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 Post subject: Re: AUSSIES ON THE PROWL IN KRUGER FOR 36 DAYS
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BnD to Letaba


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Can only echo Elsa :lol: Great pics :thumbs_up:

Pleased to hear both you and computers are healthy again too.
Did you lose many pics ?
And how is McFluffy's leg getting on ?


@p@m. She had to sacrifice about 150 photos. Probably the day that i took some good bird shots.
Mcfluffy is in the process of ongoing physio, but getting better. Travel insurance stops once you return home for help with injuries. They tell you to use the free(pay for it in tax) medical system, but guess what. It does not cover you for physio :huh: :huh:


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Day #7 1st September Letaba – Punda Maria

The last of our long trips until we leave the park. We had an 08.00 departure from Letaba, owing to us having to make calls to our Dr in Australia, to try to rectify non advised medical problems that travelled with us. :evil:
We made a stop at Mopani, for coffee & a snack. We also decided to check our accommodation, for our 2 night stay there on our way back down the park. We were given #12 in February, as it has the best view of the dam. We found it to have enhanced viewing & extra air-conditioning. BURNT OUT. :naughty: :naughty:
We also stopped at Shingwedzi for some refreshments. We finally arrived at Punda, and settled into #23

The roads travelled. H9, H1-6, H1-7, H1-8, H13-1 & H13-2

Sightings in order. Elephants, Impala, Egyptian Geese, Kudu, Waterbucks, Guinea Fowl, LBR, Large Buffalo Herd #1,Yellowbilled Hornbill, Wildebeest, Korhan, Magpie Shrikes, Slender Mongoose, Elephants, Large Buffalo Herd #2 @ Malopenyana Waterhole, Zebra, 1 X Tsessebe, Ostrich, Large Zebra Herd, Alexander’s Bones, Bateleur, Large Buffalo Herd #3, Martial Eagle, 2 Tourists out of car having a photo opportunity with some Rangers at their vehicle, while the other Rangers were off the other side of the road inspecting something :naughty: :naughty: :sniper: , Mouse, Kudu, Nyala, Elephants, Zebra, 14 x Tsessebe, Brown Snake eagle, & 2 exciting sightings standing together in Camp – ecojunkie & Betelgeuse :dance: :dance:

Another great day in “heaven” :D :clap:


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I am catching the person writing the words.
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Finally pics and words come together :redface:
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Day #8 2nd September - Punda Maria

Today we did the Thulamela Walk. We travelled up to the site in the game drive vehicle. It is on the Nyala Drive, near Pafuri. You leave the vehicle below the site, then hike up to the site on the path, which tests your heart rate. We were in the safe hands of Jonathon, Eric & Charles(trainee). Eric is one of the original people to help excavate & rebuild the site.

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There are 2 bodies buried in graves inside the site. The King & Queen.

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The information given about the history of the site was only a precursor to the “spiritual” feeling that comes over you. This feeling was clearly exhibited in the photos that Mcfluffy took at the site. She took photos from the time that we left the vehicle, and until we returned to the vehicle. All her photos taken prior to us entering the walls of the site, and after we left the walls of the site, worked. All the photos she took inside the site are just a coloured blob, as one would expect from a heat affected roll of film. The only thing is, it was a digital camera. We will let you form your own opinions. The view from the King’s compound is expansive of the areas below.

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In the evening, we did the sunset drive with just us, Betelgeuse & ecojunkie, as the shotgun rider. We did the Mahonie Loop.
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The roads travelled. H13-2, S60, H1-8, S64 & S99.

Sightings in order. Thulamela Walk – Elephants, Zebras, Vultures, Buffalos (near top of walk to site), Nyala, Kudus & Impala.
Sunset Drive – 7 x Lions, Elephants, Buffalos, Grysboks, Duikers, Steenboks, Nyala, Kudu, Impala, Dozens of Nightjars, 2 x Large Spotted genets, Fireflies, Wahlbergs Eagle, Dozens of Sandgrouse, Springhares, Scrubhares, Leopard, Whitefaced Scops owl & Barn Owl.
BIG 4. This is the best you can get at Punda. Excellent Day :D :D


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Day #9 3rd September - Punda Maria

Today we decided to go and visit Frank at Parfuri Picnic Spot, and go to Crooks Corner. It was also Katie’s (Mcfluffy) first day of helping with the driving. Little did we know what was to happen at a later date.
As we drove up the H1-8 between the 2 sets of Electricity Power Lines, we noticed some movement off to our right. It was 3 Tsessebe running to cross the road ahead of us. The magic of the crossing was, a new born calf running with them.

