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Re: needed a (permanent?) fix so.....

Unread postby ecojunkie » Fri Dec 14, 2012 9:16 am

This thread will be neglected for a while as I am travelling outside SA until the New Year. Have a great festive season whatever you are doing, and whoever you are with.
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Re: needed a (permanent?) fix so.....

Unread postby ecojunkie » Wed Jan 09, 2013 5:00 pm

OK - I am back home! Was fetched from Nelspruit on Monday afternoon after getting an airport shuttle bus from ORT, and got home early evening after a short stop in Malelane for a few groceries. Had a wonderful time in Oz and NZ - dune-boarding, luge riding, hiking, helicopter and jet boat rides, etc - now to go through the photos and notes and look at maps etc to make sense of it all! There was little time for that while I was away......kept on the go all the time.

The caravan was still standing, although 2 roof tent poles had broken during a heavy rain storm - just unable to support water which had pooled on the roof. I have managed to sort out a temporary repair job for now. Also put another tarpaulin over the caravan and tent which is a little larger than the previous one and actually provides a little shade on the sides too.

I was welcomed back into the park by a herd of elephants between the Malelane bridge and the reception area (and dismayed to see folk walking towards them!). Also saw impalas and warthogs, and giraffes near camp.

Yesterday I drove to Skukuza to do some admin tasks, and returned via CB so I could collect my post from Komatipoort. Although I could not treat it as a game viewing drive I still saw a lot......big herd of rhinos, elephants several times, impalas, warthogs, zebs, wildebeest, steenbok, giraffes, and several car-jams that I simply got past as quickly as possible!

Marula season has just begun, and the fruit is beginning to bounce on the caravan with increasing frequency! Guess I will soon have to start bowling practice by throwing them over the fence to discourage ellies and other animals from coming in. But it is very hot (yes, OK they have give me a 'very warm welcome back'!) so anything like that will wait until the sun goes down and it gets a little cooler.

I am already appreciating the shower tent and DC shower pump I got late last year - quick cold shower is great to cool down.
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Re: needed a (permanent?) fix so.....

Unread postby ecojunkie » Sun Jan 13, 2013 2:57 pm

Lots of marulas going over the fence......!

Yesterday afternoon I was fed-up and decided I needed to get out......so drove to Matjulu waterhole. It was quiet, but did see impalas, zebs, giraffes, elephant, and tail-ends of warthog and rhino. Also stopped in at BnD for short chat with a friend.

Today still overcast and damp at times, and still cooler. At least I have fixed my portable aircon, so no more dripping water on the floor when I need it again.....
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Re: needed a (permanent?) fix so.....

Unread postby ecojunkie » Mon Jan 14, 2013 3:33 pm

Have been asked to do night drives for BnD tonight and tomorrow - but with the rain I do not know whether they will happen or not......time will tell.
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Re: needed a (permanent?) fix so.....

Unread postby ecojunkie » Mon Jan 14, 2013 7:49 pm

Too wet for the guests tonight, so I came home again...... Will see what happens tomorrow.
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Re: needed a (permanent?) fix so.....

Unread postby ecojunkie » Tue Jan 15, 2013 4:43 pm

...except it brought down the front of my caravan tent again last night! I have now removed the poles and just fastened everything to the ground until I have time to make a better repair job.

Will not do a drive tonight......still raining, and it is really a waste of time and fuel to go to BnD, wait around and then just drive home again.
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Re: needed a (permanent?) fix so.....

Unread postby ecojunkie » Tue Jan 15, 2013 8:33 pm

:thumbs_up:
By the way saw impalas tucking into marulas today! They were cleaning up under the tree near the reception area at the gate, and there was a noticeable bare earth area where they had been.
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Re: needed a (permanent?) fix so.....

Unread postby deon.pienaar » Wed Jan 16, 2013 7:10 am

[quote="Deon"]Tent are always a problem when out in the wheather so long. Maybee you should see if you cannot get a wooden "afdak" constructed to park your caravan under. This would help with rain and the heat.[quote]

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Unread postby ecojunkie » Wed Jan 16, 2013 7:18 am

Good idea, and would stop me being assaulted by marulas at the moment too.......but not sure whether I would be allowed to put up a structure like that.
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Re: needed a (permanent?) fix so.....

