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 Post subject: Tokmino's travels
Unread postPosted: Thu Jul 03, 2014 5:37 pm 
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Hi Everyone,

I'm new to this so if I make a goof or a no-no please let me know. I'm off to the Kruger on July 11th (yes, next Friday - I've been counting my sleeps for two months now- 8 to go!) but only get into the park on July 14th. I'm an expat living in Canada but have to come home to the Kruger regularly to get my fix otherwise I become a nasty person, a really nasty person. :evil:
I've had such pleasure reading people's travel tales and thought that for this visit of mine I'd try to give a little pleasure back.
Having to pay so much for a plane ticket (airway robbery!) I try to come for at least 4 weeks. I'm so lucky to work for great people who don't mind me taking more leave than I'm due - I just have to work it in during the year. I usually hire a car but this year my brother (who lives in Sandton) has offered me the use of his. Not sure if this is a pro or a con. Boet is so forgetful he might be off up in Botswana or somewhere unreachable when I arrive, or his car registration isn't paid up or he hasn't serviced his car for the past 10 years or he's leant it to someone else. See how my mind works? It's like this before every trip to the Park. Whatever could go wrong to prevent me from getting to my haven goes through my mind and I'm exhausted and stressed out by the time I finally arrive at that most welcome, most beloved entrance gate (which this year is going to be Malelane). I even have terrible nightmares where I enter the park and a couple of hours later I'm told that my holiday is now finished and I have to leave. Or I'm stuck in a camp with a group of people who never want to go out. At least at this time of the year I don't have to worry about snow storms preventing takeoff.

Right now I'm at the stage where I'm checking my passport every couple of days to make sure the date's still good and that I have at least 2 blank facing pages for the South African Customs. And I'm triple checking my plane ticket to make sure the dates are right. And I'm worried stiff that I will be overweight (I am overweight already but I'm talking about my luggage) and will have to choose between my tent and my cameras (my cameras will definitely win - I can always sleep in the car, if I have a car).

Please tell me if I'm waffling too much and boring you all to death. :redface:

I have to leave now for a meeting in town (Montreal) but will post tomorrow again and let you know where I'll be staying.



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 Post subject: Re: Tokmino's travels
Unread postPosted: Thu Jul 03, 2014 5:58 pm 
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Welcome to the forums Tokmino :thumbs_up: .

I can see that you cannot wait anymore :dance: :dance: .

Hope you will have a great flight and enjoy Kruger :clap: :clap:

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I can understand all the stress you are going through :wink:

Hopefully all the stress disappears the moment you enter Malelane gate :pray:

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Looking forward to more of this !! :popcorn:

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Happy traveling and awesome sightings I wish you!

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Welcome Tokmino.

I think we can all identify with your excitement and anxiety.

Safe travels and hope you have an awesome holiday.

I look forward to hearing all about it.


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Tokmino....Welcome!!! :dance:

Happy planning further :dance: ....may you have a safe flight :pray:

Have many special and wonderful moments in the Park. :thumbs_up:

Waiting to hear all about it. :popcorn:

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Tokmino, a very warm welcome. :gflower:

It sounds like a splendid trip on the way. I hope your boet's memory stays intact.

Looking forward to more.

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Unread postPosted: Fri Jul 04, 2014 6:19 pm 
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Thank you barryels, billyf, Hugh, Stampajane, Trrp-trrrrrrrr and Meandering Mouse for the warm welcome.

I apologise in advance for the upcoming contents, it might be wise to have a box of tissues handy. I am not responsible for the damage to any clothing due to drool. :lol:

1st night - Malelane (never stayed here before)
2nd night - Lower Sabie
3rd night - Olifants (with a river view nog al!)
4th and 5th nights - Shingwedzi (one of my favourite camps)
6th to 11th nights - Punda Maria (my favourite camp)
12th to 14th nights - Letaba (okay, maybe this is my favourite camp)
15th to 20th nights - Maroela (never been to this camp but have often stayed at Tamboti)
21st to 25th nights - Skukuza

I love the north for all the birds up there. I have to find myself a sticker to put on my car that warns everyone that I'm bird watching. I hate seeing the disappointment on people's faces when they realise I'm just looking at a lbj. I also love the scenery. Pafuri picnic spot is beautiful, so is the fever tree drive near Crook's Corner but my favourite is Nyala drive. I haven't been up to Pafuri gate but this time I'm going to take a drive up there.

Eventually I get tired of all the huge elephants waiting around corners to scare the life out of me and move down further south. It's too long to drive all the way down to Maroela in one day so I'm stopping off at Letaba. In my opinion Letaba is the most beautiful camp in the park. And of course I'm not going to put my tent up for one day (I'm not young anymore) so am staying there for 3 nights. Then comes Maroela. So much game to see in that and the Satara area. It's quieter than Satara which suits me more.
Skukuza is my final stop. I'm staying there because I couldn't get into Lower Sabie :evil: but the trees in the camp are beautiful and the birds are plentiful. And of course, another compensation is Lake Panic. I've spent mornings there filling up my camera cards and feeling like the luckiest, happiest person on earth.

So that's where I'm going to be staying. I shall have my yellow ribbon on my mirror so hope to meet a few mites .

7 sleeps to go :dance:

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I can't believe I left Pikkie off my thank-you list. :slap: Thank you Pikkie for your welcome and warm wishes. I hope I have many sightings of the large and small kind so that I can share them with you when I get back.

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Your excitement is infectious. I hope you have a ball and see lots of LBJs (I prefer bigger birds that I can actually identify :D ) I am very :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

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I am busy wiping away my drool. :wink:

EJ is stationed at Malelane, so she might be your first yellow ribbon. 8) I stayed there a couple of years ago and really enjoyed it.

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Love all the camps you are staying at :dance: :dance: Does not get better than that. :thumbs_up:

:mrgreen: :mrgreen: I am drooling!!! :naughty: :lol: :whistle:

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A warm welcome to the Forums from my side too Tokmino! Your itinerary looks great! I wish you a safe flight and drive to the Park, with so many great sightings that you can't believe your eyes! :dance: :dance:

Not long to wait anymore, enjoy your last minute packing! :D

Looking forward to your trip report on your return! :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

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Image Tokmino, I see will be in Maroela at the same timeImage Have you packed your yellow ribbon ?

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