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 Post subject: TR 21 days - a few moments
Unread postPosted: Tue Mar 19, 2013 7:31 pm 
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We recently had the privilege to visit the park for a total of 21 nights camping at Satara and Maroela ( we moved to Maroela as soon as it re-opened after the January floods).

To write a day to day account is possible, but would be a very boring read. Long gone are the days when my wife and I chased the big five :wink:

February temperatures can be very hot if the rain and/or cloud cover do not make an appearance. When the rain does arrive the change in animal behavior can be very special to watch. I must admit that I spent many hours just watching the Timbavati flow by in front of our caravan - not getting tired of doing just that and nothing else. I got to know who resides in which tree, who came down for a drink at what time and how regularly they do so.

Driving around Satara consisted of a daily morning trip on the S90 (old main road) up to the T-junction and then back again on the same road. Maroela driving limited to the H-7 tar road up to where it was closed at the Rabelais turn-off. Well, ok - we did take a drive to Nwanetsi picnic spot and returned via the famous golden highway (S-100) once and I just had to try and find the Sable bulls around Talamati one day (no such luck though). We do so by choice - been all over the park in years gone by and we do know what all the camps and picnic spots look like :twisted: Booriiiing :wink:

Share a few special moments in time with me - starting with the birdies..........

Having a bath with a friend of another species after the rain
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Soaking up the late afternoon sun
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We have a lift - off
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Flying out the frame
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Split second timing
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Will share a few more sometime .


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 Post subject: Re: TR 21 days - a few moments
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Trrp-trrrrrrrr - I sometimes shared the same tree with one of your little friends at Satara :wink:
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 Post subject: Re: TR 21 days - a few moments
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Two small creatures - the Orpen area were covered with golden orb webs. Guess which one jumped onto the camera just after the shot.

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This beautiful young lady took a liking to the tow bar plastic cover at the back of the Isuzu and I have proof in the form of tooth marks on the cover. I think this is the exact moment when she made up her mind to investigate.

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Watched them for an hour or so before they joined the rest of their mates.

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"I said, not now!"

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More to follow..


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 Post subject: Re: TR 21 days - a few moments
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The page turned, so let's add a few

Free decorations can become rather pesky if they insist doing a facial.
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I watched this guy and his friends for hours. One day a fellow camper drove away from the campsite with the electrical lead still connected to the vehicle - ripping the connection box apart. Their are seven of the jackal doing their rounds at the T-junction on the H-7 near Orpen. Two of the jackal started chasing the toy still dragging behind the vehicle. Another camper that we met managed to get two shots - unfortunately I did not.
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Having a free drink provided from a leaking tap.
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Very old guy having a drink from the flowing Timbavati.
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Going nowhere slowly - hope it missed the speeding traffic. :(
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Struggling up the bank.
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Building a future together.
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 Post subject: Re: TR 21 days - a few moments
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Time to finish this report

By the way, that hairy little creature is a jumping spider - about one centimeter in length (shot take with a hand-held macro lense)

Doggies - the well known Orpen/Rabelais pack - well hidden during the heat of the day - and then they go and cuddle up....

Let sleeping dogs lie
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Bored with all the traffic
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Tawny feasting on a snake - posted elsewhere to make sure about the ID
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Baboons at sundown
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I hope you enjoyed the few moments I shared - next time you visit Kruger, try to capture behavior instead of just taking a picture of an animal. Not so easy, but I learned so much.


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