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 Post subject: Kamadejo Balm for the Soul August 2011
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Only 2 days and we will leave Germany to visit the most beautiful country again. Image
Since SO told me to go and have a look for some camps and to plan the rest of our stay in SA I’m all excited. We have never been to SA in Winter, but it seems it will be warmer than our summer at the moment. Image
We will stay in following camps:

1 night in Berg-En-Dal
2 nights in Biyamiti
2 nights in Skukuza
2 nights in Orpen
2 nights in Skukuza
1 night in Biyamiti

Sure I have a long wish list, but I will be happy with everything crossing my way. Just
to be there again, listening to the sound of the bush and knowing that there could be „something“ around the next corner is balm for the soul for me. The YR is already packed and theImage and the rest will be done tomorrow.

The rest of our stay in SA will be at the coast, Port Elisabeth, Dana Bay, Addo and Knysna, where I will try to find the Knysna Turaco. Image

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Thanks so much for all the kind wishes Meandering Mouse, Karin, Eagle Owl, Bushbuddies, harrys, oddesy, norms, Lionspoon, Val, Pumbaa, Katydownunder, Tobieo, granjan, Wolfgang, DinkyBird, anne-marie, Elzet and Mel. Image

A lovely forumite offered their help, in case we should have fuel problems, it is such a lovely offer and gesture. Thanks so much Elzet and Theuns.Image

Today we have still a lot to do and surely we should start packing.Image I'm so looking forward to be back in SA and moreover to meet some forumites. It is so funny, as Karin and I didn't manage to meet in Germany and now we will see each other for the first time in ...SA!Image


Here is another pic which is balm for my soul!

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A quick hello from Dana Bay :D We arrived safely and are enjoying the beauty of the coast.
Thanks so much for all the lovely comments. The meet on Monday with Karin was great and she even had a huge surprise for me..... two forumites :dance: It was such a fun!

Here is a pic, which I took last evening from our accommodation.... enjoy and see you all soon.


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Good Morning from Knysna :yaya:

Thanks once again for the lovely comments Lionspoon, cheetah2111, katydownunder, Anne-Marie, Micetta, Wolfgang, Vlakvarkvrou, lionqueen, Pumbaa and Melph68. :lol: The view was amazing from Dana Bay and we even saw some dolphins in the morning. Now we are in Knysna and it is beautiful, no view this time, but Johanna has a lot of fun with the dogs and tortoises at our accommodation. :wink:

Another pic, taken about 15 minutes ago.

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Thanks so much again for all the lovely comments. :gflower:

Norms, what a shame that you were working, I would have loved to talk a bit longer. :D
Billyf, my coffee consists of a 3 in 1 at the moment, but it is really delicious. :wink:
MM, no ill children this time. It was just me who had to visit a pharmacy, as I had a tick bite. :slap:
Andreas and Mel, if I could I would immediately prolong our stay here. :lol:

Yesterday we arrived in PE and on our way I had the most amazing experience. We went to a special place and I think the pic shows how touched I was. :wink:

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I didn't even take much pics, as I was busy watching the cats. :doh:

Tomorrow we will visit Addo and then we will go back to Jo'burg for another two nights.

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Thanks so much for the lovely welcome all. :gflower:



Okay, let’s start our adventures. First of all, I want to mention that the staff in KNP were all friendly and the check in was always done within a few minutes. :thanx:
After the hassle with our flights, we arrived safely and in time at Jo’burg. A quick coffee stop at our aunties house and we were on our way to my favourite place ... KNP. :dance:

We entered at Malelane and had a lovely welcome commitee ... Grey-Go-Away Birds. Their call always makes me laugh and our little one Johanna imitated it the whole trip.

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It was great being back, breathing in the bush air and to leave the daily routine behind.
All excited what we would see on our way to Berg En Dal, we moved on, cameras ready and although tired bright-eyed. There were Impies and a huge family of Warthogs, here are two of them.

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Unfortunately we had to leave them too soon, as we had to reach the camp in time, so we moved on and came along this Magpie Shrike in gorgeous light.

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Suddenly Denise saw a Rhino with her calf, ohhhh it was so cute and adorable. What a shame that they were far away, but at least we saw our first little baby.

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We continued and not even 5 minutes later there were even more Rhinos. We have never seen so many on one spot. We counted 9 of them and were flabbergasted. 11 Rhinos within such a short time, wow! It seems that 11 was not enough, as again a few minutes later we noticed another rhino bull, unfortunately we didn’t get a pic of him.

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Could a start be better! A Swainson’s Spurfowl crossed the street in front of us and a Lilac-brested Roller welcomed us as well. Shortly before we reached the camp another two of the Big 5 made their appereance.

