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 Post subject: Zelster's Trip reports
Unread postPosted: Fri Apr 09, 2010 3:14 pm 
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Hi guys!

Just got back from our trip in Kruger and once again WOW! :D

We have seen a lot on our trip. We found the big 5 (unfortunately we only found the leopard once) , including the cheetah as well as the wild dogs... :dance:

We entered Kruger on Wednesday (31/03) through the Malelane gate and we were heading to Lower Sabie along the S25. Within the four hours it took us to get to the camp we got to see the big five, including a cheetah. Unfortunately we didn’t get a good look at the cheetah as it was laying behind a tree stump, but if you looked through your binos and moved the car a little bit forward, then back, then forward, then back….we could eventually spot him. :clap:

Early on Thursday morning we were up and waiting for the gates to open and as they say ‘The early bird catches the worm’ and on our way to Skukuza the doggies were walking in the road and we had the privilege to ‘walk’ with them for 5 minutes or so…and we were only 4 cars… yeah…. :dance: :dance: :dance:
On our way back to camp we took the Salitjie road and found two black rhino crossing the road.

Another highlight on our trip was that we were lucky enough to go on a sunset drive with MJ! :lol: We didn’t see much on our drive, but as we all know it’s not always possible to see everything every time you go out on a drive… The drive was fun and we saw the most beautiful 'moonrise'… oh and Martie is just super. She definitely has a passion for the bush and she enjoys every moment. Thanks MJ, it was a super having you!

On Saturday we headed to Malelane camp where we met Ecojunkie. I must compliment her on a great camp, very clean, very neat and very friendly. You can see that she looks after it properly.

During our stay here we had a huge storm and it was basically a river running through our tent, but that’s part of the experience. On Monday we travelled on the tar road, all the way to Nkuhlu and wow...we got to see plenty…

Lion with it’s kill right next to the road, saddle bill stalk, black chested snake eagle, jackal, bataleur, marshall eagles, lots of rhino (more rhino sightings than elephant sightings), buffalo, giraffe, mongoose, dwarf mongoose playing in the road, hyena with her pup right next to the road, more hyenas running around, warthogs, water tortoise crossing the rd, etc…

And then at last we heard about a leopard sighting… :dance: 2km from Malelane gate and camp (by the T junction… Now I have to paint this picture for you…

It is 17.35, gates close at 18.00, it is Easter weekend with A LOT OF DAY VISITORS, Croc Bridge was closed because of heavy rains….AND the leopard was laying righ next to the road… tar road 2km from the gate... :wall: :wall: :wall:

It was the biggest traffic jam I’ve ever seen in Kruger. :big_eyes: Cars everywhere, safari vehicles everywhere and people getting VERY impatient… We were waiting in line patiently to see the leopard and as we were about 50m away from seeing her, the cars all around us started hooting like mad!!!!

:sniper: #$%*@#&* IDIOTS! :evil:

Yes, you guessed it… she got up and walked into the bush….

Needless to say the next morning we were up and ready to go look for her again (as Ecojunkie has informed us that the sunset drive guy did let her know the leopard had caught an Impala after all the cars had left)... but couldn’t find her… :?

This was our last day and we had to leave early, so we took our last drive down magic road hoping to see something. An there in the middle of the road were the Nomads… 3 male lions awaiting us (with another traffic jam :doh: ).

We drove past them and turned around to head back to camp and as we past them the second time the decided to get up and walk righe next to the car and as the were walking the one in front starting roaring and ‘marking’ his territory next to a tree and then the other two got up and as they were next to our car they al started roaring :big_eyes: :big_eyes: :big_eyes: and all I could say is WOW! The perfect goodbye from Kruger…

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Okay...

Hope I get this right...

Oh, forgot to mention we also had a scorpion lurking around one evening... Does anyone have any info about the ouk?

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Hi Hugh

I've got plenty more...

Here you go.

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Hi Zelster! Those photos are stunning! It looks like you had a wonderful trip!!!! The scorpion looks like a Burrowing scorpion (According to Sappis First Field Guide to Spiders and Scorpions of Southern Africa p.54) "sting is painful but seldom requires medical attention". The scorpions with thin pinchers and thick tails are the ones That are generally Poisonous. I'm Not a fundi but I hope that helps.
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