Skip to content

SANParks.org Forums

View unanswered posts | View active topics






Post new topic Reply to topic  Page 4 of 25
 [ 367 posts ]  Go to page Previous  1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 ... 25  Next
Author Message
 Post subject: Re: Diagnosed a Kruger Addict
Unread postPosted: Wed Jan 01, 2014 10:53 am 
Offline
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Sun May 20, 2012 10:23 am
Posts: 731
barryels wrote:
Another awesome day in Kruger with a beautiful sunset and then a braai to seal it all :clap: :clap: .

Thanks for sharing SC :thumbs_up: .


Thanks Barry. Your comments are always much appreciated.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Diagnosed a Kruger Addict
Unread postPosted: Wed Jan 01, 2014 11:21 am 
Offline
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Sun May 20, 2012 10:23 am
Posts: 731
DAY 2

Our alarms had been set for 3:45. I love summer time when you get "extended hours" in the park. There was no need for alarms, we were all already up and getting ready to go.
Coffees made - CHECK
Ouma rusks packed - CHECK
Camera with fully charged battery - CHECK
Binoculars in the car - CHECK
Guide books at hand - CHECK
It was time to rock and roll. I had visions of us driving in the dark but was quite surprised by how light it was at 4:30. Unfortunately we due to the heavy cloud cover, we had no amazing African sunrise but after yesterday's welcoming temperature of 39 degrees, it was quite a relief to have slightly cooler temperatures. Besides it was great to just be able to smell the fresh vegetation and hear the bush waking up.
I love driving around Pretoriuskop, the rock formations add another fantastic facet to Kruger.

Image
IMG_0014 by rcferreiras, on Flickr

The migrant Woodlands Kingfisher had arrived. Their turquoise colouring is spectacular, especially when in flight and their call of Trrr - Trrrrrrrp could be heard everywhere.

Image
IMG_0140 by rcferreiras, on Flickr

This little broad billed weaver was a real busy body building it's nest, up and down and back and forth. We sat back and took a moment just to enjoy watching the behaviour of the weaver.

Image
IMG_0154 by rcferreiras, on Flickr

We added to our list of little ones when we spotted the wildebeest with their young. Yay, 3rd proposed sighting had finally been spotted. I must admit, I was starting to feel the pressure of my attempted guess of "1st sighting in Kruger".

Image
IMG_4445 by rcferreiras, on Flickr

I was reminded of the different colouring between the adult wildebeest and the young ones.

Image
IMG_4441 by rcferreiras, on Flickr

We made our way up to Stevenson Hamilton Memorial tablet. Along the way we saw these monitors soaking up the sun which was desperately trying to break through the clouds.

Image
IMG_4463 by rcferreiras, on Flickr

This guy was trying to cross the road.

Image
IMG_4456 by rcferreiras, on Flickr

Image
IMG_4464 by rcferreiras, on Flickr

This cute klipspringer was on the lookout as usual.

Image
IMG_4459 by rcferreiras, on Flickr

After our breakfast stop at Skukuza Day visitors site, we went across the low water bridge where this marabou stork was awaiting us.

Image
IMG_4466 by rcferreiras, on Flickr

Image
IMG_4467 by rcferreiras, on Flickr

We decided to slowly head back to camp. During the drive we saw lots of general game, giraffe, impalas, zebras, elephant far in the distance (too far for a photo) as well as this steenbok.

Image
IMG_4479 by rcferreiras, on Flickr

and another one of the BIG 5, a lone buffalo accompanied by a hippo.

Image
IMG_4503 by rcferreiras, on Flickr

We got back to camp, changed into our swimming costumes and went for a lovely, quick dip in the camp's rock pool. Plan for the afternoon was to have a late afternoon lunch braai, as we had booked ourselves onto a sunset drive giving us an extra opportunity to spot the elusive black rhino. My SO had been doing a lot of the work especially all the driving so I offered a helping hand and showed off my braai skills giving him the afternoon off.

Image
IMG_4512 by rcferreiras, on Flickr

Whilst braaiing, I sat back and reflected on our mornings sightings. Even though we hadn't seen any big cats, I sometimes think it's the little things that make Kruger so special and entice us to return year after year after year.
However it would be nice to see some cats :whistle: .
What would our sunset drive produce and would we see our first black rhino??? :hmz:


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Diagnosed a Kruger Addict
Unread postPosted: Wed Jan 01, 2014 12:33 pm 
Offline
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger

Joined: Sun Jan 20, 2013 8:26 am
Posts: 159
Location: Perth Western Australia
Goodness that was an early start to the day. Isn't it just great hearing and smelling the bush - I think every sighting is a bonus - never mind the cats - they'll show themselves.
I hope the sunset drive produces some good sightings. :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Diagnosed a Kruger Addict
Unread postPosted: Wed Jan 01, 2014 12:59 pm 
Offline
Moderator
Moderator
User avatar

Joined: Fri Dec 30, 2011 1:09 pm
Posts: 2659
Location: Pretoria, SA
FAC Member (2013)
Award: Newcomer of the Year (2012)
It seems that you and SO is the same as us when we are in the bush :D . Just can't wait to get through the gate and admire everything we see :clap: .

