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Arks, anne-marie, anne catherine, Elsa, Jazil, Michele and Pumbaa...thx for your nice words, especially on the landscape pics. The strange thing is...I almost never use a wide angle for these: I rather zoom in to over 100 mm (sometimes even 200mm which becomes 300mm with the D70s) in order to place the horizon high in the image...3/4 or higher. IMO it works better to give people an idea of the wide views one enjoys in KTP.

@Elsa: green? You would think so but compared to the Nossob side it still looked arid.

@ Jazil: OK I'll come to the smallest country of Africa. On the 6th or 7th of july maybe. OK with you? :twisted:

@Pumbaa: you will love Kielie Krankie but than again...who wouldn't? Allow me to wet your appetite a bit more.

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16/04: day 3

It was hard to pull ourselves away from Kielie Krankie and to say “au revoir” to Marius but the Nossob valley and the dune road (which we always enjoy thouroughly) were waiting.

The dune road from Kielie Krankie to Kij Kij didn’t disappoint: PCG’s, BBJ’s, korhaans, oryx, steenbokkies, mongooses,…and of course the landscapes. I know you can’t really argue about these things but frankly it is beyond us that some people find these dune roads boring.

A tree,…

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…, a disturbed goshawk,…

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…, a lone ranger,…

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…, and another one walking exactly there where you want him to in order to take a nice pic,…

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…before we arrived at Kij Kij.

It was with great anticipation that we drove down into the valley. We had enjoyed the Auob immensely although till now we had not been spoilt with specials…maybe this valley would spice up things a bit? Wait and see…

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Day 3 continued

On our way from Kij Kij to Melkvlei where we would have breakfast we saw our first hartebeest of this trip. Three to be precise and one of them was an adorable calf.

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While having brekkies at Melkvlei we were chatting with a nice couple from Richards Bay. It appeared they were also having a great time BUT were also missing the big cats. I remember saying that the best way to find them was not to worry about it and enjoy the rest of the animals and than they would come to us. The couple continued their way…”today will be the day” was what the guy said to us through his open window as he drove past our table. About 15 minutes later, just as I was finishing my sandwich with chocolate paste, I saw their Nissan coming back to us with flashing headlights…”hurry, behind the corner, 300 metres from here, lions, eleven of them, it looks like they are calm but they could just as well disappear over the rim”. This perhaps is one of the things I like best about SA game parks: the willingness to share sights and the friendliness of so many people you meet.

About 30 seconds later all was packed and indeed, right behind the corner…

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They were indeed eleven. Nine in the previous image and two about 20 metres further. One of those two, a young male, was posing like a model.

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Just a shame that the little grass was just in front of him and that he was in the shade (why can’t these bloody lions do what we ask them to)

Than he growled a bit at us (but all in a pretty relaxing mood).

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Here is three of them watching my SO performing her best acrobate tricks in the tree above them.

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We sat with them for quite a while, extremely happy as we were with this sighting. This is what makes gameviewing so addictive imho…just when things are a bit slow suddenly it’s there and the glorious feeling of being in the best place of the world at exactly the right time takes possession of your whole body.

(Speaking of right time, later that day we spoke to a dutch bloke who was at that place about half an hour after we left but saw nothing…tsjah but than again he saw cheetah that very same morning when driving out of TR…)

After SO came out of the tree it was time for us to leave wandering what other magical moments this day would give us.

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Lovely report, Salva, and stunning pics :clap: :clap:
More please. :)


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Your SO use also a ladder :shock:

Very nice, thanks :D

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Thanx Salva, I love your landscape pics and those of KK. Make it seems much more real, than reading about it. Fantastic report, can't wait for the next chapter.

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Salva,

what more to say instead of wetting my appetite you made me :mrgreen: with those fantastic pictures of the lion pride :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Great lion sightings, Salva and stunning pics. Think the vegetation does not spoil your lion pics at all, it rather proofs that these pics have been taken in the wilderness, and not in a zoo.

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Fantastic Salva! :clap: :clap: My favourites - BBJ on dunes, Gemsbok and of course the lions! :thumbs_up:

Seems to be a lot of tree climbing forumites at the moment! :hmz:

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What wonderfull pics!!! :clap: :clap:
It's such a pleasure to read your report,even if it makes
terrible homesick.Still have to wait.Just toooooo long!!
Again,your pics are great!!Thank you for sharing!

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What a beautiful "growly" lion :clap: Great report salva enjoying it immensley Thank you :clap:

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What wonderful pictures you have. Those lions are just awesum, as are the landscapes. That goshawk too - WoW :clap:

And yes if you come over to the smallest country in Africa, why not make it the 7th of July, that would be so great to see you then :D

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Great report and pictures Salva, I'm waiting in anticipation for the next chapter.

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Annalie, Jazil, Dotty, Ingrid60, wanderw, Africandreams, Pumbaa, anne-marie and P@M: thank you very much for the kind comments.

The lion sighting was the first real "oh wow" moment, especially since there were 11 of them. It was the first time I saw so many of them together in KTP.

However there are a few more "oh wow" moments to come and if you ask me more special than this moment (with more special pics as well :wink: )

I hope I will get there soon but must ask for some patience...things are a bit hectic now.

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However there are a few more "oh wow" moments to come and if you ask me more special than this moment


Yes I... we ask :D please

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