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The Big 5 before breakfast..

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The Big 5 before breakfast..

Unread postby Ert » Fri May 18, 2012 11:32 am

Hi ,

in the beginning of April this year, we spend 2 weeks in kruger. We drove a morning tour from Satara to Olifants
( over S90 ) and saw the big 5 in under 3 hours including 2 big male lions, white and black rhino and at leopard
female in 20 minutes beside only our car ... :D
Enjoy the pictures: http://www.deifuss.dk/59724869

After this morning tour, breakfast was delicious at Olifants restaurant. :thumbs_up:
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Re: The Big 5 before breakfast..

Unread postby Elsa » Fri May 18, 2012 11:40 am

Wow Ert, what luck! :D

You have some amazing and beautiful pics! :clap:
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Re: The Big 5 before breakfast..

Unread postby Ert » Sun May 20, 2012 12:13 pm

Hi Elsa,

thanks.. we were very lucky, a Leopard beside our car, that was very special. :dance:
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Re: The Big 5 before breakfast..

Unread postby Gemma T » Sun May 20, 2012 12:28 pm

Oh there's a phrase that sends shivers down my spine!!
I count myself blessed that this was my welcome on very first trip to the park!!
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Re: The Big 5 before breakfast..

Unread postby Crested Val » Sun May 20, 2012 2:30 pm

In 35 years of visiting Kruger (mostly) and several other SANparks, we have only ever seen the Big5 all in one day, once ever.......................and that took from 5am to 6pm!!! Route Pretoriuskop to Satara!! :whistle: :whistle:
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Re: The Big 5 before breakfast..

Unread postby Ert » Sun May 20, 2012 4:04 pm

Hi Crested Val,

that was the most lucky day ever for us in Kruger. The Big 5 before breakfast including Black Rhino and
the same day afternoom a pack of 15 wild dogs. That was the second time we saw Wild dogs in kruger.. :D

We drove for a Cheetah that day 2 times S90, but no sighting. That will be a dream to take photos of a cheetah next time in kruger. :pray:
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Re: The Big 5 before breakfast..

Unread postby cheetah2111 » Sun May 20, 2012 11:39 pm

I have had the same experience on that route Ert :D
Rhino, Elephant, lion on the S90 one morning in December.
A big leopard on the S89, and buff as soon as we hit the H1-4 :D
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Re: The Big 5 before breakfast..

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Mon May 21, 2012 6:59 am

Ert :D fantastic slide show :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

wonderful pictures of a wide spectum of animal behaviour. Thank you, I thoroughly enjoyed it. :thumbs_up:
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Re: The Big 5 before breakfast..

Unread postby Grantmissy » Mon May 21, 2012 2:31 pm

Hi Ert :yaya: I am glad that you had such good sightings :thumbs_up: I see that you have enjoyed your breakfast at Olifants - our breakfast at Berg-en-Dal was also very good, including the service :thumbs_up:
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Re: The Big 5 before breakfast..

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Wed May 23, 2012 1:36 pm

Ert wrote: ....the same day afternoom a pack of 15 wild dogs.


Now you're talking...It is not uncommon to see the boring 5 before lunch......well black rhino is special, but I will trade all that lot for a doggie sighting with a serval thrown in.!
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Re: The Big 5 before breakfast..

Unread postby Ert » Wed May 23, 2012 9:42 pm

Hi Bush Baptist,

you are right with lunch... but it was our breakfast... :D :D under 3 hours

The wild dogs sighting was very special ( ca. 1½ hours )...

We love to have a leopard i 20 minutes beside the car :cam:
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Re: The Big 5 before breakfast..

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Wed May 23, 2012 11:17 pm

A leopard next to the car IS great Ert. Have not had it often enough, but lions eles and buff are not difficult to get.

Try this for size!
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Re: The Big 5 before breakfast..

Unread postby cheetah2111 » Thu May 24, 2012 11:06 am

It is not about ticking off big5 of coarse. But I do not feel satisfied after days in the Kruger without being in the midst of a massive herd of buffalo . :D And without hearing the rhino crunch the grass in his mouth :D And what is a Kruger trip without having to reverse for the big grey one :D Or the powerful golden king :D And the elusive rosetta hiding in the trees and stalking through the bush.

Most of us love all the animals of the bush! And cherish the rarities which we might come across! But the big5 are so iconic that it is a shame if we do not encounter them after some days in Kruger :D
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Re: The Big 5 before breakfast..

Unread postby kids@camping » Thu May 24, 2012 11:13 am

Hi Ert
How lucky can one be :dance:
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Re: The Big 5 before breakfast..

Unread postby ndloti » Thu May 24, 2012 11:52 am

Image

Just 5 minutes on foot is good enough for me ...
KNP is sacred. I am opposed to the modernisation of Kruger and from the depths of my soul long for the Kruger of yesteryear! 1000+km on foot in KNP incl 56 wild trails.200+ nights in the wildernessndloti-indigenous name for serval.


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