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 Post subject: Herman Meeting Scipio and better luck Sep 2011
Unread postPosted: Sun Sep 25, 2011 6:54 pm 
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Hi ! From wonderful Olifants - sipping sundowners and reflecting on the day's sightings !
We're here for two days only ;-(but it's still wonderful ! We had little luck yesterday on the way in but since meeting Scipio in Letaba this morning our luck changed !
Immediately ! Lion rhino buffs etc Will post pictures when we get home !


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 Post subject: Re: Meeting Scipio and better luck
Unread postPosted: Tue Sep 27, 2011 8:55 pm 
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Oh dear - looking at the title I think it might imply that meeting Scipio was bad luck ?!! He he noooo!!!
I hope you all got my drift - my luck changed after meeting the famous forumite from Phalaborwa !!!
Well - we decided only two weeks ago that it was time again and checked availability - Saturday night in Letaba and Sunday in Olifants - good enough , wonderful in fact like any two nights anywhere in a Sanpark as you know !!
We entered at Orpen and took the Timbavati dirt road up to the Olifants river and then tar to Letaba. Great to be there again , but no special sightings - just a sunset picture to share ....
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We went on an early drive on Sunday and spent some time with a baboon family on the bridge before returning for breakfast....
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On the way back into Letaba camp my SO noticed a YR on the vehicle in front of us - it turned out to be Scipio in his new bushmobile - very nice Jeep Cherokee !! Was nice to meet you and your family Scipio !!!
As I mentioned, that meeting changed our luck - just five kms on our next drive we encountered our first lion of the trip - he looked like a romantic guy - sniffed the bush and even turned back to say good bye before he went down to the river ...

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We were on a roll - nice elephants
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and a rhino before we got to Olifants
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A great sunset before settling down for the night
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The new restaurant is great - with staff to match - we were served by a delightful guy called Giet !
We asked him about his name - turned out that he was named after his father's employer and it should have been Gert , but the registrar got it wrong !!!

Monday turned out even better , but I'll post the rest tomorrow !!


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 Post subject: Re: Meeting Scipio and better luck
Unread postPosted: Wed Sep 28, 2011 6:59 pm 
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Cheered up by our changed fortunes, we got going early on Monday as we planned to leave the park only by 13h00 for the long drive back to Gauteng ...
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We headed south on the main road to Satara - at Ngotso North our luck continued ...
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Three big males ! They got up one by one and strolled to the water hole ..
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After drinking for a long time they crossed the road ...
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and only then did we see the rest of the pride - nine females !!
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Satisfied and happy to go home, we had a quick snack at Satara (seeing the impalas that were posted on cam sightings in real time) and headed for Orpen .
An approaching car signalled us to stop and suggested taking the S106 instead of staying on the main road...
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Right on the T -junction with the Talamati road - eleven in total - which made it 23 lions in the space of six hours !!! Only these two were still feeding when we got there - the rest were sleeping in the shade..
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Mix a good sighting with humans and you get ? ? a fool to spoil it for everyone :evil:
A safari vehicle from Hamilton's tented camp arrived with just two people on board , but Mister Important kept demanding - the driver had to move the vehicle this way and that way , while M I was shooting away at the rate of 5 frames per second ( or so it sounded ) He was using a bazooka of about 500mm I guess , but he urged the driver to get closer and closer , untill they were about five metres from the kill - to do what ? get 50 rapidly fired shots of the lion's left nostril ??
Well you guess what - the lions jumped up and growled - we were hoping to see a charge and a second kill , but of course the lions did what we knew they would and retreated and joined the others in the shade ... :sniper:
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Well on that high ( low ? ) note we could leave and hit the long road home !


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