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 Post subject: Nuggets from a trip to Mokala and Kruger in October 2013. #4
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Another nugget.......

Sights and sounds from a waterhole

One of the advantages of driving yourselves around parks like Mokala and the Kruger is that you can drop in at a waterhole and stop for as long as you like and just absorb all that is going on around you. The longer you sit the more you see and hear.

One of our favourites in the Kruger is the Matjuli waterhole near Berg-en-dal. There were lots of canaries, bulbuls and bee-eaters twittering away in the bushes, ignoring a young crowned eagle perched on the top of a tree. Alas, the light wasn’t good enough for a photo.

We almost died from laughter when we saw a pair of young ellies being spoofed by some egrets flying in for a drink. They went racing off into the bush, trumpeting as they went! They did return a little as you can see behind this car that went drove around the waterhole. :naughty:

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We can never go past the Kumana dam on the H1- 3 without stopping. In the past it has been a good place to see leopards; but not this time. We had to be content just with herd animals, hippos, baboons and lots of birds.

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A first for us was the Klopperfontein dam on the S61. Much to our delight this ellie was thoroughly enjoying himself.

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Tihogonyeni always delivers for us and this time was no exception. For those who don't know it, it's an isolated waterhole in a dry plain and so the wild life is very varied. It's well worth spending half an hour or more here. We had only been there a few minutes when a secretary bird and some vultures flew in.

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together with some ostrich and a zebra

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While we were waiting for some wildebeest and zebras to come down, we saw this little Klittliz’s plover close to the car.

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A breeding herd of tsessebee nearby with some CUTE newborns.

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A flock of quelias (I think) emerged from some bushes.

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We wondered how this ellie had come to his end. By the size of the bones we assumed they were those of such a fine beast.

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Back in Mokala, when we were enjoying the evening air and marvelling at the African night sky, accompanied by the sound of bull frogs croaking at the waterhole by Mosu Lodge and the churring of a rufous necked nightjar, we were aware of a clicking sound. It sounded like somebody walking very heavily with a stick. We shone the torches in the direction of the noise to discover it came from a small herd of eland coming for their drink!

A little later that evening we heard the clattering of horns at the waterhole. So off we went to investigate….It was a gemsbok locking horns with anything that came anywhere near the water. (The waterhole is lit so we could see this going on.) He was claiming it as his own!

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Wonderful sightings all around umtali1 :dance: .

Cute little Klittliz’s plover :clap: .

Also love the young tsessebee calves :clap: .

Thanks for sharing :thumbs_up: .

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Great sightings and wonderful :cam: ..Umtali :clap: :clap:

Making me very :mrgreen: with the Ellie at Klopperfontein...always a treat to see them there. 8)

What an adorable little Klittliz’s plover. :dance:

Really enjoying your TR. :thumbs_up:

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Great sightings and wonderful :cam: ..Umtali :clap: :clap:

Making me very :mrgreen: with the Ellie at Klopperfontein...always a treat to see them there. 8)

What an adorable little Klittliz’s plover. :dance:

Really enjoying your TR. :thumbs_up:

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Thanks for your comments. We don't know how we've missed Klopperfontein dam in the past :doh:

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Wonderful sightings all around umtali1 :dance: .

Cute little Klittliz’s plover :clap: .

Also love the young tsessebee calves :clap: .

Thanks for sharing :thumbs_up: .


We thought the plover very cute too. Those calves didn't look much more than a week old.

Thanks for following our nuggets. :thumbs_up:

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I'm enjoying all your nuggets umtali1! The Tihongonyeni waterhole is pure delight with all the animals to be found there! :clap: :clap:

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I can't see the images :( so I am going to try later.

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I can't see the images :( so I am going to try later.

:sup: :sup:

oh they 'lost' our domain so forum can't get to image webserver.....
small panic .....

loaded images on different domain until they get it back.

All nuggets will be edited to use the new name and the pics should appear..

Hopefully the original domain will re-appear on Monday
so other people's messages linking to our pics will get them back then...

