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 Post subject: Re: Our May trip to Kruger, what will we see this time
Unread postPosted: Tue May 28, 2013 9:07 am 
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Day3 12th may 2013
This morning we decided to take a drive to Tshokwane, we set off bright and early, and saw lots of gen game.
Somewhere along the way we came saw a W Rhino with a tiny little one, the smallest I've ever seen, it was getting itself all entangled in a bush and pushing backwards and forwards to get itself out of its predicament, while mommy looked on as if to say, you got yourself into this now get yourself out of it.It eventually got loose and then proceeded to do the same to the next bush. We got some great pics of this, it's so frustrating not being able to show you the pics yet.
We got to Tshokwane and ordered breakfast from such friendly and helpful staff, the breakfast was so nice, not expensive and very good value for money.
From there we took the tar road towards Skukuza and then the tar road to LS. Saw lots of impala, zebra, longnecks, warthog ect on the way.
After having a cool drink at LS we took the S28 back too CB. Saw a very big herd of Buffolo 300 plus.

We returned to our timeshare and spent the rest of the afternoon on the patio watching Ellie's buffalo, impala, waterbuck, hippo and of course the big croc in the riverbed.

Thank, Philip, JeanniR and Pumbaa for your comments I appreciate them.

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 Post subject: Re: Our May trip to Kruger, what will we see this time
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Day 4 13th may 2013.
This morning we left early and took the S 25, not far onto it bingo Doggies, there were 9 of them in the road, they ran and played in front of our car for about 2 km before going off into the bush, it was so nice to see them and we were the only car there.Got some lovely pics.
Just before byamiti weir, Carrier stopped abruptly and said look in the tree, I was expecting too see a leppie but there in the tree was a beautiful giant eagle owl, got lovely pics of it.
We then went on towards the tar road as we wanted to have breakfast at Afsaal.saw lots of gen game and the got to an Ellie roadblock. Now you know what they say about the Ellie's on the Byamiti road :doh:
The 2 Ellie's stood in and next to the road destroying a tree and having great fun with the broken branches.
By now there were a lot of cars either side of the Ellie's and I just prayed that they didn't decide to start walking our way as we were totally boxed in.these 2 had us waiting for them to move off for 45 minutes. Eventually they moved off, and we proceeded to Afsaal
The staff at Afsaal were very friendly and helpfull and the breakfast very nice, very good value for money.
We left Afsaal and made our way up the tar road towards Skukuza. Lots of game on the road.
After stopping off at Skukuza we took the tar road back to CB, also plenty of gen game on the road

We went back to our chalet and spent the rest of the afternoon watching what would appear in the riverbed.Saw Ellie's , buffalo, waterbuck impala kudu and hippo.

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 Post subject: Re: Our May trip to Kruger, what will we see this time
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Day 5 14th May 2013

Well this morning I packed us a breakfast of bacon and egg rolls yogurt and a nice flask of coffee, then plan is to go to Nkuhlu to have our brekkies.

We set off nice and early via CB and took the tar road towards LS, we had not gone very far when we came across a very pathetic looking male lion lying in the grass next to the road. :dance: He looked very tired as if he had a huge headache from a big party the previous evening.We stayed with him for a while but later left him to sleep it off.
Saw lots of gen game on the way and 2 beautiful Bushbuck just past LS. Arrived at Nkuhlu had our brekies and continued on towards Skukuza.we turned off at the high water bridge and took the S30 and then the S128 back towards LS
Saw a lot often game on the road plus a very cute little steenbokkie we joined up with the H 10 and after just a few meters saw something in the road ahead, I shouted leopard and sure enough a beautiful leopard stood in the road looking at us. On closer inspection we saw that he had a nasty wound on his leg, I wonder what happened to cause it. We were the only car and spent about 10 mins with him before he went off into the bush.
After that we stopped for coffee at LS,and then took the tar road back to CB. Saw plenty of gen game on the road.
We spent the rest of the afternoon relaxing on the veranda watching the animals come down to drink in the riverbed, big herd of Ellie's came and the little ones played in the water, lovely to watch

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 Post subject: Re: Our May trip to Kruger, what will we see this time
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Day 6 15 th May 2013
This morning we decided to do the S25 again in the hope of seeing those doggies again, no such luck but we saw plenty of general game plus a cute steenbokkie, a common duiker and the Giant eagle owl in the same tree, different branch.
We stopped at afsaal for one of there lovely breakfasts, and after that took the tar road towards Skukuza.
About half way there we saw a traffic jam, it was an Impala carcas hanging in a tree not far off the road, no sign of the culprit who hung it there.After taking a few pics we worked our way out of the traffic jam, which took some time, and carried on towards Skukuza. Saw a lot of game plus Ellie's and lots of very fat Warthog.

We turned off and took the tar road back towards LS. Got held up for a while by a big herd of Ellie's who took there time to cross the road to the river.
Stopped for coffee at LS and then took the tar road back to CB. Saw a big herd of buffalo 300 plus.