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We decided to do another drive down Nyala Rd. Katie had her first opportunity, to experience driving through a large Buffalo herd.
No pics of buffs today, but a few others were taken.


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We stopped at Parfuri Picnic site for about 1 hour. During this time we witnessed a number of birds with Frank’s help, and also witnessed Frank responding to a visitors demanding requests for help in a life ending incident. A vervet monkey had taken her “Tupperware” container with butter in it. She was requesting Frank to get it back for her, even though the vervet was up in the top of the trees. Her concern was not for the contents, but for the container. We don’t know the outcome. When we left, the same woman was about 100mtrs along the dirt road outside the picnic area, looking for birds.

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We met Frank during our last trip in 2007. So we left him, his wife & children, with some more gifts from OZ.

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When we reached Crooks Corner, the temperature was pushing towards the top of the 30’s.

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Missed a photo of elephant farting underwater....resulting bubbles were enormous. :twisted:

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Roads travelled – H13-2, H13-1, H1-8, S64, S63 (dirt & tar), Mahonie Loop.

Sightings in order – Impala, Yellowbilled hornbill, Grey Lowry, Kudu, Cape turtle dove, LBR, Duiker, Steenbok, Elephants, Tsessebe x 3 + calf, Zebras, Giraffe, Buffalo (large herd), Warthogs, Squirrels, Nyala, Baboons, Vervets, Frank, Purple crested turaco, Giant Kingfisher, Black throated wattlebird, Wildebeest, Waterbuck, Crocodile, Blockheaded oriole, Fish-eagle, Mahonie loop - Lion at kill, Ground hornbills, Brown headed parrot, and many Nyala.

Finished the night with a long visit from Betelgeuse, after her night drive. Arranged for her to come with us in the morning on an early morning drive


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Day #10 4th September - Punda Maria to Shingwedzi

Up early, as we had invited Betelgeuse to come with us in our vehicle, on our last drive at Punda. Left the kids in bed so we could have an “adults” morning. We drove to Klopperfontein.

Roads travelled – H13-2, S60, H1-8 & H13-1.

Sightings seen in order with our “personal Guide”. - Elephants, Martial Eagle, Impala, Warthog, Tawny eagle, Nyala, Steenbok, Duiker, LBR, Kudu, Buffalo, Giraffe, Zebra, Yellow billed hornbill, Magpie shrikes, 2 x Kori Bustard in flight, Elephants, Green backed heron, Grysbok, Tawny eagle, Buffalo, Kudu & Nyala.
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Back to Punda, and the task of re-packing the vehicle for our drive to Shingwedzi. We decided to have breakfast at the Punda restaurant. When we went in, Betelgeuse was on the computer, checking the forum. A “have you had breakfast” & “would you like to join us”, had her leave the computer very quickly.
Su. It was a pleasure to have met you, and have some good times together. Thank you very much. As I am writing this on the 1st November, please allow us to wish you all the best, in your new endeavors.
It was sad to leave Punda :( , but we were to be well rewarded on our trip to Shingwedzi. It was very quiet for the first part, and the last part of the drive.

Roads travelled - H13-2, H13-1 & H1-7.

Sightings in order - Buffalo, Elephants, Impala, Grey heron, then near Shisha 4 x Tsessebe. Whilst watching them, 8 x Roan crossed the road a little further on, 1 x Roan(200m north of Babalala picnic site), 7 x Roan(400m south of Babalala), Kudu, Ostrich & 2 x Secretary birds @ Boyela waterhole.


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Booked into our accommodation, and headed for the Restaurant/take-away to have something to eat. Noticed that the bird bath was empty, & looked like it had been for a long time. We have had some good sightings in it in the past. I asked the lady that served us, was it not used anymore. I wish I had not :redface: . She went and got a bucket, then scrubbed the bath clean and filled it with water.


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Went out for a drive at 16.08 along the S50.

Sightings in order - Elephants, Francolin, Egyptian Geese, Vervets, Giraffe,Nyala, Bushbuck, Guinea fowl, Crocodiles, Yellowbilled stork, White egret, Baboons, Kudu, Hippo’s, Buffalo’s, Ibis & several other birds.


