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 Post subject: On the go once again - Katy & Francolin Kruger May 2011
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Now I finally found to time to start our Trip Report of a lovely stay in Kruger in May...

02.05.

We entered Kruger around 11am and were happy that the procedure at the gate was done in a few minutes.
We arrived at Phalaborwa the day before, after our plane had to return to Joburg due to technical problems. This seems to become some kind of tradition on our domestic flights :roll:

Only a couple of kilometres after we had entered the Park, we sighted quite a few Vutltures on a kill, but were not able to see what it was...

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We still had quite a long way till we reach our first Camp Satara, so we left the Vultures.

We drove the Sable dam loop and were surprised to find Rock Dassies for the first time in Kruger.

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A little further on a Tortoise on the road.

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Then we stopped at Letaba for lunch.
The first Bacon and Egg Sandwich on this trip :wink:

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And enjoyed the view of the river....

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Then it was once again time to move on.

From the Letaba bridge we were able to see some Saddle Billed Storks.

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And again Vultures...

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A Starling with a bad hair day...

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And a lovely breeding herd of Ellis.

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Shortly before we reached Satara we spotted a couple Ground Hornbills.
Three adults and one youngster.

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At Satara we quickly checked in, we had requested #168 beforehand, but were given 177 instead :(
Later it turned out that we liked that one even better :whistle:

We had a G&T looking at the fence and our first braai of this trip.

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Later we were chuffed that a Scops Owl was sitting in a tree close by.

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And even more when a second one joined the first one 8)

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What a wonderful first day in the Park :thumbs_up: 8)

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 Post subject: Re: On the go once again - Katy & Francolin Kruger May 2011
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03.05.

Sunrise at Satara always so wonderful..

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Then we could observe that the Vervets were slowly warming up for the day :lol:
The youngsters were running around chasing each other, playing and fighting.
So funny to see.

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We then took the S100.
Right at the beginning a huge herd of Buffalos was crossing our path.





And saw loads and loads of Impalas and Oxpecker…

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We stopped at Gudzani Dam for our morning coffee.

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To be continued....

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....still the same day....

After that we saw more Impalas and more Oxpecker.
This Impala looked a bit grumpy with two Peckers on her bum..

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And we found this, what looked a bit like Cotton.
Can anyone tell me what plant it is?!

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A little further on we were stopped by another herd of Buffalos.
And they have the cutest little ones with them as well.


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And this old boy.

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We had to drive down towards Tshokwane for a little meet.

anne-marie it was so lovely to finally meet you in person after "knowing" you all these years from the Forum.... 8)
And hear everything about your most recent adventures...

Along the route we were stopped by a roadblock.
Baboons, so great to observe, so we stopped for quite a while.

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On the way back at one of the dams, some really huge Crocs.

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And quite a few Waterbucks.

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Close to sunset we stopped at Nsemani Dam and laughed about some Baboons that were balancing on a water basin.

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Finally reaching the old entrance of Satara Rest Camp, I simply could not resist to take a pic, or two, of the beautiful sunset.

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Back at the camp, Francolin prepared the fire and we enjoyed the sounds of the night.

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Scops Owls in the tree close by and some Lions were roaring in the distance.

Suddenly we discovered a Genet that was walking along the fence.



You see why we loved the bungalow that we got this time… :whistle: 8)

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04.05.

Our choice for today was the Orpen Road.
There had been a couple of Wild Dog sightings recently. We were hoping for the Doggies, as we never had seen them in the wild before...

First thing we saw a Dwarf Mongoose close to the main road.

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And a Baboon on a quite high lookout.

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We slowly drove the road towards Orpen, the grass was really, really high.
Then I had to slam on the breaks, a Leopard jumped over the road and was gone in seconds.... :shock:
We thoroughly checked the bushes, but it was gone. The only thing that we could hear, were the alarm calls of the birds.....

We were still a bit disappointed that we could not find the Leopard again, when we came upon another lovely sighting.
Two Lions were slowly walking towards us.

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The big boy had to mark his territory...

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He was a poser, she was not that obliging :lol:
They then went down into the river bed and soon were gone.



Aren't these little Baboons too cute?!

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Shortly before we reached Orpen we had an unusual sighting a dead Wildebeest close to the road. No predators in sight. Looking pretty much untouched, but the Vultures already started to arrive.
How interesting to observe the intercation of the different Vultures at the carcass.

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On the way back we met yet another Baboon-Roadblock...



A little later a pretty relaxed Elli.

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It was already pretty late the time we arrived back at Satara.
But we found the little Scopsie near the reception again.

