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 Post subject: Viewing Wolhuter Vicariously
Unread postPosted: Mon Jun 29, 2009 7:44 am 
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There is a story here... I suppose life is just that, stories told in many voices.

Anyway, I digress.

Sarabi, my youngest, turned 18 in January. I wanted to give her something to hold onto forever.. so I thought, what could be better than an experience, memories to last a lifetime?

Six years previously I had taken her twin sisters with me on a spooring course with Bruce Brydon for their 18th birthday. A Kruger trail seemed to be just the right answer.

So, on Sarabi's birthday, I presented her with proof of booking and a place on Wohuter trail with mama dearest.

Well, we all know that "the best laid plans of mice and men...". Sometimes stuff happens and plan B needs to be kicked in.

Enter big sister.... who has yet to be named.

We decided that mother dearest obviously could not go :( but big sister was chomping at the bit :D

So, today MM will be doing some last minute shopping, giving advice, getting petrol money ready, sorting out Wildcards, yellow ribbon, enough food, drinks.... and.. and.. and ...

the lovely thing about having children is that their excitement can become your excitement, their happiness can become your happiness... so although they have both promised to write and contribute towards the trip report... big mama is getting it started

I realised from my Mapungubwe report that people like to know practical things, to see what the accomodation looks like... and so forth. I have asked them to take many pictures of everything.

So, in terms of intinerary, they spend 1 night at Pretorius Kop and then off to do the Wolhuter trail on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd July.

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Norms, Micetta, A-J, Elsa, Mike :thumbs_up: thank you.

Hugh, Trusted Beauty has to stay at home until she has had a thorough going over and brakes checked. I noticed a bit of slack on the brakes while I was at Mapungubwe. That takes a bit moolah I'm afraid.

My children are laughing at me at the amount of warm woolies I want them to take. I have been called a bush nerd :big_eyes:

My daughters are both very handy with a camera and I am looking forward to seeing some great pictures. I told them that we could go shopping for drinks in a while... The one said that she would like to take "Gin and tonic", the other, "Hunter's Dry".

I meant cold drinks :naughty:

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 Post subject: Re: Viewing Wolhuter Vicariously
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Carolynn, my own experience has been that the camera has not been a problem in terms of carrying. I have a suitable camera bag that makes shooting easy. My daughters will be taking my camera as well as their cameras with.

When I have gone walking in the past I have taken a light weight day pack with a couple of books and a couple of "odds and sods". Breakfast is usually eaten mid walk, so backpacks filled with food and drinks are shared by those who are most able. I have never been asked to carry the breakfast... I've never been sure whether it had something to do with gender, age, or size :hmz:

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 Post subject: Re: Viewing Wolhuter Vicariously
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Aboon, Weesy, Jonty, Annelie, P@m :thumbs_up: thank you for your good wishes.

I think that I can hear noises downstairs, so it is possibly the adventures waking up. None of them are very experienced drivers and the eldest, who will do the J'burg driving does not know J'burg roads. For this reason, we decided that it's best that they leave once the worst of the traffic is over.

Sarabi is in that phase of her life when she must make important career and study decisios. I am hoping that the silence and reflective time will give her the space to think.

I will be worried until I hear that they have arrived safely, so in the meantime I will just :pray:

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A-J, Vlekkie, AjayB :D thank you.

Hugh, how is this for inheriting certain genes :redface: :lol: :lol:

My first sms message at one:

"We safe and in Park already. Wrong gate tho :lol: :lol: Came in Malelane, because we missed the turn off. Seen Crocodile :D Loving it. Warm, sunny, exciting."

They were meant to go through White River to Numbi. :roll:

I phoned them last night and they sounded very happy. Sarabi said that her sister nearly wet herself when she saw an ellie. I am sure that I will hear a lot more later.

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A-J, Annalie, there will most certainly be more coming over the next while... but only from Saturday..

Micetta, we have no spatial genes in my family.. no matter how hard we try, we get lost :redface:

Pumbaa, I am also curious about the trail and I have asked for lots of photos of the camp and everything...

Elizabeth, I put so many woolies aside, that my children eventually hid them away. They cannot understand my obsession with keeping warm. As they were leaving, I came running down the road after them with a wind breaker that they were hoping that I would forget about.

Well we have just had a quick chat before they go to find the meeting point.

They saw Leopard this morning :mrgreen: I told them that it is years since I saw leopard in the Park. They also saw lots of breeding ellies, baboon, giraffe, "a little buck", Klipspringer, Warthog, and ... impies.