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Day #11 5th September - Shingwedzi


Today we decided to go out in the morning and afternoon. The rest of the day was to have some time to re-charge the batteries.
We decided to do the redrocks drive. We were looking forward to spending some time at a waterhole(forgot to write it down, and not on maps) on the S52, where we spent a lot of time in 2007 watching the interaction between warthogs, baboons, impala, giraffe’s & birds.
Sadly this waterhole has been shut down :( :( . Only some baboons on the tank.

Morning roads travelled – H1-6 & S52.

Sightings in order – Impala, Francolins, Buffalo, Grey Lourie, African eagle hawk, 9 x Hyaena at den, Yellowbilled hornbill, Cape turtle dove, Elephants, Vulture in nest with 1 young, 2 x Bateleur, Guinea fowl, Immature African crowned eagle, White egret, Nyala, Squirrel, Ground hornbills, Elephant with tracking collar, Kudu, Dwarf mongoose, White fronted bee eater, Steenbok, Waterbucks, Magpie shrikes, Zebra’s, White heron, Hooded vulture & Giraffe.

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It was now 33c & time for a drink and something to eat.
There was some sport on television this day. I don’t know what it was, but a lot of people in springbok tops were seated in front of a tv outside the restaurant. They did not seem very happy at the finish, especially when someone turned up in a wallabies top. Now I wonder who that was? :big_eyes: :big_eyes:

At 15.15 we decided to exit the front gate, cross the bridge and take the loop back around to the back exit, then head down the S50 again.
We decided to travel down to Crocodile Pool.

Not far from there, we encounted an Ellie road block. In the middle of the road block, was a car surrounded by a breeding herd of elephants with young, including a very agitated female. The car made no attempt to move forward when there was an opportunity, but just sat there taking photo’s. We and several other cars could see the danger they were in, as the cow was trumpeting & shaking her head, no more than 5mtrs behind them. The car finally moved on, but the road was still blocked.

We turned around, and went back a short distance and took the adjacent road alongside the river, to get past the ellie’s. We only went a short distance & found more of the herd, so decided to turn around and sit at a short distance away. In a matter of only a few minutes, the “hero” car drove towards us. I asked them why they stayed so close to the agitated cow, and did not move for safety. The answer was “there was no danger for us, as the elephants had been spooked by a male lion, and did not mind us being there”. :sniper: :sniper: They said that the lion had headed down to the river.

We decided to head back. About 500mtrs further on, we saw a lion and lioness sitting on the other side of the river. The “heroes” said that they were the ones that spooked the ellie’s. The amazing thing was, that though they would have had to swim the river, they were also very dry. :huh:

Roads travelled – H1-7, S135 & S50.

Sightings in order – Buffalo, Giraffe, Elephant with 1 tusk, Burchells coucal, Waterbucks,Impala, Guinea fowl, Nyala, Egyptian geese, Crocodiles, Yellowbilled stork, Goliath heron, Kudu’s, Goliath heron in tree nest, Breeding herd elephants, Baboons, Saddle-billed stork, Lion & Lioness, Elephant paying respect at an elephant skull(interesting to watch) & a large hippo pod.

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Day #12 6th September Shingwedzi - Mopani

Another day to change camps. Lorraine & I decided to do an early drive on our own.
We were out the gate as soon as it opened. We made the decision to do some of the S56. On the way, we had 4 lions departing the Lamont waterhole, after having their thirsts quenched. They vanished out of site very quickly.

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Yesterday prior to and during the televised rugby game, I was talking to one of the many Boks supporters. On the S56 we found a car stopped in the middle of the road, and its occupants looking into a tree with bino’s. We moved up beside them to find out what they were watching. It turned to be the bok’s supporter. We asked what had they found, and his instant reply was. “There is a dead wallaby in the nest”. :wall: It was a Verreaux’s Eagle-Owl sitting in its nest. :dance:

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We had some excellent sightings on this drive.

Roads travelled – H1-7, S56 & S57.

Sightings in order – Buffalo, Button Quail, Impala, 4 x Lions, Kudu, Elephants, Verreaux’s Eagle-Owl, Nyala(7 + calf in total), Slender mongoose, Yellow-billed Hornbill, Red-billed hornbill, Grey lowrie, Giraffe, Vervets, Sharpes grysbok, 2 x Large breeding herd Elephants, Brown-headed parrot, African Green pigeon, Bateleur & Zebra’s.

