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 Post subject: Re: Kruger live! DB & Hawk report'in
Unread postPosted: Mon Apr 22, 2013 8:18 am 
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Belated Birthday Wishes to Hawk, am sure he had an awesome day in an amazing place, with outstanding company.

Love all the photies, and the mongoose peeking out the tree is adorable. :D


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 Post subject: Re: Kruger live! DB & Hawk report'in
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Balule greetings!!!

As I sit here under the thatch in the kitchen/boma area (trying to get an internet connection and also some cool) I can read the plaque on the wall and the words 'be worthy of your sojourn here' ....

Thank you for the birthday wishes for Hawk - he will thank you all himself, but in the meantime, from him via me, thanks to you all for thinking of him. He did have a lovely day. It ended up pouring down on Saturday, just as we arrived back in camp from our long drive of the day. We had supper at the restaurant, where they had prepared a specially decorated table for us for the occasion of Hawk's birthday. It was cold outside and very wet, and the restaurant full. Food was basic, but good.

We had a nice sighting on Saturday of a small ellie herd fast sleep. They stood close together and sort of leaned on each other, eyes closed and swaying slightly. We spent about half an hour with them, and then decided to quietly drive off and let them sleep in peace.

Yesterday was a rather wet pack up, although the skies did soon clear and the day ended up lovely and hot. We made our way here, checking in at Satara. It looked like good rains has fallen all the way the night before.

I will post a pic of the low water bridge which has a huge section totally washed away from the previous floods. Its a bit of a pity as we love to sit on the bridge and try and get pics of the kingfishers. But there are many other special drives and things to do in the area.

All the little rivers are running and there is water everywhere. The veld is green and lush.

This morning produced our first leopard sighting of the trip. We seem to have missed all the other leopards everyone else gets to see. Even yesterday early on the bridge over the Sabie at Lower Sabie, a SANParks staff bus stopped and told us about a leopard sighting, directing us carefully where to go .... the leopard had moved on by the time we got there.

This morning's leopard had an impie kill in a shambok tree next to the road, this from yesterday someone in camp told us, and we were lucky enough to see him lying in the shade, and very drowsy, close to the kill.

Tomorrow morning is a morning walk for us .... cannot wait :dance:

Depending on connection (and battery life, as there is no electricity here in camp) we will try report again soon and also post some pics.

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 Post subject: Re: Kruger live! DB & Hawk report'in
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All I can say is *sigh*

Oh, and I am very :mrgreen: of your leopard sighting...

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DB so glad to hear that you and Hawk are having a great time and were fortunate enough to see that leppie, enjoy your day :gflower: I'm very :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

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So glad you saw a Leopard DB and Hawk! :clap: :clap:

Enjoy Balule! :dance: :dance:

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Oh I'm :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

Glad you got a leopard sighting!!!

I do hope that you'll have a great time at Balule........ :thumbs_up:

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LEPPIE!!! Whooo hoooo

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 Post subject: Re: Kruger live! DB & Hawk report'in
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Leopard close by :D :D Enjoy the walk and Balule. My first stay there last year was great and Im going back in January, only 1 night, but that is all I can do for now not having electricity as I need my hairdryer :D :D Thank you so much for reporting when you can :)

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A belated happy birthday to you Hawk - I also celebrated my 70th on Saturday 20th April :dance: but we were in another Sanpark namely Tankwa Karoo National Park :D

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Balule = Peace and tranquility..very special little camp. :thumbs_up: :tongue:

Awesome sighting of the Leopard. :mrgreen:

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Thanks for reporting whenever possible DB :thumbs_up: .

I am glad that Hawk had a great birthday :dance: .

Great to have a leppie sighting so close to the road :clap: .

We normally have only 3 second sightings of them :tongue: .

Enjoy the stay at Balule :D .

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Hi DB, looking forward to you report on Balule. Will be there in July.

Enjoy your trip! :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

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Martie, maybe ask for a long elec lead down from Olifants to Balule, then you can dry your hair and spend longer in this special camp :whistle:

Okie, a twin for my man :dance: A belated Happy Birthday to you!!! And congratulations on reaching a 'fine wine' age :clap:

Barryels, I would not mind 3 leppies in this trip, won't be greedy!

Thanks all for the kind comments :gflower:

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The nearly full moon is lighting up the veld and camp tonight. We can manage well with just moon light, and only switch on our headlights now and again. Of course full moon makes me think of the poaching crisis in the park. And while this trip report is really one to escape and record happy memories, one cannot deny that poaching is something on every one's mind here. We have yet to drive a road and not pass military vehicles. And in the short while we have been here, we have seen many, every day, on every drive; as well as guys of the SANParks CP teams - all kitted out for battle. We do need to spare a thought for them, out there in the bush, other side of the fence tonight, amongst the predators who own the night - and also amongst the human vultures poaching our precious rhino.

The camp is full but yet very quiet. The hyena is patrolling up and down the fence. The air cool ... and by dawn tomorrow will be very damp. We can hear the water rushing past in the river just metres from the camp. Impala are rutting ....

Our morning walk was so special. I was thrilled that we ended up walking a favourite area of Kruger for both Hawk and me - along the Olifants. It was the same walk we first did many years ago and then again a few years later, and also the same walk I did when some of the forum angels went in search of a Pels owl.

The flood of January 2012 saw to it that much has changed along the river. Most of the lovely huge old trees, that have stood there for decades and centuries (some 400 years), are now gone. The river bank is very different ... and a new cycle of life starts for the vegetation ... new saplings are rooting, and who knows in how many years, or decades and centuries, before they will tower over the river.

I know we will sleep well tonight. I will open the window right next to my bed completely, so nothing is between me and the wild bush just metres away. I just have to lie on my side to see right out over the veld, and look up at the stars.

Night dear mites.

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