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 Post subject: Crested Barbet-It's time for Africa!-Dec 2010
Unread postPosted: Sat Oct 30, 2010 11:37 am 
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A Sunday afternoon in June
Let’s start – from the beginning. Imagine a grey and cold Sunday afternoon in the begin of June. It should have been warm in Europe, in a time of the year we usually call summer, but it was not! All were waiting for the sun (not only the ice-cream sellers!). We were sitting at home and discussing where to go for a holiday in December. For us it was quite clear that we would not go to Africa this time! We planned to explore the "Islands in the Sun", the Caribbean Islands! Piles of information material close at hand we were proposing, discussing and declining the islands like this: too small - too big - not enough to see - nothing for me - the weather in December is not good enough - too cold - too rainy - too humid - I’ve already been there, no need to visit again - the critics are too bad - too expensive, etc. After hours of frustrating discussions we were ready for a physical separation. So we postponed the decision for one week giving us time to cool down and think about new proposals. SO went into his beloved garden what he used to do (even if the weather is lousy) to collect his thoughts.

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No, this is not SO, he has forbidden to post a photo showing him during his mental labours in the garden. But there is a close resemblance (the thoughtful expression, the friendly eyes, hairy body).

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- It's time for Africa! (KNP Nov./Dec. 2010) - Video page 7: Wild dogs watching lions!
- Memories from the backseat (KNP Dec. 2009)
- If I could fly (KNP March/April 2010)
- Time to fly south again (MZNP, Addo, and more Nov/Dec. 2011)


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 Post subject: It's time for Africa!
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The next Sunday
One week had passed and we had the next holiday planning session. It was even worse than Sunday before. We both were making new proposals like spending two weeks on one island and after that two weeks Island hopping by plane or a cruise. Or instead of Caribbean Islands visit Mexico or Guatemala. There were even a lot of other proposals (like Emirates and Asia). :wall: However, what one of us thought was a fantastic idea was declined by the other. :huh: After a few hours the conclusion was to think about spending only two weeks together in December (if we would find a destination perfect for both) and to spend two weeks alone. This afternoon ended like last Sunday: SO went into is beloved garden and returned when dinner was ready!

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 Post subject: It's time for Africa!
Unread postPosted: Sat Oct 30, 2010 8:35 pm 
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An unexpected email and the final decision

The solution came on Wednesday. When I checked the emails (it’s my job; till today SO don’t know how to switch on a PC, he is not interesting in these things, he prefers gardening) I found a promotion of an airline for the new Airbus A380 for flights to Johannesburg! And the rates were extremely good! However, the promotion was only valid 48 hours, and 18 had already passed. This brought an end to all our disputes. It was decided on the spot, once again South Africa for four weeks! The next weeks we were busy planning and were of one mind again!

Here is our itinerary:
Nov 27/Nov 28: flight to Johannesburg
Nov 28: drive to Nelspruit where we will meet our dear friend Fanta
Nov 29: Nelspruit to Phalaborwa where we will buy all what is necessary for the stay in Kruger and meet an old friend who is staying overnight at the same place.
Nov. 30 – Dec. 3: Bateleur
Dec. 3 – Dec. 9: Shingwedzi
Dec. 9 – Dec. 11: Shimuwini
You see, we took advantage of the 40 % discount SANParks was offering!
Dec. 11 – Dec. 18: Phalaborwa
Dec. 18 – Dec. 20: near Orpen Gate
Dec. 20 – Dec. 23: near Malelane Gate
Dec. 23 – Dec. 26: near Kruger Gate
Dec. 26 – Dec. 27: Nelspruit
Dec. 27/Dec. 28: flight back

What I hope to see:
- flowering Kruger
- rare antelopes (roan, sable, eland)
- the mega pride we had seen December 2008 near Boyela
- beautiful sunrises and sunsets
- a lot of yellow ribbons

What we don’t want to have:
- delayed or cancelled flights
- furry flying things in the bungalows

Here some memories from one of the best Kruger holidays we had - December 2008:

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- It's time for Africa! (KNP Nov./Dec. 2010) - Video page 7: Wild dogs watching lions!
- Memories from the backseat (KNP Dec. 2009)
- If I could fly (KNP March/April 2010)
- Time to fly south again (MZNP, Addo, and more Nov/Dec. 2011)


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 Post subject: It's time for Africa!
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Days of memories and expectations

Waiting for the Kruger holiday with the memories from December 2008:

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Part of a huge pride (22!) we saw near Boyela

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Young hyenas are so cute!

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Beauties of Northern Kruger!
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Like December in Kruger. Flowers everywhere!

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Still a baby!

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A strong and healthy coalition!


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 Post subject: It's time for Africa!
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Counting down: Still 19 working days!
Here further pics from December 2008, when we had a fantastic time in Kruger.

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A fisher-man!

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Look out for girls!