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We returned to camp to refresh & pack the van for our drive to Mopani.
Left Shingwedzi at 09.30.
We had an impressive tusker at Nkokodzi waterhole, drinking from the tank.
300mtr south of Eendrag waterhole, we had the highlight of the trip from Shingwedzi to Mopani.
We were driving along the H1-6, when Katie yelled “stop reverse, there is something in the trees”. I reversed back, and there standing in the shade of some bushes, was a magnificent Sable. :cam: :thumbs_up: We spent some time with it, and it made itself available for some fantastic photo opportunities.

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Sightings in order – Impala, Bateleur(quite a number during the drive), Elephants, Giraffe, 2 x Hyena at den, Large tusker, LBR, Herd of buffalo, 4 x Ground hornbills, 4 x warthog, SABLE, Duiker’s, 2 x Saddle-billed stork(saw very few throughout entire trip) & Zebra’s.

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We booked into Mopani & went to unload the van.
When we got to #53, it was a mess.
The previous occupants have no respect for the staff or the next occupants. :sniper:
It was quite obvious they had a long drinking (I wonder if they were the cause of #12) session.
The whole place was strewn with empty bottles, plates of part eaten food, dirty cooking pots (some with food still in it), untouched food & broken glasses. Why is there not a bond (that is refundable) paid on top of reservations, to punish this total lack of respect?
We headed to get something to eat, and check out the view of the dam, until the place was cleaned.
We have always liked to eat at Mopani. One reads on the forum, the positives & negatives of people’s visits. Sadly we noticed some negatives. There was a new trainee, who was trying to rectify a customer’s order. It was only a minor thing, but as the customer had an audience, he decided to play the situation up. He started yelling at the trainee, who in turn fell to pieces. The supervisor came and tried to sort the problem out. They were only having drinks. The supervisor asked them if they were eating, and they said no. After some time, the “loud mouth” asked when someone would take their food order. The reply was that they had said they did not want to order food. They left just after this. Either dissatisfied or from some of my comments about them, which were loud enough for them to hear. It was also noticed that staff were writing orders on serviettes. When I asked the lady who served us why, she said they had nothing else to write on.

Sightings from the deck – Hammerkop, White heron, Crocodiles, Elephants & Hippo’s.

When we got back to our bungalow it was ready. We spent quite a bit of time, watching Dad & Mum Francolin, with their 4 little children. Watching them drink from the water that was coming from the air conditioner was great. :D

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We decided to go for a drive to Tihongonyeni waterhole. We left at 15.30, and had to get back in time to search for a yellow ribbon. The Capricorn Loop was shocking. It was the roughest road that we travelled on during the whole trip. Half way to the waterhole on the S143, we nearly turned around, but decided to continue & glue the “plastic” van back together. It was a worthwhile decision. So much so, that we decided to return tomorrow. Large numbers of Zebra’s, Wildebeest plus others.
We returned to Mopani & went in search of a yellow ribbon. We were just about to give up, when we spotted a ribbon. We stopped & got out, to be greeted with “prings” & we replied “Aboon”. We arranged to meet at the Restaurant, and we had an excellent evening. Thank you Aboon & Eric, for your friendship & hospitality.

Roads travelled – H1-6, S144, S143 & S50.

Sightings in order – Elephants, Zebra’s, Buffaloes, Elephants(including a nice tusker at Bowerskop waterhole), Steenbok, 6 x Kori Bustard(all in 100mtr stretch), Herds of Zebra’s, Herds of Wildebeest, 21 x Tsessebe(in total for drive), Kudu’s, Herd of 50+ Elephants & White egrets.