Unread postby ecojunkie » Fri Jan 18, 2013 7:50 pm

Wednesday midday we were on our way to Punda Maria - via Giyani on the outside of the park as no time to travel inside. Rained most of the way! Saw lots of animals.....goats, cows.......dogs......and nyala and zebs along the fence of one of the private reserves.

Just before 6pm we entered Punda gate and in no time were at the camp and finding our safari tent. Then a braai before eventually falling into bed late. Fortunately the folk we were joining had arrived earlier and started a fire, so it was not as late as it could have been. Rain poured down, and we learned the road to Shingwedzi was flooded and closed meaning that several travellers had to stay at Punda. One couple we met had been evacuated from Pafuri camp in the night when the river suddenly rose alarmingly.

Animals seen inside the park included impalas, warthogs, zebs, nyala, buffalo, ellies.
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Re: needed a (permanent?) fix so.....

Unread postby ecojunkie » Fri Jan 18, 2013 8:01 pm

Yesterday we set off shortly after 8am, still with drizzle falling. We had to take new photos at Klopperfontein dam and check GPS readings, repeat process several times along the border track, and near the Pafuri pump house amongst other tasks.

First problem.....finding the section ranger and getting permission and information....... And then second problem....flooding! One place was totally inaccessible, others we were told to be cautious......and one they said if we got stuck it would be OK as the rangers were busy in the area and would help us out! The Limpopo river had come down hugely in flood, causing the Luvhuvhu to back up and flood extensively.

We had no troubles travelling at all.....even one spot where the river approaches had washed away we were able to get around (and met the rangers shortly after that!).

Saw giraffes, zebs, wildebeest, impalas, ellies, buffs, nyalas......

On our way back along the border track we found very fresh lion spoor over our tracks. Evidence was a huge male had tried to catch an impala.....but been unsuccessful. We took photos of the tracks, and I took one with my boot next to it....and the lion's paw print was wider than my foot!
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Re: needed a (permanent?) fix so.....

Unread postby ecojunkie » Fri Jan 18, 2013 8:07 pm

Another braai followed.......but we were earlier to bed than the previous night, and had less insects to deal with. The genet that had visited the first night also did not reappear.

This morning we woke to sun, despite the forecast rain. By 7.30 we were off to the gate for a meeting to discuss displays......but had it on our own as nobody else turned up! Then we headed south for Shingwedzi. There we had to take down all the posters, clean the frames, replace most of the posters with freshly printed ones and put new plexiglass on to protect them. Took a couple of hours, but then we were done and had so much to do at Mopani that we decided not to stay at Shingwedzi after all and push on to Mopani.

Tonight we have one of the lovely 3 bedroom guest cottages at Mopani, and are now here for 2 nights which is great. Tomorrow lots to do again.....displays at reception and in the conference centre to update, and sites outside to visit and check/photograph
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Re: needed a (permanent?) fix so.....

Unread postby ecojunkie » Sat Jan 19, 2013 6:35 pm

Busy day today.......the rain was falling, but then eased up so we went out to take photos etc...... tramped around Pioneer dam (at the foot below the wall, not the bird hide!) and then went to a secret place......and more tramping around. Eventually back for a late lunch, and then while the other folk went to the conference centre to sort out the displays, we went out to the petroglyph site to take more photos. I was given a lesson in orientation and finding the vehicle on the way back......!

Now the rain is heavy again and we are trying to get a fire going for a braai!!!

Animals today included ellies, impalas, warthogs, ellies, wildebeest, waterbuck, water monitor, goliath heron, African crake, water dikkop, grey heron, night heron........
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Re: needed a (permanent?) fix so.....

Unread postby ecojunkie » Sat Jan 19, 2013 7:19 pm

Philip1 wrote::thumbs_up: What a job!!!!! :thumbs_up:


Yep.....I am amply compensated for the time I spend 'helping out'......and I really appreciate it. It is great to be able to share it with other folk too via the forum.
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Re: needed a (permanent?) fix so.....

Unread postby ecojunkie » Sat Jan 19, 2013 8:32 pm

While meat is being braaied, and salads made, I have a little time to post, so will try to post some photos...... No more than 3 or 4 per post so should not be too difficult for folk to view.

Black stork with grey heron behind it......Tzendze river near Mopani
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.....and now Photobucket refuses to let me copy more links....... will continue to battle and post if it decides to cooperate again!
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