Just love those little Woodlands Kingfisher :dance: .

The little blue wildebeest are just so cute :thumbs_up: .

Wonderful steenbuck and klipspringer sightings :clap: :clap: .

Not looking out of place behind a set of braai tongs SC :D .

Thanks for sharing :thumbs_up: .

_________________
Always be humble and understanding


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Diagnosed a Kruger Addict
Unread postPosted: Wed Jan 01, 2014 1:12 pm 
Offline
Forum Assistant
Forum Assistant
User avatar

Joined: Fri Apr 06, 2007 6:39 am
Posts: 6808
Location: Pretoria SA
FAC Member (2012)
Lovely rock formations around Pretoriuskop SurfCindy! :clap: :clap:

Quite a variety of animal and bird sightings on this drive! Beautifully captured too! :dance: :dance:

SOs should be spoiled every now and then! :thumbs_up:

_________________
"Happiness, I have discovered, is nearly always a rebound from hard work." - David Grayson


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Diagnosed a Kruger Addict
Unread postPosted: Wed Jan 01, 2014 3:53 pm 
Offline
Virtual Ranger
Virtual Ranger
User avatar
Award: Small Parks Promoter of the Year & Sighting of the Year - Small Creatures and Insects (2013)
Joined: Tue Jan 26, 2010 7:02 pm
Posts: 1461
Location: Bellville, Cape Town
SurfCindy, now sitting at the airport after a drive from Kruger doing a bit of catching up on Forum news. We ended our trip at the same place that you started - Pretoriuskop.

Lovely pics and enjoyable sightings you have had so far :clap: . I also enjoyed the TR and looking forward to see if SO managed to get the black one :hmz: . We spotted in total 26, but only white ones... :D :( - but one just could not get enough of them. :)

Thanks for sharing your TR - lovely start. :thumbs_up:

_________________
Trip Reports: Kruger NP, West Coast NP, Addo NP, Garden Route - Storms River & Wildernis


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Diagnosed a Kruger Addict
Unread postPosted: Wed Jan 01, 2014 4:14 pm 
Offline
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Fri Jan 28, 2005 4:43 pm
Posts: 3567
Location: The planning is on again.....
Fantastic klippie sighting and picture :clap:

Love the rocky area in that part of the park :thumbs_up:


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Diagnosed a Kruger Addict
Unread postPosted: Wed Jan 01, 2014 9:25 pm 
Offline
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Mon Sep 24, 2012 4:57 pm
Posts: 6755
Location: 2012 km..... to Paradise
FAC Member (2013)
SurfCindy,

Super sightings all round. :clap: :clap:

See the "Woody family member" kept you awake with their call. :whistle: 8)

Baby wildebeest are so sweet. :dance:

Beautiful little Steenbokkie...those ears forward and oh so alert. :thumbs_up:

:popcorn:

_________________
“Nature is a volume of which God is the author.” ~ William Harvey

Kruger May/June 2014
Mokala June 2014


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Diagnosed a Kruger Addict
Unread postPosted: Thu Jan 02, 2014 1:11 am 
Offline
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger

Joined: Mon Aug 17, 2009 5:28 pm
Posts: 253
Location: California
Great sightings. It is wonderful to see the park all green and fresh looking.

_________________
Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better
Albert Einstein

KNP July 2013


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Diagnosed a Kruger Addict
Unread postPosted: Thu Jan 02, 2014 6:09 am 
Offline
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Legendary Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Tue Jun 07, 2005 8:47 pm
Posts: 10440
Location: meandering between senility and menopause
FAC Member (2013)
You look pretty competent with the braai, Surfcindy :thumbs_up:

I love those rock formations. 8) They bring in such an awareness of the ancient legacy of humankind. Great :cam:

Now, where can those cats be hiding. :hmz:

:popcorn:

_________________
The bird doesn't sing because it has answers, it sings because it has a song.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Diagnosed a Kruger Addict
Unread postPosted: Thu Jan 02, 2014 2:46 pm 
Offline
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Thu Jun 03, 2010 11:27 am
Posts: 1039
Location: Lost somewhere in the travel tales,and don't want to be found
Some super sightings so far :clap: :clap:
Will we get a black ImageImage

_________________
KRUGERPARKING is good for your health. Keep on KRUGERPARKING.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Diagnosed a Kruger Addict
Unread postPosted: Fri Jan 03, 2014 10:25 am 
Offline
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Sun May 20, 2012 10:23 am
Posts: 731
impyim wrote:
Goodness that was an early start to the day. Isn't it just great hearing and smelling the bush - I think every sighting is a bonus - never mind the cats - they'll show themselves.
I hope the sunset drive produces some good sightings. :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:


Impyim our wake up time did not change for the rest of the holiday. We kept thinking "tomorrow morning we will sleep in" but the idea of a early morning drive woke us up, most times, before the alarm even went off.

barryels wrote:
It seems that you and SO is the same as us when we are in the bush :D . Just can't wait to get through the gate and admire everything we see :clap: .

