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 Post subject: Bush Brat-Bratpacking!Sep/Oct 2010
Unread postPosted: Sat Sep 25, 2010 3:23 pm 
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Hi everybody,

I am Flutterby's son and I am going to be doing a TR of all the :cam: I take while we are in Kruger. (WARNING - they probably won't be so good :redface:) We will be staying at Orpen for the 1st two nights, (the 29th and 30th of September) and at Lower Sabie for the last two nights(the 1st and the 2nd of October). Lower Sabie is my favourite camp, so I am really happy we are staying there! :dance: I have never stayed at Orpen so I am looking forward to seeing what it is like and what it has in store for us! :popcorn: I normally go with my mom and grandfather to Kruger, but now my great uncle and his girlfriend, or as you adults call it his SO :roll:, will be joining us! :dance: My dad, as normal will be staying at home feeding my dogs, or as he likes to call them " the stupidest dogs in the world, even though they aren't! :evil: :naughty:

My mom, Flutterby will be doing a proper TR with all the roads we went on and everything else - its called " A Flutter to Kruger with my family and other animals. "

At the top of my wishlist is a Honey badger so let's hope we see one. Apparently they come into Orpen at night - I really hope so!! :pray:
All my books, checklists etc are on the table and waiting to get packed! :whistle: Especially for my mom - I do not have 50 books - only 49!! :twisted:

So until then goodbye! :thumbs_up: I'm SO excited!!!! :dance:

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 Post subject: Re: Bratpacking!
Unread postPosted: Sun Sep 26, 2010 7:00 pm 
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Here is the wishlist!

1. Honey Badger (of course) 8)
2. Black Rhino
3. Wild Dog
4. Cheetah
5. Leopard
6. Sable antelope
7. Nyala
8. Eland
9. Genet
10. Civet

Yes I know I am asking for to much, but you can never be TO optimistic! :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Bratpacking!
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Will tomorrow I am off to Kruger! :dance:

When we get back I will show you all the :cam: I took and what we saw.
We will be leaving at 3:30 in the morning. (way to late in my opinion) :roll:
The weather forecast is going to be vey hot with temperatures of 36, 37 and 38 degrees!!!! :big_eyes:
Talk to everyone I get back, but until then goodbye!

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 Post subject: Re: Bratpacking!
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Hi guys,

Thanks for your kind comments!! :thumbs_up:
Mellory - sorry we were in too much of a hurry to pick you up! :lol:

Day 1

We left home at about 3.30am (way too late :roll: ), and because all the 'ancients' wanted to stop and look at scenery we only got into the park at about 9.15!! :x

We went into the park at Phabeni and had to drive all the way to Orpen. :shock: We stopped at a few places on the way, and had lots of good sightings!! :) I am sorry if some of the pics are similar to my mom's but we were in the same car! :wink:

We saw these chaps out of the water at Nyamundwa Dam.

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A grumpy fellow!

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As soon as we saw this ellie I was behind the seat (there were too many to choose from though), but then realised he wasn't moving for a while. You'll be pleased to hear that I'm getting much braver when it comes to ellies! :redface:

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A difficult breakfast.

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Cute!

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Our first "traffic jam"! LION! :big_eyes:

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That's all for now. :D

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 Post subject: Re: Bratpacking!
Unread postPosted: Wed Oct 06, 2010 5:45 pm 
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Thanks everyone for your encouraging comments! :thumbs_up:

Day 1 (continued)

Well after our great sighting of the lion we moved on and saw these chaps trying to find some shade!

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And then....
2 TRAFFIC JAMS RIGHT NEXT TO EACH OTHER!!!!!!!! :big_eyes:

This was at the first,

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And this at the second,

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Enough said!
So we had seen all the big 5 except for rhino, now that's not something you get to say everyday! :shock:

We were waiting for the honey badger's, but did not see them, instead we saw this,

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What a great start to the trip!

Day 2

We were up at 5.00 and left at 6.00 sharp (finally back to normal)
This hyena was the first animal we saw, and he was right on the side of the road, as you can see.

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Our first croc.

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I just could not walk past these flowers without taking a :cam:.

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And then a Kingfisher, my favourite bird. Johanna was very happy with seeing this to as she has always wanted to see a kingfisher in the wild!

Love this :cam: !

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Finally a steenbok that does'nt run away when you are taking a :cam: of it! :dance:

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So, quite a slow day! We did see lion, but they were very far away, so could'nt get a :cam: (I decided not to really count them)

BUT, there was something else in store for us!! :popcorn:

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 Post subject: Re: Bratpacking!
Unread postPosted: Sat Oct 09, 2010 10:47 am 
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Hi guys,

Thanks for all your compliments!! :thumbs_up:

Well, I said there was something else in store for us, so I will start off like this.

I went to have a shower while the 'ancients' were still cooking dinner and then my mom ran into the bathroom shouting - LEOPARD AT WATERHOLE!!! :big_eyes: So I quickly got dressed again and ran to the waterhole and there it was again!

AND then,

After all the excitement we were all very tired and went to bed. My mom was showering when I heard a BANG! I thought it was my mom in the shower so I ignored it, but then I saw something run past the screen door and saw lights flashing on our patio, so of course I shouted HONEY BADGER! :big_eyes:

My mom and I ran outside and shone the torch everywhere and eventually saw this!!

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YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY!!!!!!

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 Post subject: Re: Bratpacking!
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Hi guys and thanks so much for your comments!!

Day 3

Again the first thing we saw were hyena, but this time they had a lovely meal with them!

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Then my very first sable!! :big_eyes: :dance:
(Not very good, but still proof! :redface:)

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And then as you all know we saw lions hunting, but with no kill! :twisted:

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We then moved off from the lion and saw another member of the big 5.
Shame - two huge animals trying to fit under one tiny tree! :roll:

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Then we saw someting amazing!

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So after a great morning we decided to go back to camp for a nice long swim and then go out for a few more hours.
We had been driving for about 3 hours and only seeing the usual.
We were on the sabie river road when we saw a vechicle stopped next a game ranger talking about something, we soon realised what it was they were talking about!

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What a great way to end a perfect day! :D

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 Post subject: Re: Bratpacking!
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Hi guys, and thanks so much for all your comments and for being patient! :thumbs_up: (stupid school - tests ALREADY! :x :evil:)

Day 4

Well I did not take very many :cam: for day 4 because we wnet out in the morning and saw this -

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3 lions mating! :big_eyes:

As it was the hottest day of our trip we went straight back to camp and had a nice long swim again!
We then went out again and saw this -

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Cheetah taking a sunday afternoon stroll!
What a brilliant way to end our best trip ever!

After seeing lion, leopard, cheetah, wild dog, honey badger, sable and so much more I can't wait to go back and do another TR!
Thanks you all so much for following my TR and I really hope you enjoyed it!

Bush Brat (BB)

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