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Katja's Kruger Trip : 15 May to 1 June 2006

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Katja's Kruger Trip : 15 May to 1 June 2006

Unread postby Elsa » Mon May 15, 2006 6:46 pm

Katja has arrived at Biyamiti and her first SMS report reads.....

Greetings from Biyamiti!
Breeding herd of ellies just walked through riverbed. Am listening to Scops owl and Fierynecked nightjar.


What a wonderful start, I really envy her and can't wait for our trip and to meet up with her. :D
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Unread postby Jose » Tue May 16, 2006 1:46 pm

Just in:

Katja wrote:Stopped at Satara on way to Letaba. Highlights today so far: longcrested eagle & 2 lionesses on S25.


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Unread postby Elsa » Tue May 16, 2006 8:12 pm

Just received from Katja

"Had a wonderful day in the bush! Lots of birds, 4 rhino on the H10, many elephants, 2 lionesses and many more species. Have a lovely perimeter bungalow in Letaba - very quiet here
:-) Katja"

Sounds like that was a good day, lucky fish
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Unread postby Jose » Wed May 17, 2006 10:08 am

Katja sent this last night already, but I was watching a heated debate on tv and I forgot about it... :roll:

Katja wrote:Say Hi to everyone on the Forum for me. Can hear Scops calling in the distance :D

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Unread postby Jose » Wed May 17, 2006 2:21 pm

Update:

Katja wrote:Last sighting: YR in Shingwedzi. Had a nice chat with impisi08. Off to Punda now.

I told her to keep an eye out for more YRs... Stoffel is in that area too. :D

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Unread postby Jock » Fri May 19, 2006 8:45 am

This received from Katja. I am submitting on behalf of Elsa who has come down with a nasty cold overnight. We received it last night but we were out and only returned late, our apologies.

"Hello from Punda Maria! Drove to Pafuri today. Lots of nyala, impala, baboons and crocs there but not much else. Loved the scenery! Also met Frank Mabasa. Katja"

Looks like those cats are playing hide and seek with Katja. Naughty kitty.
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Unread postby Jose » Fri May 19, 2006 6:14 pm

Just in:

Katja wrote:Did Mahonie Loop twice today. Grass very high. Saw ellies (2 breeding herds), buffs, kudu, impala, water monitor & many birds. 1 ellie & 1 buff on Thulamila Hill. Enjoying a drink on the stoep of tent #2 now. :D Cheers.


Of course I had to ask...

and she wrote:No curly-haired guinea chicken. Scops has just started calling :D

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Unread postby Jose » Sat May 20, 2006 7:00 pm

Update!

Katja wrote:Looked for Mashagadzi and found him! His timing was bad, it was just before gates closed & getting dark, so no good pics.
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Yes, he's very impressive! Will say Hi from you if I see him again. Am planning to do Red Rocks loop tomorrow.

:D

bert wrote:No nyala on the Mahonie :?:

Apparently not. :( I'm sure she would have mentioned it if there had been but I'll ask her.

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Unread postby Klystron » Mon May 22, 2006 10:39 am

Received by Elsa from Katja 21/05/06 18:02 (but our Internet was down since Friday's storm);

"On S52 many waterbuck. Spent some time watching a Hamerkop & had a great python sighting. Bushbuck & Baboons on S50. Found Pearlsp. Owl near Shingwedzi Bridge. Sitting by the fence now, a hyena just walked by. Katja"

Elsa on the mend.

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Unread postby Jose » Tue May 23, 2006 8:17 pm

No "official" update from Katja yesterday, but we did chat about some of the tuskers in the area... including

Katja wrote:Am a bit confused now, saw another ellie w. big tusks, but shorter than yesterday & curved upwards. Will verify pics.

We then talked about several other big/emerging tuskers in the area, including Massunguine (the one W@H may have seen) and Tshilonde. I guess that in the process we both forgot about the day's sightings... :lol:

Anywayz, just received this:

Katja wrote:Looked at Big Tusker pics in Letaba today. 1st one I saw (ed.: that was on Saturday) was Mashagadzi, the other one could be have been Massunguine. On the way from Shing to Olifants saw lions, jackal, ellies, buffs, zebra, giraffes, wildes, waterbuck, impala, ostriches & many other birds

I asked her if she's getting bored yet. :lol:

Katja wrote:Yeah, I'am getting bored :wink: , so tomorrow I won't drive but spend most of the day enjoying the river view from no. 9 in Olifants. Will also go m.biking and stargazing.

I don't think it's wise to post here, what I told her after that. :twisted: :lol:
Man! She's having a great time! :mrgreen:

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Unread postby Jose » Fri May 26, 2006 11:10 am

Live from our bush correspondent:

Katja wrote:It's a beautiful morning in the bush! Saw a leopard on the H-8. Am at a hyena den near Balule now. Hyena mom is sleeping outside, have not seen the cubs.

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3 cubs outside now & 2nd mom arrived. They are feeding the cubs. :D

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Pretty small but not black anymore, so maybe about 3 months? 2 cubs were just playing & hide behind bushes now.

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Unread postby Jose » Mon May 29, 2006 8:36 pm

Just in:
Katja wrote:Saw WTM's cardboard buffalos on the S100 today. Very well done - so many and even animated!
Highlight of the day was 3 klipspringer close to the road near Nkumbe.

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Unread postby Jose » Tue May 30, 2006 8:04 pm

Update:

Katja wrote:Sighting of the day: a YR at Nkuhlu and 3 lesser spotted forum members (that's what their t-shirts said) named Elsa, Jock & Klystron. Also saw forumite chrisb on the S137 and 2 ears in the long grass on the S82. Others told me there was a lion attached to the ears... Oh - and a leopard near the H4-2/S28 junction.

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No cheetah yet. Maybe tomorrow - my last full day in the Park. :cry:

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Unread postby Jose » Thu Jun 01, 2006 9:27 am

Katja sent this last night already, but first I was out for a quick pizza in a "cell free" restaurant and then the butler, who didn't do it, kept me from checking my messages :roll: But better late than never, so:

Katja wrote:Drove to Skukuza/Kruger Gate area today. It was pretty quiet but I had a good sighting of ground hornbill on the H1-2 & saw my first African Hawk Eagle on the S65. Am enjoying my last evening on the verandah of tent #21 now. Cheers.

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Unread postby Katja » Tue Jun 06, 2006 3:10 pm

Thanks for all your comments! Image

Jose wrote:
bert wrote:No nyala on the Mahonie :?:

Apparently not. :( I'm sure she would have mentioned it if there had been but I'll ask her.

Nope, no nyala on the Mahonie. The grass was very high there, and it was difficult to spot anything. First time I did the loop (morning) I saw almost nothing. The 2nd time (afternoon) I had more sightings but not a lot.
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