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Re: Phalaborwa Gate Sightings

Unread postby gerharddb » Sun May 23, 2010 3:21 pm

Fresh from Lourens,

Lourens wrote:One morning on our way to the walking area.

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Lourens wrote:The African Wild Cat we found on a Night Drive just before Phalaborwa Gate.
The Bateleur feeding her chick and the Lions on the same Night Drive.


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Re: Phalaborwa Gate Sightings

Unread postby gerharddb » Sun May 23, 2010 3:43 pm

Lourens wrote:The Leadwood Trees in the mist at Letaba for the Morning Walk.
Forgot to tell you about the Wild Dogs that were hanging around the Gate Thursday and Friday.


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Re: Phalaborwa Gate Sightings

Unread postby Lourens » Sun Jun 06, 2010 5:45 pm

Good evening Ladies and Gentlemen,

So from the 22nd of May the activities were quiet, but gave us some time to work on all the World Cup Activity arrangements which is starting on Wednesday.

I did go and do the Olifants Wilderness Trail and what an experience!!!
We left 15:00 from Letaba Rest Camp and drove to the Wilderness Trail Camp, which is situated a few kilometres down stream from Olifants Rest Camp on the Olifants River.

The 1st morning on our way to the walking area we found Buffaloes, Elephants, White Rhino's and on the walk we heard Lions fighting and roaring but couldn't find a single track of them. We found lots of general game, Ground Hornbills, Lappet Faced Vulture and in the afternoon took the guests to the Letaba River and Olifants River Confluence.

The next day we went and walk in the Bangu Valley and it is such a stunning area!!! On the way back after the walk we found some Blue Wildebeest with a Black Rhino and calf. That afternoon we took the guests to the Potholes below the camp and enjoyed the sundowners there.

On the 1st of June 2010 I had a Night Drive and we saw a Spotted Hyeana, African Civet Cat, and 2 Side Striped Jackals which was worth the drive.

The next evening on the Night Drive it was a bit more quiet, only got a Buffalo Bull, Genet, Spotted Eagle Owls, Spring Hare, Steenbok.

On the 3rd we did the walk from Erfplaas and we found some Warthogs, Impalas, Kudu, and Elephant. Just before we started walking we listened to some Ground Hornbills which were calling in the distance.

That evening we were very lucky with the Big 5 Sightings on our way to Ngobeni on the Mopanie tar road. We got a Buffalo at Nandzana and while watching the Buffalo I heard a Lion roar to the North. We drove that way and found the Lion in the middle of the road and some Elephant to the side of it in the bush. Watched him for a long time and eventually left him as he walked up the road roaring.

About 2 km's from the Lion on the way back we found 3 White Rhino's in the road and found the general stuff as well.

Friday the 4th we walked from behind Masorini and had a very special charge on the walk. It was the 1st time ever that we experienced something like that and even the 1 guest started screaming. As we walked into the Riverbed a Sharpe's Grysbok jumped up and ran away and not long after that we heard something in the grass jumping up and ran straight to the front of us. It was a Swainsons Spurfowl that pretended that she was injured, pulling her wing on the ground and suddenly opened her wings and charged us and then flew up and came straight into our way. Our only explanation was that she had little chicks and tried to distract us from them. It was a very special sighting to see. We also got a few Kudu Cows not far from there.

Saturday morning on the walk we found 2 Duggaboys, 5 Cori Bustards, Blackbacked Jackal, 2 Ground Hornbills, 2 pairs of Steenbok, Kudu and a lovely Sunrise.

In the afternoon we had another walk and again found a Swainsons Spurfowl with chicks. 10 to 1 they were breeding twice this year with all the late rain we had.

This morning on the drop off for the Olifants River Backpack Trail we found 3 breeding herd of Elephants.

That's it for now, enjoy... :D
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Re: Phalaborwa Gate Sightings

Unread postby gerharddb » Tue Aug 10, 2010 2:05 pm

Lourens wrote:Some more photo’s…

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Re: Phalaborwa Gate Sightings

Unread postby gerharddb » Tue Aug 10, 2010 2:18 pm

Lourens wrote:The Hyeanas at their Den on the Mopanie Road.

