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 Post subject: Kruger visit - 09/02/2014
Unread postPosted: Mon Feb 10, 2014 9:06 am 
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hi Mites

We visited the kruger yesterday, being a local so to speak, we decided to change our tactics and enter through Pabeni Gate rather than our normal Malelane route, and wow was I impressed with that decision hehe

We were in the park for about 5 min when a Jockey alerted us of a lion sighting. 2 females next to the side of the road, never in my 20 + visits has a lion been this close. Took some nice shots of the ladies and was very impressed. We then took the road towards skukuza and saw the infamous impala, some Ellies and a bushbuck, unfortunately to fast for my snappy fingers.

We saw some buffalo and another Ellie before we reached Skukuza for refreshments. There I snapped a happy looking blue tailed lizzard with a bug in its mouth, and we headed out towards Thokwane (Excuse the spelling)

As this was a trip of differences we took the gravel roads and landed at Orpen dam, where I spotted the most amazing looking spider.

We had lunch at Thokwane and made our way back down towards Lower Sabie, where we had a look from the most gorgeous view in the world ever, spotted some animals at the watering hole, unfortunately my 70 - 300 mm Lens did not do the sighting any justice.

We took a dirt road of the H10 which was about 38 km of the most gorgeous feeling ever. There we saw a breeding herd of Ellies and the prize of my visit, a Leapord dozing in a tree. We also saw a Giraffe Carcass taken down by a lion tribe the day before and some vultures


Wow what a day in the Kruger, not something I will soon forget


Pictures to follow shortly

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Took out Rhino sighting.


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 Post subject: Re: Kruger visit - 09/02/2014
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M,, what a day!!! oh and welcome to the forum . Hope we see you posting often .. Look forward to the kiekies.
Lucky you living so close to my farm !!( KNP)

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 Post subject: Re: Kruger visit - 09/02/2014
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Hugh wrote:
M,, what a day!!! oh and welcome to the forum . Hope we see you posting often .. Look forward to the kiekies.
Lucky you living so close to my farm !!( KNP)


If the wife allowed me, I would be on your farm every weekend, unfortunately she does not like being in a vehicle 24/7

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 Post subject: Re: Kruger visit - 09/02/2014
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As promised some of the photos

Lion Sighting

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 Post subject: Re: Kruger visit - 09/02/2014
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Some of the birdlife

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The Blue tailed Lizzard

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 Post subject: Re: Kruger visit - 09/02/2014
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My spider

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Some Ellies

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My favourite

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 Post subject: Re: Kruger visit - 09/02/2014
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mlommies thanks for sharing your 8) Kruger visit with us and your :cam: :cam: - :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Thanks for sharing mlommies, love the lion and leopard pictures :) Phabeni has always been a great place to get into the park :)

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 Post subject: Re: Kruger visit - 09/02/2014
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What a day!!!!! :mrgreen: super special sightings and pics are stunning. :clap: :clap:

Thanks for sharing. :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Kruger visit - 09/02/2014
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How lucky are you mlommies! What a wonderful day you had! Beautiful sightings and your pictures are superb! :clap: :clap:

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 Post subject: Re: Kruger visit - 09/02/2014
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Thank you everybody, really nice remarks

:gflower:

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Mlommies, a very warm welcome to you. :gflower:

What a fantastic way to start posting. I hope that we see a lot more of you. 8)

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 Post subject: Re: Kruger visit - 09/02/2014
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mlommies, welcome to the forum. :thumbs_up:

A truly great day you have had. Those lions are amazing and you had some great sightings all round. :clap:

Also love the leopard in the tree. :dance:

Regarding the spider, it looks like a Golden Orb and are really colourful. :thumbs_up:

Thank you for sharing your moments. :D

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