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Re: Both KTP and KNP in a month: Cats, Dogs, and a lot more

Unread postby wildcatzoo » Mon Jan 13, 2014 11:36 pm

and lilac breasted roller
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Re: Both KTP and KNP in a month: Cats, Dogs, and a lot more

Unread postby wildcatzoo » Mon Jan 13, 2014 11:39 pm

We then went to yesterday’s lion site, only bones left
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We did find a pile of lions near the dam
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Re: Both KTP and KNP in a month: Cats, Dogs, and a lot more

Unread postby wildcatzoo » Mon Jan 13, 2014 11:43 pm

Once again we returned before 9 to shower and pack. We had several hours before it was time for the Sweni wilderness trail so we went back to the S90/S100 route, with kudu
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and waterbuck
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and elephant
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and bateleur eagles
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Re: Both KTP and KNP in a month: Cats, Dogs, and a lot more

Unread postby wildcatzoo » Mon Jan 13, 2014 11:46 pm

At 3 pm we met our trail rangers Job and Obert and co-hikers (two Spanish women who knew limited English, and a racist German man). On the way to camp we saw elephants, buffalo, more general game, and a giant eagle owl
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Re: Both KTP and KNP in a month: Cats, Dogs, and a lot more

Unread postby wildcatzoo » Mon Jan 13, 2014 11:57 pm

Sweni trail camp is set high on the bank of the Sweni river, a permanent camp with A-frame huts
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View from campfire/dining area
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Re: Both KTP and KNP in a month: Cats, Dogs, and a lot more

Unread postby wildcatzoo » Tue Jan 14, 2014 12:03 am

There were lots of birds to see from camp, including plum-colored starlings
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and gray lourie
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and many elephants
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Re: Both KTP and KNP in a month: Cats, Dogs, and a lot more

Unread postby wildcatzoo » Tue Jan 14, 2014 12:09 am

We set up the trail camera
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Re: Both KTP and KNP in a month: Cats, Dogs, and a lot more

Unread postby wildcatzoo » Tue Jan 14, 2014 12:12 am

and enjoyed a good dinner, but the heat was oppressive – over 40 degrees Celcius and near 100 percent humidity. The moon rose red
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and there was much lightning in the distance. Everyone else went to their huts while we watched the storm (and lightning) get closer. When the rain started we moved to the safari vehicle, which was under a roof. Just in time, the storm passed directly overhead, with heavy wind and rain and lightning all around. Several times lightning struck right next to camp, with a super loud BOOM. I wish I could have caught this on camera. After the rain subsided a bit we went to our hut, but the lightning had a few more loud BOOMs yet.
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Re: Both KTP and KNP in a month: Cats, Dogs, and a lot more

Unread postby wildcatzoo » Wed Jan 15, 2014 3:01 am

In the morning the rain had stopped, so hiking in the mud we went!
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I highly recommend the Sweni trail, the open area around camp is fantastic for walking. On foot we saw kudu
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giraffe
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impala
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waterbuck
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and klipspringer
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along with a view back to camp
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Re: Both KTP and KNP in a month: Cats, Dogs, and a lot more

Unread postby wildcatzoo » Wed Jan 15, 2014 3:12 am

elephant flower
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morning glory
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impala afterbirth
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and hippo
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Re: Both KTP and KNP in a month: Cats, Dogs, and a lot more

Unread postby wildcatzoo » Wed Jan 15, 2014 3:20 am

as well as several large trees brought down by the lightning last night
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Morning break was at a fantastic view point
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with skink
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Re: Both KTP and KNP in a month: Cats, Dogs, and a lot more

Unread postby wildcatzoo » Wed Jan 15, 2014 3:25 am

and then it was back to walking. We came close to elephant
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and saw more flowers
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before approaching camp from the north
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Re: Both KTP and KNP in a month: Cats, Dogs, and a lot more

Unread postby wildcatzoo » Wed Jan 15, 2014 3:30 am

Another tree hit by lightning right next to camp, probably one of the hits we heard
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Just before the camp gate Obert spotted a chameleon
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And then it was time to wash off the mud
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Re: Both KTP and KNP in a month: Cats, Dogs, and a lot more

Unread postby wildcatzoo » Wed Jan 15, 2014 3:33 am

In the wilderness camps everyone votes whether to hike or do a game drive in the evening. As we had hiked about 17 km that morning we all chose a drive, with maybe a short hike to a sundowner spot (on the wilderness trails, you bring your own drinks, but all food is provided). On the way to Marheya dam we found
a black backed jackal (rare to see here compared to Kgalagadi park)
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Re: Both KTP and KNP in a month: Cats, Dogs, and a lot more

Unread postby wildcatzoo » Wed Jan 15, 2014 3:39 am

and then a large male lion
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