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Soon it was time again to leave for our afternoon drive.
of course the S100 ;)

Here we found a couple of Waterbucks. The little one was in the mood to play and cuddle with Mum...

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The sun was slowly setting and we met some more Impalas.

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And some Baboons that looked as if they enjoyed the last rays of the sun....

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Now it was finally time to return back to the camp.
We thought that this wine was an apt choice after our Leopard "sighting" in the morning.

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While we were having our braai an AWC came for a visit to our circle.
Well in fact she used a pile of sand as a toilet :lol: ...



It was a wonderful evening, staff members were singing somewhere in the close distance and suddenly the Hyenas were patrolling the fence.



8) 8) 8)

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05.05.

This morning we were driving the S100 again.
We wanted to have coffee at Gudzani Dam before driving the gravel road to the northern direction and returning back to Satara.

Our first sighting that morning.
A Francolin with chick.

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And further on, a Warthog family.

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Ok, what shall we do?!

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Cross the road…..

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We had a nice cup of coffee and breakfast overlooking Gudzani Dam.



While we were heading north we stopped for another Warthog, when Francolin suddenly said:
" Stop! Cheetah !! " …
And indeed there was not only one, but two Cheetahs sitting in the bushes to our left. :dance:

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A Mum with one youngster. 8)

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Very soon we found out, that it was not only one, but that there were three youngsters!!!! 8) 8) 8)

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We had them all to ourselves for nearly 40 minutes.
By the time two other cars arrived it was getting too busy for mum she simply got up and slowly went away…

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Of course the youngsters followed her closely…

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We were completely chuffed.
This was maybe our best Cheetah sighting ever….
(By the way this is just a selection of the pics I took, there are even more on my Flickr site….:rolleyes:;) )



Now it was time to move on, at one of the northern waterholes we sighted a Giraffe with a cute youngster.

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After we had passed the t-junction back to the main road we sighted one of those lovely Steenbucks.

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And a Kori Bustard, well camouflaged…

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Back at the camp we already started to pack our stuff again for the next day.
This was going to be our last night at Satara before heading towards Olifants.
In the evening we drove to Nsemani dam. Someone ( :wink: ) told us about a resident Leopard there…..
Well we found no Leopard, but lots of Baboons… :lol:
And they were very entertaining.

One was enjoying the warmth of the tarmac (at first we thought something serious had happened…).

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Hmmmm, where am I?!...

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Ok, let me check this again….

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Oh I could watch them for hours…..
But it was time to finally return to Satara.

We had dinner, this time without any visitors.
Sad that we are leaving the next day, yet looking forward to Olifants too.
We hadn’t stayed there for quite a while..

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06.05.

Well today it was time again to say "Goodbye Satara" and "Hello Olifants".
Although we were very sad to leave Satara , we were looking forward to be back to Olifants again after not staying there for a couple of years.
There was enough time to move up north so we decided to go via the S100, Gudzani and Old Main Road to make it a bit more interesting than just driving up the tarred main road.

So soon we were back to the gravel again...

Not too long after we had entered the S100 and trying to cross one of the many little ditches we had to stop as a very small car was looking at something.
We could not believe it...
It was a young and very curious Leopard :D

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He was just lying there watching the cars, watching the birds in the sky ...

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Then he slowly got up and walked towards the road. Not at all in a hurry.

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Stopping to smell something interesting...

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Obviuously something VERY interesting :lol:

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We had to giggle ;)

Then he started to walk straight towards us...

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He was watching the cars, cautiously but with curiosity as well....

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Now a third car was arriving, but that was simply too much for him and he left....
What a gorgeous cat :cool:



The rest of the drive was pretty quiet, but we saw some Waterbucks.

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They are so pretty, don't you think?! And we saw so many of them this year.

And a little later some Baboons doing their morning yoga near one of the smaller ponds :lol:

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We arrived in Olifants and check in was done in no time.
This time we had # 3 which was beautiful for a great view of the river.
It was already pretty late, so after a cup of coffee and a little bit of rest we were out again for an afternoon drive.

Guineafowls in the beautiful afternoon sun :D

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Some Francolins.

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And already it was time to drive back to the camp.
We wanted to visit the restaurant and used the time to wait at the viewing deck.
It is always lovely to see the first Night Jars in the sky.
Suddenly I saw a movement zo our left and grabbing our torch saw that it was a Bushbaby that had just "dropped" from the roof of the viewing deck.

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In the restaurant we did choose a seat on the outside deck.
It was still quite warm and it was so lovely to listen to the Olifants river below and watch the Bats hunting for some food.

