is so high it has flooded the bridge and closed the Phalaborwa-Mopani tar road.

We are eating at the restaurant tonight. If the internet speed picks up and I have time will try to post more photos, but it is very slow at present.

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Enjoy the view of the Olifants Ecojunkie! It must be an awesome sight! :clap: :clap:

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The rain came down in torrents.......!!!! All night long.....and realistically we knew our planned trip was now doomed and we could not get to any of the sites we needed to visit etc.....so after a quick clean and revamp of the display at Olifants we got on the road south. The rest of the party are now at BnD and I am back in the caravan (which needed a bit of TLC and water removing from roof of tent, broken poles replacing,etc) but now sorted out.

It was actually a very good sightings day! Lots of storks about, impalas (including a mum with late arriving newborn), mating lions, another large pride sleeping on both sides of the road (all 'flat lines'), several ellies (one a bit stroppy), rhinos, warthogs, zebs, wildebeest, giraffes, sable, duiker, klipspringer, kudu........

Rivers flowing strongly, but evidence that levels have dropped a little. We only had rain towards the end of the trip, and a sharp shower about an hour ago.

Will try to make sense of it all and post more photos later (maybe only tomorrow).....need to eat and drink and get to bed......

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