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After checking in we immediately bought a some food and of course a bottle of Amarula, which we enjoyed under a sky full of stars and the sound of the bush.
We went to bed early, not knowing that we were not alone......

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On we go with our adventures. I woke up really early the next morning, enjoying my first morning coffee in the park. Oh, I just love those mornings, when all others are still asleep.
As I told you we were not alone that night, as we recognized in the morning. :roll:
A little mouse must have been in the hut, as the following pic proves.

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The evening before we were so tired, that we didn’t think about putting the apples away. :slap:
What a shame Denise and I slept in the same room and both of us didn’t hear anything. I would have loved to get a pic of the little thief.

Today we left Berg-en-Dal and were on our way to Biyamiti. I read so much about this camp and that sightings are fantastic there.

Our first animal of the day was a shy Commun Duiker, so gorgeous.

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It vanished into the bush real fast and we moved on. Next up was a Giraffe in the road.

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Such a beauty, unfortunately the light wasn’t good. After it left the street and we could admire it, this Natal Spurfowl made it appearance.

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This wasn’t the last bird of the day of course and here are a few more:

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One animal I was desperate to see was one of the smaller ones... a mongoose. On our last trip I had no luck to get a pic, this time the luck was on our side.

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Dwarf Mongeese, oh aren’t they cute. I could have watched them for ages, as well as the beautiful Impalas.

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Two more sightings for this episode were a hungry Kudu bull and a sleepy Buffalo.

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to be continued soon.....

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... it was a morning without much „big“ game, but we enjoyed spotting all the lovely birds. We had a look at Renosterpan and found a Crested Barbet and African Hoopoe
searching for food on the ground.

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Two pretty birds at the same spot *sigh*. :D On the other side a Black Stork had a rest and didn’t want to move even a little bit. We ate our rolls and waited for animals to arrive, but it seems they didn’t wanted to show themselves this day.

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We decided to take the S118 and try our luck there. A Slender Mongoose quickly crossed the road in front of us, these little critters are sooooo fast. High in a tree, quite far away, we noticed a movement and spotted a juv. African Goshawk. A huge thanks to the experts here on the forum, who identified it! :clap:

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An Ellie and a Rhino weren’t impressed of our presence and only showed us their backside. :doh:

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As some of you know, I never was quick enough to take a pic of a Blue Waxbill, well this time such a beauty gave me a good opportunity for it.

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followed by a Brown-hooded Kingfisher.

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Several Kudus and Impalas came across our way and we admired them for a while. The landscape looked so different since our last summer trip and it was amazing to see how animals just blend in with the dry grass. At a little water puddle we noticed some Terrapins taking a sunbath, their „toenails“ are really long and I think they need a pedicure. :roll:

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Kruger wouldn’t be Kruger without the naughty Hornbills, for me they always look a bit cheeky. Especially at picnic spots they can be a nuisance, always begging for food. We often noticed people feeding them and some even offered Johanna breadcrumbs, which she rejected with a single word „NO“. We told her that it is forbitten and not good for the animals. I bet if Johanna would have been able to speak English, those people wouldn't have offered a child ever again breadcrumbs. :evil: :wink:
Yellow-billed Hornbill

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We were always happy to see Giraffe, these elegant and beautiful animals. It is so funny to watch them eating with their looooong tongue. This one looked a bit strange with all the humps.

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The last pic was one of our highlights of the day, it was the second Pearl-spotted Owlet we saw that day and this time in better light.

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I hope you don’t mind so many pics, but I just cannot leave too many out. :doh: :whistle:

To be continued.....

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We were still on the S25 and on our way to Biyamiti. I really like the S25, as we had such wonderful sightings there (well you have to wait for one of the highlights there :wink: ).
The scenery was beautiful, lazy hippos, crocs and birds. :D
During the whole trip, I tried to get the shot of the shots of a LBR in flight. It was frustrating, as if they were close by, they just didn’t want to take off or if they did I was too slow. :slap:
Okay, I got this one, not the greatest pic, but I love the colours of this little beauty. :redface:

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As we slowly moved on we noticed a dead tree. I remembered a pic on the forum with a monitor and told my family about it. Guess what...... we were lucky as well and a monitor presented himself in perfect light.

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A bit further a Tawny Eagle (please correct me if the ID is wrong!) sat on its nest, obeying its surroundings.

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The junction came closer and our last sighting on the S25 was again one of a little, cute critter. A Dwarf Mongoose quickly hit himself behind a branch, but was curious enough to have a look at the strange people watching it.

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We just waited for a while and it got even more curious and inspected us a bit closer.

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The car was filled with ohhhs and ahhhhs. At the junction to Biyamiti we noticed a maintenance sign. There was a huge trench on one side of the road the whole way up to Biyamiti.
I was a bit afraid, what would happen if a herd of ellies would cross our way. No opportunity to turn around or to drive backwards quickly. Well, we were lucky and nothing happened. A Lizard used the opportunity and found himself a new home.