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07.05.

The next day started a bit overcast.
Some of the birdies joined us for an early morning coffee...

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We then took the gravel road towards Letaba.
It was really quiet, but the landscape was awesome!

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We had lunch at Letaba and then headed back towards Olifants once again.
Here we had quite a relaxing afternoon.
A little walk through the camp.

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And later observing some very sneaky Crested Barbets

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And some very acrobatic Squirrels.

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Now it was time for another afternoon drive.

Here we saw a lovely herd of Ellis in the safe distance.

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And enjoyed the magnificent view form the lookout onto the Olifants.

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Shortly before we reached the camp again we met this quite impressive Warthog.

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The day had been very hot.
While we were having a braai it got really windy. So we had to be quick and exstinguished the fire.
Time to go to bed...
During the night we had thunderstorm with loads of rain, but the air in the morning was nice, cool and fresh.

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08.05.

Today is Francolins birthday!
But before we could enjoy a nice b-day breakfast we had to drain the kitchen :lol:

Then we set off into the southern direction.

This Baboon was still a bit sleepy.

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Always wonderful to observe them....

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A little later we found this cute Hare.

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We saw quite a few tracks on the road. We were convinced that at one point a Leopard and at another spot a Cheetah had walked along the road. The gravel road was so wet and muddy that the tracks could easily be seen...
But we could not find them.
Later that afternoon back at the camp we discovered on the sightings board that we had been right about the tracks this morning and that others had been more lucky... :wall:

But we saw Ground Hornbills.

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Some Ellis.

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On the way towards Bateleur we met this Impala completely nuts...
Well it's rutting season :roll:

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A Bee-Eater catching a little snack..

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We discovered a little pond close to the Bateleur turnoff and here were two beautiful Saddle-billed Storks.

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The Steenbucks seem to be in the same mood as the Impalas...



Close to Balule we saw this little cutie..

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And just before we reached the camp gates, two Klippspringers were standing right in the middle of the road. Unfortuantely one of the staff cars was arriving and the Klippspringers were gone in seconds down the hill to the side of the road.

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Back at the camp it was time again to observe the Squirrels...

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Later that afternoon we visited the lookout near the restaurant.
It is so wonderful to sit there and observe the Eagles soar.....

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What a wonderful day.
We enjoyed a sundowner and a lovely braai with a magnificent view over the Olifants river.
Perfect! 8)

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Time again to change the camps..
This time we are moving up to Shingwedzi.

First sighting in the morning, again Baboons.
Just shortly before reaching Letaba.

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Apart from that the drive was really quiet.
It was only coming closer to Shing that Francolin spotted an Owl in one of the trees close to the road.

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A little later we had to make sure, that this little fellow crossed the road safely.

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In Shing we moved onto our new home for the enxt two nights and enjoyed the beautiful camp.
Later that afternoon we crossed the Low Water Bridge.
No birds this time :/
But two Terrapins enjoying the sunshine.

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We took the main road to the northern direction and were soon reminded that we are in Elli country :lol:
A fairly big herd was on the way to the water.

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We watched them for quite a while and decided that it was time to return back to Shing.
It was so nice to sit outside, having a braai and listen to the sounds of the night.
No Lions this time, but a Hyena in the far distance 8)

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The plan for today was driving the gravel road towards the southern direction, passing Kaniedood Dam.
It was a pretty cool and very overcast morning and shortly before we left the camp it even started to drizzle.

Of course we had to have a look at the Low water Bridge.
A beautiful Waterbuck watched us cautiously...

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This time the Kingfishers were back.

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Now we drove further south...
And again, baboons :lol:, this time with a small baby.

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A little further we observed a very relaxed Elli drinking.

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Another Kingfisher.

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Butterflies...

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Further south we spotted a Woolly-necked Stork

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And one of the wonderful Fish Eagle we heard already first thing in the morning...

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Such a nice morning drive....
Back at the camp we had something for lunch and decided to have a walk through the camp.

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Just love the Impala Lilies.

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At the day visitors area.

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Bird bath near the restaurant.

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This little visitor to our bungalow had a deformed beak, poor thing.

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And another feathery friend.

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Later that day we started for yet another late afternoon drive.
Again it was pretty quiet except for the last kilometres towards the camp gate.
Here we met our friends the Baboons and had fun observing them...

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Shingwedzi wellness treatment

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And just shortly before reaching the camp gates, we spotted this wonderful breeding herd of Ellis in the riverbed.

