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Re: Exiting Kruger – That surprise last sighting

Unread postby Bundi » Tue Jul 12, 2011 3:11 pm

Welcome to the forum MikeyA.

So your sighting was actually just outside the gate then?

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Re: Exiting Kruger – That surprise last sighting

Unread postby MikeyA » Tue Jul 12, 2011 3:16 pm

Bundi wrote:Welcome to the forum MikeyA.

So your sighting was actually just outside the gate then?



Thanks! :thumbs_up:

Yes it was...i couldnt believe it! Especially as i'd packed my camera away when we got to the gate :redface: Moral of the story...never pack anything away until you're on the N4!!!

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Re: Exiting Kruger – That surprise last sighting

Unread postby Grantmissy » Tue Jul 12, 2011 3:42 pm

Thank you Sawubona :redface: :lol: . These exit sightings that formites tell us about are just amazing, when I see something nice just before leaving the Park I just want to go back. Thanks for sharing your experiences, it is so very interesting :D :thumbs_up: !
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Re: Exiting Kruger – That surprise last sighting

Unread postby weesy » Wed Jul 13, 2011 2:33 am

Dec last year as we were heading towards Croc Bridge after a wonderfull day and running a little late, we spotted 6 Wild doggies in the road heading towards us. It was our first doggie sighting in ages. Needless to say we turned around and followed them for a while. We agreed we would rather pay a late exit fee than miss out on these guys.. It was worth it and we made the gate without a fine at 1802 pm. :lol: :lol:

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Re: Exiting Kruger – That surprise last sighting

Unread postby norms » Wed Jul 13, 2011 7:40 am

Yesterday afternoon (4.30pm) just 2.5 km from Orpen gate we came across a female leopard with her cub next to the road. What a way to end a fantastic day in the park!!
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Re: Exiting Kruger – That surprise last sighting

Unread postby Grantmissy » Wed Jul 13, 2011 8:07 am

Norms a very fantastic way to end a day in the Park indeed. It seems like the Orpen gate is the gate to exit - I deducted this from reading the many ‘last” sightings people has had in that vicinity. I must remember that for when planning for a future visit.
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Re: Exiting Kruger – That surprise last sighting

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Wed Jul 13, 2011 9:28 am

On our Angels trip, 2009, November, Trusted Beauty started to have problems starting. If the engine switched off for a moment, it needed a push start.

Imagine this

Larissa, the driver, needs to be careful and we head to Malalane from Croc Bridge in order to have the battery checked. We also need to hit the road back to Gauteng.

Larissa stops :hmz: :D :dance: :dance: :dance: Leopard in Tree :thumbs_up:

No,.... Leopard in tree with cub climbing down... Larissa reverses to get a pic and misses it by a moment :(
hang on :D second cub climbing down.. I do have pics of that one.

We drive futher a hit a one car traffic jam.. another Leopard 8) one a rock.. it walks off... followed by its :hmz: mate?

We get to Malelane, only to be told that the battery is OK, it must be starter motor :( .

MM has to deliver some books to Berg n Dal, so off we go.... Larissa dare not switch the motor off.

We spot a traffic jam
Lions :dance: :dance: :dance: very close to the road... posing...
we move back and forth.. and then our final sighting...
a yellow ribbon :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance:

it is Anne Marie.. 8)

we stop and chat, exchange news, cause another traffic jam :wink:

we are about to pull off and Larissa goes pale..

"jislike, MM" she says.. "I nearly switched the engine off" :big_eyes: :big_eyes: :big_eyes:
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Re: Exiting Kruger – That surprise last sighting

Unread postby noel » Wed Jul 13, 2011 10:19 am

JISLIKE MM. :lol: :lol:

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Re: Exiting Kruger – That surprise last sighting

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Fri Jul 15, 2011 10:00 am

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Re: Exiting Kruger – That surprise last sighting

Unread postby Crested Val » Fri Jul 15, 2011 10:15 am

Bundi wrote:We have had none of the luck on our last drives as explained in some of these posts.

I think the reason for that is that during the last few kms before the gate we can hardly see through our tears and it is a miracle we manage to stay on the road and make it safe to the gate at all.


Good answer Bundi!!! :clap: :clap:
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Re: Exiting Kruger – That surprise last sighting

Unread postby Crested Val » Fri Jul 15, 2011 10:16 am

Wow MM. :big_eyes: :clap: :clap:
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Re: Exiting Kruger – That surprise last sighting

Unread postby cheetah2111 » Fri Jul 15, 2011 10:20 am

Unbelievable sightings here :big_eyes: :clap: :dance:
November ... very quiet last drive
December last sighting - LION
March - quiet drive to end it.
June - nice drive to end. But nothing special.
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Re: Exiting Kruger – That surprise last sighting

Unread postby Bushmad » Fri Jul 15, 2011 9:55 pm

Hyenas just before new exit at Orpen (twice..there is a den there)

2002....just as we approached Orpen Gate to leave....and drove over that barely noticeable "bridge" over a large culvert, diagonally opposite the waterhole and cam...there were baboons and Impala milling around.

We had not seen leopard that trip and I remember thinking..."no leopard this time round". We drove into Orpen and while filling up, people we met at Olifants camp a night or two before came to say hi and asked if we saw the leopard.

We drove back in, just past the waterhole and there...on the opposite side of the road, in the shade of some knobthorns, was a leopard. The Impala and Baboons were oblivious to his presence...he eventually stood up and walked southwards...deeper into the bush.

Lesson...."you're not out till you're out" or its "not over till its over"...expect the unexpected from the moment you arrive to the moment you leave, literally.
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Re: Exiting Kruger – That surprise last sighting

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Fri Jul 15, 2011 9:58 pm

So, so true :thumbs_up:
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Re: Exiting Kruger – That surprise last sighting

Unread postby Grantmissy » Mon Jul 18, 2011 9:37 am

Bushmad wrote:Lesson...."you're not out till you're out" or its "not over till its over"...expect the unexpected from the moment you arrive to the moment you leave, literally.


:thumbs_up: A very good lesson indeed Bushmad.
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