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Day #13 7th September Mopani
Today we decided to go down the H1-6 to the start of the S50, then back up to Tihongonyeni waterhole again. We left camp at 06.12. We travelled up the S50 to Nshawu #2. Up ahead there was a car stopped. We stopped some distance back from them, and started to search for what they were looking at. It was very hard to pick anything, as the bushes were thick. Lorraine spotted something, but it was hard to tell what it was. She thought that it was a cat, but vanished quickly. We started to move forward, with binoculars in heavy use. All of a sudden, Katie(mcfluffy) yelled “it has spots, it has spots”. Once again it vanished. The car ahead of us, came down and told us that they had been watching and following 4 cheetahs for some time, but now they were gone. So once again we were so close, but too late. We sat where we were in hope that they would appear. The other car turned around and drove away from us. They had gone about 200mtrs, when they stopped and started signaling us to come. We did. A long way back in the bushes, the 4 cheetahs were walking away from us. We parked next to the other car, and then the “gods” smiled on us. :D The 4 cheetahs turned and started walking towards us. We were excited, until they all decided to flop on the ground to rest, behind bushes and shrubs. Even with binoculars, you were lucky to see a flick of a tail or the twitch of an ear. Other cars stopped, but when we tried to explain where they were, they drove off thinking we and the other car were mad. We and the other car decided to wait. 45 minutes later, we struck the jackpot. The 4 cheetahs got up and walked directly at our cars, only to change direction to go past the back of us across the road, to sit and survey the grassy marsh area opposite. However they decided to do this in well covered grass area. It was magic.
We then travelled to the waterhole, where one can spend hours of enjoyment, and returned on the S50 past the Mooiplaas waterhole. It was a drive of many Tsessebe sightings. We decided to stay in for the rest of the day, but let Katie take the kids out in the van for a late afternoon drive. Unbeknown to us, this was the last drive by Katie. :(

Roads travelled – H1-6, S50 & S143

Sightings in order - Zebra, Waterbuck, Giraffe, Grey Heron, Elephants, Kudu, 4 x Cheetah, Reed Bucks, Ostrich, 8 x Tssesebe, Kori Bustard, Guinea Fowl, Buffaloes, LBR, 1 x Tssesebe, 3 x Huge Kudu Bulls, Wildebeest, 3 x Tssesebe, 3 x Eland, 9 x Tssesebe, 30 plus Tssesebe @ waterhole, Large herd Zebras, 2 x Bateleur Eagles, 4 x Ostrich, Impala, 7 x Tssesebe.

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Day #14 8th September Mopani – Sable Hide
A day that promised great excitement & the unknown. Plus heat.
We left Mopani at 09.10. We had a visit that had to be carried out (thanks to previous forumites), before we headed to Phalaborwa, to prepare for our night’s accommodation.
We headed down the H1-6 for 6k’s, then turned right onto a short dirt road. We came to a gate, opened it and entered new territory.
Yes, it was Tsendze Rustic Camp, and we were in search of Rodger. We drove to the ablutions block, and exited the van.
A SANParks employee approached us and asked if we were ok. I replied, “Are you Rodger”. The answer was “yes”. I replied “we are prings from Australia”. His reaction was as if we were long lost family. Several well known forumites had stayed in the camp, prior to our visit. Their conversations had led to talking about our 36 nights in Kruger. Promises were given in response to Rodger’s request that we visit him. When we were told, we put it in our itinerary as a must do.
We then had a tour of the camp’s facilities (Rodger is so proud of his camp) & a visit to see a Scops Owl. You could have reached out & touched it, it was that close. Rodger talked about the difference of the growth inside the camp, compared to the sparse growth outside. His concern was that Elephants would break through the fence. Since our return home, Rodger has advised us that this did happen on 3 occasions. They have had to get a larger generator, to produce more current through the fence.
If you are travelling past Tsendze, do yourselves a favor and drop in to say Hello to Rodger. You will not regret it. :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:

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We left and headed to Phalaborwa, to pick up our bedding packs & keys for Sable, plus have lunch with Scipio & Scorpion, and pick up food for the evening. :popcorn:

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We booked in before mid-day & said we would be back later in the afternoon to get our gear. We had a look in the local community gift/coffee shop next to the gate. A good cup of coffee & meals available here. :D :D
If you have the chance, treat yourselves.
We then headed of in search of “the mayor of Phalaborwa” and his family. We had a good meal & refreshment at the Buffalo, then purchased some pizzas & goodies.
We picked up our gear, and re-entered the park at 15.35. We arrived at Sable Hide at 16.15 with great excitement, only to see 4 people getting back into their vehicle, with bemused looks on their faces.
We were about to find out why. We entered the hide, and were hit with the worst stench we have ever smelt.
Baboons had entered the hide, and had crapped everywhere. All over the floor, on the stools, and even on top of the bed bases still locked on the wall. :sniper: We headed back to Phalaborwa Gate, and told reception what had happened.
They checked with the staff member in charge of cleaning the hide, and he had checked it at 15.00 and it was clean. He followed us to the hide, and then spent the next 35 minutes cleaning and disinfecting the floors, stools & beds. :clap: :clap: His work was punctuated with what he would like to do to the Baboons. When he left, he had the equivalent of a half full plastic shopping bag of unwanted material.

