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RichardJ - KNP to KNP in September 2012

Unread postby RichardJ » Thu Oct 11, 2012 12:43 pm

What do you do when you have meetings in Joburg on Thursday and Friday, Wedding on Sunday, and Monday is a public holiday? :hmz: :hmz:


You plan a 2 week, 5 000 km road trip, using up some Time-Share and visiting your 7th "First Time...New Park" this year. 8)

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Re: KNP to KNP in September 2012

Unread postby RichardJ » Fri Oct 12, 2012 1:04 pm

The last piece of the puzzle was a vacany/cancellation at Berg-en-Dal.

As 'The Beasts' fuel consumption is twice my sedan's, the sedan got the nob. Viewing was fine...indeed perhaps even better as we 'looked' under the trees, whereas with the height of 'the Beast' we would be looking into the 'bulk'of the trees. (My excuse anyway). The only problem being too close to the dust from the front wheels....more about that later.

For the first time ever we were actually going to break up the drive to Joburg. One night at Karoo NP and then 2 nights at Mokala NP. 3 easy legs up. Back over 2 days (the last on my birthday). Plenty of time to shop inbetween, so we did not lug 'the kitchen sink' around with us (as per normal).

Time to test SO's birthday present, Canon Powershot SX40 HS. I will indicate which pics where hers or her camera. her reach was further than mine....focus a little tricky and shots took a llittle longer.... than my Canon 450 with 55-250 lens. She had a number of throw aways but a number of good pics. Lots of learning required.

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Re: KNP to KNP in September 2012

Unread postby RichardJ » Mon Oct 15, 2012 6:53 pm

The drive up was a sad affair...listening to rugby while SA kicked all over the place, other than through the posts...loosing a test we should have won 8)

The scenery was however very colourfull...the roadside full of flowers. Some snow left on mountain peeks....holiday time !!!!

We had a very warm welcome at the gate :thumbs_up:

Booked into the same unit as Feb, so felt at home with familiar surroundings.

First animal was a BBJ, no pic...camera still packed, followed by some Mountain Zebra

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On evening drive, hiding in the bushes

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Some distant relatives

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Re: KNP to KNP in September 2012

Unread postby RichardJ » Mon Oct 15, 2012 6:56 pm

First time sighting for us in KNP

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an equally large antelope

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a distant lookout

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Re: KNP to KNP in September 2012

Unread postby RichardJ » Mon Oct 15, 2012 7:02 pm

Then a small kudu...looked rather scrawny, but with large horns :hmz: :hmz: :hmz:

I suggested to SO that perhaps it was a Lesser Kudu, the normal one used to be referred to as a Greater Kudu...technology came into play, googled on my phone to find from Wiki "..... is a forest antelope found in East Africa"..... :hmz: :hmz: no can't be a Lesser Kudu.....even the picture shows a very different animal..

SO said she did not know there were different species of Kudu.....

This was the Kudu

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Re: KNP to KNP in September 2012

Unread postby RichardJ » Mon Oct 15, 2012 7:07 pm

Then the largest herd of Kudu I have ever seen..over 20 of them together

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Some colour around

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A BBJ on a mission

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A nosey RHB

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Re: KNP to KNP in September 2012

Unread postby RichardJ » Mon Oct 15, 2012 7:11 pm

Another large Gemsbok

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Some more colour

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A Rock Kestrel was perched near by

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Re: KNP to KNP in September 2012

Unread postby RichardJ » Mon Oct 15, 2012 7:13 pm

Some plains Zebra were frolicking

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There were Springbuck around but none posed :(

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Re: KNP to KNP in September 2012

Unread postby RichardJ » Mon Oct 15, 2012 7:18 pm

Another first timer for us in KNP
3 BEFs who after inspecting us scampered away

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A number of Steenbokkies around

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A Karoo Korhaan

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We saw more animals on this evening drive than what we had seen in Feb...just shows that they are there...arid, but full of life.

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Re: KNP to KNP in September 2012

Unread postby RichardJ » Sat Nov 10, 2012 11:02 pm

Breakfast (included in the fee) was enjoyed, packed up and ready to head towards Kimberley and Mokala NP

I decided to do the bottom loop on the way out.

My cell phone started ringing....KNP reception...we (I) had left our jackets in a cupboard...so after the loop had to return :redface: :redface:

This very friendly Steenbokkie was very happy to stay next to the road and posed without running away

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A scenic shot of mountain Zebbies

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Mom and little one

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A large tortie

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Near the gate...this monster kept crawling towards me...head out of focus...just could not get it :wall:

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And a very friendly exit :D and we were on our way.....to a new/first time park

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Re: KNP to KNP in September 2012

Unread postby RichardJ » Sat Nov 10, 2012 11:23 pm

Some road works en route, but mostly quiet road.

A longish dirt road and finally we were there. A security gate with camera and 'call box' and we were let in to Mokala National Park.

First up a Tsessebe

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We were a bit surprised by the vegetation. Savannah bush veld.

Then some plains Zebra

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A Blue Widerbeest napping

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A pair of Steenbokkies...just visible

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Another pausing to have look then off..

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This time a closer BWB

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And then we arrived at Mosu lodge...checked in and moved into our comfortable lodging with a view of the waterhole.

Transporting our luggage by means of a trolley was rather novel.

The layout is a not so nice for the units at the back...their view is limited or into the back of the units below, closer to the water hole.

The restaurant was closed, so we relaxed at the braai waiting to see what would visit...
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Re: KNP to KNP in September 2012

Unread postby RichardJ » Sun Nov 11, 2012 7:36 pm

Enjoying the sunset, we were joined by a procession of 3 buffs coming down to drink

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Re: KNP to KNP in September 2012

Unread postby RichardJ » Sun Nov 11, 2012 7:38 pm

after drinking they began grazing.....and came close to our unit

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Re: KNP to KNP in September 2012

Unread postby RichardJ » Sun Nov 11, 2012 7:39 pm

A one horned Kudu also came past

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Re: KNP to KNP in September 2012

Unread postby RichardJ » Sun Nov 11, 2012 7:41 pm

They came right up to the 'fence'...a couple of strands between me and buffs :hmz: :hmz:

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