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 Post subject: Duke Ellieton Here we go again April 2011
Unread postPosted: Sun Apr 17, 2011 5:36 pm 
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Shopping – done
Expectations - none
Bags – packed
Lists - checked
Leopard spotter (aka Miss Sharifa) - in the zone
Driver (aka Duke) – excited to the bone
Kruger -Best game reserve in the world beckons

:D :D :D So here we go again :dance: :dance: :dance:

22-25 April: Olifants
26-29 April: Lower Sabie
30 April – 1 May: Biyamiti.


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 Post subject: Re: Here we go again
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Greetings from Olifants :D

Having a great time. Some cats, some raptors and lots of general game and plenty of mites :thumbs_up:

Had a lovely meet yesterday with anne-marie, Bushmom, Bishbaby30, Bushbaby75 and Lowveldboy.

Also met Elzet, TheunsH, Zelster, Vlakvarksegat and Joshilewis and SO were on the Morning walk with us today :D


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 Post subject: Re: Here we go again
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Hi from Lower Sabie,

Still having a graet time and excellent sightings :D

Met plenty more mites, Tsukudu, Michel367, Sprocky, RobertT, Snakies, Madleopard

Spent a wonderful evening yesterday with KTF Hooked and her SO. Met anne-marie again this morning :D and Zelster told us where to find the doggies :dance: :dance: :dance:


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 Post subject: Re: Here we go again
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Hi again,

If you like lions you would have enjyed today :D

Also had a very special sighting today :roll:

Move to Biyamiti tomorrow for two nights :dance:

and then back home :(


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 Post subject: Re: Here we go again
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Introduction

I love Kruger. I love to drive through Kruger with Miss Sharifa at my side. I love the serenity of sitting at a waterhole and the sense of place that Kruger offers.

I love the breathtaking sunrises

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The unmatched diversity of wildlife:

plains animals

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and the raptors

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colorful birds

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and predators

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and the spectacular sunsets

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There is no such thing as a bad trip to Kruger

Joins us on anothr wonderful journey through Kruger


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 Post subject: Re: Here we go again
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Thank you Katja, Lionspoon, norms, Bushmom, flying cheetah, Flutterby, michel367, Micetta, Pumbaa :thumbs_up:

22 April 2011.

We arrived at Orpen gate at 1.00pm and drove the H7. Saw the usual impala and zebra. At Nsemani Dam we found a hippo and calf grazing.

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Miss Sharifa commented that I have put her under undue pressure. What if she did not spot any leopards on this trip.

I told her if she did not, she will get to drive :lol:

Further on an African Hawk Eagle in the distance

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At Ngotso a nursing Hyena.

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We arrived at Olifants and settled down and got the braai going. It was good to be in Kruger.


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 Post subject: Re: Here we go again
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Thank You Micetta, Lionspoon, Pumbaa, Katja, flying cheetah :thumbs_up:

23 April 2011

We were out at gate opening time and headed south on the H1-4. The SANP Morning Drive Vehicle was parked off. There were two lionesses in the distance. We moved on and got a hyena running towards us.

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At the intersection with the S127 we met Zelster at a rhino sighting but they were far in the bush and not good for pix

We took the S127 and S39 back to Olifants. We found a Black Backed jackal.

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The southern end of theS39 has a pride of lions that we have seen many times and amongst the pride is a lioness we have named One Eye.


Today she was on her own :hmz:

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She got tired of us and headed off into the bush

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Further on we saw a steenbok.

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Thereafter we met up with Elzet.

We got back to Olifants for our meet with anne-marie, Bushmom, Bushbaby30, Bushbaby75 and Lowveldboy and had a very pleasant afternoon :D :D :D


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 Post subject: Re: Here we go again
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Thank you Bushcraft :thumbs_up:

Pity we did not meet and where is your TR :rtm: :lol:

At camp the red winged and glossy starlings were picking off scraps off the braai grid

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On the afternoon drive we headed north on the S93 and found lappet face vultures fighting for a perch

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now just to setlle down

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there you go, this is my perch

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a white fronted bee-eater

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and on the way back a tawny close to camp

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 Post subject: Re: Here we go again
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Thank you for all the comments Flutterby, Katja, Bushbaby30, Bushcraft, Elsa, ColWD, jennet, Micetta, Wildlover, Pumbaa

24 April 2011.

We planned a very short drive this morning to Ngotso and back as we had a River walk at 9.30am.

