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 Post subject: Re: Things Wild and Wonderful; Creatures Great and Small
Unread postPosted: Sun Oct 20, 2013 3:46 am 
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Tired after our long journey, we stayed home the next day.

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Like this squirrel

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We simply chilled.

Lots of birds dropped by:

A glossy starling

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A plum coloured starling

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A sunbird

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Their feathers shone like jewels in the sunshine.


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 Post subject: Re: Things Wild and Wonderful; Creatures Great and Small
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The next day we set off early to have a picnic lunch at Pafuri.

First we came across a couple of dung beetles

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It was unclear whether the second one was helping, hindering or just hitching a ride.


Much further on, at Klopperfontein, three young male lions had caught a young buffalo

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Their faces and forepaws were masked and gloved in blood and gore.


A short way up the road, a perfectly camouflaged chameleon was crossing the road

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We were photographing it when a large SUV, speeding towards the lions, drove right over it. I shut my eyes in horror. When I opened them again I saw that it was miraculously unharmed.

We made sure it got safely across the road and continued on our way.

At Crooks Corner the Limpopo River was in full flow

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It was every bit as great, grey-green and greasy as Rudyard Kipling had described it.

And it was all set about with fever trees

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On the drive back, after lunch, it began to drizzle.

By the time we crossed the Shingwidzi River the day had turned cold and misty.

We stopped there to watch a troop of baboons. They were lapping the rain from the surface of the road

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Just beyond the turn off to Tshanga, the Baobab was beautifully backlit

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Back at Bateleur we lit a fire.

We braaied some delicious Hoedspruit wors and hubbard squash. When we had eaten, we leant back in our chairs. We sat in silence, staring at the flames as they flared and flickered in the dark. Sipping a slow whisky, letting the peace and perfection of our surroundings wash over us, we were bathed in the beauty of the bushveld night.


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 Post subject: Re: Things Wild and Wonderful; Creatures Great and Small
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We spent two more nights in Bateleur.

Then it was time to move on.

We drove via Shingwidzi, down the dusty S50, to Letaba where we stayed for four nights before moving on to Shimuwini, our last camp of the trip.

Near Kanniedood, a group of multitasking monkeys was combining grooming and childcare

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Nyawutsi hide was a haven of tranquillity

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On the road up to Shibavantsengele, a paintbrush flower peeped from between a pair of rocks

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Below the Letaba high water bridge a turtle drifted dangerously close to a crocodile’s snout

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Crocodiles, it seems, eat anything that they can catch, even turtles; but this one must not have been hungry. The turtle floated on by without incident.


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One day we went to Phalaborwa to stock up on supplies.

We had wanted to have a break at Sable hide, but when we got there we decided against getting out of the car

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We had driven past Masorini, the cone shaped hill that houses a reconstructed Iron Age settlement

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The veld nearby was dotted with anthills, mini Masorinis.

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It looked, from a distance, as if a Native American army had set up camp in their wigwams.


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Another day, we went to Satara to buy gifts for friends back home.

On the way there we noticed some lovely lilies that lit the green grass with splashes of bright pink

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On the S100 between, Satara and Nwanedzi, lay a lone lion

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On the way back home, near Balule, a pair of impala lay in mirror image

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Balule was exposed as never before.

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The river, from within the little camp, had always been obscured from view by vegetation. Now, thanks to the flood, every bush, shrub and rush had been ripped and stripped from the bank. The old rustic rondavels had become rooms with a view.


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We spent four nights at Shimuwini.

We stayed in the camp for most the time, just relaxing and enjoying the company of its residents as they went about their business.

A red headed weaver doing home maintenance

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A tortoise mowing the lawn

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A reddish moth

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And a grey moth

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Using pretend eyes to deter potential predators.

The view from our cottage was uninterrupted and ever changing.

Waterbuck, impala and baboons came to the dam to drink. Elephants wandered along between the fence and the water. Giraffe walked by; all long legs and elegance.

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The camp was quiet and peaceful. Paradise flycatchers fluttered above. Squirrels scampered about below. Shine strolled about.

We simply sat and soaked up the serenity of our surroundings.

Then the inevitable happened.


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 Post subject: Re: Things Wild and Wonderful; Creatures Great and Small
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A day dawned as bright and beautiful as all the others

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But that morning, as the sun rose higher, our hearts sank lower.

It was our last day in the park.

It was time to go home.

Time to say goodbye.

Time to say totsiens.

Time to say sala gabotse.

Until next time.


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 Post subject: Re: Things Wild and Wonderful; Creatures Great and Small
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Thank you, tent dweller, Cape of Storms, Meandering Mouse, Trrp-trrrrrrrr, hilda, barryels, john n poppy and all the other people who have read and commented on this travel tale of mine.

It has been great fun to put together, but more time consuming than I imagined it would be. You may have noticed that the tempo suddenly increased in the last couple of weeks. No more dawdling along, as I zipped through our last days. The tale needed to be wrapped up in a hurry because after all the planning and anticipation the next time is . . . Now!!!

My leave started tonight and we set off tomorrow night. We shall be in the Park again this weekend.

I am so looking forward to being back there.


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