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BluTuna goes West - KTP June 2013

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Re: BluTuna goes West

Unread postby BluTuna » Fri Aug 23, 2013 9:29 am

We had more luck on the dune road than we did yesterday
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15-17 November 2013, day visitor at Croc Bridge gate.
18 November 2013, Lower Sabie

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Re: BluTuna goes West

Unread postby BluTuna » Fri Aug 23, 2013 9:30 am

Lesser Kestrel
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Black Korhaan
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To be continued on the next page....
15-17 November 2013, day visitor at Croc Bridge gate.
18 November 2013, Lower Sabie

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Re: BluTuna goes West

Unread postby BluTuna » Mon Aug 26, 2013 4:45 pm

Day 12, Friday June 14, Twee Rivieren. Morning drive continued.....

Dune road panorama, what an amazing vista!
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18 November 2013, Lower Sabie

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Re: BluTuna goes West

Unread postby BluTuna » Mon Aug 26, 2013 4:46 pm

Bad Hair Day or Jedward bush
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More eye-popping colours
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18 November 2013, Lower Sabie

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Re: BluTuna goes West

Unread postby BluTuna » Mon Aug 26, 2013 4:47 pm

A pugnacious looking brindled Gnu
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18 November 2013, Lower Sabie

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Re: BluTuna goes West

Unread postby BluTuna » Mon Aug 26, 2013 4:47 pm

Ostriches taking a sand bath.
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18 November 2013, Lower Sabie

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Re: BluTuna goes West

Unread postby BluTuna » Mon Aug 26, 2013 4:48 pm

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Re: BluTuna goes West

Unread postby BluTuna » Mon Aug 26, 2013 4:49 pm

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Re: BluTuna goes West

Unread postby BluTuna » Mon Aug 26, 2013 4:51 pm

and running around
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Back at camp we were visited by the tourons. One of them pretended to be an attorney who was "representing" his clients; he told me I would have to come back to the nearest town to attend a court case, "But we can make this go away", which I assume meant that he wanted me to pay them some money.

I told them to go away and send me a summons but he persisted until I picked up my phone and called the KTP emergency number. They left in a hurry. The police arrived shortly after with a couple of parks board people; they told me that the matter was already settled and they had been fined R1000.00 and told to leave the park.

I thought that the fine was OK but being booted out of the park as well was a bit harsh - well, it would have been harsh if they hadn't tried to extort money from me!

I spoke to the section ranger on the phone later and he told me that they were told to leave the park (by the park manager) because they wanted to cross the border at Mata Mata and they hadn't spent the required 2 nights in the park. They were told they had to leave the park at Twee Rivieren.
15-17 November 2013, day visitor at Croc Bridge gate.
18 November 2013, Lower Sabie

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Re: BluTuna goes West

Unread postby BluTuna » Mon Aug 26, 2013 4:54 pm

Before I set off for my afternoon drive, Yellow Mongooses in the camp
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Re: BluTuna goes West

Unread postby BluTuna » Mon Aug 26, 2013 4:55 pm

And on the afternoon drive I found a Lanner Falcon
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A Rock Kestrel
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Re: BluTuna goes West

Unread postby BluTuna » Mon Aug 26, 2013 4:56 pm

A pair of Giant Eagle Owls
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another LBJ, which may or may not be a Marico Flycatcher.
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15-17 November 2013, day visitor at Croc Bridge gate.
18 November 2013, Lower Sabie

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Re: BluTuna goes West

Unread postby BluTuna » Mon Aug 26, 2013 4:56 pm

and here's that beautiful tree in the sunset again.
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18 November 2013, Lower Sabie

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Re: BluTuna goes West

Unread postby BluTuna » Wed Aug 28, 2013 10:19 am

Day 13, Saturday June 15, Twee Rivieren -> Kalahari Guest House.

We decided to have one last, short, morning drive, have breakfast at the restaurant, pack up camp and leave the park.

More scenery with a Martial Eagle
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And with a Tawny Eagle
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Some Suricates trying to warm up
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Another Tawney with scenery
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Sociable Weaver scavenging for building material
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A final Springbok picture
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And last but not least, a new tick for us, an Ashey Tit
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That night I went out and took some more sky pictures at the guest house. The first quarter Moon illuminated the trees quite nicely.
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All we had then was the 850Km drive home the next day.
15-17 November 2013, day visitor at Croc Bridge gate.
18 November 2013, Lower Sabie

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Re: BluTuna goes West

Unread postby BluTuna » Wed Aug 28, 2013 10:27 am

And that was the end of our epic trip to the KTP! :dance: :dance: :dance:

A big thank you to everyone who took time to comment and keep the pages turning!

And a big Howzit! to the other 'Mites we met.

Scouter - On the road around Mata Mata.
Charbel - On the road around Nossob.
LauraC - Only my SO at Nossob shop, I was elsewhere. Sorry I missed you!
KTP Guru - At TR - thanks for helping me out with the tourons!
15-17 November 2013, day visitor at Croc Bridge gate.
18 November 2013, Lower Sabie


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