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Re: Gauteng, Rietvlei Meet September 2010

Unread postby CuriousCanadian » Sun Sep 12, 2010 12:34 pm

:clap: Sounds like a GREAT time!! What sightings you guys had :mrgreen:

Thanks for the :cam:

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Re: Gauteng, Rietvlei Meet September 2010

Unread postby Mellory » Sun Sep 12, 2010 12:36 pm

We got off to a rather cold over cast start and were rewarded with a herd of buffalo and a very very tiny calf they appear to be a lot smallet than the KNP buffs and their horns are also thinner and pointier my daughter says they are probably forest buffs?

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We also saw the Rhino mom dad and calf my sister who came with us cried bitterly to see them dehorned it is very distressing to see but we know it is for their safety terrible that the poaching that is so rife has resulted in us having to resort to these measures to protect them!!!

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Re: Gauteng, Rietvlei Meet September 2010

Unread postby gerharddb » Sun Sep 12, 2010 1:09 pm

Afternoon Everyone :yaya:

Well what more can I add?? Nada(nothing)!! Mads you are a superstar!! Thanks for all the effort and work!

Then I would like to make a proposal... that Mads and I discussed on the phone this morning...

Why not make this an annual meet...with a few "fun" activities to go with that.

This is what we thought... and if it sounds stupid or as if it wont work.. please comment?

As there were allot of people, and next year I believe there will be more, devide the whole bunch into groups of say 4 or 5 people in a group. Then these groups must go and compete against the other groups in the tasks and challenges that is set and handed out to them... like finding the most species of birds( with photos), grass species, animals, trees ect.... Rietvlei has so much to offer actually!

Then we can even put bets on and combine this as a fundraiser.. like R10 per birds specie correctly identified with photos, R1000 for the cheetah, the brown hyena that Mads( and I believe Johan N) got last night, R500 for the Serval or Caracal(spelling :redface: ) ect.... do you catch my tune? I think it will be a great way of spending a great day in the "plastic bush" as Mads refer to it... :lol: :lol:

There WILL be prizes given to each team and then the overall winners. Thats almost sorted! SO all we need now is your views and opinions? :D

And then after that a nice and big braai to top it of with some good food and even better friends!
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Re: Gauteng, Rietvlei Meet September 2010

Unread postby steamtrainfan » Sun Sep 12, 2010 1:38 pm

Just like anything to do with trains I am a little late in getting in on the action. Mads I think that you are amazing. Thank you so much for doing all the arranging and making me feel so at home. I hope that the fire did not affect the lions enclosure as in true dedication you went off to check on the lions to ensure they were safe instead of sitting around a nice warm fire. Such true dedication is very rare. In fact , thanks so much to all the other forumites that were there. What an amazing experience and group of people. Jen B, Sparks, Meandering Mouse, Ndloti, Sue Marie ( I think), Gerhard, JohanN, WendyA, Vlakvarkvrou and all the others whose names I have regretably forgotten already. Please forgive me. Also a big thank you to our 2 guides who were very friendly and kept the chatter going (not the teeth, they did this on their own) and always answering questions. I am still totally flabbergasted at the night drive. Handrie, your eyesight is fantastic. Many folk have already told you what we saw. My big plus was out of two cheetah in that whole reserve we see one of them and also crossing the road right in front of us nogal. Thanks once again everybody.
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Re: Gauteng, Rietvlei Meet September 2010

Unread postby jungle jenny » Sun Sep 12, 2010 4:37 pm

Thank you Mads for a wonderful event yesterday. As I am a fairly new member it was nice to meet the people behind the user names.

MM I just loved your chair!!!! If you don't mind...... :whistle: :whistle: :whistle: .

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I should have stayed longer!!!!!
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Re: Gauteng, Rietvlei Meet September 2010

Unread postby CuriousCanadian » Sun Sep 12, 2010 4:42 pm

:lol: :clap: :clap:
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Re: Gauteng, Rietvlei Meet September 2010

Unread postby Wild Dreamer » Sun Sep 12, 2010 4:43 pm

So, so sorry to have missed such a great time!
Thanks for the photies, and it really sounds as if you all had an awesome day!
Next time....
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Re: Gauteng, Rietvlei Meet September 2010

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Re: Gauteng, Rietvlei Meet September 2010

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Re: Gauteng, Rietvlei Meet September 2010

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Re: Gauteng, Rietvlei Meet September 2010

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Re: Gauteng, Rietvlei Meet September 2010

Unread postby Mads » Sun Sep 12, 2010 5:54 pm

Hi everybody!

I think this is a first! I am posting while doing boatpatrol on Rietvleidam! ! Waiting for the sun to set! 8)

Thanks for all the kind words. It was really a pleasure!! :mrgreen: I must thank Jungle jenny for the delicious milktart! It was such a kind gesture! :clap:

Thank you to Vlakvarkvrou for the name stickers. :clap:

The lions were not in a co operative mood!! But we eventually went to them
I definately did not intend to provoke the rhinos. They get fed lusern in Winter time and she wanted food. I did not have food and she ran after us for some food.... So actually she did not charge.... I must say she was not in the best of moods! :evil:

Sorry will continue my post later!! I need to get off the dam!!

Bye for now!!
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Re: Gauteng, Rietvlei Meet September 2010

Unread postby Bokkiebird » Sun Sep 12, 2010 5:55 pm

Thank you everyone for a great day - and it was great to meet you'all.
Mads, thanks for everything you did. I appreciated it.

The day started early for me - I was in the reserve at 5.30... Was told of an early drive to see the lions - who put on a bit of a show. Hey Jarvis :dance: :naughty: :whistle:

Then on to the rhino. Vlakvarkvrou still commented to me, that Mads should have stopped for us to get a good photo, but nooooooooooooooooooooooo, we went closer. Got some good shots of the mom and baby, baby was dancing and prancing around the mom and then... CHARGE !

We were thisclosetothem.

I did manage to take photos, but must first read up on how to get them posted.

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Re: Gauteng, Rietvlei Meet September 2010

Unread postby Johan N » Sun Sep 12, 2010 7:08 pm

We had a wonderful day and it was great meeting everybody. :thumbs_up:

I would also like to thank Mads for all the arrangements and the awesome sighting. :dance: :clap:

This was a dingus :tongue: until Mads identified it:
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Re: Gauteng, Rietvlei Meet September 2010

Unread postby Mellory » Sun Sep 12, 2010 7:38 pm

Some more people pics

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DavenJan
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Bokkiebird

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JohanN SO and family
and their breakfast mmmmm looks good
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Mads and Flutterby

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WendyA

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Holigan and Snakies and Ansunette (they have been forum members for quite a while but not too active watch them get "hooked" after this.

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Have never seen such HUGE barbel
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