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 Post subject: Re: Fun and family in Kruger - May/June 2013
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So glad you're feeling better enough to continue on - those sunset photo's are gorgeous.

Looking forward to more, when you're up to it.


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 Post subject: Re: Fun and family in Kruger - May/June 2013
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Oh Elsa those pics from the lodge bring back fond memories, Stunning sunset too

Thanks for sharing, can't wait for more :dance:

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 Post subject: Re: Fun and family in Kruger - May/June 2013
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What a start! :dance: :dance:

Beautiful sunset :clap:

And the Egyptian Goose :cam: is stunning! :dance: :dance:

More please :popcorn:

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That's how I like to see Ellies.........from a distance!! :whistle:

Magnificent sunset. :clap:

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Welcome back Elsa and I am really sorry to hear about your knee. Image

I know the wait will be worth it. Already I am salivating at your pictures!
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 Post subject: Re: Fun and family in Kruger - May/June 2013
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:clap: Lovely view of the river, Ellie, sunset and Goose. Thank you. :mrgreen: So peaceful. :D

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superb landscape... with the Ellie :dance:
and creative from Jock :clap:

glad to know you are better, and the tale can continue :thumbs_up:

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Looking forward to more and great to have you back on board. :D

This is a lekker bus.

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*sigh* :mrgreen: Wish I was there too Elsa...just beautiful. :clap: :clap:

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What a beautiful sunset Elsa! The Egyptian Goose looks stunning! You had a lovely river view, and the Ellies made it perfect pictures! :clap: :clap:

Looking forward to more! :popcorn:

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Great to have you back Elsa.

As I said all good things come to those who wait. Brilliant start to this adventure.

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So glad to hear you are on the mend :gflower: Fantastic sunset pictures :thumbs_up:

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Yay, it has started :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance: can't wait to relive that wonderful holiday. I just could not resist including the goose since she sat there waiting patiently, turning her head this way and that.

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 Post subject: Re: Fun and family in Kruger - May/June 2013
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Thanks so much for the kind words Jock, Shushin, Sparrow, Hilda, Trrrp, MM, Anne-marie, Philip, Cape of Storms, Val, Jeannie, Carol & Tawny :clap:

Carrying on!

May 25th

As we were all tired from the early start and long travels it wasn't long before we were all in bed
and as they say early to bed, early to rise so it was no surprise to find Jock, all huddled up a blanket, sitting out on the veranda, long before the sparrows! 8)
Soon she was joined by Scotty and slowly as each one surfaced by the rest of the gang.
And to make it even more special we watched as the moon slowly sank lower and lower in the sky on its downward journey.
Quite breathtaking and no words can really describe it adequately!

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Light was a bit low for clarity but it does give one an idea of how special it was.

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Finally the moon disappeared behind the trees of the Kruger.

and so dawn broke and the air was filled with the sounds of birds and the snorting of the hippos as they returned to the river after a night of foraging far and wide.

We had planned on going into the park today as we wanted to try for meet up with DB who was spending their last night at B & D.
However by the time everyone was ready and we had made our way to the CB gate, wild card renewed by Scotty it was a bit later than we anticipated, nevertheless it was so good to be back, for us not such a long wait but for Jock and the others much longer.

While we waited for the formalities to be completed Jock and I strolled around a bit, I went to the shop and bought a much needed new map book and a few treats for the car.
On the way back we spotted this Agama scuttling around next to the entrance booth.

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Blue head not all that evident due to being out of season.

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Finally at 9.30 we made our way through the gates and we were in, windows down, taking a deep breath of Kruger air.

Immediately ticking off the animals scattered around on the plains and they all look in very good and healthy condition.

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Stopping on the bridge we are quite surprised to see the Gezantfombi dam covered in a thick green layer of algae.

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The fallen tree just in front of the dam had been "claimed" by 2 Egyptian Geese as their very own personal parking space and we saw them there every time we passed for the entire 2 weeks!

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Next up was this lovely African Harrier Hawk

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hoping to find something tasty in the dead wood.

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and then away it goes on its strong wings.

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Next up was a bit of a Buffalo roadblock.

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Jock's favourite animal had to be included and why not? 8)

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And of course a stop off at Sunset Dam is mandatory!

Waterbuck and their young

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More Buffalo some having a good rest.

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And a White-crowned Lapwing.

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Moving on again we encounter a sizable roadblock of a different kind, this time an Ellie one.
but we sit and wait for them to gradually move off the road and back into the bush, happy to watch them as they go about their business.

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One of the "small 4" Leopard Tortoise

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A stop off at N'watimhiri Dam often yields something interesting and there is still quite a lot of water present for this time of year.
A Buffalo was clearly wanting to use that particular piece of sand to get to the water......

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but the Croc was not having any of it!!
and told him so with a lot of loud hissing! :shock:
and stopped him right in his tracks!

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Also present was a pretty Green-backed Heron

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and nearby a Marabou Stork perched in the top of a tree.

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The temp had by now risen to a nice warm 26C
Who would want to be any where else in winter?

On the H3 we had a wonderful sighting of a Saddlebilled Stork

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and another of Jock's favourite's!

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and then sharing the same tree a lovely pale Tawny Eagle

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and a Hooded Vulture

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A little further on something we all like to see!

Ground Hornbill

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By this stage time was starting to get a bit tight so we decided to take the S110 up to B & D.
and as we got to the top and just onto the tar road, a road block of note, cars all over the place!
Couldn't get through and the gate was a mere 100 meters away! :slap:
Finally we managed to find out what all the fuss was about, someone said there was a Cheetah there!
Cheetah??
not really the right terrain for Cheetah being on top of a mountain, we were sure it must have been a mistake and was a Leopard.
Then we had a lucky break, looked like one of the staff in a private vehicle beckoned to us to follow him, so with difficultly we manged to do a U turn and follow him back onto the S110 and he told us to stop and wait, then sure enough after about 5 minutes we saw it, not well but we saw it and a Cheetah it was! :tongue: So we had to say a silent apology to all those we doubted. :wink:

Jock managed to get 2 pics but as I said not the greatest, but it was a sighting and it looked like it was not going to come any closer for the time being due to all the cars.

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By then time had really caught up with us and we only had 30 minutes to gate closing, meaning a meet with DB was out of the question :(
as we still had to make our way back through all the traffic and down the S110.
Finally arriving at Malelane Gate with a few minutes at best to spare.

So our first full day had come to an end and we had enjoyed all the park had to offer but knew there were many more days still to come.

Back to the lodge for a nice braai.

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 Post subject: Re: Fun and family in Kruger - May/June 2013
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:D Elsa and Klystron ImageTR and Pics of EVERYTHING. :mrgreen:
:hmz: The Gezantfombi dam.....Good memories of Lion and Cubs lying in a row on the wall. :whistle: :thanx:

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