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 Post subject: Re: A&E TR Story 11 -The Other Side of.... -
Unread postPosted: Sat May 25, 2013 3:10 pm 
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BTSK,
Really thank you for these special words. Don't know what to say on this so better post another story :) :)
Promising I will continue with the tuskers... :wink: :wink:

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Aat,
I am fan of all your activities for the Big Tuskers. Sometimes I read some TR's here and really love to read your stories. It's all coming from the heart like your passion with the tuskers and your pictures are made from the heart too. It's amazing how many special sightings you guys have experienced. One by one breathtaking !!
I think it is not just luck you have , it has something to do with a magical kind of magnetism between you and animals. Luck is something you have once in a while, but following your TR it's a series of special sightings. You must have these special angels on you shoulders. Just wanted to say this and please continue to please us with more stories and keeping up all the good work with the tuskers. :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

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 Post subject: A&E BC Diary Story 12 -Best Mother of KNP-
Unread postPosted: Sat May 25, 2013 3:14 pm 
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*** NEW Stories ***
Like my previous TR’s, this is not going to be a day to day TR, but a series of stories about animals and special situations based on our last trip from november 11th 2012 till december 9th 2012.

Story 12 – BC Diary – Best Mother of KNP -


Welcome to this story. About one of the most special sightings we ever had

We were staying in Satara camp for several days and like I said in one of the previous stories it’s a gamble every time what route to take.
Early morning, 4:30 and waiting for opening of the gate. Very weird to see just 1 more car that time since we are used to a line up almost every morning.

Where to go ? Olifants…? Orpen..? Tshokwane ..? H6 …? Still not sure I turned right and at the very last moment I decided to go to the S100 …why…? I don’t know…. Maybe sixth sense again.
Well, not talking too much…but join us with this great and special sighting.
It’s going to be a longer story but I don’t want you to miss too much… so have a seat… seatbelts on….. wine , beer and popcorn ready…. Let’s Gooooooooooooo

Driving the S100, still a bit dark and about halfway a big smile on our faces… yesssssssss…. Cheetah !!
Still not too much daylight so ISO value high to capture these beauties.

First we saw was this youngster….
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Just captured this one and Elly said “another 2” ….
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The two went off the road and pffffffff joining two more so now 4 in total
(not the best picture but it’s the sighting as it is)

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Just awake and 4 cheetah in front of your eyes is special but …… surprise was not over yet….there is nr 5 on the road

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again, not best quality of picture, but this scene was too sweet to keep it away.

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Where did the youngsters going to…. ? Idd… to their mother

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Family complete….. our eyes of unbelieve… saying things like “ohhhhhhh” and “pfffffffffffff” , “huhhhhhhhhhhh” well, you understand

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Mother Cheetha and 5 cubs !! 6 Cheetah together and knowing there about 200 in KNP this was a real wonder. Elly and I looking into each others eyes saying..”what a trip”.

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It still was quiet, just one more car at that moment and some arriving
Enjoy the family together

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Ohhh I was so happy I could capture all 6 together because the younsters did not really sit down longer then a few seconds …busy all the time… not really relaxed and looking to all directions

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Lovely faces

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Mommy….did you hear that sound ? Where..?

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Next few pictures shows relaxing…laying down…looking around…being allert…

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It felt like being in the middle of a real BC Diary movie…

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In the mean time it was getting better with the light… sun was rising, 5:00 now so almost half an hour with them…
And here we see a very very special Mother
Raising 5 cubs in the S100 area is tough… so many lions around , hyena’s and some leopards.
Herds of buffalo and elephants around….
As you can see the cubs are almost ready for going to live their own lifes.

What a mother she is !!

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Now with nice light os the rising sun quality will improve for making photos

In the mean time there were about 20 cars in the area but we were happy to have a nice position and the Cheetah younsters honoured us with a personal visit

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This was the moment we recognized another forumite…. OWN (onewithnature) in one of the other cars…
OWN – This is specially for you since you had problems with you camera…

This cheetah was paying some special attention to me… curious about the camara pointing to her
so close…. just about 5 meters from my window

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and why not sitting down for a nice photo…. Thanks my friend

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just wondering why they just went to our car spoiling us with nice posing

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With a bit of rising sun light…. How cute and beautiful they are

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If it was not good enough these two were acting as professional models…smileeeee


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We really felt almost guilty since they were spending so much time around us and seeing others cars to get into better position… it was getting busy on the S100…

Thanks for posing cuty…

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Funny, the cubs were coming along one by one to say hello or goodbye
Here another sweety

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And what younsters do normally…is playing… running after each other…they made a nice show…
Too difficult to make pics since they were moving to fast…jumping and tackling each other…
A bit tired and ready for some last pics

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With this picture I like to end this story…bye cheetah… have a good life in Kruger and see you next time

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To express again how special and experienced the Cheetah Mother must be…. Following the S100 , after about 5K we found a large pride of lions… 7 visible on picture, many more around in background …. Big pride again..?

