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A new species each day! KNP Nov 2013

Unread postby jaytea » Fri Jan 24, 2014 9:53 am

This will be my first trip report and I'm pleased to relive our month in KNP last year! It had been 6 long years since we were last in KNP and we were super pleased to have been able to get back and explore it from bottom to top and back again.

Highlights to come:
Nyalaland Wilderness Trail!
6 leopard sightings! (5 found by us first!)
2 different lion hunts in 2 hours!
Mocambique spitting cobra swallowing prey (you'll never guess what!)
black rhino!
wild dogs!
over 150 spps of birds
and an amazing at least 1 new species of animal every day for 26 days - KNP delivered!

Here are some photos to get you excited to join the trip!

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Lion near Satara

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mmm…. what happens next????

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Need I say anything about this beauty? Words just cannot do her justice!
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next best thing - a trip report! A New Species each day! KNP Nov 2013
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Re: A new species each day! KNP Nov 2013

Unread postby PietSkiet » Fri Jan 24, 2014 9:55 am

:popcorn: :popcorn:
Definitely on board for this one
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Re: A new species each day! KNP Nov 2013

Unread postby Wild about cats » Fri Jan 24, 2014 9:58 am

I am very excited to read this! I have wanted to do the Nyalaland trail for such a long time, I can't wait to read all about it!!! And your photos look great :thumbs_up:

:popcorn: :popcorn:
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Re: A new species each day! KNP Nov 2013

Unread postby yoda » Fri Jan 24, 2014 10:46 am

Looking forward to this trip report :popcorn:

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Re: A new species each day! KNP Nov 2013

Unread postby wildflowergirl » Fri Jan 24, 2014 2:14 pm

it sounds great :popcorn: :D
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Re: A new species each day! KNP Nov 2013

Unread postby Kaapsedraai » Fri Jan 24, 2014 4:57 pm

jaytea, this promise to be a great TR and I am on board.
Thank you for taking time to share this with us and all the interesting pics.

Where did you took the pic of the leopard?
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Re: A new species each day! KNP Nov 2013

Unread postby normana53 » Fri Jan 24, 2014 7:06 pm

Can't wait for this journey. :popcorn: I am onboard!
In search of creatures great and small, Kruger here we come!
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Re: A new species each day! KNP Nov 2013

Unread postby Trrp-trrrrrrrr » Fri Jan 24, 2014 8:04 pm

jaytea,

So please you decided to do a TR :thumbs_up:

Jumped on board.... sure am excited to join this trip 8) ...great start :clap: :clap:

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Re: A new species each day! KNP Nov 2013

Unread postby Sky » Fri Jan 24, 2014 9:32 pm

Hi Jaytea

Thanks for the TR Can't wait for the next episode :dance: :dance:
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Re: A new species each day! KNP Nov 2013

Unread postby SurfCindy » Fri Jan 24, 2014 10:26 pm

Glad I caught the bus in time, don't want to miss out what sounds like an enthralling journey. Looking forward to the sights and experiences. Thank you for taking the time to do a TR so we can share in all of it.

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Re: A new species each day! KNP Nov 2013

Unread postby Goronta » Sat Jan 25, 2014 1:28 am

I'll be on board Jaytea :D
very interested by the Nyalaland trail ... and other sightings
:popcorn: :popcorn: :popcorn:
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Re: A new species each day! KNP Nov 2013

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Sat Jan 25, 2014 5:54 am

Oh wow, I am really looking forward to this. 8)

:popcorn: :popcorn: :popcorn: :popcorn: :popcorn: :popcorn: :popcorn:
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Re: A new species each day! KNP Nov 2013

Unread postby jaytea » Sat Jan 25, 2014 6:11 am

PietSkiet wrote::popcorn: :popcorn:
Definitely on board for this one


Great to have you on board PietSkiet!

