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Another wonderful walk and experience EJ! :clap: :clap:

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I always look forward to your TR.
This one was quite different in that you didn't have to be quiet.
Thanks for taking the time to update us on what you're doing.


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I haven't seen you posting for a while, EJ, so I've had several pages to catch up. Lovely to be on these bush walks, even the walk from the car to the office can be interesting. :D

One learns all the time, and each walk, gives you more interesting experiences. Thanks for sharing some of them with us, and some of your pics.

Fascinating to realise how high up ellies can climb. I know that surveyors used elephant tracks when they were searching for ways to make roads down escarpments.


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Yes, a lot of roads throughout Africa are based on animal tracks, in particular elephant and hippo tracks.

We have had a lot of elephant activity around camp recently because of marula season. I have been regularly tossing fruit over the fence to try to prevent break-ins, and last night we definitely would have had 2 bulls in camp if I had not done so. They spent about 3 hours near the caravan hoovering up fruit, and the biggest was reaching over the fence to the marulas next to the fence that I had left knowing the bigger guys would get them easily anyway.

Suddenly after 10pm a bright light appeared, and a camper came stomping through the wooden fence around my caravan swinging the beam in all directions and went right up to the fence where the ellies were! I threw something over my pjs and went out to get him to move away. He told me he was not a 'jo-burger' and to go back to bed! I asked him to move away and not shine the light at the ellies as that might provoke them.....He snarled something and moved down right next to my caravan! The ellies fortunately moved off.....probably so full of marulas they could not be bothered!......and after searching thoroughly all round with his spotlight Mr Camper returned whence he came, snarling out something about a mad woman!!!!

It could have turned so nasty.........

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Oh my word EJ! Was the camper trying to protect you against the Ellies, or did he just come to see what was going on with them? :lol:

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Not sure what he was thinking......but actually suspect he was not thinking....... :wall:

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Ignorant and idiotic Mr Camper! Just as well it was you there and not me - I would have been so mad I would have been tempted to toss him over the fence to see the elephants up close! We will be at Berg n dal for 5 days from 13th August and will make a point of seeing you in that time. In the meanwhile I look forward to more posts - when you have the time. i know you are a busy little lady. Regards, D.


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After over seven months of almost no Internet and great difficulty in opening web-pages when I did have it, a mysterious piece of equipment has been added to my antenna and suddenly I am properly back on line. I've had a lot of catching up to do. EJ I see you have been very busy and someone like that idiotic nocturnal camper must have been the last straw. Thanks for continuing to post when it has not always been easy, I always enjoy your descriptions.


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Thanks for the encouragement folks!

Life continues to be busy......but that is what I am here for!

The past week I was in Skukuza.....but camping in the bush. 2 days on the shooting range - training and assessments. The weather did its best to turn up into crisps....... I did a little shooting and was pleased that I can still shoot equally well right and left shouldered (and this time on a timed exercise too!). Then 2 days of meetings in the bliss of an aircon room at the conference centre.

We heard ellies, lions and hyenas around the camp plus lots of birds. There was some towing of vehicles that got stuck crossing a sandy river bed and a couple of other interesting experiences.......

Next week is probably office-bound as I must finish rewriting the Orientation manual because we have a course the following week. But as the office is now at BnD there could be some interesting sightings on the way there and back.

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How I have never found your thread before now beats me EJ and with so many years of writing behind you, its quite something to catch up from the beginning, so I have read the last 10 pages or so.

Really love your experiences and photos, giving us a very different perspective of things, from what we as tourists normally view things.

Thanks you so much and I will continue to make my way through the older pages of your thread.

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Your prowess with a rifle is amazing. I would feel very safe doing a walk with you as 2nd rifle.

Now that I've met you it makes your description of whatever you do so much more personal.
So, even though going to the office in Skukuza (or next time BnD) maybe seems mundane to you - to me it is interesting just because you're in Kruger. Thanks for taking the time.


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