A beautiful sunrise

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We turned around at Ngotso south and at the Nyamarhi spring I spotted a LIT. Pressure was really on Miss Sharifa now :tongue:

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As soon as another car arrived he was down the tree and disappeared into the bush

A hyena crossed the road in front of us. My what fearsome teeth you have

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We got back to camp and got ready for our walk. Joshilewis and his SO were on the walk with us.
The river walk is a mid morning walk and only takes 30 minutes plus about 30 minutes drive to/from walk. It is designed to find the Pel’s Fishing Owl in the area but we were not in luck :(

On the afternoon drive we met a lot of mites on the road to Balule.

Tshukudu, RobertT, Ducol, Michel367, Sprocky, Vlakvarksegat

25 April 2011

We were out first again and decided to take the S90 south and then the infamous S100 to Satara as there was no need to rush back to camp today.

We found 3 different sets of nursing hyena and then at Bangu waterhole plenty of impala. The youngsters were testing their legs and running all over the place and we spent 15 minutes with them

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The Bangu area is known for cheetah sightings but again we were not in luck or so we thought :wink:


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 Post subject: Re: Here we go again
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Thank You Bushbaby30, TheunsH, Pumbaa, Bushmom, Lionspoon :thumbs_up:


About 5 Km south of Bangu we found a herd of Zebra and there were a few foals.

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Then the zebra got nervous and we sensed a predator nearby.

Across the road from the zebra

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He crossed the road and got downwind of the zebra

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Then it was all concentration

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 Post subject: Re: Here we go again
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Thank you wanderw :thumbs_up:



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Here we go.

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We could not believe the speed with which this cat moved and he left us in his wake. The foal got away but this is a scene that will remain with us forever

A disappointed cheetah :(

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he sat down to get his breath back

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It is difficult to describe a scene that took 40 minutes to unfold with a few pix. Sharifa tried video recording the chase but just was not possible.

Oh and he that get up again and rushed into the long grass. We did not see him again and it seems like he caught something, possible a hare :hmz:


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 Post subject: Re: Here we go again
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Thank you Wanderw, Micetta, Bushcarft, Roaneric, Katja, Cheetah2111, Touareg :thumbs_up:

We moved on south on the S90 and saw ellies, zebra and wildebeest.

Impala on the S100 and this little bee-eater :D

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We stopped at Satara. Now we had already met Bushmom, Bushbaby30, Bushbaby75 so we were shocked to find Bushbaby1 in the tree where the scopsie normally sits

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Scopsie was in another tree for today

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3 entangled giraffes

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That evening we hooked up with KTF Hooked and her SO and had a wonderful time together :D


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 Post subject: Re: Here we go again
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Thank you Micetta, Flutterby, Michel367, Katja, KTF Hooked, Pikkie, Crested Barbet, Bushmom, Lionspoon
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26 April 2011

Today we were moving to Lower Sabie. We were all packed and at the gate at 5.30am.

At the gate we met CaliforniaDreamer and also KTF hooked


We headed towards Satara. We met anne-marie near Girivana.

Our plan was to take the H7 and then the S36 all the way down and hopefully find some sable.

At Nsemani dam we found some waterbuck drinking

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We met Zelster on the H7 and he told us about the vultures/hyena feeding on a kudu carcass

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and also that the doggies were near the turn off to the Maroela camp so we thought, why not and headed that way and found the doggies :dance: :dance: :dance:

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We now took the S140 and S145 to join up with the S36.


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 Post subject: Re: Here we go again
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On the afternoon drive from Lower Sabie we got nice sightings of a black shouldered kite and a brown snake eagle on the S137.

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Tomorrow we will go water skiing at Mpondo dam :huh: :lol:

and get a very special sighting of an animal you should readily associate with me :wink: :hmz:


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 Post subject: Re: Here we go again
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27 April 2011

Thank you Crested Barbet, Micetta, Katja, Lionpoon, flying cheetah, pikkie
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Yep, those ruby red eyes of the BSK are enchanting.

I was hoping to complete this TR before Saturday 14 May as I am going to be away on business for 2 weeks but doesn't look like that is goinf to happen :roll: . Will see if I can post while I am away

Today was an action packed day.

It started with two buffs having a real go at each other on the S28. These guys were not playing and you could hear the banging of horns …OUCH.

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OUCH...

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The road was quiet, not a single car from Crocodile Bridge :hmz:

Eventually we met up with the Bushbaby family and they told us about the lions on the Vurhami Bridge.

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We weaved in and out and soon were on our way to Mpondo dam where we planned to spend the rest of the morning.

Before Mpondo we saw a Bateleur.

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We parked off at Mpondo and the plovers were not happy with us and tried to mob our car

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so we moved further along and we saw the :shock: :big_eyes: water skier


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