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These situations must have happened many times while raising the cubs

That’s why I call her Best Mother of KNP

End of this story

I hope you enjoyed your drive with me today… and see you next time with ..?


Aat & Elly


Many other pictures of last en other trips:
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Simply awesome, Aat,

and as always to see only one cheetah is already a privilege but to see 6 of them is simply :gflower: I only saw spots when watching your magnificent pictures and to see the cheetahs so close is still one of my dream sighting :thumbs_up:

Yout took more than memorable pictures and I am totally :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

What a great mom she is :k


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 Post subject: Re: A&E BC Diary Story 12 -Best Mother of KNP-
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Aat, there aren't enough superlatives to describe your encounters - suffice to say, just wonderful.


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Thanks a lot Pumbaa,
It was a "one of these days" sighting... very very special :) :)

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Simply awesome, Aat,

and as always to see only one cheetah is already a privilege but to see 6 of them is simply :gflower: I only saw spots when watching your magnificent pictures and to see the cheetahs so close is still one of my dream sighting :thumbs_up:

Yout took more than memorable pictures and I am totally :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

What a great mom she is :k

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 Post subject: Re: A&E BC Diary Story 12 -Best Mother of KNP-
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Thanks Pawps,
We were amazed too , day by day almost with all kind of special sightings... Kruger was and is good for us :) :)

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Aat, there aren't enough superlatives to describe your encounters - suffice to say, just wonderful.

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 Post subject: Re: A&E BC Diary Story 12 -Best Mother of S100 & KNP-
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:big_eyes: :big_eyes: ..6.. :mrgreen: :mrgreen: ..absolutely beautiful Cheetah's..the pics are so amazing. :clap: :clap:

You were sooooo.. privileged to have them so close and they obliged ever so nicely for stunning pics. :dance:

Great Mom she sure is, to raise them to this stage along the S100..that sure takes some doing. :clap: :clap:

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Thanks, it was a sighting we don't forget.... top 10 ever :) :)

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:big_eyes: :big_eyes: ..6.. :mrgreen: :mrgreen: ..absolutely beautiful Cheetah's..the pics are so amazing. :clap: :clap:

You were sooooo.. privileged to have them so close and they obliged ever so nicely for stunning pics. :dance:

Great Mom she sure is, to raise them to this stage along the S100..that sure takes some doing. :clap: :clap:

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Aat, you aren't by any chance going to be in Kruger in September, are you? If so, we just want to follow you around!! :lol: :lol:


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Aat, what a clever mommy to have done so well. 8) I do think that young Cheetah, the little punk rockers, must be the most charming of all babies. Sadly, not many survive. Clever, clever mommy.

You must have been so excited to have such a personal and close up experience. Thank you for capturing and sharing it with us. We are indeed very, very fortunate.

:clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

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Pawps,
Sorry, but we decided for 2013 to make a trip to Namibia. We are going for 4 weeks to Waterberg Plateau, Sossusvlei (the red dunes) and for many days to Etosha and some other wildlife area's. So 2014 you're welcome to follow.... :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Aat, you aren't by any chance going to be in Kruger in September, are you? If so, we just want to follow you around!! :lol: :lol:

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Thanks M M,
Not needed to say that this sighting is in our top 10 kruger experiences. :) :)

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Aat, what a clever mommy to have done so well. 8) I do think that young Cheetah, the little punk rockers, must be the most charming of all babies. Sadly, not many survive. Clever, clever mommy.

You must have been so excited to have such a personal and close up experience. Thank you for capturing and sharing it with us. We are indeed very, very fortunate.

:clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

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Aat how very lucky you were, wonderful Cheetah and lion sighting, good choice of road that morning :clap:
Thanks so much for sharing with us :gflower:

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:clap: Aat, thank you for your stunning Pics and awesome "Stories". :clap:

Agree with Pawps:
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WOW Aat!!! :big_eyes:

What an amazing sighting! As you said, it certainly couldn't have been easy for that Mother raising her cubs in an area like the S100 with all the predators around.

Awesome photos - thanks for sharing!

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