They will no doubt be meeting with other members of the group this very minute.

I do hope that they are warm enough

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 Post subject: Re: Viewing Wolhuter Vicariously
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Thanks guys :thumbs_up:

They should be back in about an hours time. They did tell me that they saw someting that would make me :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

Sarabi then said that they also saw a Leopard and cub at a bridge :mrgreen: :mrgreen: as if that would not make me :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

So :big_eyes: I am wondering what could be more exciting than a Leopard and cub :huh:

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 Post subject: Re: Viewing Wolhuter Vicariously
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Back safely :thumbs_up: thank you.

They arrived much later than expected..................ended up in Pretoria...between some very strange genes and the G'teng road system, a few mistakes were made. :wink:

They had a very memorable trip. It seems that Wolhuter camp has a bad, bad Dwarf mongoose invasion :big_eyes:
Visual proof to follow. :rtm:

In terms of their excitement :hmz: well we have to talk this one out..

needless to say, I was :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

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Thank you everyone for your interest :thumbs_up:

Sarabi and I spent the last couple of hours re-living their trip. No name brand has been downloading pictures. They managed to get some really stunning photos.

The big question is, "who will write the report :hmz: "

All I can say is.... I cannot wait for my "Bushman's trail" trip next month. I wonder why the Wolhuter trail is the last to be booked? What better incentive could one have than Dwarf Mongoose running around the camp...

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 Post subject: Re: Viewing Wolhuter Vicariously
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Just thought I'd pop in, to begin my version of the tale. :)

I came on to read my mom's Mapungubwe report and came across this thread already on its 4th page before a single 'report' has officially been posted.

I was warned that I was going to have to write a trip report by MM and so on our long, silent walks through the beautiful early morning and late night bush I started writing it in my head. Unfortunately some of it may have to be revised... Mom's can't know EVERYTHING.

Today I spent many hours reminiscing while trying to distil the 629 photos that my sister and I took, using our 4 combined cameras, into a collection of 60 to put on facebook. There are some gems in there that will most definitely appear here soon.

It has been very touching to read this thread. I am aware my mom worries when we travel (especially when I drive) but it is eye-opening to see how much she considered us. Thank you!!! And the extra clothes were indeed used. Sarabi and I wore everything at night. (Except the crunchy ski jacket)

It was definitely an amazing experience. I bonded with Sarabi in a really special way. We discussed her future a lot. I think she came to a decision about both what and where she's going to study, and I have a good feeling about her choice.

We both made lists of 3 animals (not big 5) that we wanted to see when we entered the park and both of us got to see all 3 (well... I saw 2, but heard the 3rd). Even better, I saw my DREAM animal :D , that I hadn't dared put on my list because it didn't seem like it could POSSIBLY happen. Not only did we see "said animal" we actually "encountered" them in a spectacular fashion.

Alas... this was on the last sundowner walk of the last day, and I am going to go through the trip in order, so you'll have to wait (I'm methodical like that :wink: )

I just want to say thanks again to MM (aka My Mom).

Actual photographic evidence tomorrow.


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 Post subject: Re: Viewing Wolhuter Vicariously
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Just a little feedback and there will be a proper report.

No Name Brand has left today to join her twin sister in Europe. It meant frantic activity and a loss of focus.. but MM never looses focus on the forum, so you will get feedback soon.

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Had the strangest experience yesterday. I knew that No Name was going to be have a stressfull traveling day and I was concerned. She was travelling to Turkey where she had to change flights. She was then flying to Rome and from there had to catch a bus to some little Italian village.

I had a break at work and started to wonder how she was coping. I saw my cell phone and on impulse dialed her number..... and she answered :big_eyes: She had just managed to get through customs in Rome. Now none of us have international roaming, and I can never make calls to people outside my normal cell phone range...

I will give Sarabi a gentle nudge today.... if she is not socialising :wink: She is writing her matric prelims soon and I think has been taking advantage of her last taste of freedom.

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I will give the two travellers a gentle nudge. NoName is back from Europe where she joined her twin sister. Sarabi is doing what matriculants do best when approaching prelims :shock: partying with friends :roll:

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I was getting ready for my own trail, which meant "cleaning my camera". They had used it for the first day of their trip. I decided to down load some of the pictures from the day they arrived and entered at Malelane gate, until their trip to Berg n Dal...

I will also give a gentle nudge.

First sighting

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Beauty at its best

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All creaures great

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and small

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Can you see me?

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more to come....

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