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Lourens wrote:The Lion we found at Ngobeni and then later got charged and chased away by a Buffalo Bull.The Elephant, Doves and Buffalo pictures were taken at Nandzana waterhole.

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Re: Phalaborwa Gate Sightings

Unread postby gerharddb » Tue Aug 10, 2010 2:37 pm

Lourens wrote:The Hyeana Cub watching his brothers from a hotspot.
The Sunrise before we found the Lion which we followed for a few kilometres, watching him while marking his territory.

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Lourens wrote:The Double Banded Sandgrouse that flew up on one of our Morning Walks and then saw the Eggs.

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Lourens wrote:The Wild Dogs we found at Shikumbu.
Elephant at Sable Dam before we got the Cheetahs on a Termite Mount on the Masorini Loop..

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Lourens wrote:On a Morning Safari along the Letaba River.

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Re: Phalaborwa Gate Sightings

Unread postby gerharddb » Thu Aug 12, 2010 1:46 pm

Lourens wrote:On our Sunset Walk from Nandzana waterhole.

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Lourens wrote:On our way back from a Sunset Walk at Sable Dam.

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Lourens wrote:This was at Sable Dam during end of June, beginning of July.

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Lourens wrote:On the Night Drive which I went to Reënvoël Dam and back.

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Re: Phalaborwa Gate Sightings

Unread postby gerharddb » Thu Aug 12, 2010 1:56 pm

The last ones untill the next ones arrive...!

Lourens wrote:On one of the Olifants River Backpack Trail drop offs.

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Lourens wrote:The Full Day game drive I did end of June.

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Lourens wrote:The other morning when we did the Mountain Bike Trail and the Lions on Sable Dam’s dam wall.

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Lourens wrote:An elephant sleeping next to a Termite Mount, on our way to the walking area and the Moon early one morning.

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Re: Phalaborwa Gate Sightings

Unread postby gerharddb » Fri Sep 10, 2010 8:33 pm

:yaya:

How desperate are you for these photos??

Here come the first few... let me know when you want the rest of them....they are very good!! :whistle:

Lourens wrote:As the Season changed and the Yellow Billed Hornbill was the day which I did the Malopeni Eco Trail.


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Re: Phalaborwa Gate Sightings

Unread postby gerharddb » Sun Sep 12, 2010 12:35 pm

Lourens wrote:The weekend when we camped at Balule.


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Re: Phalaborwa Gate Sightings

Unread postby gerharddb » Sun Sep 12, 2010 12:43 pm

Lourens wrote:On the Night Drives the past 2 weeks.


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Looks like it for now. Awesome photos hey?
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Re: Phalaborwa Gate Sightings

Unread postby gerharddb » Tue Sep 14, 2010 4:33 pm

Lourens wrote:On the way back we were very lucky, spotting a young Leopard just before it wanted to cross the road and viewed her for an hour and a half before we got the same Male Lion which Johan found on the Backpack Trail pick up in the morning. He came all the way to the vehicle and at 1 stage stalking the Scrub Hare next to us.


And here are the photo's to show it.... fresh in from the man himself. Enjoy!!
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Re: Phalaborwa Gate Sightings

Unread postby Bennievis » Sun Oct 03, 2010 7:54 am

gerharddb wrote:
Lourens wrote:The 2 Backpack Trails I have done…


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Hello Lourens,
Did you discover this little spear there or is it yours?
Why I am asking is that that area was inhibited by ancient civilizations during the iron age.
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Re: Phalaborwa Gate Sightings

Unread postby Lourens » Thu Nov 18, 2010 9:21 am

:popcorn:
On the Saliki gravel road from Skukuza to Lower Sabie.
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On the Crocodile Bridge tar road.
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The Narina Trogon, which any bird lover would love to see!!!
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The Leopard I found stalking Impalas on the Kruger Gate Road.
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:popcorn: more to come...
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Re: Phalaborwa Gate Sightings

Unread postby Lourens » Thu Nov 18, 2010 9:34 am

:popcorn:

Orpen Dam.
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After Tshokwane on my way back to Phalaborwa, some Lions sleeping.
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Sable Dam from the air, went flying with a Augusta on Tuesday morning.
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Our kill we saw on the walk Monday morning.
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That's it for now, until later... :popcorn:
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