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A colourful meeting

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Flower-power

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Sleepy doggie

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Running with the little one

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- It's time for Africa! (KNP Nov./Dec. 2010) - Video page 7: Wild dogs watching lions!
- Memories from the backseat (KNP Dec. 2009)
- If I could fly (KNP March/April 2010)
- Time to fly south again (MZNP, Addo, and more Nov/Dec. 2011)


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 Post subject: Re: It's time for Africa!
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Counting down: Still 18 working days!

Kruger in December is usually very hot. For me it is always a pleasure to jump into the swimming pool in one of the camps or to drive to a dam to watch what’s coming (and sometimes wishing to dive into the water but I fear that would not be very healthy). Here a few pics from the waterside.

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This croc doesn't look very dangerous but mum maybe in the water!

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- It's time for Africa! (KNP Nov./Dec. 2010) - Video page 7: Wild dogs watching lions!
- Memories from the backseat (KNP Dec. 2009)
- If I could fly (KNP March/April 2010)
- Time to fly south again (MZNP, Addo, and more Nov/Dec. 2011)


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 Post subject: It's time for Africa!
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Counting down: Still 17 working days!

Today I have a quite interesting mix for you, big and small. Not only the Big 5 make a good Kruger holiday. There are so many other things. Enjoy it!

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A safe place for the Giraffe.

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Looking for careless birdies!

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The well-known Grey Loerie

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This blue-faced guy tried to impress the girls.

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Beautiful Green Pigeon in Lower Sabie.

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You won't believe it. The winner was .... the frog. It escaped when a Hamerkop attacked the Heron!

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This was my first Reedbuck sighting in Kruger. :dance:

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- It's time for Africa! (KNP Nov./Dec. 2010) - Video page 7: Wild dogs watching lions!
- Memories from the backseat (KNP Dec. 2009)
- If I could fly (KNP March/April 2010)
- Time to fly south again (MZNP, Addo, and more Nov/Dec. 2011)


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 Post subject: It's time for Africa!
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Counting down: Still 16 working days!

As you all know for me the best part of Kruger is the North. However, today I will show some photos taken in the Satara area. Generally good game-viewing there but often more car-viewing.

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Rush hour at Nsemani Dam.
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And a very colourful Mopane Worm.


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 Post subject: It's time for Africa!
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Counting down: Still 15 working days! And it’s weekend! :dance:

What would be Kruger without all the beautiful birds? I like all the feathered ones. Here are four pics of birds (I think you know them all).

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- It's time for Africa! (KNP Nov./Dec. 2010) - Video page 7: Wild dogs watching lions!
- Memories from the backseat (KNP Dec. 2009)
- If I could fly (KNP March/April 2010)
- Time to fly south again (MZNP, Addo, and more Nov/Dec. 2011)


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 Post subject: It's time for Africa!
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Counting down: Saturday – 3 weeks till take-off!
What means I hope that take-off will be on 27th ! After all these bad news concerning the A380 I am not so sure anymore.

For me Kruger is just another word for tranquillity or even better, it’s a haven of tranquillity. In times when I am really stressed I only have to look at the pictures in my archives to feel better.

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A beautiful place in the North: Red Rocks

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Very relaxed elephant bulls on patrol near Babalala.

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Another member of the hornbill family: the Grey Hornbill.

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Black-backed Jackals at Boyela.

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Absolutely no rush - slow motion!

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And after all these "dry" pictures some refreshment!


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Counting down: Sunday – 3 weeks till Johannesburg International! If luck is on my side!

Sunday – I think most of us are sleeping a bit longer on a Sunday morning. However nobody will sleep as much as a lion! Today I am showing you pics of these lazy kitty cats that are the reason for most of the traffic jams in Kruger despite of the fact that they are sleeping the most time of the day. In December 2008 we had the luck to have several good lion sightings without (or without too many) cars around.

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Counting down: Still 14 working days!

If you are driving through the park you often see hyenas. Some people (Micetta?) don’t like these predators. For me it’s fun to watch a hyena clan and the different characters.

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I am waiting for the others to come home!

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... and I am sooo tired!

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An old fighter coming home!
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A very young one!


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Counting down: Still 13 working days!

December in the Park is a glorious colourful month. But the real eye catchers are the young ones, especially the impalas. Even those guys who will usually tell you that impalas are boring ( :wall: Once a guy told me: “Seen nothing today, only impalas!”) enjoy watching the babies.

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Counting down: Still 12 working days!

There are lots of young animals in the park in December. Not only the impalas are proudly showing their young ones. The wildebeest calves are mostly born in summer and so you have a good chance to see these funny looking youngsters in December.

Someone once described the wildebeest as an animal with the forequarter of an ox, hind quarter of a buck and the tail of a horse - put together with the leftover spare parts of other animals. But the calves are quite cute.

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Counting down: Still 11 working days!

Today I like to show you a hilarious young elephant bull. In December 2008 Nsemani Dam was like a zoo. A few elephant herds and hundreds of buffalos were enjoying the water. All was very peaceful. Ellies were drinking and playing. Only one young elephant wanted to show who is the king and chased the poor buffs.

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