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 Post subject: Re: Diagnosed a Kruger Addict
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What great start, SurfCindy :dance: :dance: :dance:

I think the best sighting is always the Malelane gate after so much driving and anticipation :thumbs_up:


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 Post subject: Re: Diagnosed a Kruger Addict
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SurfCindy - that's much better with the photo's.
I can't get over how green everything is - we've only been there in May and August - dry as chips.

Love the photo's esp. the brown headed parrot.
I'm just about to continue my trip report today. Got caught up in the festive season. :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:


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 Post subject: Re: Diagnosed a Kruger Addict
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Surfcindy, I just love your lively style. 8) I can feel your excitement.

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 Post subject: Re: Diagnosed a Kruger Addict
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What a super start, love the parrots, I am still battling to photograph them, they don't sit still long enough when I am around :hmz: but I am not one to easily give up, I will one day get them :D

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 Post subject: Re: Diagnosed a Kruger Addict
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Nkulu wrote:
Lovely start to the TR, I'm also on board :popcorn: :popcorn:


Thanks Nkulu, hope you enjoy the rest of the trip. Lots to still come.

vinkie wrote:
nice start of the TR
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Thanks Vinkie, we had lots of great sightings. Great that I get the chance to share them through a TR

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What great start, SurfCindy :dance: :dance: :dance:

I think the best sighting is always the Malelane gate after so much driving and anticipation :thumbs_up:


Its a great feeling when entering the Park, the speed slows down immediately, the eyes try to adjust to the bush and you are fully alert trying to spot the animals. Best feeling ever.

impyim wrote:
SurfCindy - that's much better with the photo's.
I can't get over how green everything is - we've only been there in May and August - dry as chips.

Love the photo's esp. the brown headed parrot.
I'm just about to continue my trip report today. Got caught up in the festive season. :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:


Thanks impyim, looking forward to the next episode in your TR. I have thoroughly enjoyed it so far.

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Surfcindy, I just love your lively style. 8) I can feel your excitement.
:popcorn:


Meandering Mouse, I am like a small child the night before Christmas when going on holiday to Kruger. The best place on earth.

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What a super start, love the parrots, I am still battling to photograph them, they don't sit still long enough when I am around :hmz: but I am not one to easily give up, I will one day get them :D


Isinkwe, it has taken me many trips to finally photograph my first brown headed parrot. I have seen them many times but I agree, they never sit still. This one though, was quite well behaved and let me click away. Thanks for following my TR. Hope you enjoy the rest.


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 Post subject: Re: Diagnosed a Kruger Addict
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Looking forward to your TR with great anticipation.


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Great start to your trip report SurfCindy! The Brown-headed Parrot is a beauty, and superbly captured! :clap: :clap:

Love the baby Impies too! They are so cute! :dance: :dance:

Looking forward to the next episode! :popcorn:

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Stampajane wrote:
Looking forward to your TR with great anticipation.


Thanks Stampajane. I hope it lives up to your expectations. Sometimes I feel the photos don't always justify the experience and moments but I will try my best.

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Great start to your trip report SurfCindy! The Brown-headed Parrot is a beauty, and superbly captured! :clap: :clap:

Love the baby Impies too! They are so cute! :dance: :dance:

Looking forward to the next episode! :popcorn:


Hilda, the little impies were so cute and we were spoiled with our many sightings of them. It was unbelievable how quickly they grew in our short time that we were there.


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 Post subject: Re: Diagnosed a Kruger Addict
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DAY 1 CONTINUED .......

After collecting our keys from reception, we made our way to the bungalow. What a beautiful location, right on the perimeter of the camp. Looks like someone beat us to our bungalow.

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IMG_4417 by rcferreiras, on Flickr

First task of the afternoon was to unpack our heavily loaded car. It's hard to believe that there was so much luggage for 3 people however, in our defense, a lot of it was Christmas presents for others. I left the unloading to Mom and SO whilst putting myself in charge of the unpacking and sorting out.

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IMG_4418 by rcferreiras, on Flickr

After severe lack of sleep and a very long drive, we decided to spend the rest of the afternoon in the camp and take in our beautiful surroundings. We did a bit of animal spotting around camp and found the following:

A warthog mowing the camp's lawn. I wonder if it gets paid for all its efforts :whistle:

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IMG_4435 by rcferreiras, on Flickr

A dung beetle going about its business.

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Helmeted guinea fowl. I just love the colouring of these birds.

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IMG_4402 by rcferreiras, on Flickr

We had a lovely afternoon snooze before opening a bottle of wine and raising our glasses to a beautiful sunset and our first night in Kruger.

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IMG_0010 by rcferreiras, on Flickr

We lit the fire and put some chicken on the braai. Oooohh those familiar favourite smells had me salivating. Even though it had been a while, SO tested himself to see if he still had his braai skills.

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IMG_0012 by rcferreiras, on Flickr

I can confirm he hadn't lost his touch one bit. We had a delicious dinner accompanied by a mixed salad and a tasty mielie.

All in all it was a fantastic first day but we had an early start the next morning so we turned in for the night. Wondering what the bush would hold for us the next day :hmz:


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 Post subject: Re: Diagnosed a Kruger Addict
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Sometimes its just great being in camp and just absorbing the atmosphere that is Kruger.
Love the frog. :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:


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Once settled in camp, the Kruger experience can start, and what a way to start it with such a beautiful sunset, and a lovely braai SurfCindy! :dance: :dance:

Lovely sightings in camp already! The Guinea Fowl has awesome colours, I have to agree. Beautiful Frog to welcome you! The Wartie's reward is a full stomach! They are fantastic animals! :clap: :clap:

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A perfect ending to a perfect day. 8)

sigh

that sunset.

Could life give better moments? I doubt it.

:popcorn:

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A Image in kruger to end a long day, is there any other wayImage--Don't think so. Are you staying in the park for six months? Glad I don't have to empty that vehicle, would certainly interfere with my ImagetimeImage-----I meant Image
Awesome welcome to Kruger Image

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impyim wrote:
Sometimes its just great being in camp and just absorbing the atmosphere that is Kruger.
Love the frog. :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:


And Pretoriuskop is such a nice camp, we had a great bungalow and a great location. We really just spent the afternoon watching the general game go by. It was brilliant.

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Once settled in camp, the Kruger experience can start, and what a way to start it with such a beautiful sunset, and a lovely braai SurfCindy! :dance: :dance:

Lovely sightings in camp already! The Guinea Fowl has awesome colours, I have to agree. Beautiful Frog to welcome you! The Wartie's reward is a full stomach! They are fantastic animals! :clap: :clap:


Thanks Hilda, we weren't sure about naming the frog but in the end we called him Benjamin and he was our guest for the next 2 days.

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A perfect ending to a perfect day. 8)

Sunset is my favourite part of the day in Kruger. The day animals start settling in for the night and our nocturnal animals start waking up.

sigh

that sunset.

Could life give better moments? I doubt it.

:popcorn:


Sunset is my favourite part of the day in Kruger. The day animals start settling in for the night and our nocturnal animals start waking up

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A Image in kruger to end a long day, is there any other wayImage--Don't think so. Are you staying in the park for six months? Glad I don't have to empty that vehicle, would certainly interfere with my ImagetimeImage-----I meant Image
Awesome welcome to Kruger Image


It sure looked like we were there for 6 months but that is just wishful thinking. Unfortunately it was only nine days.


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 Post subject: Re: Diagnosed a Kruger Addict
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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: .

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