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4 Weeks in Satara.

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Re: 4 Weeks in Satara.

Unread postby Cape of Storms » Sun Dec 15, 2013 8:47 pm

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Re: 4 Weeks in Satara.

Unread postby Janeli » Mon Dec 16, 2013 12:04 pm

Great sighting of cheetah!!!!! :D :D
Not to mention the doggies. We saw 5 doggies near the Nsemani Dam in Sept 2013.
Cute little baby ellie. So small!!!!!
We stayed for 12 days at Satara and had great sightings.
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Re: 4 Weeks in Satara.

Unread postby PetraJ » Wed Dec 18, 2013 7:33 pm

Hi everyone, first of all, thank you for all your comments and sorry I am not answering everyone individually. All of the comments are highly appreciated.

13 December
We didn’t sleep much before the alarm clock went off this morning at 4. The reason: as usual the lions were active again from very early. We went to bed at about 9 and lying in bed we were listening to their sound. It was very humid and difficult to fall asleep. Suddenly the roaring became quite hard and we went outside to the fence to see if we could spot anything. After a while and some fruitless shining the spotlight, we went back to bed again, just before dozing off the sounds were louder again. This went on for some time. The zebras, would run past, we go out, then it quiet down, then the buffalo run past and we would go out again. At about 12 we were back in bed again, thinking that maybe now the veld would quiet down. Just after 1, as just as we dozed off, we were awoke again, this time it sounded like footsteps in the campsite. As this was a no entry site, we immediately went outside to see who wondered off and landed in our little “domain”. We couldn’t see anything, but kept on hearing footsteps going up and down. It was quite spooky. Went back into the tent …. Next moment a load roar and the very distinctive sound of a collision. We suddenly realized what it was and almost ran to the fence. Not 10 meters from the fence – that is about 15 meters from our tent, the two young males of a previous night caught an impala lamb. They tore it apart and all was over within minutes. We were watching from behind some trees, because as we first came upon them and shone the spotlight on them, they gave a growl and looked straight at us. That sent us back in hiding. They went to the waterhole in front of the guesthouse and we could watch them for a few more minutes in the light at the waterhole before they moved off. I do not need to tell you what adrenaline rush we both had. We finally went back to bed, and suddenly the field and animals were quiet. We fell asleep, only to be woken by a huge thunderstorm about 45 minutes later… By 4:30, it was still pouring with a lot of thunder, so we decided to stay inside and gave the morning drive a miss.
We had to go again to Nwanetsi later the day, and did not see much, but found a beautiful honey badger that stayed next to us and we got some really nice pics of it. Another pic I took was of a very dirty and muddy Zebra … basically this is what most of them looked like this morning after the rains.
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Back in camp we had some visitors…
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14 December.
Today was by far the hottest day so far. Some of the guests told me at the boom gate when doing permit inspection that they measured a high of 48 degrees. At half past 5, it was still 32 degrees.
We drove out at gate opening time to Komana dam to have some coffee there and found some hyenas playing at their den. The little pan just before Komana delivered us with two lazy lionesses.
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Hairball….
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We returned to camp and I started my duties. Later we drove out to Ntsemani dam and found some wilddogs on the Orpen road.
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Re: 4 Weeks in Satara.

Unread postby Riverrat » Wed Dec 18, 2013 8:16 pm

Freaky awesome luck you're having Petra!!
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Re: 4 Weeks in Satara.

Unread postby Carol g » Wed Dec 18, 2013 10:35 pm

PetraJ scary sighting of the lions with the impala lamb at the fence, but must have been very exciting

Lovely sightings you are having, enjoy your holiday and thanks for sharing :gflower:
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Re: 4 Weeks in Satara.

Unread postby Phokojwe » Thu Dec 19, 2013 12:36 pm

Just caught up now after getting back a couple of days ago, It was great running into you (even though it was just briefly).

Amazing sightings thus far, looking forward to more :wink:
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Re: 4 Weeks in Satara.

Unread postby hilda » Thu Dec 19, 2013 3:14 pm

Wow PetraJ! You are having an awesome time in Kruger! Lions with their kill during the night, more Lions during the day, Honey Badger, muddy Zebras, and on top of it all, Wild Dogs! Stunning! :clap: :clap:
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Re: 4 Weeks in Satara.

Unread postby Philip1 » Thu Dec 19, 2013 4:18 pm

Image Thank you for the lovely Pics and all!! :mrgreen:

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PetraJ wrote:13 December

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Re: 4 Weeks in Satara.

Unread postby barryels » Fri Dec 20, 2013 6:55 am

Wonderful sightings PetraJ :clap: :clap: .

Thanks for sharing :thumbs_up: .
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Unread postby isinkwe » Fri Dec 20, 2013 6:02 pm

Image exciting stuff, happy I am back on line :thumbs_up: super sightings :D
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Re: 4 Weeks in Satara.

Unread postby Nkulu » Fri Dec 20, 2013 8:04 pm

Love your photos, thanks for sharing :mrgreen: :mrgreen: So sorry we did not get to meet at Satara but I am sure there will be another opportunity
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Re: 4 Weeks in Satara.

Unread postby Trrp-trrrrrrrr » Sun Dec 22, 2013 6:31 am

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:shock: :shock: How lucky can one get..just awesome . :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

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Re: 4 Weeks in Satara.

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Mon Dec 23, 2013 6:08 am

Love the cheeky Barbets :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: and the HB :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

What a thrilling episode, Petra, I am really very homesick now.

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Re: 4 Weeks in Satara.

Unread postby Sky » Mon Dec 23, 2013 9:32 pm

Hi Petra
Really envy you the doggies
They are always special
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Re: 4 Weeks in Satara.

Unread postby onewithnature » Tue Dec 24, 2013 2:56 am

PetraJ, wonderful sightings. Rare that the HB hung ariound for pics. And wild dogs! You're on a roll. :clap: :clap: :clap:
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