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 Post subject: Re: Annual trip to Kruger…
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The lions decided it was time to move into the bushes, we lost sight of them....
Carried on....
Saw this on the side of the road....
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Got back to where the leopards were...all quiet....then a cub climbed the tree...but did not go further up to eat on the carcass...
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Backtracked down the tree...
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Mom was nowhere to been seen....
We sat there for a while hoping to see them again, but all was quiet....
decided to go back to camp.
Wow what a day :D

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 Post subject: Re: Annual trip to Kruger…
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19 May....
Again had to get up early.....
We took a slow drive on the S128, then onto Mlondozi for breakfast. Not much around but a great spot to just sit and relax :D
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Our friends told us to get going they want to see more animals...geez not used to riding around so much :shock: oh well what you do for friends :lol:
Took the H10 towards Orpen Dam....
Saw lots of impala....but this road was quiet :(
Got to Orpen dam....sat there for a while...lots of birds around, also saw a couple of kudu on the otherside of the dam...
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Left Orpen dam...we were getting hungry...time to go to Tshokwane. Made a delish breakfast...bacon, eggs, sausage, toast and crumpets :D
Walked around a bit....geez the tummy's were full :lol:
We all decided it is time to go back to camp for a rest....
Took the tar road back to camp...
Saw a few baboons on the road....
This one was totally relaxed....
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This male were also relaxed, he fought to keep his eyes open...
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Further down this one was sitting on its own...inspecting this thing he is holding...
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Further on we saw this buffalo...looks like the hair on the side of the neck are gone...just a white patch there
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Further on we saw this kudu...she gave us a side glance before darting off...
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A few klm friend's son shouts to stop and reverse...there is a small owl in a tree...
A pearl-spotted owl....cute!
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Back to camp...enough of riding around....going to chill till it is "sun downers" time :D
Another great day on Kruger 8)

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20 May...
Lions were roaring early this morning....sounds like they are at Sunset Dam....
Got up early, drove to Sunset dam.... :hmz: too misty...cannot see animals on the edge of the river...
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Decided to turn around and go onto the Salitje road, wow not much on that road :(
Had our coffee and rusks at one of our fav stops along the river...
This Heron was sitting in a tree close by....
Look the one way...
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Then looked the other way...
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Then gave us the look "what are you looking at"
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Further down the road we saw this Saddlebill....
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Had breakfast at Skukuza...
After breakfast we went back to Lower Sabie as it was now getting very hot....need our afternoon sleep :wink:
Stopped at Sunset Dam....
Crocs were out sunning themselves....
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 Post subject: Re: Annual trip to Kruger…
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21 May....
Out of gate early.....
Went to Duke for coffee & rusks....nothing at the waterhole.
Carried on, took the S28 to Croc Bridge......
A few klm after the turnoff to S107 these 2 lions came onto the road....
they were walking with a mission....wonder where they are off to in a hurry...
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Another lion appeared from the front of us...
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they all went back the way the first lions came from.....now they were gone...
Got to Croc Bridge.....had toasted bacon & eggs...again it was delish....
Went to Hippo pools....myself and friend stayed in the car while the men decided to go have a look on the rocks....the guide showed them where to go...
SO took a photo from the rocks...
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The guide showed SO a frog....
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Went back on the tar road to Lower Sabie for our usual rest :D
After our rest, friends son went on the camps game drive. We decided to go sit at Sunset Dam.
While we sat there, fiddling to find our biltong, cool drinks and the crisps, friends son sms us to ask if we are are seeng the lions on the other side of the dam....lions :shock: no...we were busy getting the biltong ect...grabbed our binocs......oh my goodness...yes there is lions lying on the other side...friends son could not believe we did not see the lions :roll: :lol:
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This hippo howed teeth in near the lions ..
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After a while this rhino came to drink....
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Lions, hippo and rhino.....
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walks towards a bush and marks his territory....
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Walking towards the lion, turn and starts to feed, does not see the lion yet....
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Now it sense something.....
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charges at lion, lion ran into the bushes....
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Wow what a sight 8)

