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Re: Kgalagadi: The Big and Small - Trip report Charbel El-Ha

Unread postby Pumbaa » Tue Sep 10, 2013 9:01 am

Awesome cheetah sighting, charbel,

and also great wildebeests, gemsbok and kudu pictures :thumbs_up: :popcorn:

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Unread postby barryels » Tue Sep 10, 2013 9:38 am

Another most entertaining day in Kruger, with beautiful sightings all around :clap: :clap: .

Thanks for sharing :clap: .
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Unread postby Super Mongoose » Wed Sep 11, 2013 12:25 pm

Hey Charbel!

Great photos!

Love the Gemsbok between the flowers, the cartoon Blue-wilde Beast and the majestic Kudu!
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Re: Kgalagadi: The Big and Small - Trip report Charbel El-Ha

Unread postby charbel » Fri Sep 13, 2013 5:21 am

Cape of Storms wrote:
charbel wrote:I'd love to see also Elande in a closer manner. I saw them in the Cape, but far away. in KTP, only the dead ones.

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Heard many of them died - so sad.


They came from Botswana and where exhausted when arrived, becoming easy targets for predators. It seems they migrated because water was lacking where they are usually found, in Botswana's savanas.

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Unread postby charbel » Fri Sep 13, 2013 5:24 am

Thanks for the comments, Pumbaa, Barryels, and Super Mongoose.
I will now make a posting in the KNP TR, a fantastic meeting with an elephant

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Re: Kgalagadi: The Big and Small - Trip report Charbel El-Ha

Unread postby Cape of Storms » Fri Sep 13, 2013 5:57 am

They came from Botswana and where exhausted when arrived, becoming easy targets for predators. It seems they migrated because water was lacking where they are usually found, in Botswana's savanas.


Thanks for the info I didn't know that! They are such amazing creatures

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Re: Kgalagadi: The Big and Small - Trip report Charbel El-Ha

Unread postby charbel » Sun Sep 22, 2013 1:47 pm

In June 3rd we saw our first Giraffes in the Aoub River Road! It didn't take long, it was the second day in the park.

As all here probably know, Giraffes have been shot to death, all of them, in that part of Kalahari. One of the waterholes even has a name to remember this: Kameelsleep, where the Sandersons shot the last free roaming Giraffe. They have been reintroduced in the 1990s and, as far as we could see, they are going quite well!

Here is a pic of how we saw the first Giraffe. A majestic animal going down the dune...

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It crossed the road, just in front of a car, and entered the Aoub River, walking in that typical peaceful way a Giraffe walks, as if floating over the world.

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A little further in the road, we found more Giraffes walking in the Aoub River. Here we photographed them against the dunes background. This shows how they can mix with the environment despite being huge animals.

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Here is a closer view.

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A detail of the feet.

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I like the light over the Giraffe in this pic.

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Giraffes in a mirror.

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Finally, details of Giraffe eating, with a view of the tongue, the famous 50cm tongue.

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Re: Kgalagadi: The Big and Small - Trip report Charbel El-Ha

Unread postby Super Mongoose » Sun Sep 22, 2013 2:18 pm

Hey Charbel, great pics of all the Long Necks!

I'm glad the Giraffes are doing so well in the Kalagadi! I remember when they were reintroduced when I was a kid.
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Unread postby Carol g » Sun Sep 22, 2013 2:55 pm

Charbel, great pics of the Girraffe, I so enjoy watching them, the are so graceful

Thanks for sharing :gflower:
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Unread postby hilda » Sun Sep 22, 2013 3:35 pm

Stunning Giraffe pictures Charbel and Pedro! :clap: :clap:
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Re: Kgalagadi: The Big and Small - Trip report Charbel El-Ha

Unread postby anne-marie » Sun Sep 22, 2013 9:00 pm

right, Giraffes are very elegant :dance: :clap:
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Unread postby Cape of Storms » Mon Sep 23, 2013 7:25 am

Love the Jerry's

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Unread postby WillieV » Mon Sep 23, 2013 8:36 am

Nice Kudu sighting.
August 2014 short trip to Kgalagadi.

Kgalagadi May 2014 with Lion vs Leopard and the "Love Birds"
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Re: Kgalagadi: The Big and Small - Trip report Charbel El-Ha

Unread postby barryels » Mon Sep 23, 2013 9:33 am

Great giraffe sighting charbel :dance: :dance: .
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Re: Kgalagadi: The Big and Small - Trip report Charbel El-Ha

Unread postby charbel » Wed Oct 16, 2013 11:58 pm

Thanks, Barryels, WillieV, Cape of Storms, Anne-Marie, Hilda, Carolg, and Super Mongoose,

Long time without posting. But the reason was superb. Another nature trip, this time to Borneo. I strongly recommend. I will definitely go back there next year, and try to do some bird sighting trip. This time I didn't see many birds. In the jungle, different approaches are needed and we do need some local guide who can not only locate the birds, but more than that, attract them. Yes, they have guides that do playback to attract birds.

But I saw orangutans, proboscis monkeys, flying lemurs, etc., and did a lot of outstanding trekking through the Borneo jungle, even getting the expected leeches in my skin.

But now back to my TRs. I will do a posting either today or tomorrow...

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