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Re: Report of our first trip to Kruger - 3-14 January 2011

Unread postby charbel » Sat Nov 16, 2013 8:35 am

Dear Meandering Mouse
Very Kruger indeed. A nice visit during a fantastic time in Ratelpan

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Re: Report of our first trip to Kruger - 3-14 January 2011

Unread postby charbel » Sun Nov 24, 2013 8:04 pm

After 1-hour full of fun and excitement, we left the Ratel hide and went up Roodewal Road (S39) and just some minutes later, we were astonished to find the same elephant bathing again in the Timbavati River, just besides some Hippos. This time, however, the Hippos were not bothered by him.

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It was so nice to photograph him again bathing, lying by the side as the pic below shows.

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After bathing on the side for a while, he took some time splashing water around.

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And then he went down on the other side for some more bathing. What a scene to see twice in the same day, in fact just some minutes apart, from such an intimate position! In both cases we were the only ones, in the hide, and no other car in the road at the occasion.

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And then he raised the body in the air, clearly showing what magnificent animal was that!

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He raised completely and went away to the margin.

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He stopped to eat, allowing a nice close of the trunk's ability.

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Finally, a nice pic of the elephant in the surroundings, I think it is a beautiful scene.

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Re: Report of our first trip to Kruger - 3-14 January 2011

Unread postby Carol g » Sun Nov 24, 2013 9:39 pm

What a great sighting charbel, he looks so relaxed and is enjoying that bath so much, beautiful picture of him in the green surroundings

Thanks so much for sharing :gflower:
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Re: Report of our first trip to Kruger - 3-14 January 2011

Unread postby hilda » Mon Nov 25, 2013 4:42 am

Any bathing Ellie will stop us in our tracks as well Charbel! They are awesome to watch! Great pictures too! :clap: :clap:
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Re: Report of our first trip to Kruger - 3-14 January 2011

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Mon Nov 25, 2013 5:59 am

hilda wrote:Any bathing Ellie will stop us in our tracks as well Charbel! They are awesome to watch! Great pictures too! :clap: :clap:


I absolutely agree, one of the most joyous things to watch. :thumbs_up:

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Re: Report of our first trip to Kruger - 3-14 January 2011

Unread postby Cape of Storms » Mon Nov 25, 2013 11:05 am

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Re: Report of our first trip to Kruger - 3-14 January 2011

Unread postby Trrp-trrrrrrrr » Tue Nov 26, 2013 8:31 am

How beautiful and green...Bathing Ellies always to treat to watch. :clap: :clap:

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Re: Report of our first trip to Kruger - 3-14 January 2011

Unread postby charbel » Thu Dec 05, 2013 4:00 am

Carol g wrote:What a great sighting charbel, he looks so relaxed and is enjoying that bath so much, beautiful picture of him in the green surroundings

Thanks so much for sharing :gflower:


Yes, Carol, it is in times like these that we feel so honored to be part of nature... An honor that, if all humans shared, both nature and we would be in much better conditions...

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Re: Report of our first trip to Kruger - 3-14 January 2011

Unread postby charbel » Mon Dec 09, 2013 2:44 pm

Dear Hilda, Meandering mouse, Trrrp-trrrrr and Cape of storms

Thanks. I hope this will be the first of many bathing elephants I see in my life.

I am delayed with postings. Too much work. But I will soon go back.

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Re: Report of our first trip to Kruger - 3-14 January 2011

Unread postby charbel » Fri Dec 13, 2013 2:45 pm

We then followed Roodewal Road. And it was really elephant day. We found a group of females with small elephants, some looking newborns. They were at first in the open field and then went under the trees. In this first pic, we can also see a Fork-Tailed Drongo.

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Here we can see then under the trees, protecting themselves from the sun.

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A caring mother with two small elephants. One of them so small that seemed to have been born not long time ago. See it in detail in the cropped pic.

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I like this pic of the group in a luxurious savana.

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After enjoying staying with this group for a while, we followed Roodewal Road up to a corner in which the road was quite narrow. There under a tree, also hiding from the sun, there were two big elephants.

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A closer look at one of them.

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Then one of the elephants moved towards the car. I told my friend Pedro to go, since he was driving. You know how we can get nervous in those situations... He inadvertently let the car die... The elephant didn't like it and emitted those big blowing sounds they are famous for... Gosh, you can fill that sound entering through your belly, while shivers go down your spine... That was frightening. Pure fear... Pedro managed to turn on the car and thankfully we went on, while leaving the elephants behind... We were also lucky they did not block the road. It was really narrow at that point....

Here is the pic my wife took in the exact moment the elephant made the sound. The proof of how scared she was. She was so terrified and started crying immediately after we left the scene. It took a good while to calm her down... In fact this only happened when we reached Oliphants.

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As nothing more serious happened, in the end Roodewal Road gave us an unforgettable half day, with a lot of elephant stories to tell to our daughter.... from twice seeing a bathing elephant, to newborns, to be frightened to death by one of them!

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Re: Report of our first trip to Kruger - 3-14 January 2011

Unread postby Carol g » Fri Dec 13, 2013 3:41 pm

Charbel lovely pics of the Ellie's, and those little ones are too cute :k

Thanks so much for sharing these sightings with us :gflower:
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Re: Report of our first trip to Kruger - 3-14 January 2011

Unread postby Pumbaa » Sat Dec 14, 2013 12:41 am

Lovely ellie pictures, Charbel,

as long as they stay calm always a great time to watch them

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Re: Report of our first trip to Kruger - 3-14 January 2011

Unread postby hilda » Sat Dec 14, 2013 3:00 am

Beautiful Ellie sightings Charbel! The one baby is so small, it almost disappears in the long grass. :clap: :clap:
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Re: Report of our first trip to Kruger - 3-14 January 2011

Unread postby charbel » Mon Dec 16, 2013 7:03 pm

Hi Hilda, Carol, and Pumba,
It was, as I said, elephant day... After the event with the elephant which almost attacked us, my wife was completely against going up to Shingwedzi, where they are known to attack cars....

Now, I will do a posting with nice landscape views in my KTP TR.

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Re: Report of our first trip to Kruger - 3-14 January 2011

Unread postby Trrp-trrrrrrrr » Tue Dec 17, 2013 6:07 am

Charbel,

Great Ellie shots... :clap: :clap: and oh is that little one not just so adorable. :dance: :dance:

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