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Herman-Predators for Christmas 2010

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Herman-Predators for Christmas 2010

Unread postby Herman » Mon Dec 27, 2010 11:57 pm

Just back from Christmas in the Park - we got the urge and had to go - started looking for accommodation two weeks ago and got three nights in three different camps.

Skukuza , Lower Sabie and Satara, so it was quite hectic - constantly on the move, but nowhere better to spend Christmas !!

Summertime is beautifully green and full of little ones as you all know

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Just like we do over Christmas time, the animals were relaxing and sleeping..

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Or just like some of us partied too much and were still out of it the day after !!

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Some were opening Christmas gifts like this young jackal who was unwrapping a dung heap and found a few juicy white worms inside ( glad they weren't on the menu at Lower Sabie where we had our lovely Christmas lunch ! )

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The Park was in generous mood and gave us a few special Christmas gifts too !

On the S 29 to Mlondozi, the Park gave us these two brothers - just briefly until they disappeared into the tall grass

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Another gift was given to us on the Maroela loop ( S 83 ) near Skukuza...

He was a brute and crossed the road right in front of us ..

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but stopped and looked back

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even marked his territory ...

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but she didn't follow ( we just got a glimpse of her, but she was skittish and scared of the cars - 3 more cars had joined us by then )

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He eventually turned back and crossed back to her side of the road

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We always get a little parting gift from the park and it wasn't any different this time

This morning just two kilometres from Satara we got our last gift ..

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Quite a send off, as it was the last of a long list of predators we saw over the weekend : as you can see, we encountered lions, leopards, cheetahs, and this caracal, but we couldn't take photos on the night drive though, where we got to see genets, a serval , two African wild cats and hyenas !!

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