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 Post subject: Shirleymargate Home in Kruger Part 2 November 2011
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Hi to all, we are back from New Zealand and enjoyed the time with our family and did some sightseeing. We have just come back from spending 3 weeks in Kruger and hope to bring you some photos and news of our trip, hope all goes smoothly!!!!

23rd October 2011

We left home just before 4am and arrived at Crocodile Bridge at about 12 noon.First time over the new bridge and were greeted by elephant at the bridge.We booked in and renewed our Wild card and offloaded our luggage in a sweltering 42 degreesC. We decided to take a rest but the temperature soared to 45 C .In desperation we decided to take a drive and were not disappointed as we saw Impis,kudus,zebras,warthogs,waterbuck,wildebees,and giraffe.The first big sighting was a leopard resting under a bush but too far for a photo. Then we took a small loop down to a dry riverbed on the H4-2 (Lower Sabie tar road) just before the turn off to H5 dirt road and with the temperature soaring to 45c we saw a male lion and 4 lioness'sleeping in the riverbed. The male lion then got up and walked up the embankment and right passed our car spraying the bushes as he went and then ambled off to go and rest under a tree at the end of the loop. We also saw a lovely rhino with double horns and with an empending dust storm coming up we started wending our way back to Camp. Within 10 minutes the temperature dropped to a more bearable 33c!!!! Truely a GREAT start to a fantastic trip we had with some awesome sightings that we hope to bring to you with my SO doing the photos re Fransmargate!!



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 Post subject: Re: Home in Kruger Part 2
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 Post subject: Re: Home in Kruger Part 2
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THank you for all the replies. We met a few forumites on our travels through the Park and it was like meeting old friends, absolutely great just a pity not more yellow ribbons!!!!!! Puppy at Satara, Noel on the road at Olifants and Lower Sabie, Jesica at Lake Panic,Lowveldboy at Olifants,Chip on the road from Lower Sabie to Croc. Enjoying your trip report Noel and Puppy hope you arrved back in Cape Town safely looking forward to your trip report!!!!! Now to my next instalment!!

24th October 2011
Lovely cool morning after sweltering day but temperature climbing. Took a slow drive up main road H4-2 and saw various animals including rhino. We turned off to Dukes Watrehole and onto the S28 and
Ntandanyathi Hide where we saw a very pregnant cheetah resting under the bush close to the river bank before the hide She obviously was too cumbersome and too hot to try and catch something!!! Then back to the main road and a car flashing lights near the Sausage trees on the Sabie River and 2 leopards. One we saw climb up into the tree before we could take a photo and while we waited Frans noticed the other one on the ground. (Later when we inspected what we thought was mother and cub, turned out the PC showed his crown jewels!!!!! Oophs!!!! Another Oophsie is we also noticed that evening that the cheetah also had crown jewels so not pregnant but very

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 Post subject: Re: Home in Kruger Part 2
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Continued sorry!!!
FULL tummy from obviously catching something early that morning).Then off to the Low Water bridge at LS and the Goliath Heron and 2 elephants in water off the bridge entertaining us. Then onto LS for a quick toilet break and onto Sunset Dam. Lots of animals and birds coming to drink and a Grey Heron hitching a ride on the hippo and managing to catch 2 fish while we watched! Rather innovative way of fishing i thought! It was getting hotter and we opted to drive along the Sabie River find a shady spot to relax, cool off and have our lunch in the car. While sitting elephants were browsing just below us in the reeds. Hoepoes were feeding their young ones in a tree trunk and a Kingfisher was busy catching insects. It struck us once again that just by stopping and sitting quietly you see and hear so much! After lunch we wended our way back to Crocodile Camp. Just before the gate we saw this magnificent Martial Eagle that had obviously tried to catch a Monitor Lizard in the tree as he was slighly bewildered on the ground and the eagle was watching him but eventually flew off. We left the Park for the Lodge we will be staying at again but will post our sighting from there as they have 2 Birdhides and a lookout at the restuarant onto the Kruger Park.

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 Post subject: Re: Home in Kruger Part 2
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 Post subject: Re: Home in Kruger Part 2
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Thankyou all for the kind remarks!!! Pumbaa, Duke Ellieton,Foxy, Elsa, Gemma T, Cheetah2111, Buffalo Soldier, RayK

25/26/27 October 2011 Tuesaday, Wednesday and Thursday:

We enjoyed our stay at the Lodge and saw 4 of the Big Five almost everyday.The usual Impalas, Baboons, Warthogs, Waterbuck, Zebras, Wildebees, Rhino and Elephant. A whole pride of lions with 4 lioness'and 4 cubs. They had apparently been on a kill in the riverbed on Sunday and were wending there way back towards Hippo Pools. Elephants suddenly appeared and came down to drink and browse in the reeds and the lions decided to move off more quickly then. Thursday we had buffalo coming down to drink and a Dad Mom and half grown rhino as well.



