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Unread postPosted: Thu Jul 11, 2013 7:47 am 
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Just an idea......Crocs (the shoes) weight just about nothing and are good to wear when crossing rivers, according to my son. At least they save your feet from the bruises.

What an amazing adventure. We have just done a couple of very small bush walks in iMfolozi this past weekend and it has whetted my appetite but I don't think I would be brave enough to sleep out in the bush in a small tent!


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Just an idea......Crocs (the shoes) weight just about nothing and are good to wear when crossing rivers, according to my son. At least they save your feet from the bruises.


Would you believe I had packed a pair to take with me.....but they were in my overnight bag left in the car as my guide friend said I would not need them and the flat slip-in sandals I had as an alternative were better for round the camp in the evening! In fairness at that stage he did not know it would be possible to cross and walk on the south side of the river.........

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EJ looks like you eventually enjoyed yourself even if it was with blood sweat and tears. :doh: :doh: :doh:

Well done :clap: :clap: :clap:

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Great sense of achievment Well done .. !!! I am sure you learnt aaan awful lot too. Would love to do it but will the 1st gun carry me !!!!

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Wow EJ! What a trip! All I can say to you is BRAVO!!! :clap: :clap: :clap:

Thank you for sharing this wonderful adventure with us! :dance: :dance:

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Final installment....last morning -

We woke up and had a quick hot drink, then walked to the sand-stone cliffs…..finding lots of leopard spoor as we went – actually we had seen evidence of lots of leopard activity throughout the hike. The cliffs were worth the walk and rock scramble towards the end, and we had breakfast snacks there……provided by the remnant of food from the Mary Poppins’ packs! Provitas, rye bread, tuna, cheese, cucumber, salami, biltong……it was a feast!

Then back to camp, finding that the cheeky leopard had actually walked over our tracks, deposited dung next to them, and then we tracked him most of the way back to camp, but he veered off and we had to give up the pursuit.

There was just time to pack up camp, and go to the river for a final splash before pick-up time.at 10am. The 10-seater arrived, we piled bags in, and set off back to Olifants camp……sad but with a sense of achievement.

Back at camp there were final farewells after a breakfast together in the restaurant, and then we started the long drive home. En route we saw ellies, buffalos, giraffes, lions, zebs, wildebeest, warthogs, woolly-necked storks and a European stork, vultures, kudus, waterbuck…….and a very careless employee out of his car on one of the bridges ‘marking his territory’. We had no time to stop, so I pointed my camera and snapped a photo as we passed……..only to find it had not turned on properly! But he will be left wondering what is going to happen to him for several days now – so he will still be punished by his own mental state!!!!

My friend dropped me at the caravan as the rain started. He will return tomorrow and I will travel with him to Sand River bush camp and then have his bakkie for a week as he has 2 camps in a row. A very good friend indeed!

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And what an achievement EJ! I take my hat off for you! :dance: :dance: :dance:

Thanks again for sharing this wonderful, stunning experience with us! :clap: :clap:

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wow superb... BRAVO :clap:
adrenaline with Hippo, rewarding with Pel's Fishing Owl, scaring with Croc track... etc... :clap:

how is an European Stork... according to my book, (and swiss birdline) we have White Stork (Ciconia ciconia) and Black Stork (Ciconia nigra) :hmz:

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:mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

Wow EJ, what an amazing adventure. :dance: I know I wouldn't have lasted the first day never mind three days. But what an achievement (something to put on your CV :D ) It did sound as though you were doing a bit of low flying, though.

It's something I would love to do, but I'm nowhere near fit enough, I only just managed the 7k walks at Sand River :D :tongue:

Bravo and Mazeltov for completing it successfully. :clap: :clap:

I think hearing the ground hornbills would have made it worthwhile for me, never mind the lions, pels and all the other stuff. One of my favouritest sounds.


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EJ I'm amazed by everything you do. What a time you had - I hope your bruised feet have recovered.
I can't wait to meet you when we get to Malalene on the 13th August.
We would like to arrange a night drive for the 14th (with you if possible) - how do we go about it. If we need to book it before we arrive could you let me know who I should ask for ( your name probably - to do the drives)
A PM if you don't want your name on the forum.
Otherwise we'll just try and book it when we arrive on the 13th .


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EJ. What a good friend you have. I do hope your bakkie problem is sorted soon. What an incredible hike you had. Very brave indeed.


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EJ, how far was this trek/route march? Or how far did you walk each day? Hopefully you stopped often to look at things. :D


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Do you know I did not ask! Will check though when I see my friend on Wednesday. We did not stop often as standing about with a heavy pack while talking about trees etc is no fun. We basically tried to walk about 45mins or so and then take a short break with packs off, and then talk about anything we had noted as we walked.

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EJ, So another amazing trail has come to an end. :mrgreen: Sure you will recover quickly, before we know it you will be back in your boots and making it back into the bush once more. Thanks for sharing this trail with us sure it will have left a lasting impression on you 8) , once the feet have healed. :wink:

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My feet are fine.....they only felt bruised for a bit, probably the cold water did not help too much either.

Next bush episode booked is the bush camp on 21st.....so plenty of time to recover.

Saw a hyena patrolling the fence this afternoon shortly after 3pm. It stopped between 2 occupied camp sites and seemed to be eating something near the fence.....so I suspect bones thrown over. Will keep a watch on those campers......

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