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 Post subject: Re: Fun and family in Kruger - May/June 2013
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We just could not resist this pretty Impala Lily wish mine would flower like that!
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:mrgreen: Thank you for sharing these stunning pics, TR and great sightings. :clap:

:( Wish the Impala Lily could grow in the Cape, :hmz: Kudu Lily as well. Love them. :)

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 Post subject: Re: Fun and family in Kruger - May/June 2013
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Another episode packed full of sightings.

Love the Impala Lilly too - perhaps one day our's will look as pretty - maybe they've been growing for quite a few years in the park? :hmz:

Love the baby Ellie having a drink and all the lovely Zeb pics - I also can't resist them.

Nice new tick on the Sombre Bulbul.


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 Post subject: Re: Fun and family in Kruger - May/June 2013
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Sorry about the zebra pictures, but they are beautiful and just ask for their picture to be taken. It is in the rule book to do what the animals ask. :rtm:

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 Post subject: Re: Fun and family in Kruger - May/June 2013
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Elsa, another great episode wit lots of excellent pics. :dance:

I really enjoyed the variety of pics and great TR. :thumbs_up:

We got 64 days to go, so this TR is a good doepa for us.

Look forward to more.... :popcorn:

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 Post subject: Re: Fun and family in Kruger - May/June 2013
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Great TR Elsa :thumbs_up:

Stunning sightings great variety and awesome :cam: :clap: :clap:

Thanks for sharing :popcorn:

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 Post subject: Re: Fun and family in Kruger - May/June 2013
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I also love the Impala lily... just so Kruger.

sigh

again, lovely report, a joy to follow.

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 Post subject: Re: Fun and family in Kruger - May/June 2013
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Thanks so much to MM, Trrrppp, Kaapsedraai, Jock, Tawny & Philip1 for your continued support and lovely supportive comments as we wend our way thorough the park. :clap:

Thursday - 6th June

Today, for something different we decided to take a drive to Malelane Gate and "do" that side of the park for a change, so it was an early departure and we arrived at the gate at 6.20am.

Always so special to see, somewhere along we had a crossing of a Rhino

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Drove up to B & D for a pit stop and then onwards to the S110 stopped off at the Matjulu water hole but nothing too much there so we moved onwards.

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This little beauty was posing for us! Scarlet-chested Sunbird

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and then seeing a Giraffe crossing the road, we stopped for a while and a second one ambled up to join him.

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and they began having a practice session of head butting and sparing.

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It was fascinating watching them take turns at whacking each others with their long necks, all very disciplined and gentlemanly at that stage!
They finally moved on and so did we.

Then we met up with "curiosity" who gave us a long look!
Love their white moustaches! :wink:

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High up among the mountains was the choice of this little African Hoopoe

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By this time tummies were rumbling and so it was off to Afsaal for a delicious brekkie and altho the shop was virtually empty of curios etc they still served us a good eggs/bacon/tomato/chips spread, very good coffee and hot chocolate.

The usual "beggers" were in attendance

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After a bit of rambling around and some time later we came across this group of 3 Rhinos.

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We were sitting quietly with the engine off, just watching them, when the one ambled across the road and straight towards the side of the car, until she was almost nose in the window!
now we had a bit of dilemma as to what to do, do we start up and move off and possibly startle her or sit tight and possibly annoy her? :hmz:
Then the third one, a male who had been hanging around on the sidelines decided to investigate further, and this seemed to definitely not meet with her approval, much huffing and puffng!
so we decided to take our chances and move on, which we did and fortunately she was distracted by the males presence and didn't seem to notice our hasty departure but that was certainly one of our closest encounters and one that will go down as a very special.

Then someone stopped us and told us of 5 Lions on a kill that had just happened a bit further on up the road, so we decided to investigate and altho not all that close to the road manged to get some sort of views and pics.

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There also seemed to be a bit of bad temper at the dinner table!

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He looks as if he got the "Lion's share"

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surprising really as I don't think 1 Impala went very far!
and they wandered off to lie in the shade and digest their meal.

and so did we!

More Kudu and a youngster who seemed more interested in us than Mom who turned her back.

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We love the Biyamiti Loop and this time a little Three banded Plover was in attendance.

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On the S23 we found a pair of cute Klipspringers

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Slowly making our way along the S114, very corrugated so lots of loose fillings later and then onto the S25
for our homeward stage.

A lovely male Kudu this time!

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then suddenly crossing the road in front of us an Africa Rock Python but unfortunately as is often the case we only managed to get the tail as it slithered very quickly into the grass.

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A couple of Meves Long tailed Starlings

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and then I caught a glance of a lone Lioness walking along a little way in the bush, she seemed to be on a mission, not stopping but definitely making her way towards the road, so we tried to estimate where she would be at any given stage as we had lost sight of her by then.
a car stopped and the people asked us what we had seen, so we told them and suggested they wait as we thought she might possibly come out and cross soon, but they gave us a most disbelieving look and moved on? :roll:
Would we lie to them! :wall:

Anyway as we rounded the corner slowly, we couldn't have timed it better if we tried, there she was about to cross the road, so their loss I'm afraid. :naughty:

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And to end off with another Rhino sighted somewhere along our trip for the day!

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And that was the end of another most enjoyable and successful day as far as we were concerned. 8)

This was to be the last of our days down far south as tomorrow we moved onto the next part of our trip, higher up in the park. :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Fun and family in Kruger - May/June 2013
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Oh Wow, more Lions - you must have been all Lioned out by the end of your trip!!!!

Love the cute little Squirrie at Afsaal.

Each day seems to be as full of sightings as the previous one.


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And that was the end of another most enjoyable and successful day as far as we were concerned. 8)


:gflower: Elsa......i can assure you the feeling is MUTUAL. Stunning pics and TR. :mrgreen:

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Elsa, WOW this episode is a mouth full. :dance:

Some magnificent sightings with the giraffe necking ritual - always interesting to watch. :clap:

Then some brilliant lions sightings as well as rhinos. You really were spoilt with these great ones. :dance:

One sighting I am :mrgreen: about is the Scarlet-chested Sunbird. Beautiful bird which I still want to spot.
Thank you for sharing these excellent moments with us.

Most enjoyable TR so far.... :thumbs_up:

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Elsa, So enjoying your TR...Awesome sightings and :cam: are stunning. :thumbs_up:

Love the Giraffe walking in the road..*sigh* just so Kruger. :dance:

Lions gave you a magnificent show today with stunning pics. :clap: :clap:

Also love your Kudu with their white moustaches and heart shaped noses. :wink:

Gorgeous Rhino pics. :dance: :dance:

:popcorn: :popcorn:

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Elsa I had to do some catching up here, lovely pics, great lion sightings, and oh my goodness it must have been a bit scary with that Rhino so close to your car, but glad you could make a fast get away

Thanks for sharing :gflower:

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This was certainly a big game day. 8) Certainly exciting encounters.... but I also love the little critters you captured for us. The Klipspringer :cam: is just amazing. :thumbs_up:

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What a lion and rhino filled day you had, Elsa :clap: :clap: :clap:

Although my favourite is the sunbird :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

Ready for more :popcorn:


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Thanks for another great episode, going through a very successful trip in Kruger. The close encounter with the rhino is the best rhino sighting I have ever had and will treasure it forever. I think knowing what they are going through, and to have one so relaxed and curious about us in her park, made it even more special. I certainly would not blame them if they all started smashing humans whenever they came near us.

The sunbird was beautiful and always special to see and even better when you get a picture. The giraffe necking was also so very entertaining and always reminds me what a special place South Africa is. These sort of things are missed by those that rush around just trying to find the big five.

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