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Craigsa's Sightings : KNP 24 to 30 Dec 2005

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Craigsa's Sightings : KNP 24 to 30 Dec 2005

Unread postby craigsa » Fri Dec 23, 2005 9:48 pm

Greetings.

I am off to Kruger early tomorrow morning.
I would like to wish all forum members a merry christmas, have a lovely day, and enjoy it with the families. All the best for 2006. Will pop in when I return for a short while as I am off to Durban later that day.

As a christmas present to all I will drive the S100 on christmas day! :wink:

My good friend Dinkybird will be getting my updates to keep all of you posted as to what I see.

Enjoy.
Cheers
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Unread postby DinkyBird » Sat Dec 24, 2005 9:07 am

Just received half an sms from Craigsa - nice to know they are there safe and sound!

Just entered Kurger Gate. Park very green. Overcast and cool. Roads to Kruger was chaos - full of taxis. First sighting group of kudu. And my first *....text missing*


His first what :shock:
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Unread postby DinkyBird » Sat Dec 24, 2005 9:30 am

Suspense is killing me....sms'd craigsa....first ever what:?:

Oh first ever road block in Kruger. Couple of impala and kudu so far seen.
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Unread postby DinkyBird » Sat Dec 24, 2005 12:50 pm

Received from craigsa this very minute!

Fantastic start. Good lion sighting and ellies in dam. Sable and nyala and lots of general game. Buffalo. Missed a leopard by 5min apparently. Extremely hot.
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Unread postby DinkyBird » Sat Dec 24, 2005 1:01 pm

Craig says the road block was by the traffic department. Park is busy. Camps are full. Roads are busy.
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Unread postby DinkyBird » Sun Dec 25, 2005 5:34 pm

Craigsa sent this in at lunch time today:

Clan of about 15 hyaena outside their den about 1km from camp.

Did S100. 1 lion but far away and then nothing as usual. Very quiet. So was yesterday afternoon.
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Unread postby DinkyBird » Sun Dec 25, 2005 9:29 pm

Craigsa's evening report:

LOG. Far away but in the open.

Weather is terrible. Overcast drizzling and windy.
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Unread postby DinkyBird » Mon Dec 26, 2005 8:38 pm

Craigsa has just sent this sms to me:

Not much to report. Weather has been terrible. Think tomorrow it is going to clear up.

One word of advice - don't eat restaurant food at Satara.
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Unread postby DinkyBird » Tue Dec 27, 2005 9:39 am

Sms just received from Craigsa:

Morning. Weather much better. Sightings are better. And feeling better. 2x lion sightings. Herd of 200 or so buffalo, plenty general game.
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Unread postby DinkyBird » Wed Dec 28, 2005 11:26 am

Craigsa has just sent this sms:

At Talamati. Very nice camp. Sightings are few, very dense. Couple of ellies and impala. Giraffe and birds on about 90.

Meant for last night - no signal.
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Unread postby DinkyBird » Wed Dec 28, 2005 11:34 am

Craigsa:

Left Talamati early for Biyamiti. Lion just outside Talamati. Ellies, buffalo, lots of giraffe. Rhino at Nkumbe. So Big 5 is ticked. Not many zebra.
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Unread postby DinkyBird » Wed Dec 28, 2005 9:58 pm

Just received this sms from craigsa:

Did not realise got signal. Latest report:

Heaviest storm I have experienced in Park. Rain, wind howling and lightning. No electricity for 2 hours. Stayed in.
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Unread postby DinkyBird » Thu Dec 29, 2005 9:39 am

Craigsa has just sms'd this to me:

Weather still miserable. Biyamiti river is flowing. Couple of rhino and ellies and some impala and zebra. Lioness with 4 small cubs. Very good birdlife.
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Unread postby Muhammad » Thu Dec 29, 2005 9:53 am

Here is the road block.this was between Kruger gate and Skukuza.
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Unread postby francoisd » Thu Dec 29, 2005 10:24 am

Wild@Heart wrote:Tx for the pic Muhammed .. any idea what they were looking for ?

We also encountered a road block on this road in 2003 just before the turn off to the S1 coming from Skukuza. Then they were checking drivers and vehicle licenses, asking if you have fire arm or plants etc. with you and as we were driving a LandRover Defender 90 Tdi, I mostly chatted to the SANParks guy about his Defener 90 2.8i which he apparently won in a competition.
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