Just love those little Woodlands Kingfisher :dance: .

The little blue wildebeest are just so cute :thumbs_up: .

Wonderful steenbuck and klipspringer sightings :clap: :clap: .

Not looking out of place behind a set of braai tongs SC :D .

Thanks for sharing :thumbs_up: .


Thanks Barry. Those early morning drives are great. I think if the gate opened earlier than 4:30, we would have been out the gates even earlier :big_eyes:

hilda wrote:
Lovely rock formations around Pretoriuskop SurfCindy! :clap: :clap:

Quite a variety of animal and bird sightings on this drive! Beautifully captured too! :dance: :dance:

SOs should be spoiled every now and then! :thumbs_up:


Thanks for following my TR Hilda. Your comments are much appreciated.

Kaapsedraai wrote:
SurfCindy, now sitting at the airport after a drive from Kruger doing a bit of catching up on Forum news. We ended our trip at the same place that you started - Pretoriuskop.

Lovely pics and enjoyable sightings you have had so far :clap: . I also enjoyed the TR and looking forward to see if SO managed to get the black one :hmz: . We spotted in total 26, but only white ones... :D :( - but one just could not get enough of them. :)

Thanks for sharing your TR - lovely start. :thumbs_up:


Kaapsedraai, I hope you had a great rest of the trip. It was lovely meeting you and look forward to reading your TR. I must say we were spoilt with rhino sightings this trip.

Pumbaa wrote:
Fantastic klippie sighting and picture :clap:

Love the rocky area in that part of the park :thumbs_up:


Thanks Pumbaa, the scenery around Pretoriuskop alone makes a stay at the camp worthwhile. It never ceases to amaze me how diverse the vegetation is in Kruger.

Trrp-trrrrrrrr wrote:
SurfCindy,

Super sightings all round. :clap: :clap:

See the "Woody family member" kept you awake with their call. :whistle: 8)

Baby wildebeest are so sweet. :dance:

Beautiful little Steenbokkie...those ears forward and oh so alert. :thumbs_up:

:popcorn:


Thanks Trrp -Trrrrrrr, I just love the woodlands, so didn't mind hearing their call. They are one of my favourite birds :dance:

cheetahlady wrote:
Great sightings. It is wonderful to see the park all green and fresh looking.


The park was very green, I believe there was quite a bit of rain before our arrival and quite a lot since our departure.

Meandering Mouse wrote:
You look pretty competent with the braai, Surfcindy :thumbs_up:

I love those rock formations. 8) They bring in such an awareness of the ancient legacy of humankind. Great :cam:

Now, where can those cats be hiding. :hmz:

:popcorn:


The good didn't taste too bad either :lol: Think my SO is quite keen to carry on with this idea of me being the official holiday braaier. Not sure where the cats were hiding but we were sure going to look for them.

isinkwe wrote:
Some super sightings so far :clap: :clap:
Will we get a black ImageImage


That is a good question, we'll just have to wait for a page turn to see :hmz:


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Diagnosed a Kruger Addict
Unread postPosted: Fri Jan 03, 2014 10:50 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Sat Sep 09, 2006 2:33 pm
Posts: 156
Location: Limpopo
Hi SurfCindy, may pls join? I too am a Kruger addict!

_________________
I am blessed!


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Diagnosed a Kruger Addict
Unread postPosted: Sat Jan 04, 2014 12:00 am 
Offline
Senior Virtual Ranger
Senior Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Tue Jun 07, 2011 7:07 pm
Posts: 11590
Location: Living in The Netherlands but raised in South Africa
Wonderful photos nice Woodlands Kingfisher :clap:

I love the Klipspringer :thumbs_up:

_________________
Live life on the edge but be careful not to fall off! :wink:

2013 Trip: Satara, Lower Sabie, Hluhluwe, Berg-en-Dal, Lower Sabie, Satara, Elephant Plains(Sabi Sands) :dance:

Our 2013 Trip Report: Vinkie and Apex Predator back in the bushveld


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Diagnosed a Kruger Addict
Unread postPosted: Sat Jan 04, 2014 3:32 pm 
Offline
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Thu Jun 03, 2010 11:27 am
Posts: 1039
Location: Lost somewhere in the travel tales,and don't want to be found
Imagesurf Imagecindy, this is wave number 15, your next instalment will get its own new page, Image in the mean time I will Image till you are done with that waveImage as a (Kruger) addict, I am waiting for my next fixImage

_________________
KRUGERPARKING is good for your health. Keep on KRUGERPARKING.


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 367 posts ]  Go to page Previous  1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 ... 25  Next



Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 6 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Powered by phpBB © 2000, 2002, 2005, 2007 phpBB Group

Webcams Highlights

Addo Nossob Orpen Satara
Addo Nossob Orpen Satara
Submitted by Jurie van Vuuren at 12:26:03 Submitted by grannyb at 20:42:52 Submitted by bushwackedblonde at 19:41:54 Submitted by woodsy at 07:34:20