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We noticed a herd of impies in front of us and approached slowly. A ram jumped over the trench and it seemed that the rest of the herd wanted to follow him. We stopped and to give them time to do so. Suddenly we saw a huge dust cloud, a staff car came closer with high speed and the impalas rushed over the trench.

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Poor Impies, they really got a fright. We didn’t see much on the road, only two Warthogs in the middle of the road. Gladly we could give them enough space to pass our car.

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The check in was fast and very friendly and we got hut No. 5, which had a lovely view. We noticed that we didn’t have enough bed sheets for four people and had to go back to the reception, well it was done within no time and we didn’t mind the little mistake. :D
After unpacking we enjoyed the view and saw a herd of ellies in the riverbed.

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A lone Kudu Bull had a groom at dawn.

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This Ellie Bull enjoyed an evening meal, before he had a good scratch with lots of noise.

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We lit the fire for our first braai and watched the amazing sunset.

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Oh what a great day we had, very tired we went to bed early wondering what KNP had in store for us the next day.

To be continued soon.....

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....on we go with our adventures. It was quite a chilly morning, but nevertheless I enjoyed my first coffee outside listening to the bush awaking. We started at about 6.15 and had a beautiful sunrise.

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I really miss those stunning moments! We were on our way to the S25 again, but only saw a Burchell’s Coucal, it seemed he didn’t like the cold morning.

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For us the S25 was very productive that morning and I’m sure we will never forget it.
We heard a Fish Eagle’s call and scanned the area, finally finding the raptor overlooking its territory at dawn.

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Further along some Guinea Fowls and a lone Kudu bull were having their breakfast. Many a bird made their appearance and these gorgeous impalas.

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They are such beautiful antelopes, with wonderful eyelashes. :mrgreen: We had many impala sightings and each time it was great to watch them.
Again a Commun Duiker allowed us to make a pic before it disappeared.

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The bush was so full of life, we saw Giraffes and Ellies, but too far away. Then we found our first juvenile Bateleur of this trip. This is one of my favourite raptors. On our last trip we never saw adult Bateleurs and I wondered if this would continue?!

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Big and small game, a Rhino had a groom at his backside and a Squirrel tried to warm up.

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So many sightings, nearly every 5 minutes one of us spotted an animal or bird, we were flabbergasted! These three feathered ones came along our way. White-backed Vulture, a Korhaan and the colourful LBR.


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Suddenly Matthias stopped the car, as he saw something black besides the road. I couldn’t believe my eyes what came out of the bush. :big_eyes: :dance: :lol:

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Two Honey Badgers scurried around and disappeared as fast as they appeared.

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We still stood there and smiled all over the faces when the two rattels crossed the road a few metres in front us. Unfortunately I didn’t get both in a pic.

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to be continued......

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The S25 had lots of raptors in store for us that day and I wished I had a bigger lens. :(
Especially the birds in flight were difficult to photograph, as they were not willing to circle close by.

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Well, finally we found a Bateleur and even an adult. :dance: It was basking in the sun before taking off.

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Our drive came to an abrupt halt. A huge herd of Buffalos crossed the road in front of us accompanied by Egrets. I think sometimes those birds are living in high danger, as they walked underneath those giants. There were lots of little ones and especially one of them was really cute. Always close to mummy, looking for protection.

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We waited patiently till the last buffalos reached the other side of the road and while waiting we discovered a Green Wood-Hoopoe, who just caught its breakfast.

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The last sighting on this road was again a raptor, the wingspan of the White-backed Vulture is incredible.

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We took the H4-2 and had great sightings at the Gezantfombi Dam, wow it was so busy, Wildebeests, Kudus, Zebras, Impalas, Storks and a Rhino seemed to have a date there.

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When we returned to the tar road there was a huge traffic jam on the bridge, it was impossible to get through :slap: and we wondered what caused this crowd. Well, after a while it was our turn and ...... there were two lionesses disturbing some impalas grazing.
One of them layed down to have a short rest, well a short rest as the rhino again scared them away. :wink:

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We continued on the S28 to Lower Sabie, in a very far distance we saw an Ellie with huge tusks, but unfortunately too far away for a pic. I really hope to find Duke somewhere, but luck was not on our side. Instead we a Kori Bustard had a walk on the burned side of the road.

