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 Post subject: Re: Vinkie and Apex Predator back in the bushveld
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:thumbs_up: Thank you for all these lovely Pics and TR. :mrgreen: :clap:

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Thanks for another great trip through Kruger Vinkie and Apex Preditor :dance: .

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Great lion in the golden light, Vinkie :thumbs_up:

It is always sad to see the gate from that view but great to hear that you will be back :popcorn:


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Super lion sighting to end a wonderful trip Vinkie and Apex Predator :thumbs_up:

Thanks for sharing this with us and I eagerly look forward to more !!!

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KNP Part 2

After a long journey from Hluhluwe filled with potholes :rtm: (I hate the Swaziland roads :sniper:, but love the view 8) ) , customs and roadwork’s :evil: we arrived at Malelane Gate. :dance:

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Just before we entered the Gate we saw our first Ellies.
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Tortoise train
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After having checked in at the gate we continued our route to Berg en Dal which would be our home for the next couple of days.
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On our way we hoped to see the resident Leopard near the gate but unfortunately it seemed to have gone on a holiday… :evil:

When we arrived at Berg and Dal we were too early to be able to check in so we made a little stop at the Restaurant :lotsocoffee: and the toilets and went for a drive to explore the area, we hadn’t been in Berg and Dal before so it was very new to us…
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We saw these Elephant
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a steenbokkie
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Jock of the Bushveld sign
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An Ellie family in camoflage....
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Kudu male trying the same
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but finally we managed to get photo, Apex Predator is a real paparazzi :cam:
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Distant Rhino
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We were so captured by the new roads and the wonderful area that we had to rush back to camp not to arrive too late at the gate.
After checking in, confirming, our Morning Drive and doing some useful and necessary shopping we drove to our new house.
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I must say I like the houses at Berg and Dal and the camp layout. :thumbs_up:

We had a meal and went to bead early, it had been a long day, and the next morning we would have our first Berg and Dal Morning Drive :dance:

To be continued….

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Berg-en-dal is a lovely camp. Great birding in camp. Looking forward to the rest of the TR.

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Do agree that Berg-en-dal is a lovely camp :thumbs_up: .

Great sightings of so many ellies :dance: :dance: .

Thanks for sharing :thumbs_up: .

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Lovely Kudus, Rhinos and Ellies Vinkie! :clap: :clap:

Looking forward to read all about your sightings around Berg en Dal! :dance: :dance:

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Hi Vinkie
Only now saw your TR
Thanks for sharing all these lovely sightings :clap: :clap: :clap:
You are now in leopard country
Hope you see them

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:clap: :clap: super photographs :thumbs_up: :D

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Lovely pics Vinkie, and Berg n Dals accommodation is really nice

Thanks for sharing :gflower:

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Hi vinkie :D :D

Great to see you back in Kruger again :thumbs_up:

Cool pic of the terrapins all lined up 8)

Really looking forward to your morning drive from Berg-en-dal :popcorn: :popcorn:

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Berg en Dal part 2

We woke up early ready to go on our Morning Drive….when we arrived at the meeting point another couple joined us, it would only be the four of us doing the drive.

We enjoyed the Sunrise
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After driving around for some time we finally had a sighting……

Bateleur
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This had been a disappointing drive and the driver didn't really seem to mind at all…..

On our way back to the camp it was nearly 8 o’clock suddenly Apex Predator yelled STOP.
She had seen something on the right-hand side of the truck before it disappeared into the high grass…..

A Leopard….we quickly took some photos before it disappeared.
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We wonderd if we would see the Leopard again, in the meantime I looked to my left and spotted this nice Lilac Breasted Roller…all puffed up enjoying the early rays of Sunlight.
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It didn''t like the fact that we kept taking photos so it turned around.
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After a little while we saw a Leopard appear on the rocks…we weren't certain if it was the same Leopard we had seen a few minutes earlier….it looked bigger…

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When it came closer we could see that it had an injury on its left thigh……maybe a bad encounter with a warthog?


The Leopard crossed the road and disappeared…..
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This sighting saved the Morning Drive…..or else it would have been a real disappointment.

We returned to camp thanked the driver and went back to our House. Had a quick breakfast(coffee and Rusks) and left to explore the area.

To be continued….

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Vinkie, great to see you back. 8) Remarkable :cam: what a handsome Leopard... as for the Roller, just gorgeous. :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

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So glad your morning drive was saved by Apex Predator's alertness Vinkie! Beautiful Leopard sighting! :clap: :clap:

I love the picture of the Lilac-breasted Roller with all its lovely colours visible! :dance: :dance:

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