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 Post subject: Blommie and SO back in Kruger-Oct 2010
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24 October 2010
With everything ready for our trip to KNP, we left home at 3.15am. :clap: :dance: Both my SO and me were very exited to do our next trip, feeling the bush can do something good to two tired people.
With a stop at Witrivier for breakfast and still do not know which gate to enter :doh: we decide to enter at the Numbi gate and do so at 9.30am. We were on our way to Satara.
Just after entering the gate we first saw a big herd of buffalo :D Not bad for a start. Further on the way we find impala, elephant, again buffalo, zebra, kudu, a rhino and a steenbok.
At Skukuza we stop for fuel and a short nap and left at 12.30pm. Now we saw bushbuck, impala, a herd of elephant on the riverbank, waterbuck, baboon, kudu, hooded vultures and three ground-hornbill, giraffe, our first lions, 2 lionesses with a little one, and a secretary bird. Then we had a quick stop at Tshokwane. By now the sun was burning down on us very badly, but thanks heaven for the air con to keep us cool.
We feel blessed to see eight more lions :D When we spot them they was all laying down with some fast asleep. The next thing a few of them quickly sit up and even stand up and start looking to something on the opposite side of the riverbed. The riverbed was not too wide but the bush was very overgrown. Even we struggle to see what it was :hmz: and then saw a herd of elephant passed by. We find some more elephant, wildebeest, giraffe, impalas, zebra, rhino at a waterhole, baboon, vultures and more lions. At the one site there were 2 male lions and on the other site 3 males and 1 lioness. Well, 15 lions in one trip are not bad and how lucky can one be to see 4 of the big 5 in a short period :D
It is getting late and now we get straight of to camp. After booking in everything goes smooth and quick at the campsite and we could sit down with something cold.
First day of our holiday gone… :(

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25 October - 2nd day

After a good nights sleep we take the road to Letaba. It is partly cloudy and actually a nice day to go for a drive. We again saw four of the big five, but just heard about leopard and cheetah seen by other people :( Another blessed day with all that we have seen.
Our total seeing for the day was:
9 lions
4 rhinos
1 hyaena
2 black-backed jackal
9 ground-hornbill
1 kori bustard
vultures
ostrich
impala
zebra
wildebeest
giraffe
lots of elephant
warthogs and a big herd buffalo. 800-1000
At 5pm we were back at camp and find a herd of elephant at the watering-place.
On our way back to camp we saw heavy smoke from the veld-fire not far from the camp. The wind was blowing but not too much during the day, but at sunset a storm come up and one had to cling to everything at the campsite. My SO usually makes a storm knot on every pole but had to quickly put some more up to keep the rally tent at the caravan standing. By now the veld-fire was in full swing and it did look as if the sun was busy rising, with the air filled with a red blaze. Luckily the wind was blowing away from the camp and we did not have too much of the smoke.
Somewhere during the night it was raining and the next morning most of the veld-fire was over.

26 October - day 3
With everything packed for a breakfast at Nwanetsi we take the S100 road. The wind is still blowing, its cloudy and a bit cool and there are still smoke and small fires over the veld :( At least the fire was only on one side of the road and we could saw animal on the unburned side.
We saw impala, wildebeest, monkeys, giraffe, waterbuck and kudu. Before we stop for the breakfast we make a turn at Gudzani dam. Here we saw 5 big crocs and a few hippos and a big herd impala. It was interesting to watch the impalas getting to the water for a drink, spot the crocs and run away, just to return a few seconds later to try again :naughty: :naughty: A few minutes later a kudu bull came also down to the water for a drink and did not take much notice of the crocs.
Now its really time for breakfast and we make it quick to Nwanetsi. It is cold up here with the wind still blowing. SO prepare another finger licking good meal :D as quick as possible. With only a bushbuck, a few white-faced ducks and a reed cormorant to see at the view point we decide to leave.
Now we take the S37 and stop at the Sweni hide. Here we saw a lot yellow-billed storks, impalas and waterbuck. Further on the road we saw warthog, elephant and impala. We turn onto the S35 down to Orpen dam with only impala to see. At the dam we saw more crocs and hippos. Now we take the S32 to get to Tshokwane. On this road we find a ranger and his helpers that was busy making fire belts. Take a view over the field one could see veld-fires allover. Not a good face at all :x :(
We did not see many animals on this road, except for a few kudus and a klipspringer.
We take a loo stop at Tshokwane, but sorry to say, everything at the ablution blocks was in a bad shape :( There was no water to flush the toilets or that one could wash his hands. At the shop we ask for milkshakes. No ice cream available for milkshakes :huh: We decide then on a small ice cream that was not really what it should be. Asking where the manager was, we only get a laugh and a “he is only coming on the end of the month”. :hmz:
On our way back to Satara we saw a rhino, zebra wildebeest a hyena and 3 more lion. Time did past so quick and could not believe that this was the 3rd day already. So another succesfull day ends.

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26 October 2010 – day 4
This morning we do a trip to Timbavati picnic spot and decide on only a short morning drive. It is partly cloudy and the wind had calm a bit. We turn left at the entrance gate and follow the road up to the S127 turnoff. On this part of the trip we saw 2 hyenas just outside the camp, on their way to the waterhole next to the camp. Further we saw impala, zebra, elephant, wildebeest, buffalo, steenbok, 1 black and 2 white rhino, ostrich and ground-hornbill. At Timbavati we take a quick stop with only bushbuck to see. Here, with reconsider of our morning talk we decide to take the S39, a gravel road with corrugations allover :evil: and not many things to see :( We saw only kudu and impalas on a 32km road (maybe the animal take their distance from the road with all the noise :roll: ) At the end of this road beg my SO to take the road up to Orpen gate. Luckily we had some fruit, sweets and salties to chew on and enough water to drink. It feels like holiday again when getting on the tar road with everything quiet and calm again :) Now we saw 3 more rhino, giraffe and impala, and at Bobbejaan Krans 3 elephant and a bushbuck. After this we saw more giraffe, kudu, impala, warthog and what we could count, 12 lions, still chewing on their killing (3 buffalo). We quickly drove of to Orpen to do what was needed and for at least ice cream, cause now it was very hot. As this was our last day in this Orpen and Satara area, spend a while at the lion site. Now it is of to camp and with a last visit to Nsemani dam. Here we saw elephant and hippo and, two baboons busy with their grooming for the day, and on the rest of the road, zebra, wildebeest and a marabou stork.
Back at camp we decide to take it calm, and as there was now wind blowing tonight :) , just a small campfire to sit by and enjoy the sounds of the bush and our last evening at Satara.

27 October – time to go home :(
At 5.30am the great pack-up start and at 7.30 we left the camp and decide to exit the park at Phalaborwa gate. We saw again the normal animal, ostrich, jackal and a big herd of buffalo.
At Letaba we stop for breakfast and fuel and then take the last end of the road to Phalaborwa.

This was 4 of the most wonderful and relaxing days in al long time in the park. It was sad by times to saw all the veld-fires, but know the veld will chance into its green splendour again after the rain. :D :D :D

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