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The last pic of this installment is a very relaxed Ellie bull, it was a joy watching him, as he showed no sign of bad behaviour and a Giraffe using a young tree to have a scratch at the belly. :D

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..... to be continued

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.. the rest of our way to Lower Sabie was a bit quiet. Just a few animals showed themselves, such as a Black-shouldered Kite, Wildebeests and Kudus.
Lower Sabie was busy, but what a lovely camp. We ordered something to eat and enjoyed the view. Hippos lazily laying around, a Bushbock grazing nearby and all the birds. They gave us a good opportunity for pics. Here are a three of them.

White-fronted Bee-eater
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Black-headed Oriole
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Speckled Mousebird
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With full bellies we drove to Sunset Dam, wow such an awesome place. There were so many different species and we just sat there and watched them for a while. Johanna noticed a Water Monitor nearby.

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I think it couldn’t decide where to go and ended up taking a sunbath at a branch.
This Grey Heron showed his wingspan and took off to take a ride on a hippo.

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Well, it seemed the ride wasn’t good and he thought about its adventures afterwards.

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I could have stayed there for ages, as it is like watching a great movie. This little Pied Kingfisher didn’t wanted to fish and the Yellow-billed Stork neither.

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It was time to leave this lovely place and return to Biyamiti. On our way we saw a Grey-Hornbill, Zebras and Raptors, here is one of them. It looks a bit like a juv. Gymnogene to me, but I’m not sure about the ID. :redface:

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The rest of the drive, till we reached the S25 again, was really quiet, only some Impalas were willing to show themselves. This one really liked the green leaves. :D

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Our welcome committee were some Warthogs. Only one of them felt disturbed and looked at us, while the others were busy munching.

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A bit further two Ellies had their feast. So far we only met totally relaxed ellies, good for us as a close up of one of them was possible. I just love their eyes and eyelashes sigh

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The last couple we saw before turning into the Biyamiti road were these squirrels, it seemed they were already freezing, as they huddled up against each other. :wink:

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Again the Biyamiti road wasn’t eventful for us, there was a small herd of Ellies in the
riverbed and we got this pic of a Crested Barbet and Woodpecker.

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At our return to camp we started the fire and enjoyed the sunset with a glas of Amarula.

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... next up Saturday 30th July....

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Saturday 30th July we left Biyamiti and were on our way to Skukuza where we would spend the next two nights. It is really difficult to get out of the gate at opening time, especially with the kids. Johanna never wanted to leave the warm bed and I believe Denise would have loved to sleep a bit longer too. :wink: Therefore it wasn’t bad that we nearly made it a 6.15 each morning.

The sunrise was breathtaking and lots of pics were taken.

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Again one of the first animals was a Commun Duiker.

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They are so shy and it vanished into the bush all too soon. Johanna loved those little antelopes and often was frustrated when she wasn’t fast enough to take a pic. We are not only looking for the Big 5, so there was lots of interest, such as this lovely plant.

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We saw Hornbills, Grey Louries (which were to fast again to take a bird in flight pic :roll: ), Steenboks and a Wooly-necked Stork preening himself and asorbing the first warm rays of sunshine.

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It was a typical morning in KNP, with Giraffes crossing the road, birds singing like being in a competitiion. I couldn’t think of being at a better place. A lone Kudu bull showed us his beauty, he looked really impressive with his huge horns and the Pearl-spotted Owlet looked like she had a terrible night. Moreover some Slender Mongooses decided to give us a show instead of rushing across a road.

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I told my family a lot about the Biyamiti Weir, that some mites took pics of crocs and heron and that it must be an awesome place. So on we went to this special place. On our way another Steenbok watched us curiously. A funny sighting as at the beginning she looked like she had no ears. :D

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When we arrived at the Weir there were no crocs and no herons. :( It was the wrong time of year, as there was less water than I expected. Nevertheless it was beautiful and first signs of green where everywhere

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and here comes the promised Swallow Micetta, a Wire-tailed Swallow was so kind to pose for us.

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One of the last animals before reaching Afsaal was a lovely Ellie bull. I still wonder why the ellies in the South are so relaxed, well at least we didn’t make other experiences during this trip.

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A little bit further on we noticed a small herd of Impalas, suddenly they started running and we thought that maybe some kind of predator could be near. No luck again for us, but luck for the Impalas. 8) We still don't know what frightened them. :hmz:

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Near the picnic spot a White-crested Helmet-Shrike showed us the direction and much to Johannas and Denises delight there was a lovely welcome committee at Afsaal. A Bushbock mum with her little one where resting in the shade.

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ohhh those eyes.... to be continued

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I'm not absolutely sure but I think your plant could be Leonotis ocymifolia (Wild Dagga/afrikanisches Löwenohr in German) :D They are even more impressive in bloom!
I think Pearl-spotted Owlets always have a bad night because if you see them in the morning they always look like that :lol:
Again very nice pics Katja :clap: :clap:

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Here is a pic of Johanna on her special day. :lol: OMW, I'm so proud. :dance:

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