Wild about cats wrote:I am very excited to read this! I have wanted to do the Nyalaland trail for such a long time, I can't wait to read all about it!!! And your photos look great :thumbs_up:

:popcorn: :popcorn:


Wild about cats - Thanks for you compliments; Nyalaland was our first wilderness trail in KNP - well worth it - SO into history and I'm into birds - you can't get better!

yoda wrote:Looking forward to this trip report :popcorn:


Thanks Yoda - I'm looking forward to writing it!

wildflowergirl wrote:it sounds great :popcorn: :D


WFG - I hope it will be great!

Kaapsedraai wrote:jaytea, this promise to be a great TR and I am on board.
Thank you for taking time to share this with us and all the interesting pics.

Where did you took the pic of the leopard?


Kaapsedraai - thanks for your kind comments - we were over the moon with that leopard sighting - she was near Pretoriuskop… and closer to the end of our visit!

normana53 wrote:Can't wait for this journey. :popcorn: I am onboard!


Thanks normana53 - you're welcome onboard!

Trrp-trrrrrrrr wrote:jaytea,

So please you decided to do a TR :thumbs_up:

Jumped on board.... sure am excited to join this trip 8) ...great start :clap: :clap:

:popcorn: :popcorn:


Trrp-trrrrrrrr - thanks for joining and I'm also glad that Im doing this trip report!

Sky wrote:Hi Jaytea

Thanks for the TR Can't wait for the next episode :dance: :dance:


Thanks Sky - lots of bird photos coming up!!!!!

SurfCindy wrote:Glad I caught the bus in time, don't want to miss out what sounds like an enthralling journey. Looking forward to the sights and experiences. Thank you for taking the time to do a TR so we can share in all of it.


Thanks SurfCindy for your comments - I must admit I've been a lurker on your trip report and it is fantastic!!

Goronta wrote:I'll be on board Jaytea :D
very interested by the Nyalaland trail ... and other sightings
:popcorn: :popcorn: :popcorn:


Thanks Goronta - we couldn't get to Mapungubwe this visit and the Nyalaland trail was a great substitute…..

Meandering Mouse wrote:Oh wow, I am really looking forward to this. 8)

:popcorn: :popcorn: :popcorn: :popcorn: :popcorn: :popcorn: :popcorn:


Thanks MM - I hope I can keep you entertained with all that popcorn!!!!
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Re: A new species each day! KNP Nov 2013

Unread postby jaytea » Sat Jan 25, 2014 6:36 am

Here we go!

Our first camp was Croc Bridge - we arrived late afternoon - having driven from Swaziland that morning and stopping in Komatiport for supplies. We unfortunately only had one night at Croc bridge… so it was short but sweet!

First bird - one of my favourites (warning you will see that word favourite a lot on this report!): African jacana
First mammal - vervet monkey in camp - then a lone bull elephant grazing by the fence!
First view of Kruger
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:D

We found our tent and unpacked quickly, with just enough time for about an hour in the park…. we didn't get very far - impala, blue wildebeest, giraffe with red and yellow billed oxpeckers, warthog entertained us.
I spotted a lifer - a Eurasian golden oriole!


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Natal francolin - he was loving the flying termites!

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Crested barbet - too handsome..

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Black bellied bustard at sunset!


We also heard our first owl: Verreaux's Eagle owl - but we just couldn't find him in the tree at the river bed. This trip would prove to be all about hearing but not always spotting those owls!!!

Back at camp we had supper while listening to lions calling in the distance. Absolute bliss! Kruger at last!
Wishing I was back at KNP…..
next best thing - a trip report! A New Species each day! KNP Nov 2013
even better thing - Balule Bash 2015 is on the cards!!

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Re: A new species each day! KNP Nov 2013

Unread postby Trrp-trrrrrrrr » Sat Jan 25, 2014 6:51 am

jaytea,

Great start...Loooove those Natal francolin... noisy as they are... their call always tells me I am back in Kruger. :mrgreen:

Gorgeous :cam: of the Crested Barbet. :clap:

What a way to end the day with far off Lions roaring.. :thumbs_up: ..reminding you you are back in the bush. :hmz:

More please :popcorn:
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