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Katmal's Kruger trip : June 2006

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Katmal's Kruger trip : June 2006

Unread postby DinkyBird » Fri Jun 23, 2006 8:21 am

Just received this sms from Katmal:

Arrived safely at Malelane gate at 6:30. Lovely morning and great to be back in my 2nd home. Updates follow!!


I can just picture the scene there this morning.....*sigh.
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Unread postby DinkyBird » Fri Jun 23, 2006 12:06 pm

Just in from Katmal:
Had a fab drive this morning from Malelane! Female leopard and youngster 1km from gate up marula tree! Lion on main road to B & D, ellies, rhino, jackal and general game up to Skukuza.

Having a cold one now celebrating. Park looking awesome!

Update after afternoon drive follows!
Katmal


Wow!! What a start to their trip!!
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Unread postby DinkyBird » Fri Jun 23, 2006 6:40 pm

Just in from Katmal:

Lovely drive on Sabie river dirt road and back along Doispane road! Saw buff, pleanty ellies, rhino, bushbuck etc. Light amazing late afternoon for photography!
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Unread postby DinkyBird » Sun Jun 25, 2006 3:10 pm

Sms just received from katmal:

Just another day in paradise! Left Skukuza early and found 2 lionesses, lion and 4 small cubs outside camp o H4-2, 7 sable on Salitjie Road. Rhino, buff, ellies and leopard along H4-2 on way back to camp to complete another big 5 plus hyena and sable! Now for the dogs & cheetah!

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What a day!! :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
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Unread postby DinkyBird » Mon Jun 26, 2006 8:24 am

Received this sms last night after I had logged off:

Afternoon drive towards Phabeni gate on Doispane road yielded another great leopard, rhino, ellies and buffalo!

Excellent bateleur sighting. Sad to leave tomorrow but will give it another shot early!
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Gosh - another leopard. I am going to ask Katmal for tips on how to spot leopard!
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Unread postby DinkyBird » Mon Jun 26, 2006 10:54 am

Just in from Katmal:

Just left the Park at Malelane after a drive which included two big male lions, hyena and whitetailed mongoose at Skukuza, the rest of the day quiet down to Malelane although it did include about 40 ellies, buffalo and a quick black rhino sighting on S25, only my 2nd in the Park!

Full report in a couple of days time.
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Safely home

Unread postby katmal » Tue Jun 27, 2006 10:03 am

Hi there!

Safely back home after an absolutely unbelievable trip! Will try and do a full report within a couple of days! Still waiting for some pics from the family to be send through! Unfortunately sightings like that of the black rhino were unexpected and no camera were ready, while the leopard sightings were all either into the sun (early sighting), and the other 2 sightings was of leopard hunting impala, with little or no chance to get shots of the stalking cats. Will definitely include pics of the sable, lion and elephants. Thanks for all the comments on the trip, as always it's all about timing, although previous experience while working in the park and through research have helped a lot over the years. All I can say is that there is still plenty of grass left for grazing for the winter, although the animals seem te be congregating around the waterholes more and more. Will be glad to share info on all the sightings as well as other interesting info.

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