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 Post subject: Re: Water, water everywhere - a July trip to the Kruger.
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24th July - Letaba

Our plan for the morning was to head out north on the tar H1-6 and to take the S47 to Mingerhout dam. We left camp at about 6:20 am. We crawled along the river turnouts hoping to see a leppie, but not to be. We did see many birds in the river bed, still roosting, and some impala.

Just before we were to turn off on the S47, a leopard crossed the road in front of us :dance: :dance: . Again we were the only car. This leppie was on a mission and did not stop to mark territory, but we did get some :cam:

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He was moving fairly quickly towards the river so we turned right on the S95 to see if he would pop out. We waited for about 10 minutes but he did not appear, but I bet he went to the river.

We turned around and continued with our original plan - the S47 to Mingerhout

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 Post subject: Re: Water, water everywhere - a July trip to the Kruger.
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We continued along the S47 towards Mingerhout Dam. We saw a lone buff, and ellie and a juvenile Bateleur. We came across a couple of Ground Hornbills in a tree.

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We stopped at Mingerhout for a cup of coffee. The dam was quiet. We saw some hippo, and some vervets. After a brief break, we carried on the S47. heading towards the S131. About 5 km Mingerhout, the S47 crosses the N'wanetsi river. There was still some water in the river, and as we approached the causeway we saw some ripples on the water. We approached slowly, not sure exactly what was there.

we found

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 Post subject: Re: Water, water everywhere - a July trip to the Kruger.
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A pair of Saddlebill storks, fishing, right next to the car :dance:

We sat with the pair for about 40 minutes, during which time they made at least 11 kills (Heksie :tongue: - if you are still following the TR)

It was fascinating to watch. The female had a better strike rate, but the male caught bigger fish.

At one stage he caught a fish that was big enough to feed two people. He nearly lost it a few times.

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 Post subject: Re: Water, water everywhere - a July trip to the Kruger.
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He eventually managed to swallow the fish...

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 Post subject: Re: Water, water everywhere - a July trip to the Kruger.
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The meal seemed to have tired him out, so he sat on the bank for a little break.

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 Post subject: Re: Water, water everywhere - a July trip to the Kruger.
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Meanwhile Mrs Saddlebill continued fishing...

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 Post subject: Re: Water, water everywhere - a July trip to the Kruger.
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This one did not get a chance to fish

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 Post subject: Re: Water, water everywhere - a July trip to the Kruger.
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A couple more pics:

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 Post subject: Re: Water, water everywhere - a July trip to the Kruger.
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Watching the saddlebills fishing is one of the special sightings that will stay with us. They were so close to the car, we could almost have touched them.

It was a highlight of the trip.

We eventually moved on and continued onto Letaba Picnic site for breakfast, and then back to camp.

Later that afternoon, we headed out on the tar road towards Phalaborwa. We stopped at Nhlaganini. There were some fish eagles and a big herd of buffalo near the dam. No :cam: because they were hiding among the trees, but it was the first large group of buffs we had seen.

We headed back to camp for a braai, and to listen to the night sounds...

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25th July - Letaba to Satara

Today we were moving to one of our favourite areas - Satara.

We left Letaba at about 6:20 am, heading south on the tar road. It was fairly quiet for a bit. We saw a hyena running through the bush near Letaba. We continued on and stopped for coffee on the Olifants bridge.

We watched a couple of pied kingfishers fishing.

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We continued south and turned off at the S39 past Roodewal.

There was a lot of general game and the drive down is always lovely.

We stopped in at Timbavati for breakfast. Bacon, egg, sausage, mushrooms..... yum.

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After breakfast, and some discussion, we decided to take the river road (S39). We have always enjoyed this road and have usually had good sightings. We did see lots of general game (100000 of the 150000 impala live here I think), and some birds including a brown-hooded kingfisher and a Verreaux's Eagle Owl.

This is where I make one of our few complaints about the condition of the gravel roads.

As I said, we have often taken the S39. We have never encountered it in such bad shape. It was so corrugated that we had to travel the last 15km or so at 40 km/hr to stop the shaking. Way too fast for decent game viewing.

We got to the H7 with some relief. We turned left and proceeded to Satara to check in.

Some of what we saw:

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After checking in and unpacking, we relaxed in camp. I did some laundry, our son did some studying, and Ollie went for a pm drive. He took the H1-4 north, then the S90 to Mavumbye. He saw some ellies, general game and raptors.

A juvenile Gabar Goshawk (we think)
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A black-shouldered Kite - love the eyes
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And a LBR - finally on the right side of the road and sitting still

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Still no lions... a record that we did not want to break (previous was 7 days without seeing lions)

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