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 Post subject: Ares-KNP TR jan-feb 2009
Unread postPosted: Wed Aug 11, 2010 7:49 pm 
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Hi all, in 2001 I made my first organized trip to SA and went to KNP for 1,5 day. I immediately fell in love with the country which looks like the whole world in one. But I was most impressed by the wildlife in Krüger. I saw to myself to ever come back for a much longer stay in "die wildtuin" :P
And so I did, last year for 14 days, sleeping in a small tent on the roof of landrover. What an experience, and those who had been in KNP can confirm the excitement and beauty of this part of SA-nature.
But this is not all, in oktober I have planned another trip for 10 days. So I was reading some information and then I came on the forum with the TR's. Great to share the different experiences and alltough I did't react yet on the topics I'll want to try to post my TR from jan-feb 2009. Hope you like it.

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www.naturezoom.nl

Okt 2010:

21-23 Letaba(incl. Sable Hide)
24-27 Satara
28-29 Lower Sabie

Jan-Feb 2009:

28 Punda Maria
29-30 Shingwedzi
31-02 Letaba
03 Balule
04-05 Satara
06-07 Lower Sabie


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 Post subject: Re: KNP TR jan-feb 2009
Unread postPosted: Wed Aug 11, 2010 10:34 pm 
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Day1 part1 S99-Mahonie loop

The first night I stayed at Punda Maria restcamp. And I hoped the sightings will be much better then the wheaterconditions, because it was raining very hard.
Arriving in the noon I just had time enough to do the Mahonie-loop. And I wondered what the first sighting would be. No, this time not Impala, but Kudu. Very shy, but gave me the opportunity to took a few decent shots.
Southern ground-hornbills used to be very rare, but there were 4 in a tree :shock:
A colourfull carmine bee-eater crossed my path and after about half an hour drive I met the first of the big 5, a pair of elephants fighting eachother.

Next time: close encounter with young male lion!

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Arjan Esschendal
www.naturezoom.nl

Okt 2010:

21-23 Letaba(incl. Sable Hide)
24-27 Satara
28-29 Lower Sabie

Jan-Feb 2009:

28 Punda Maria
29-30 Shingwedzi
31-02 Letaba
03 Balule
04-05 Satara
06-07 Lower Sabie


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 Post subject: Re: KNP TR jan-feb 2009
Unread postPosted: Thu Aug 12, 2010 1:35 pm 
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Day 1 part2

Thanks all for the enthousiatic responses, really appreciate it.

Back to the wilderness, the first impalas in the warm evening light. One should really spent some time with those antilopes and observate them, rather to see them only as the fast food of KNP. Their behaviour to each other, the male-fightings, the youngsters, the allert attitudes when they presume danger, it's all very interesting.

Here some pics of the herd.

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Arjan Esschendal
www.naturezoom.nl

Okt 2010:

21-23 Letaba(incl. Sable Hide)
24-27 Satara
28-29 Lower Sabie

Jan-Feb 2009:

28 Punda Maria
29-30 Shingwedzi
31-02 Letaba
03 Balule
04-05 Satara
06-07 Lower Sabie


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 Post subject: Re: KNP TR jan-feb 2009
Unread postPosted: Thu Aug 12, 2010 3:09 pm 
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Day 1 part 3

It was 17.45pm and I thought to have time enough to to do the S98 to Thulamila lookout point. The shadows grew longer and I wanted to enjoy the scenery. At the point of return I had I little sanitair problem. Reading the book "Exploring Krüger" it said that there are lion in the area, but not often seen. So I took the risk and stood with my back against the open door of my car, most far away from the bushside. Well, I felt relieved, one can imagine. Then I drove back, but after the next bend 50 meters from where I did the sanitairstop, I was seized with alarm. A young male lion was walking across the road and a few minutes earlier I just passed him, without seeing him. I think he was frightened too, because he immediately disappeared in the bush. It's not my normal response when meeting a lion, but one could imagine what could have happened when I did the stop at this place.
So I drove the car next to the place where the lion went into the bush and he was hardly visible in the dense grass, just a few meters of the road. I reversed the car and had 20 minutes till 18.15pm, gate closes at 18.30.
After a few minutes he came out of the vegetation, but didn't look happy with my presence. I really had a feeling he was watching me closely, even a bit agressive. Maybe a young male looking for his own territory?
Nevertheless it gave me a great opportunity to took some great shots. Then I moved on, but not before closing the cars' windows. When I looked back in the mirror I saw him chasing the car a few meters :shock:

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Arjan Esschendal
www.naturezoom.nl

Okt 2010:

21-23 Letaba(incl. Sable Hide)
24-27 Satara
28-29 Lower Sabie

Jan-Feb 2009:

28 Punda Maria
29-30 Shingwedzi
31-02 Letaba
03 Balule
04-05 Satara
06-07 Lower Sabie


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 Post subject: Re: KNP TR jan-feb 2009
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Day2 Part1 Punda Maria-Shingwedzi H1-3, H13-1, S58, S56, H1-7

Heading for Shingwedzi and look forward what surprises the trip will give. First an European roller fouraging near the road, so I could make a close-up. Two warthogs feeding or drinking and the first elephant just walking along the road. What a giants when you meet them for real.

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Arjan Esschendal
www.naturezoom.nl

Okt 2010:

21-23 Letaba(incl. Sable Hide)
24-27 Satara
28-29 Lower Sabie

Jan-Feb 2009:

28 Punda Maria
29-30 Shingwedzi
31-02 Letaba
03 Balule
04-05 Satara
06-07 Lower Sabie


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 Post subject: Re: KNP TR jan-feb 2009
Unread postPosted: Wed Aug 18, 2010 11:12 pm 
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Thanks for all your enthousiatic responses, feels great, really nice to share my experience in the bush with you :thumbs_up:

Day2 part2 Punda Maria-Shingwedzi

Heading south towards Shingwedzi there were another few giants along the road besides the elephant. Look at the snake, big as a mans'fist. After a short break at Babalala I drove the S56 with riverine bush and had a pleasant meeting with dwarfmongooses. The first Waterbuck appeared and the shy Nyala crossed my path. It's now 1,5 year ago, but by writing this down, it seems I'm witness the drive all over again.

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Arjan Esschendal
www.naturezoom.nl

Okt 2010:

21-23 Letaba(incl. Sable Hide)
24-27 Satara
28-29 Lower Sabie

Jan-Feb 2009:

28 Punda Maria
29-30 Shingwedzi
31-02 Letaba
03 Balule
04-05 Satara
06-07 Lower Sabie


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