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Now onto 28th October 2011 Friday:
After thunderstorms the previous night at the Lodge we left in the morning in pouring rain and had rain on and off all the way to Tshokwane. As we came in at Crocodile Bridge and went over the Bridge just below the Gezantfombi Dam I looked up towards the S28 dirt road and saw a lioness walking towards the junction. I shouted at poor Frans to STOP and we watched as she crossed over and climbed into the tree and went and flopped down just as a leopard does!!! We were amazed and lone behold another lioness comes and does exactly the same and the tree is right next to the road and Frans managed to get some lovely photos.A third lioness came as well but she diappeared into the long grass.Unfortuneately we were on our way to Olifants and decided we had better carry on.Then just after the Mlondozi turn off we cam accross 2 Male lions and 2 lioness'on a buffalo kill right next to the road but is was very wet and very muddy as you can see on the photos
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We carried on and stopped at Tshokwane for breakfast and at Satara for a break. As we were coming in to Park a very friendly Lady came running to us and asked who we were.Sorry Puppy for looking so puzzled but it was great to meet you and your So and friends and family thanks too for showing us the Scops Owl Frans was very chuffed as it was on his wish list!!!!! Hope you got to see your Rhino and enjoyed your visit to see your daughter in Kokstad!! The temperature was climbing and we took the back road S90 via Balule to Olifants. It was VERY dry and we hardly saw anything of note. We booked in and got Bungalow 63 and just rested and spent the late afternoon on the viewing deck. What a way to unwind and just enjoy the view!!!!!!


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 Post subject: Re: Home in Kruger Part 2
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:D Thanks for all the remarks.
Chip great to have a quick chat to you. Puppy love your report so far :dance: Pumbaa,Cheetah2111 and John and Poppy.We were just SO lucky that Kruger showed us some great sightings.

29th October Saturday
Left a little later and took the H8 to the main road H1-5. The usual game but lovely to meet up with Noel and chat awhile. On our way back we drove straight to our bungalow and I disappeared quickly for a much needed break. Then this car drove in next to Frans and parked. Sorry i missed you Lowveldboy but would have liked to have met you but heard you and Frans chatting. Lowveldboy saw our yellow ribbon and followed us to the bungalow!!! Thanks for the trouble and great to chat to you.Back to sightings we saw herds and herds of elephant come down to drink from the Olifants river as well as buffalo but a bit far for photos. The special for the day was a hare road kill south of the Olifants River Bridge. A Bateleur swooped down onto the kill and started ripping up pieces of meat and then another Bateleur swooped down and chased the other away until lastly a Tawny?? Eagle chased all away and started eating until a bus squeezed pass us chasing away all and although we sat for a while they would not come back as it was getting busy traffic wise. It was getting warmer so we opted to go back and have lunch on the deck overlooking the river (Wow what a view!!!!) Just a pity the service is so bad you have to go and find a waiter!!!! Tomorrow we head back to Crocodile for 2 nights!

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Sunday/Monday/Tuesday 30th 31st October and 1st November

Sunday we left Olifants and on our way down we saw mating lions that were later joined by 2 male lion onlookers. The photos tell the story. The mating male lion was a bit tired and this did not impress the lioness and hence the slight "domestic"they had :? :) Near to Tshokwane we saw about 8-10 lions in the riverbed of which about 4-6 were half grown cubs. A bit too far for photos and they eventually ambled off into the shade. Near Leeupan was a male lion next to a carcass of a buffalo of a few days old ( the smell!!!!!) and then 2 lioness'on the dam wall of Mantimahle but as you know you cannot get close to the dam so the best sighting was from the road. What a day all in all we saw about 17 lions.
Monday we woke up in cloudy weather, not much sightings except the usual. We spent a lot of time at Sunset Dam where we met up with Noel again. Then Tuesdat we packed up and headed for Skukuza in the pouring rain. It was misty and so the sightings were very poor. Booked in at Skukuza at 2pm and then headed off to Lake Panic and met up with Jesica forumite and So. Lovely meeting up with you and hope you had a lovely time at the Lodge and good sightings in the Park. Looking forward to hearing from you and wishing you and your SO a blessed and long and happy life together with lots of Kruger visits!!!!! Photos to follow!!!

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