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 Post subject: Re: Both KTP and KNP in a month: Cats, Dogs, and a lot more
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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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 Post subject: Re: Both KTP and KNP in a month: Cats, Dogs, and a lot more
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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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 Post subject: Re: Both KTP and KNP in a month: Cats, Dogs, and a lot more
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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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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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 Post subject: Re: Both KTP and KNP in a month: Cats, Dogs, and a lot more
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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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We set up the trail camera
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 Post subject: Re: Both KTP and KNP in a month: Cats, Dogs, and a lot more
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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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 Post subject: Re: Both KTP and KNP in a month: Cats, Dogs, and a lot more
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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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 Post subject: Re: Both KTP and KNP in a month: Cats, Dogs, and a lot more
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morning glory
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impala afterbirth
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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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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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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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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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