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Katydownunder's trip : KNP 1-17 Nov. '05

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Katydownunder's trip : KNP 1-17 Nov. '05

Unread postby DinkyBird » Tue Nov 01, 2005 10:41 pm

Just heard from Katy:

We are having a great time. Entered the Park at eleven this morning. Very hot day. Some good sightings. Herds of ellies, ground hornbill, pied kingfisher, goliath heron, hippo and croc. Mouse in our kitchen. At Lower Sabie :) And in the afternoon - more ellies, francolin, duiker....Three cheetahs on our way back from Mlondozi dam back to Lower Sabie. Great sunset at Lower Sabie. Kruger at its best. Katy


Katy says the cheetah sighting was very special - they were the only ones there.
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Unread postby DinkyBird » Tue Nov 01, 2005 10:47 pm

Another sms from Katy:

We are having a fantastic time. We had some rain in Hazyview yesterday and it rained here around Skukuza too. Some green tips on some of the branches but it is really bone dry here. Poor animals. Just had a braai and amarula. Watching the stars here at Lower Sabie. Life is just fantastic.

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Unread postby DinkyBird » Thu Nov 03, 2005 9:18 pm

Just received this from Katy:

Again a great day. On the way to Croc Bbridge we had rhinos. A herd of buffalos 150+. Giraffes. On the way back a male lion. Birds a lot. In the afternoon more rhinos. In all eight. Ground hornbill, three adults with two youngsters. A male ellie chasing a female ellie. Then they mate behind the smallest bush in the whole park. Got pics to proof that. It got overcast in the afternoon and windy. It also cooled down a bit. I thought it will start to rain but it did not. Temp now more pleasant. Just had a glass of amarula. And now having a good sleep after a long day in the park. Katy.

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Unread postby Guinea Pig » Thu Nov 03, 2005 10:55 pm

Received this sms from Katy earlier:


:D Yes it really is fantastic here. Coming home we even had mating geckos on the wall. :wink:
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Unread postby DinkyBird » Fri Nov 04, 2005 8:39 pm

Just in from Katy in paradise:

The weather this morning looked very promising. Clouds. Cool air. But it cleared up and we had a sunny and hot day again. No rain. Saw cheetah with three cubs not too small about 30 metres away from the road. Some remainings from tonight's kill with vultures. Lots of ellies, kudu etc. Now we are at Olifants. Very nice camp. Rondavel with river view but no river. All very dry. Bye for now, Katy.

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Unread postby DinkyBird » Sun Nov 06, 2005 8:31 am

Just received this from Katy :dance:

Rain!!!!!!! :D Thunder and lightening here in Olifants Rest camp! Yipee!!! :lol: Katy

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Unread postby gwendolen » Mon Nov 07, 2005 9:47 am

Report in via DinkyBird, who can't log in at the moment. (Lines down beacause of the rain :-)

Hello. Still at Olifants. Just returned from night drive. Had a very good guide: Paul. We saw small spotted genet, Springhare, spotted eagle owl, African wildcat (too fast to take any photo :( ), chameleon, black mamba. Lion pride with seven lions at a giraffe kill. It started to rain after we began the night drive. It was a sunny humid and hot afternoon. Now it is again thunder and lightning. The guide thinks it will rain for the whole night.
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Unread postby DinkyBird » Mon Nov 07, 2005 9:35 pm

Just received this from Katy:

We are already at Olifants. Sorry. Wish it had been us :D Could have been Arno from Witbank (Meinfam) he and his SO entered the Park on the fourth and stayed at Skukuza. We have not yet seen a YR.

We are leaving for Punda tomorrow. It rained this morning. But then we had a sunny afternoon. Very hot again. Saw a hyena this morning. Had lots of nice sightings (small ones) more after our return. Had a great time. Storm this evening. Very strange. Looking forward to the first YR sighting. Katy.

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Unread postby DinkyBird » Tue Nov 08, 2005 6:49 am

Katy has just sent me this sms:

Yes hopefully YR sighting today :D

Saw something great this morning. Yesterday Olifants River was completely dry except for some remaining pools. Getting up this morning I could not believe my eyes. Water in the river and it even flows.

Now leaving Olifants rest camp we finally got a real river view :lol: Looks awsome. Katy

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Unread postby DinkyBird » Thu Nov 10, 2005 7:39 am

Sms just received from Katy:

Sorry we had no mobile here at Punda yesterday. We have been to Pafuri. Oh what a great place :lol: Met Frank. Awesome guy. Impressive what he knows about the birds. We had our own private bird walk with him all around the whole picnic site. Most of the bird's names I had already forgottoen shortly after he mentioned them. :? He is wearing very proudly his binocs with the yr.

Great landscape. We had a great day around Pafuri and Crooks Corner. Lovely night drive at Punda. Civets, genets, buffs, giraffes, night jar, ellies and lots more. Unfortunately we did not see the resident male leopard at one of the water holes as there were buffalos around. Certainly we will return to this part of Kruger. Katy.

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Unread postby DinkyBird » Thu Nov 10, 2005 10:07 pm

Sms from Katy: (I asked here if she had seen any rain in Punda area)

No unfortunately no rain. It was very overcast the last few days and they had just few drops of rain the day before we arrived. But that was all so far. It must have rained further down south. There is some shade of green coming through. A little bit of green grass here and there.

Now we have just arrived at Satara. Very busy after much smaller and more quieter Punda. I took some pics of the river with my mobile. Will try to post them to you via email. Not sure if it will reach you.


Will try and get the pics via email.

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Unread postby DinkyBird » Fri Nov 11, 2005 1:52 pm

Katy sms'd earlier and asked if we could see the cam at the time and I relplied to her not too well. She wanted to know if we could see the goose and said that that was all that was at the water hole at the time.

We just passed the cam and the water hole. Of course we had to go to Orpen while being around to see the cam :wink: Today again overcast and a bit rainy.

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Unread postby DinkyBird » Fri Nov 11, 2005 9:32 pm

Just received this from Katy:

Sorry send the pics does not work (via sms). You have to wait a bit longer for that. A bit of rain in the morning. But sunshine in the afternoon.

Is the cam working again?

No yr so far although shumba must be in Satara as well. Already going to be now.


I told her Laine is in the area too - and that the cam is still not working too well.

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Unread postby DinkyBird » Sun Nov 13, 2005 9:03 pm

Sms just received from Katy:

Arrived at Pretoruiskop. On way we saw six rhinos. And... four sable. Just from a distance but they surely were sable. Buffalos, giraffes and the first baby impala :D .

Last few days in Kruger but still have an awwesome time.

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Unread postby DinkyBird » Sun Nov 13, 2005 9:41 pm

Another sms!

Did you hear that we even saw real lions on the S100? Not just cardboard :wink:

Yes the sables were great although we saw them from a distance we were very please to see them. We waited for the first baby impala for some days now as we know that after the rain they soon will give birth. And today there it was. We were very happy to see that. (They are just too cute.)


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