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We did a birding stop on the bridge on the way back from church and also had a good time with some dwarf mongooses on the road near camp. Earlier this morning 2 waterbuck males were grazing right next to the fence outside the caravan.

We are going out again a little later on. My friend was in urgent need of a rest!

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My friend was in urgent need of a rest!


I think you can do with one as well EJ! :thumbs_up:

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Long day out today, doing big loop to Tshokwane and back via Lower Sabie. We found impala lambs at last, and lots of ellies, buffs, giraffe, zebs, kudus, warthogs, many birds, and 2 separate lots of lions absolutely stuffed with food.

Tomorrow we will have an easier day, possibly going to BnD to wander round the rhino trail and do some birding there.

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Enjoy your birding at BnD. We are looking forward to doing the same there tomorrow. Hope your friend is loving her time in the Park

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Looking forward to read about all the birds you're going to see today EJ! Enjoy! I think your friend is having a ball! :clap: :clap:

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I am late up this morning, friend has already gone out in her car for a lone drive. But she will be back for some brekkie before too long I think. We had some rain in the night, but not a lot.

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Had a visitor this morning

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I could hear something outside and went over to sit on my bed and look out and came face to face with the big guy. He was sure the grass was greener this side of the fence!

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Long day out today, doing big loop to Tshokwane and back via Lower Sabie. We found impala lambs at last, and lots of ellies, buffs, giraffe, zebs, kudus, warthogs, many birds, and 2 separate lots of lions absolutely stuffed with food.

Tomorrow we will have an easier day, possibly going to BnD to wander round the rhino trail and do some birding there.



EJ, what a day :gflower: :gflower:

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Goodness EJ - that ellie is close and it looks like the fence is broken. Did he do it or was it broken beforehand !!! Did you have to shoo him away (knowing how good you are at that). or did he go of his own accord. :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:


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nice surprise :whistle:

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EJ! A little bit too close for comfort! :wink:

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Last night I ended up doing a sunset drive.....2 South Africans, 5 Japanese, and 2 Israelis.......an interesting mix!

The strange weather with changing temperatures, wind, rain, has made animals a bit confused and it was quiet. We did find the usual impalas of course and enjoyed watching some lambs bouncing about. Also had scrub hares, and a hippo next to the vehicle almost at the end of the trip, and an elephant very close too at one point. Apart from that it was a couple of good times with large greyish animals, and some duikers, and a waterbuck.

About 20mins before we finished the wind suddenly became unpleasantly strong and with common agreement I drove a bit faster to try and get folk back to cars/hotel before the rain came. Made it.....and actually just got back to the caravan myself as the rain started.

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This past week.....Monday to Friday I have been camping with 7 other guides out in the bush at a secret location in Kruger. Besides going for a training/assessment purpose, we were also asked by the section ranger to walk in certain areas to report back to him what we found. Such an immense privilege to be allowed to walk there, and to be able to assist in a small way while doing so!

On the first afternoon we only had time for a walk near the camp. While preparing to leave camp 2 young elephant bulls came across the clearing next to us. One was brave and came close, the other only came close just before they left. Because they could see us easily and we did not move off until they had gone it was a safe encounter with the elephants deciding just how close they wanted to come to us.

Shortly after that we found another young bull, this time on his own. We cautiously got quite close to him shielded by bushes, and then the wind swirled and he realised we were there and moved off quickly. We were able to follow and get close again this time shielded by a ring of fallen leadwood trunks and branches.

As we left the bull we saw a large breeding herd of elephants behind us, but decided to allow them to pass without trying to get closer.

Later in the walk we found the same elephant bull again, but gave him space rather than stress him by trying to get close again.

Lots of signs of rhinos and leopard about but we saw none.

Back to camp to prepare a meal and go to bed ready for an early start next morning.......We got up at 4 am each morning while in the bush!

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Sound like a very exciting time you had EJ, can't wait to read more of your adventure in the bush :dance: :dance:

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On our second day we did 2 walks, driving to one location and walking from camp again in the afternoon, and the animals hid away from us! We found lots of tracks and dung and signs of activity, but saw very little life other than a few zebs, wildebeest and impalas. It was strange and frustrating........! But still so good to be out there in the wilds of Kruger.

The third day we drove to another location and again were struggling for a while. But then suddenly we were almost tripping over animals!!!!! We had several rhino sightings, and then stopped for a break in a dry river bed. After starting off again we heard lions and then saw them ahead of us as they jumped up from a wash-away area and ran off. The large male did stop briefly and look at us.....

We tried then to skirt around the bushes they had run into to get downwind and see if we could find them again......and as we neared a clearing had to stop because again there were rhinos in a muddy wallow ahead of us. As we stopped the lions growled at us from bushes near by!!!! We could not see them though...... And then we saw a herd of elephants opposite us, downwind of us, and they picked up our scent and one large female began actively moving up and down looking for us. It was time to make tracks! We carefully moved away and stopped for a 'water break' once we reached safety.

More rhinos before we got back to the vehicle again, but no more sticky situations!

We were too late back to camp to go out again, so cooled down and then got ready to braai for the evening.

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