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22 May.....
Sadly friends had to leave today :(
Went out of the gate early as they have to be at the airport at 10am....
Took the S128 to croc bridge....
This guy was sitting on a log sunning itself...
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This little one was also sitting sunning itself....
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A few klm after the Mac's waterhole we saw these lions in the bush....
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We saw a few wildebeest coming across the road...the one lioness saw them...
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Then she was off after them...but they were too fast for her, she stood there looking a bit peefed...
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Ok...have to leave them...got to get to the airport....
the scene at the bridge near Gasanftombi...
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After dropping friends off we went to Komati poort...did some shopping....got back to camp and just chilled in camp for the rest of the day.

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23 May....
Stayed in camp....did some chores, I did not clean the van much as we had visitors ...now the van did need a good clean...change sheets...sweep the floor...did washing....
After the chores we just chilled and did our hobbies...painting 8)

24 May....
only got up when we felt like it :D
Took a short drive towards Croc Bridge again....we wanted to see if we could see the "Egyptian Vulture" that have been reported being seen near the Nhlanganzwani dam...
This Dwarf mongoose was playing "hide and seek" while we were taking photos of him/her...
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Saw this vulture... :hmz: hoping it was the "Juvenile Egyptian" that was supposedly been seen...
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But it was not to be the one :(
Ok had enough...going back to camp for breakfast....we did not want to ride the whole day again....going to go and chill at camp :D

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25 May....
Got up early....decided to go have coffee and rusks at our other fav water hole, Mhlupheka :D
On the way there we saw a jackal running across the road...thought it was a BBJ but when we got to the spot where it ran across...to our surprise it was a Side Striped Jackal :shock: wow....we tried to take photos but it would not stand still....kept on running around chasing after birds ect....
the photo is not good but at least we got a photo :D
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Got to the water hole...had our coffee and rusks...aah... peaceful 8)
Took a slow drive to Renosterkoppies water hole....only Impala around.
Went back to camp to chill again :D
After our afternoon nap we realised that we slept for a long time...only time to go out for a short drive...
Went over the bridge towards Mhlondozi......
about 4 klm from the bridge we saw a few cars parked on the side :hmz: wonder what they are seeing...
Got there when we saw lions feeding on a buffalo...
Took some photos but it was getting dark..so had to use photoshop to brighten the photos...
Seen this old guy plenty of times near Lower Sabie...we named him the "old man" a couple of years ago...
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He was blind in the one eye when we saw him for the first time a few years back...now he looks really old :(
Now we noticed he his left eye was also looking bad...shame he is getting old....
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While watching him and another lion eating, the healthy one jumped up...growled...we looked on the road and there were another male lion come running towards them...the one that growled suddenly sprinted towards the male who were coming towards them....the one on the road turned tail and ran for his life :shock: a few lionesses also ran after the other male...a lot of growls and fighting came from the thick bushes a distance away....the "old man" suddenly jumped up ran into the thick bushes just behind the kill, sure he did not feel like a fight...
by now a few females came walking over the road towards the carcass...
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This female stood on the road looking towards where the fighting was going on....
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The other females were eating as fast as they could...
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All the while looking to see where the males were....
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We could not stay any longer...we had to get back to camp :(
Got back to camp just in time...the gate were being closed... :whistle: just in time....

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 Post subject: Re: Annual trip to Kruger…
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26 May....
Again we stayed in camp...I wanted to get the cloth I am painting finished for a friend....also SO wanted to just chill in camp and potter around the van :hmz: maybe the van needs fixing again :lol:

27 May....
We slept in....hey it is Monday morning and we can sleep in 8) :lol:
Made a delish breakfast...sat watching the birds....when we arrived at camp the first day a Natal Spurfowl family visited us while setting up camp....the chicks were small...now they are getting bigger and poor mom and dad had to find more food....
I painted while SO pottered around the van....
At 4pm we left for a short drive....
Took the S128....the road is quiet...a few impala, zebra.....
as we went pass a little bend...I told SO to stop and reverse....I saw something move in the grass...
got to the spot when we saw a lioness walking in the bush with some cubs....
stopped to look...we could just see the cubs heads in the grass...then we saw another female coming walking towards the road...
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So then saw in his side of the road were an elephant feeding....
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The lioness went into the middle of the road all the while looking to where she came from...
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She sat down staring into the bush....
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Then I saw a little face...this little cub came closer to see where mom is...
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he/she then went back to the others...all sitting watching the other female also going off towards the road...
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The brave one came closer again...
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Now we had to get going...getting darker....
The elephant started to walk off as we left...
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Again got into camp just in time :lol:

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28 May....
Took a drive to Duke water hole.....
Had our coffee & rusks watching these Zebra drinking....
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Another lot arrived joining them....
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Carried on.......Then we spotted this alongside the road :?
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Look at the bite marks.... :hmz: wonder where this is from :?
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Drove back to camp to report what we found lying in the bush.....wonder if they found out what happened....

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Stayed in camp for the afternoon.....
our home in Lower Sabie :D
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After some painting and a nap we went to Sunset Dam...sat there till gate closing time...
Was getting dark....Impala's came to drink...was getting dark now....
Had to use Photo Bucket again to see them on the photo...
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Had a nice braai...chops...veggies...and dessert 8)

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29 May.......
Decided to go out early....take the H10 then the S122 Muntshe Loop....Never seen much on that loop...give it a try again....
Took a slow drive...but very little animals, it was overcast and a bit chilly....
Saw this little owl....
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Drove for a while when we spotted this big owl.
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Just before the turnoff to camp we saw lone buffalo...posed with some grass in its mouth for us :D
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Got back to camp......SO made a delish breakfast 8)
Stayed in camp...did some chores...washing and cleaning the van a little...
Went out for a drive late....took the tar road towards Skukuz for a while...passed some elephant along the road....turned around back towards camp....
Stopped to watch the elephants....this little one came down the road holding some grass with his/her ears flapping :lol:
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Went to Sunset dam....sat there watching the hippos till gate closing time.

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30 May.....
SO woke up telling me he does not feel good...think he has a cold....so we stayed in camp.....I dosed him good with cold meds :D
Just before the gates closed I went to Sunset Dam...sat there watching the sun set.....the animals were all getting ready for the night...
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Got back to camp...saw SO made a fire.... :hmz: he must be feeling better now as he was hungry :D

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31 May......
SO's cold is now bad...sniffing....coughing...
Gave him more medicine.
He wanted to go for a drive :shock: oh well lets go :? told him we are only going for a short drive :naughty:
then back to camp so he can rest and get rid of the cold.
Stopped on the bridge and watched the sun rise....
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Drove to other side of the bridge...turned around...stopped to take a photo of the camp....
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Went to Sunset dam....
Saw baboons walking towards the dam...
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This one was sitting all by itself....
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Quiet at the dam.....
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the hippos were all gathering at the cement inlet....
They were making some noise....one was chasing another one.....
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he was not a happy chappy....
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All looking at each other.....
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This one was making the most noise....
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The baboons were all coming to have a drink....
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All the Thick Knees were standing around...
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Ok back to camp so SO can have breakfast and lie down...
We did not go out for the rest of the day as he was now coughing too much and have a headache...
By late the afternoon he started to feel himself again :D

Will have to sort the June photos so that I can carry on with the report :D

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Got the June photo's sorted...geez being very busy :shock:

1 June...

Got out of camp very early...first stop Sunset Dam...misty over the dam...
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Sat there for a while as we heard the lions roaring near the dam...
The mist disappeared and then wonderful sunshine :D
No sight of the lions :hmz: wonder where they were....
This guy was sitting preening itself...
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Next this Yellow-Billed stork came flying to the same tree....also started to preen itself....
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Both on the same tree....
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Having a chat...
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Then they both turned their back on each other.....
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They both flew off after 5 min...
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Zebra came to drink...
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While sitting there....then the baboon arrived....
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Two of them jumped on the car roof...well they were chasing each other around, scratching the car...so it is time to leave :evil:

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