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Now I can see your nuggets 8)

I just love your little Plover. Gorgeous little Tssesebe babies. Lovely to see the rarer antelope with young. I do love Klopperfontein. My best ellie experience was there..... all on my own.

Just lovely, thank you :gflower:

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I'm enjoying all your nuggets umtali1! The Tihongonyeni waterhole is pure delight with all the animals to be found there! :clap: :clap:

Thank you Hilda.

We were pleased to watch the secretary bird and the vultures flying in.
The plover was so small.

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Now I can see your nuggets 8)

I just love your little Plover. Gorgeous little Tssesebe babies. Lovely to see the rarer antelope with young. I do love Klopperfontein. My best ellie experience was there..... all on my own.

Just lovely, thank you :gflower:

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Thank you Meandering Mouse. Pleased you could see them in the end.... :thumbs_up:

Delighted you're enjoying our nuggets. We are trying to convey that there are special places in both parks as well as all the beautiful creatures, and also something of the ambience of each of them.

We don't know how we missed Klopperfontein in previous visits :wall:

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Stunning Picture, umtali,

and the kittlitz plover is lovely - Funny is that they prefer that area at Tihongonyeni as we also saw them there now two years in a row :thumbs_up:

The elephant was hit by a lightning last December / January - Poor creature :?


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Stunning Picture, umtali,

and the kittlitz plover is lovely - Funny is that they prefer that area at Tihongonyeni as we also saw them there now two years in a row :thumbs_up:

The elephant was hit by a lightning last December / January - Poor creature :?

Thank you Pumbaa :thumbs_up:
We thought someone would know how that ellie met its fate. :(

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Malelane Gate –what a wonderful sight

We only had 3 nights in Mokala – alas!

We were really pleased to have visited this lovely little park with its variety of birdlife, wonderful antelope, beautiful scenery and peaceful ambience.So it was time to move on to the Kruger.

A crimson-breasted bush shrike bade us farewell as we departed through the Lilydale gate on our way to the Kruger.

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That will not be the last you hear of Mokala as we shall be showing nuggets of more birds and animals that have not featured already.

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Our travels took us on the new stretch of the N8 between Kimberley and Bloemfontein and then to a B&B in Bethlehem. Then onward to another B&B near Piet Retief. So after a couple of nights and approx. 1200 km we cast our eyes on that wonderful sight that is the Malelane Gate. We knew that we would be in heaven for 14 nights.

Our stay would be taking us to Pretoriouskop from Malelane Camp, Satara, Talamati, up north to Shingwedzi, back to Letaba and out through Phalaborwa.

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If you look closely, there is a little object on top of the Malelane camp road sign. What would have left it? It looked quite fresh!

Once settled in we set off for a late afternoon drive. It was scorchingly hot. We followed this guy as he sauntered to a wallow to cool down. You could just hear him sighing as he sat in the mud, closed his eyes and enjoyed the cooling effect on his nether regions! Aaah! Such bliss!

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Later on that afternoon we had stopped to admire yet more rhino on a very steep rocky incline rising up from a gully on one of the dirt roads. A vehicle came down the hill towards us, stopped and we exchanged comments on sightings for the day with the occupants. Then the male driver challenged me (I was driving) to start off without rolling back…… Of course I did it…. Obviously he thought a woman driver wasn’t capable of such an achievement!!! He had to clap!

The next day we travelled along the same road. This time my SO was at the wheel. I asked him to stop at the exact same spot. He said “No, you just want me to attempt a stop start.”

“Stop!” I replied, “There’s something in that tree!”

It was this.

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It was eating something and you can see how full its crop is.

My SO did achieve a perfect start.
... (unfortunately).....

It was back to camp to have an early night ready for another day…….

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Oh wonderful!!! Great start to Kruger and definitely will look into Mokala as another one on my list!

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The Drive from Malelane Gate to the nearest camp

If you want to revisit the Kruger via the Malelane gate just indulge yourself ...

switch on your favourite music
or better still some Kruger Wildlife sounds,

sit back and enjoy 15 minutes of the drive from the Malelane gate to Malelane Camp and imagine ........



This video was captured at HD - once it starts playing
click on the cog to adjust to match your connection (cost).

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