We spent the rest of the afternoon watching , Ellie's buffalo , waterbuck, kudu and Impala from our veranda at our chalet

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 Post subject: Re: Our May trip to Kruger, what will we see this time
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Day7 16th may 2013

Today we decided to take the H2-4 to LS for breakfast, we left early and were greeted by lots of Impala, Zebra, Warthog, Kudu and Waterbuck, all within the first 2 km from CB.
About 5 km on the road we saw a big trafic jam, amazing how many cars were on the road already,we thought that we were amongst the first few cars, but then remembered that a lot of the cars must have come from people staying at CB.
We approached the traffic jam and really could not see anything, a lady stuck her head out of there car window and informed us that there were mating lions next to the road. Still seeing nothing we waited patiently for someone to move so that we could go forward. Eventually the car in front of us left and we were able to take his place., and there they were, in full view, we watched them for a while, took some pics and moved on to give the long stream of cars behind us a better view.
We stopped at LS had breakfast and took the road to tshokwane, on the way we saw a lot of gen game and the cutest little steenbok who allowed us to take lots of pics of it.

We arrived at Tshokwane, had some coffee, and made our way towards Skukuza. We saw a big herd of Ellie's and to our delight 12 sable antelope, this was a treat for us as we hadn't seen Sable in years. Got some lovely pics of them.

We returned to our timeshare via LS and then the S 28 saw plenty of game and somewhere on the N I 2 Rhino fast asleep in the shade of a tree

After a lovely day in the park, we relaxed on our veranda watching Ellie's hippo, waterbuck and buffs in the riverbed.

Had a nice braai and listened to the night sounds, lion were roaring somewhere quite close.

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 Post subject: Re: Our May trip to Kruger, what will we see this time
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Day 8 17th May 2013

Sadly our time at our timeshare is over, we packed up and with the knowledge that all was not over we headed for CB gate, we were heading for A night at Olifants and then 2 nights at Satara.

We made our way up the H2-4 towards LS, saw lots of Impala, zebra, Warthogs, Ellie's and somewhere along the way 4 W Rhino.

We bypassed LS and took the H10 towards Tshokwane. Saw 2 serval along the way, we were delighted as they have seemed to evade us for a long time, also saw a huge herd of Zebra along the way.

We arrived at Tshokwane and had a lovely breakfast there, after that we made our way to Satara.Along the way saw lots of general game.We stopped at satara, had a cool drink and made our way towards Olifants.

About 8 km from Satara we saw a couple of cars parked, and thought it couldn't be something that interesting or there would be more cars, stopping we were delighted to find 4 doggies having a nice sleep in the grass next to the road :dance: :dance:

We carried on towards Olifants and saw plenty of gen. Game.arriving at Olifant we checked in and went to our lovely river view chalet. After unpacking and relaxing we went for a short drive. Saw gen game and a herd of Ellie's coming down to the river for a drink.

Returning to our chalet Carrier lit a fire for a braai and while waiting for the coals to get ready we enjoyed the fantastic view that Olifants offers.

Another great day in the park.

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 Post subject: Re: Our May trip to Kruger, what will we see this time
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Apologies to everyone for not posting pics yet, but when my SO decided to ( refresh ) his computer all his data disappeared and M Web are still busy trying to retrieve everything, will post pics as soon as possible

Thanks for all the comments, even if there are no pics yet, I really appreciate all of them :gflower: :gflower:

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 Post subject: Re: Our May trip to Kruger, what will we see this time
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Day 9 18th May 2013
This morning we left Olifants and headed towards Satara where we will be spending the next 2 nights.
On the way to Satara we saw plenty of gen game, and quite a few Black backed jackal
We arrived at Satara, had breakfast and decided to do a drive on the S100 as it was still a long time before we could book in.
We saw lots of big herds of Impala and Zebra, also saw waterbuck kudu and big families of warthog also saw 2 lion but very far could not get a pic.We turned onto the S41 and saw lots often game plus a lot of Ellie's .from there we took the H6 back towards Satara
Not far on the H 6 we saw 3 cars parked and there they were 2 cheetah resting under a tree, they were a bit far off the road but we did manage to get some pics as every now and then they lifted their heads.It was a pleasure being able to watch them without battling for a good viewing spot, as there were only 4 cars there.
Getting back onto the H1-3 we realized we were still far to early for check in at Satara and decided to take the H7 and see what was at Nsemani dam. There was a big herd of Ellie's there easy 50+ drinking and playing in the water.we watched for quite a while and then returned to Satara too check in
Checked in at Satara and went to our chalet G167 right next to the fence. The only problem was it was the only one in G circle that did not have the fridge caged in,didn't see any monkeys and just prayed our food would be safe
I had some laundry to do so I left Carrier on duty to watch the fridge while I was at the laundry.

I put the washing in the machine and phoned DB, she appeared within 3 mins and we had a lovely chat, so nice to meet her
On returning to our chalet all hell had broken loose, Carrier had decided that there were no monkeys and gone inside to rest for a while, well the monkeys were having a royal time in our fridge, stole yogurt , bread cheese eggs and cold meat . I chased them away and saved what I could and went inside to give Carrier a good :rtm: :rtm:
We then turned the fridge around and went to the shop to buy some more of the necessary supplies for our supper

That evening we relaxed having a nice braai and saw the resident Hyena patrolling the fence as usual .

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