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 Post subject: A Warthog Visits???
Unread postPosted: Sun Jul 05, 2009 3:30 pm 
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WarthogB deceided that it was time this year to see new territories and so ended up at


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Now what are Warthogb's first time impressions :-

GREAT ,Lovely , When Do I get Back?
TR finished :( :) :)

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 Post subject: Re: A Warthog Visits???
Unread postPosted: Sun Jul 05, 2009 6:38 pm 
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Our actual arrival day in KTP was a dull rainy day.
First I had to learn about these amazing social birds and the problem they give ESKOM
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Then I had to get through this distance and it was only 09:00 what a long journey ( next time it will be shorter!!)
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Dull day - not for the WarthogB - quick unpack and off for a short drive only to find this hyena carrying a large bone about 2KM outside the Twee Riviern camp gate
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This scared the WarthogB and just looking and thinking about it makes me retire to build up strenght again !!!! :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: A Warthog Visits???
Unread postPosted: Tue Jul 07, 2009 7:39 pm 
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After quiet a wet night we left our little "hut" at Twee Rivieren
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and moved to our nect camp as this was my first time in KTP I wanted to see as much as possible. In hindsight a possible mistake but I wanted to see all.
To the two angels that called me some unprintable names I will just say - you were right should not have given up a certain camp - BUT there will be a bext time
out journey to the next camp
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and a long sitting to watch this little fellow scampering over the sand

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Unread postPosted: Wed Jul 08, 2009 8:18 am 
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billyf wrote:
Thank you for the short installments - my attention span is very short :lol: :lol:

Dont worry billyf - I also have a short span thats why it takes me so long to get to the next camp as i forget what i am supposed to do :wink: :lol:
But on we go and look at the beauty that surrounds one
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Until we arrive at our next camp Urikaruus or as the loacl pronounce " eeri kar ees"
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 Post subject: Re: A Warthog Visits???
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Tail safe :o , now for a quick afternoon look, but again nature shows only her beauty and pleasures :D
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and back to camp for a sundowner and braai
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See you in the morning :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: A Warthog Visits???
Unread postPosted: Wed Jul 08, 2009 5:51 pm 
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Maybe this should have been in the beginnig of my TR but only after discussion with some forumites and friends you might be interestted in following names and places from ANY KTP TR written.
I will refer to this map at the end of my TR -
btw I have cropped off some of the northern parts of the park
enjoy :D
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 Post subject: Re: A Warthog Visits???
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Weatherwise, the mornings were now becoming colder but not sufficient enough to prevent me wearing shorts during the day but last night I needed to put on longs while braaing on the deck and having 4 spotted hyenas walk past us and under our braai deck.
Next morning up early a quick shower, a shave in our fancy basin
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make coffe and off towards Khalahari Tented Camp1
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Note the Gemsbok fancy horn style on the tips??
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 Post subject: Re: A Warthog Visits???
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Once again no big predators but the little things that make wildlife and nature so beautiful - nearly 4 hours to do 31 Km?
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No page turn ?? - oh well lets go on and enjoy an appreciate what is still a marvel and lovely
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For those that have never been to KTP or have never been on the Mata Mata road enjouy this typical landscape
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No sightings and we reach KTC
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In hindsight I think he was telling me to stay on the upper roads but oh well tomorrow is another day :D

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 Post subject: Re: A Warthog Visits???
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After a braai, an uneventful night and a good sleep up early once again as it is a long trip to Nossob.
The mornings are now colder and hovering around 2 deg celcius but again only shorts on.and while waiting at the gate for my permit a co-camper asks me to stop upsetting his Itallian guests ?? :o :shock: :? after he saw my expression he quickly laughed and added that the Itallians wanted to know what I was going to wear in summer - "NOTHING" , tell them :lol:
Permit got and off we go for a breakfast at Kamqua
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and over the upper dune road
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until we meet Caracal on the Nossob road who asks if I have seen the lions :o caracal's So gets me to turn around and not 150m away there they are - I had missed them - with a saloon car and the high grass was not easy
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And then onto Nossab camp for a two day rest.
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Dreamer wrote:
Thanks WarthogB, lovely to 'eventually' see some more! Great to be taken back there on this wet and cold morning in CT. (No wonder GavinW still in bed :wink: ) BUT... my coffee got cold while waiting for your pics to open.
Hey...do you have connections that you get away with posting such large pics :naughty: :wink:
Not an excuse to stop writing now....just downsize a little bit ...please :pray:

