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 Post subject: Re: Nuggets from a trip to Mokala and Kruger in October 2013
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Agree...All senses and all distances are a must... to be able to experience all the close ones. :tongue: :thumbs_up:

Great video. :clap: :clap:

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 Post subject: Re: Nuggets from a trip to Mokala and Kruger in October 2013
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Trrp-trrrrrrr and Meandering Mouse, thank you for your comments. :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:
Pleased you enjoyed the video :clap: :clap:

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 Post subject: Nuggets from a trip to Mokala and Kruger in October 2013#14
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The clean-up brigade

As we know scavengers play an important role in the natural cycle, clearing up the waste from corpses and then removing chances for infection and disease to spread. A lot of people dismiss them as uninteresting and unspectacular. You soon learn what a vital role they play from watching them and how each creature has evolved for a specific purpose.

Our only sighting of any scavengers in Mokala was of a black-backed jackal in the plains area near Lilydale camp.

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We hoped to see brown hyenas and vultures, but we were informed that there are only a few hyenas in Mokala and the vultures lurked in a designated feeding area off the tourist roads where carcases are taken by the staff. As there are no big predators in Mokala, the rangers rely on carcases from death by natural causes or from an animal that has had to be destroyed for a particular reason.

In the Kruger the clean-up brigade was in full swing in this sequence along the S41

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You can see the jackal, hyena and vultures. The hyena ran off with a rib-cage and the vultures were hopping around looking for anything edible.

On another occasion we saw 3 different types of vulture in this tree.

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The hooded vulture is clearly visible. One of the others was a white-backed vulture, possibly the other was lappet-faced.

These vultures were watching some predator activity (more on that in another nugget :hmz: !), giving us the chance to catch them in the evening light as we were heading back to Satara.

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A more domestic scene – an adult vulture on nest with chick.

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So, long after the predators have departed, the clean-up operation carries on and we move on to a different nugget………

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 Post subject: Re: Nuggets from a trip to Mokala and Kruger in October 2013
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I don't even want to think about the consequences if there were no scavengers umtali1! I love the Vulture and chick on the nest! Beautifully captured! :clap: :clap:

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Wonderful to see all the scavengers doing their bit for conservation umtali1 :clap: :clap: .

Great pic of the juvenile vulture with mom on the nest :dance: :dance: .

As you have said, it is great to read somebody else's TR who was there at the same time as you and to see what they experienced as well :D .

Thanks for sharing :thumbs_up: .

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Love the camouflaged monitor, the hyenas, the tortoise and squirrel :clap: :clap: :clap:

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and we move on to a different nugget………


umtali1, my Image is at the ready for the next Image
I have some ImageImageImageImage for all of us while we wait to find the next Image or 2 Image, I wonder Image what we will findImage to add to the Image

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 Post subject: Re: Nuggets from a trip to Mokala and Kruger in October 2013
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Thank you Barryels, Hilda, Pumbaa and Isinkwe for your generous comments. :clap: :clap: :clap:
It's good to know that people are still enjoying our nuggets.

Good wishes to all our followers for the New Year.

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Talamati

We only discovered Talamati bush camp five years ago following a recommendation from a family member and ever since it has been the first camp we book and then fit the rest of the holiday around it. Boy oh boy, what we had been missing!

Nestling among the trees on the edge of open grassland, bordered by a river bed, and with its attendant baboon troop and monkeys, it just has this most wonderful true bush veldt charm. We really feel in a world of our own and never want to leave. It is so peaceful and yet has so much happening around and about.
Then there is the superb waterhole just outside the perimeter fence which provides the onlooker with sightings almost all day long… and well into the night. You don’t have to leave the camp to find any game. It’s all on the doorstep and can be viewed from the hide close to the gate.

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Herd of sable leaving the waterhole

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Zebra having a scrap

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This yellow-billed kite on his dinner

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In a previous nugget we mentioned elephants at Talamati and how they all dip their trunks into the tanks. Excuse the bum shot but it never fails to amuse us. On the left hand side there’s a concrete cover to the water pipe which gets used as a stepping stone by the smaller ones. Also it shows how intelligent the ellies are to realise that there is a source of water within reach.

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On the way to the camp one day, we glimpsed this lovely sable bull with his attendant oxpeckers and impala in the background.

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We enjoyed a very fruitful sunset drive, ably delivered by Ras, in which we saw a huge herd of buffalo, giraffe, impala, kudu, rhino, duiker, elephant and this night shot of steenbok

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A nightjar flew up from almost underneath the vehicle but it disappeared before we could snap it. That was a first for me.

So, when you think you can go to bed, there is that compulsion to visit the floodlit waterhole. So an early night ends up as a late one. You walk back to your chalet by torch light and the chance to be amazed by the night sky.

In this photo you can see some elephants at the tank by the waterhole.

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We introduced my South African family to Talamati on this occasion. They were amazed to find how heavenly it is and just couldn’t believe that so many animals and birds are there. They were so excited at seeing sable for the first time. Talamati is now near the top of their bucket list!

When asked at the end of a previous trip which was his favourite camp, the convert to Africa in our family party replied, ‘Talamati’. He had Berg-en-dal, Letaba, Shingwedzi and Shimuwini to choose from. That says it all…….

We finish our Talamati nugget with a video of our experiences from the hide which we hope will portray some of the reasons as to why we love the camp so much.


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 Post subject: Re: Nuggets from a trip to Mokala and Kruger in October 2013
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Thanks so much umtali,

Talamati is indeed a fantastic camp although we never had that luck with our sightings there, however, you were definitely extreme lucky with the sables and the elephants drinking right in front of the camp :thumbs_up:


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Wow umtali1! What a stunning video of your Talamati sightings! Lovely herd of Ellies, Impies, gorgeous Sable! :clap: :clap:

We have never stayed at Talamati before, because the first time we went there a few years ago, the road was in a terrible state, but Talamati is on our bucket list for 2015, that is for sure! :dance: :dance:

Thank you for sharing this beautiful camp with us! :D

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Umtali, I do love your clean up brigade. I have grown to appreciate them more and more. In doing so I cannot conceive of how I ever considered them to be ugly.

Lovely take on Talamati. :thumbs_up: I really lovely camp. I need to go again, just to make sure I remember it correctly. :wink:

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Super video umtali1, in fact I am going to fetch myself a Image and watch a few more timesImage

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Just stunning umtali1 :clap: :clap: .

Great camp to stay at :dance: :dance: .

We did not see one sable during our visit :mrgreen: :mrgreen: .

Awesome video :thumbs_up: .

Thanks for sharing :thumbs_up: .

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Talamati...for sure delivered wonderful nuggets. :thumbs_up:

:mrgreen: Gorgeous video.. :great: ...Sable are such majestic antelope. :clap: :clap: :clap:

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