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This was already our last night at Shing, but tomorrow we are heading back down south towards Shimuwini. And we were very much looking forward to that 8) :dance:

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Well we left Shing with mixed feelings.....
Sad to leave such a lovely camp and already looking forward to be back to our beloved Shimuwini.

First bird sighting of the day, a Sunbird visited us while we packed all our stuff into our car.

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Of course we drove via the Low water Birdge for one last time ;)
And were rewarded with a wonderful sighting.
A Heron was walking along the bridge making a hell of a noise, two Sadlle-billed Storks were catching their brekkie and had obsiously chased him away...
He was annoyed :lol:

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But then it was finally time to leave...

Along the road we spotted this Eagle.

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It is always nice to see the Mopani Baobab, although it means that we are reaching the last leg of our trip :(

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Then we arrived at Shimuwini. And were very glad that we got the requested cottage #14 8)
I just love this sign, you find it in each and every cottage.

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And shortly after we arrived at our cottage, Shine came to visit us.

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Of course there were many feathered friends around.

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Later we had a Bufallo walking along the (very small) fence.

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Then Shine was back again :D

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Be careful, she might steal something from you table when you not watching...

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Then I heard something rustling in the dry leaves, I had a closer look and suddenly a huge Monitor made a dash and ran as fast as he could towards the river...

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Oh I just love Shimuwini.
In the evening we had a braai and listened to the Hippos in the river...
Heaven! 8)

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Oh these beautiful Shimuwini mornings, starting the day with a coffee and the view onto the river..
First sighting were some Squirrels in the trees close to our cottage.

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Today we are driving southwards to Sable Dam.
Passing through some beautiful landscape.

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Reaching Sable Dam Hide, we discovered that there were quite a few Ellis around.

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Two had a little argument in the water...

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Then everything was over and they simply walked away...

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After we had left the hide a typical Kruger roadblock stopped us... :lol:

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Back on the main road we spotted this Pearl-spotted Owl.

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It was a hot afternoon and so we decided to rather stay in the camp.
I discovered that Dragonflies were sitting on the fence so I tried hard to take some pics.

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The river was full of Hippos and I was delighted to see that one of the females left the water with a tiny Hippo in tow, ach just too cute.....

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Big brother is watching you :lol:

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Isn't this just perfect....

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Another wonderful day in the Park!
Of course we enjoyed a lovely braai in the evening......
Doesn't the cottage looks just great ??!!!

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Unfortunately our last full day in Kruger had arrived....
Johan had told us the day before that he saw Wild Dogs on the way from Phalaborwa back to the camp and that he thinks that they are still in the area moving to the south.
So we got up very early and left the camp at gate opening.
We drove the main road up and down again for a couple of times, without success :wall: :?
Ok, we missed them once again, although we had been very close this time...
So we decided to drive to Sable Dam Hide one more time.

On the way we had another of those KNP roadblocks, a herd of Buffalos..

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And later we spotted two Warthogs...

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Coming closer to the main road we had the feeling that we needed a toilet stop and so we drove to Masorini Picnic Spot.
Here I found this little Froggy in the toilet paper holder :roll:

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At Sable Dam we had Ellis like the day before...

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Francolin enjoying the view.

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Sable Dam is a beautiful hide. Very large and spacious.

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But I really love the wonderfully handpainted plates of the south african birds in the hide (unfortuantely I forgot to have a look who painted them... :redface: )

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On the way back to the camp, a couple of young Kudus near the main road.

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And a Terrapin enjoying the sun...

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We were back at the camp and just started to prepare lunch when we saw that a huge breeding herd of Ellis was walking down towards the river.

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Meanwhile a couple of Grey Louries were feeding on the fruits of the trees in the camp.

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And one of the Squirrels was observing us...

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Wonderful Ellis.

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We even had a better view from the hide 8)

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Too cute, don't you think?!




Later I took a walk through the camp towards the reception.
Still had to get our exit permit :(

Here is the communal freezer near the camp gate.

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The information about Shine at reception.

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The pool.

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And on the way back to our cottage, more Squirrels, so funny to watch...

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The last evening :(
But we enjoyed sitting outside and listened to the sounds of the bush.
Already now we knew that we will return to Shimuwini one of our favourite camps and of course return to Kruger 8)

14.05.

Today we are driving to the airport.
Last pic I took in the camp, is of this sign at the reception...

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On the way to the airport we saw loads and loads of Ellis, most of them too close for comfort on the small roads of Shimuwini.... :redface: :roll: :lol:
Quite a few breeding herds as well.
All of them on the way to the river.
I just think they bid us farewell 8)

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