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Hey...do you have connections that you get away with posting such large pics :naughty: :wink: - No Dreamer got a PM pointing out all the rules etc - msee if I will do anymore :wink:

@GavinW - hope to catch you and Debbie in Addo next month. I will PM you

Dreamer is this OK for you?
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 Post subject: Re: A Warthog Visits???
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On my way to Nossob I passed this fellow and it reminded me of my Jack Russel back home. I wanted to get out and play with this lovely animal
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Two days at Nossob and hearing the lions every night but no luck to see them because this is what we were up against with a saloon car
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However this made up for no predators
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Tomorrow we go home and wrap up the report so a final look up north
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@ dreamer - please tell me you are happy :) or else ????

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 Post subject: Re: A Warthog Visits???
Unread postPosted: Mon Jul 13, 2009 5:23 pm 
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Right home we go, road between Kij Kij and Samevloeing is closed, road from Nossob to TR appears to be terrible and to go lower dune road is 30 Km longer than via upper dune road, what do I do?? :hmz: And it is 199 KM to do ,do we have enough time :hmz: SO no help there. :twisted:
Start exactly 07:30 reach Dikbaardkolk for a break
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Decision time :D ok lower dune road it is
And guess what :hmz: between Jan se draai and Kamelbrak this black and gray creature crosses the road – camera on back seat :doh: but even if it had been around my neck the creature was across the road and into the long grass ------ a Honeybadger :clap: :clap:
Another stop (pit) at Melkvlei
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and then marvel at how close the imaginary borderline is for Botswana
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Over the lower dune road ,last lap to TR and record the signpost for those that have never been to KTP
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the last bird to see
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and into TR for a lovely braai with the Trailer Trash and Tent Trash :dance: as at 07:30 tomorrow with temperature down to –3C and a pair of longs on we head back home with me planning my next visit

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 Post subject: Re: A Warthog Visits???
Unread postPosted: Tue Jul 14, 2009 5:13 pm 
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To eventually finish this TR and say thanks to one and all for reading and your kind words and encouragement to do the TR but mostly to Caracal for the persistance to get the TR out of me :D , I would like to say to all new forumites that will visit and maybe to some of the experienced KTP visitors get yourself the Peter Derichs Guide Book.
It is well compiled and gives the GPS co-ords of every waterhole as well as camps. Very useful to estimate travelling time back to camp in the afternoons.
It is laid out for the route you follow and for each waterhole gives a brief either name translation, date hole was completed and sometimes how it came about.
The shallowest hole is 30m and the deepest 115m.
Most seemed to be drilled in the 1900 and the holes are quite multi national ,as an example
Auchterlonie - is old Irish, - a summit joy/glade/area ,Montrose Old Irish for a mossy wood and Mariesegat was complted by Marie because her husband was too slow :lol:, there also Welsh origins some German, Afrikaans and Khoekhoen.
The book also gives some excelent descriptions of trees and plants and bushes.
Enjoy your next visit :D

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 Post subject: Re: A Warthog Visits???
Unread postPosted: Wed Jul 15, 2009 8:55 pm 
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Bush Baptist wrote:
Would you like to tell us a bit about the bland names of 13th & 14th boreholes WB?


BB I was not going to post my final posting but now I am so :D I did as it is a pleasure to see the old expeienced KTP's challenging the yougnsters :wink:
it will be so much more interesting to let you explain,translate and tell us the reasons theat the names were changed for the 13th and 14th from "Grootskrij" and "Kleinskrij" - I am only a junior and would hate to give out incorrect and misleading information.
Please tell us about the bland names :)

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