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 Post subject: Siwet's Kruger trip July 2009...
Unread postPosted: Sun Aug 02, 2009 5:49 pm 
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I'm new to trip reports and i'm not one of the best writers but I will try my best. This is a brief report of our Kruger trip in July 2009. I'm not going to write that much but will post as much pictures as possible. Hope u enjoy it!!

Day 1! 4th of July

Arriving at Crocodile Bridge after a looong wait. It was a bit clowdy but we did not mind. We will be staying at Lower Sabie in the safari tents for 3 nights before moving on to Shimuwini. In the pic you can see the new gate they are bulding.

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Entering the wild Kruger

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Our first lions of the trip. 2 males on lying next to the H4-2.

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7 Rhino's at the Gomondwane waterhole.

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About 12km from Lower Sabie we got 3 pythons, 1 big one and a smaller one on the one side and another smaller one on the other side of the road. The big one lying about meter and a half from the road.

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One of the two smaller ones sailing away.

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Close to gate closing time, a big herd of buffs north of Lower Sabie along the river.

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Day 2. 5th of July

We went south on the S28 but it started raining so we turned around and headed north towards Nkuhlu. We came across 3 female lions busy stalking a few dagga boys.

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They soon went to the other side and disapeard in the bushes.

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This is just the tent we stayed in, its on the end of the camp next to the fence. Had som ellies and hippo's close to the fence.

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A nice pic of Lower Sabie taken from the bridge.

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A monitor lizzard walking in the dry Lubyelubye riverbed.

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About 4km south of LS we found a few cars in the road, after asking somebody they showed us the Leopard lying on the rocks close te reeds. It was quite far from the road but everybody could see it nicely.

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A beautiful Steenbok ram close to the road.

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Day 3. 6th of July.

Today was a long day. Went up on the H4-1 to skukuza, took the S1 towards Phabeni down on the S3 and S7 to Pretoriuskop. Looked around and down on the Voortrekker road to afsaal to make some lunch. From Afsaal the H3, S112, S21 and the H4-1 was our way back to Lower Sabie to be on time for our Sunset drive.

Again it was a early start, as soon as the gates opened we where out. For the most beautiful sunrise in the world, go to Kruger.

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Found these two Giant Kingfishers on the bridge that cross the Sabie river.

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A nice African Harrior-Hawk taking a bath.

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Found two Tsessebe lying on the Voortrekker road.

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On our way back to Lower Sabie we found two packs of lion. One on the H3 and the other at the Renosterkoppies dam. Both where lying down so could not get very nice pics. Here is a pic of the young ones on the H3.

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Back at camp we decided to go on the Sunset drive and it was very rewarding. First we came across a big herd of buffalo.

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In one of the trees along the river was a carcas of a bush buck but the leopard was nowhere to be seen. About 30m from the tree we found one female lion lying deep in the bush and you could hear some more down in the river. We whent on to Nkuhlu, we stoped to stretch out legs a bit and some went to a dark toilet. On our way back we found the lions of earliar lying nicely in the middel of the road.

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Look how full his tummy is.

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Almost back at the camp we found this big male walking in the road.

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Day 4. 7th of July
PART 1...

Today was a long drive, 225km from Lower Sabie to Shimuwini. Was our first time to Shimuwini so looked forward to it. Up early to be in the road at gate opening time. First on the list was another beautiful Kruger sunrise. We where traveling up the H10 to Tshokwane and then further up.

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Along the road we found a white Rhino mom and kalf,

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and a pare of BBJ.

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About 3 or 4km after the two BBJ we spoted something walking in in the road. When we came closer we realised it was a beautiful male Cheetah. He walked in the road for a while after moving into the grass he walked in line with the road. Its always such a pleasure to see a cheetah.

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The view from Nkumbe lookout.

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On the H1-4 heading north to the olifants river we came along another trafic jam. After searcing for a while we spoted a leopard lying on a branch quit a distance from the road but still got some nice pics.

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A Impala Leli in Letaba camp, got ourself a nice milkshake looking over the Letaba river.

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Day 4.
Part 2...

After leaving Letaba we took the S131 toward Shimuwini, the road was very bad and very guiet. We then took the S141 from the H14 and headed for our camp. It is a small road but in great condition. The staff of Shimuwini is very friendly anh helpfull. Here is som pics of the camp. It was our first tme to shimuwini and it was very nice. The camp is beautiful and very guiet in the evenings.
The entrance gate.

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Looking towards the left side of the camp. Nice grass and big trees.

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Our bangalow for the evening.

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The view from the bird hide over the natural dam.

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The new boma with a nice swimming pool for the summer and a big braai erea.

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The big Kremetart boom about 6km from camp on the nice road going along side the river.

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A herd of Ellies on the other side of the the dam infront of our bandalow.

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A beautiful moon rising over the dam.

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Day 5 coming up soon. Enjoy!!!!!


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 Post subject: Re: Kruger trip July 2009...
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Thanks for the comments. Sorry for the long wait. Was quite busy the last few week, had gone to KTP in the meenwhile aswell and will start on that later. Here is some more of the KNP. Hope you enjoy it.

Day 5.. 8th of July

Today we moved from Shimuwini up to Punda Maria for 2 nights. We went out for a early morning drive along the river before we move up too Punda. We could only find a Side-striped Jackal and some Elephants. Here is a pic of the Jackal but it was a bit far away.

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So after packing we left the beautifull Camp behind and headed north. Some Klipspringers along the way.

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A quick stopover at Mopani for suply's and a look at the dam infront of the shop.

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Along the road we came across a new spesie for us, a Sharpe's Grysbok.

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A beautifull Pearl-spotted Owlet close to the road.

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At Babalala some Elephant came past in a straight line.

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We found a big heard of Buffalo and spotted 1 without any horns.

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Arriving At Punda, and what a nice camp it is. The painters painted over parts of the name.

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We unpacked and decided to take the Mahoni Loop for a afternoon drive. The road was nice and we saw alot of Nyala's. About half way down the loop we came accross 3 Female lions busy hunting some Kudu. The hunt didin't go down that well but it was good to see Lions in the north.

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The evening we injoyed a nice braai like we always do, back home its just not the same as in Kruger. We watched some Thick Tailed Bushbaby's in the trees, very qute.

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Day 6...
9th of July

Today was a quiet day, didn't see much animals. We spend some time in camp, and what a beautifull camp it is, with a quiet atmosphere and the sound of the animals at night. Early morning we headed of to the Thulamila waterhole on the S98 only to found some ellies drinking. The ones trunk was shorter than usual and must bend very low to get some water.

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A stick stuck right thrue the tire, and punda not having a garage to fix it we headed out the park to a nearby town and got it perfectly fixed thanx to a helpfull man at a small garage, selling almost any car part. :thumbs_up:

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Some of the beautifull huts outside Punda gate.

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The afternoon we desided to take the Mahoni loop again. Found some nice ellies, buffalo, kuku and Nyala. At the same spot as were we found the lions yesterday we found a big bunch of animals together having a drink at the water streem, Nyalas, kudu, Impala, Baboons and some warthog.

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After the Mahonie Loop a last visit to the Thulamila waterhole, I just love it there. Found some Baboons heading for bed in the big tree, again Ellies having a drink, Buffalo and a bit dark picture of a Striped Kingfisher.

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