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We put the van in the compound, and unloaded what we needed. We set up the beds & mozzie nets, and then settled down to an anticipated evening of great sightings, in 38c heat and no breeze. Phalaborwa Gate had a large Braai on the road leading into Sable Dam, but we could only see some lights in the distance, but no vehicles came near the hide. However this could not be said about a vehicle from a lodge in Phalaborwa. We saw the vehicle earlier on our way back from the gate, and they had driven past the hide, before gate closing time. At 18.10 it was getting dark, and our anticipated sightings grew with the sounds of lions growling in the distance on the other side of the dam wall.
A couple of steenbok came to eat on the area between the hide and the water. On the opposite side of the dam, there is a 4x4 track. At 18.35 we were enjoying our pizza, when the outside game drive vehicle came along the track, from the dam wall side. This was from the direction they had gone earlier. All the spotlights in the vehicle focused on the dam and towards the hide. I turned on one of our spotlights and shone it at them, to let know that people were in the hide. What great response. We now had 3 spotlights aimed at the hide, on and off for several minutes. The noise that was coming from the people in the vehicle was like a Friday night at the Pub. :evil:
We then sat and watched for several hours, the non appearance of animals.
The only sightings we had were the steenboks (who settled down for the night) and a couple of Bush Baptist specials. ……..2 Honey Badgers. :dance: :dance: Plus 1 Scrub Hare.
Nothing else! At about 01.00 a very strong wind came up, and forced us all under our doona’s. This put an end to any more sightings.

Roads Travelled – H1-6, H14, H9 & S51.

Sightings in order – Elephants, Waterbuck, Giraffe, Brown Snake-Eagle, Rodger, Scops Owl, Impala, Bateleur Eagle, Hippo’s, Hadeda Ibis, Fish Eagle, Giant Kingfisher, Crocodiles, White Egret, Buffaloes, Kudu, Guinea Fowl, LBR, Korhan, African Hawk Eagle, Baboon Poo, Steenboks, 2 x Honey Badger & Scrub Hare

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 Post subject: Re: AUSSIES ON THE PROWL IN KRUGER FOR 36 DAYS
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Day #15 9th September Sable Hide – Shimuwini Bushveldt Camp

As reported in yesterday’s report, the wind was very strong from 01.00. It became cold enough to put on jackets. From sweltering to shivering. Some of the gang had some sleep. Others tried, but decided that we might miss out on an excellent sighting. Well the thought was good. Everything had gone to hide from the wind. We packed up early, and waited until the first humans arrived. At least they did, as the animals did not. :(

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We went back to Phalaborwa Gate and returned the bedding packs. When we were at the coffee shop yesterday, we asked as to what time they opened for business. Not long after the gate opened.
We said that we would be in for breakfast, after our night in the wild.
When we arrived, they had a table for 5 reserved for us. Excellent brekkie. :clap: :clap:
We once again met Scipio & Scorpion (this friendship came to good use 53hrs later) at the gate, with some magic car polish to remove some scratches. We then did a quick food shopping stop in Phalaborwa.
We entered the gate again at 10.45 and headed to Shimuwini.

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What a magic camp. We had bungalow #15, at the end fence. We had another repeat of a mess left by the last occupiers. I was impressed by the fast movement of the male employee, who was lying on the chairs outside the bungalow, until he saw us. He then busily helped the lady who was cleaning to finish. We used the outside shower to get rid of the Sable Hide dirt. The most welcome shower in a long time. We spent the rest of the day, just taking in the water view & animals in front of the bungalow. :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:


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Roads travelled - S51, H9, H14 & S141.

Sightings in order – Impala, LBR, Zebra, Elephants, Crocodiles, Hippo’s, 2 x Fish Eagles, 3 x Saddle-billed Storks (rarely seen in the 36 days), Kudu, Egret, Striped Skaapsteker, Water buck & Grysbok. Sighted from in camp – Elephants, Duiker, Crocodiles, Hippo’s, Brubru, White-fronted Bee-eater, Bearded Woodpecker, Crested Barbet, Giraffe, Brown-headed Parrot & Bats.

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