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 Post subject: Re: Australia to Kruger
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Must agree, it is awesome to see wild dogs for the first time :dance: :dance: .

Just love the scenery :cam: .

Thanks for sharing :thumbs_up: .

PS. Hope you will enjoy our trip as well :thumbs_up: .

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 Post subject: Re: Australia to Kruger
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Spotting wild dogs is always very exciting. 8) Lovely scenic :cam: It always brings a feel of Kruger.

Looking forward to more. :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Australia to Kruger
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Hi Impyim,

Thanks for a lovely report and pics, I have really enjoyed following it:)

Quick question, your pic after the sighting of the wild dogs, looks like two jackals to me, bit small to be wild dogs. Was this pic of a later sighting possibly?

Keep up the great report, looking forward to what is in store :D

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 Post subject: Re: Australia to Kruger
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impyim, did you get my PM? Sorry to ask, but I am not very good with Image

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 Post subject: Re: Australia to Kruger
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Hey Kaapsedraai - I hope my fellow Aussies take advantage of the good tips you give them.

No Isenkwe I didn't get any PM - now you've got me guessing.

Patto - I know what you mean about that photo - they do look a bit small for wild dogs. We were positive (at the time) that they were wild dogs as when we caught up to them we saw them jumping up and down in the bush (to see over the long grass) and we got a really good look at them. I'm now having so many doubts about them being wild dogs - I've just asked my SO if he had any doubt that they were wild dogs and he said "no, he's sure that's what they were" I'm not trying to mislead anyone. :hmz: :hmz:

I'm a bit busy for a few days but will continues my trip report in a couple of days.

Meanwhile a little watercolour/sketch of our overnight chalet at Satara.

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 Post subject: Re: Australia to Kruger
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I've just been PM with Isenkwe and I have to eat really humble pie.

I'm so sad that the "wild dogs" we saw weren't wild dogs, but as Isenkwe and Patto point out to me "the ears are too pointy" the "markings were wrong" and they weren't tall enough to be wild dogs.

When we saw these dogs in the far distance we said to one another "wild dogs" - I took a quick photo and then we drove quickly to where they disappeared into the bushes. We saw them jumping up and down and in our excitement didn't really look at them closely - just assumed because our initial thought was "wild dog" that we continued thinking this. Even when I cropped the photo to put it in the TR I didn't look closely and analyse these "wild dogs" that turned out to be jackels. It was also about 9.30 in the morning so not really expecting jackels as we have only seen them at dawn, dusk and night time.

Ever since we had the sighting we thought we had seen "wild dogs" and now they turn out to be jackels. So sad that we still have never seen "wild dogs". Never mind - there will hopefully be a next time to Kruger.
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 Post subject: Re: Australia to Kruger
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Oh no! I was so glad that you found Wild Dogs, that I didn't "analyse" the picture to see whether it was Wild Dogs! It was in a distance too! At least now you will have to return to find them impyim! :dance: :dance:

Another beautiful painting of chalet #131 at Satara! Thank you for sharing! :clap: :clap:

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 Post subject: Re: Australia to Kruger
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Hi impyim

Great that you saw your first wild dogs :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: hope that it’s our turn next trip :pray:

Lovely pictures of the Olifants river, recognize that sight from a million :D

Great TR :clap:

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 Post subject: Re: Australia to Kruger
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Congratulations on your first WD !!!

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 Post subject: Re: Australia to Kruger
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imoyim, love your painting of the Satara bungalow.. :D

Just love the painting you are sharing...in a few months or year or two, these paintings will have different meaning for you - something that you will treasure. While you paint, you go through certain thoughts process or even meditation of your experiences in Kruger... These paintings will definitely have a special meaning and a place for you. :hmz:

Thank you for sharing these with us - lovely :clap: :clap: :clap:

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 Post subject: Re: Australia to Kruger
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Thank youT-bal, Cape of Storms for your comments.

Kaapsedraai - I'm already loving that I did those little watercolours. When you have to paint/draw something you analyse the image so you can capture it e.g. angles, shapes etc - and it makes you much more aware of your subject matter - in this case the chalets and animals.

We left Letaba and headed south down the road to Satara - turning onto the S46 which took us to the S93 which runs along the Letaba river towards Olifants.
We saw a variety of animals and birds -


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A lovely family of giraffe that weren't bothered by us at all


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and some grey boulders just lazing about -

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some of the birds that stayed still long enough to be photographed -


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not to mention the zebra I did a watercolour of


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We stopped at Olifants for a drink and something to eat but it was so windy we couldn't wait to get back in the car.

Will continue with our exciting drive down the S100 - and I bet you know what we saw.


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 Post subject: Re: Australia to Kruger
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What lovely sightings you had... lovely composure of the Giraffe. :clap: :clap:

Stunning Zebra ....watercolour is beautiful and very special. :thumbs_up:

Thanks for sharing. :popcorn:

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 Post subject: Re: Australia to Kruger
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What a lovely Zebra painting. 8) I love the typical Kruger bush. I can almost hear the rustling right now.

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Great pictures of the Giraffes impyim, and a lovely "grey boulder" sighting! :clap: :clap:

I also love your Zebra painting, Oxpeckers and all! Awesome! :dance: :dance:

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 Post subject: Re: Australia to Kruger
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Love the variety of animals you saw, impyim,

and your painting of the zebra even with the oxpeckers is as always magnificent :clap: :clap: :clap:


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