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 Post subject: Epic Eland Exodus - KTP Nov 2012
Unread postPosted: Thu May 22, 2014 9:48 pm 
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Hey everyone - been swamped of late, but felt it was at least time to start with this trip report.
We decided somewhere in the middle of 2012 that a quick week-long return to KTP was needed to stay sane.

Picked a date that would work with work schedule, and booked as follows:

24 Nov - Twee Rivieren
25 Nov - Twee Rivieren
26 Nov - Mata Mata (Riverfront - had 2 young kids this time, AIRCON needed!)
27 Nov - Mata Mata
28 Nov - Mata Mata
29 Nov - Mata Mata
30 Nov - Twee Rivieren
1 Dec - Twee Rivieren
2 Dec - long way home!!

This was right at the end of 2012's Epic Eland Exodus, and predator action was said to be in top shape. Little did we realise how epic it would be for us...!! More to come later :popcorn: :cam:

Let's see who's along for a ride that's way overdue...

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 Post subject: Re: Epic Eland Exodus - KTP Nov 2012
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I'm on board for the ride Morkel777 :dance: :dance: :popcorn: :popcorn:

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I;m on the bus too :popcorn: :popcorn: :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Epic Eland Exodus - KTP Nov 2012
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:) Morkel777 I cannot wait reading more about this Epic Eland Exodus and to see the photo's. I guess we just have to be patient :).
Morkel777 wrote:
Little did we realise how epic it would be for us...!!


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 Post subject: Re: Epic Eland Exodus - KTP Nov 2012
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:popcorn: :popcorn: :popcorn:

Will wait patiently for this epic exodus!! :dance: :dance: :dance:

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 Post subject: Re: Epic Eland Exodus - KTP Nov 2012
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Was also there Nov 2012 although a bit earlier in the month. :D
Looking forward to reliving the trip through your great photos. :popcorn: :popcorn: :popcorn:


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I will not miss this TR for anything! :dance: :dance: :dance:

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Looking forward to another KTP trippie :popcorn: .

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And I am also going to ride along with you :D :D

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 Post subject: Re: Epic Eland Exodus - KTP Nov 2012
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Thanks folks! Well, here we go... :mrgreen:

Day 1: Twee Rivieren

As usual, we left in the dark hours of the morning from Secunda and arrived in KTP early in the afternoon. This time around, we had grown as a family by 1! Besides our daughter (who was now nearly 2yrs old), we had a 4-month old son.
Wait a minute...come to think of it...he was born in August, 9 months after our previous KTP trip... :hmz: :lol: :redface:

I had friends who were already in TR and had tipped me off on a mating lion couple close to Leeuwdril and another mating couple at Kij Kij (this was the famous Mufasa Junior). We found the first couple close to Leeuwdril, as promised.

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After getting jiggy on the Botswana side, they moved across the road.

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The lovely blonde male passed right in front of our vehicle so they can get jiggy on the SA side as well.
Transfrontier Lion Lovers!

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Further north we found the other mating pair - passed out under a tree close to Kij Kij with some of the young pride males also lying around. We moved towards an old Eland carcass that was being worked over by about 10 Black-backed Jackals...

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They got a bit scrappy at times!

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As the jackals settled down, it looked like Mufasa was rearing a bit...so we headed back to their tree.

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He really is a magnificent lion - nearly ALL mane!

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He flopped down again without mating...and the young ones were also being quite useless...understandably given the 40 degree temperature outside!

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Are you happy with how this trip started out? I sure was...
Hang on - there are 2 more special sightings to come from this first afternoon drive!! :popcorn: :thumbs_up: :tongue:

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 Post subject: Re: Epic Eland Exodus - KTP Nov 2012
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Yes, very happy indeed! :D :D :D What a way to start a trip! Beautiful shots of those beautiful males! :clap:

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 Post subject: Re: Epic Eland Exodus - KTP Nov 2012
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:clap: :clap: :clap: Oh yes we are !
Stunning images full of life and beauty
More please

:popcorn: :popcorn: :popcorn:

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 Post subject: Re: Epic Eland Exodus - KTP Nov 2012
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Count me in too, please.

Wow what sightings to start off with. Magnificent pics of the jackals scrapping, not to mention the lions.


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 Post subject: Re: Epic Eland Exodus - KTP Nov 2012
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Wow what a great start :clap: :clap:

Thanks for sharing, waiting for more :popcorn: :popcorn:

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