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 Post subject: Re: A&E Story 18 -The Dear and Friendly Ones-
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Hi Heksie, all well with you ?
I can look at Nyala forever specially the males... so beautiful. This trip we have some luck they came out of the thicker bush and slowly walked on the roads just in front of us. We do love the Pafuri picknick spot and surrounding area... so quiet, peaceful and even the trees are wonderful. Different then other parts of knp.

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I do agree that there are definitely other species, also birds and the scenery that makes KNP special :thumbs_up:
I did enjoy all the nyala sightings, that is one reason to book the North as they decorate that part in full :D
Also beautiful reedbuck, I've only seen near Mopani, near LS and near PRetoriuskop. You don't get them at other camps :whistle:

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Thanks, I think we would be in kruger every weekend when we were living in SA (pretoria JB area) it's so great to be there.

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Enjoying kruger is more then looking at cheetah, leopard and lion… it’s enjoying every minute and all species in their environment. Just sitting somewhere and having breakfast and looking around does offer special moments too. Kruger can be crual but there are lots of friendly and peaceful moments. Watching animals is relaxing and the more you look at them the more beauty you see.




:think: This summed up the reason why we, time and again go back to Kruger.... :clap:

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Thanks Pumbaa !! :gflower:
We are still thinking of this trip many times with an incredible number of special and "normal" sightings. Even at night visited by AWC's and Honeybadgers in Satara , Genet in Mopani. As said in the story, male Nyala is one of my favorite animals, such beauties

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Thanks so much, Aat :dance: :dance: :dance:

Once again brilliant pictures together with some great sightings - Especially the reedbucks so close :mrgreen:

Love your nyalas - They are always somthing very special too us :clap: :clap: :clap: and your steenbokkie is a cutie :thumbs_up:

Totally :mrgreen: about your wild cat picture you took in Satara :big_eyes:

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Story 18: - The Dear & Friendly Ones -
And what to think of this male Nyala.
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Aat, first of all....THANK YOU for your great Stories and awesome Pics. :clap:

:clap: The Nyala :whistle: Their colors......WOW. :great:

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Thanks Philip and like you Nyala is one of my favorite species in KNP :) :)

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Story 18: - The Dear & Friendly Ones -
And what to think of this male Nyala.

Aat, first of all....THANK YOU for your great Stories and awesome Pics. :clap:

:clap: The Nyala :whistle: Their colors......WOW. :great:

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Hey Aat, great story on the Dear and Friendly Ones!

Love the photo of the mom with 2 babies! Yes, I could spot the difference in the number of spots!!

Great sighting with the Reedbuck, on this trip you've seen all the rare antelope!

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Thanks ! and yes :redface: :redface: we have been so incredible lucky with so many sightings of all kind of animals. For us the birth (story 1) of an impala was most special one of all antelope sightings. You are right with seeing all rare antelopes. :) :)

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Hey Aat, great story on the Dear and Friendly Ones!

Love the photo of the mom with 2 babies! Yes, I could spot the difference in the number of spots!!

Great sighting with the Reedbuck, on this trip you've seen all the rare antelope!

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Wooowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww :clap: :clap: :clap:
New here and just spent time to go through your TR. Incredible sightings and so many rare species you have seen. Love the way you have set it up :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:


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jvdb777, Welcome to the travel stories and to all forums here. Very nice you spent some time with my TR, I just love to share all to all... :) :) :)

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Wooowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww :clap: :clap: :clap:
New here and just spent time to go through your TR. Incredible sightings and so many rare species you have seen. Love the way you have set it up :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:

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Just spent the better part of the day reading your stories. What can I say......fantastic. Thank you so much for sharing :)


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lovewild,
I really hope you had a very nice day and I think there will be a new story coming weekend. :D :D

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Just spent the better part of the day reading your stories. What can I say......fantastic. Thank you so much for sharing :)

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Can't wait :dance:


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you have to wait.... but... the story will be about a part of your name here that is part of the name of the animal being the main subject of the story...... it was one of our best sightings ever of the painters or painted ones of Kruger....
:whistle: :whistle: :whistle: :whistle:

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Can't wait :dance:

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 Post subject: A&E Story 19 -Who let the dogs out -
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*** NEW Stories ***
Like my previous TR’s, this is not going to be a day to day TR, but a series of stories about animals and special situations based on our last trip.

Story 19: - Who let the Dogs out -

Before we start: I like to make you aware of the Big Tuskers again on the forum - section Mammals >> Big Tuskers . If you have seen (Big) Tuskers during your trip please let me know. Maybe I can help with ID’ing the ones you have seen and possibly you can help me and many other tuskermites with updates of the named or or to be named tuskers. You can be a great help to keep the tusker site up-to-date…. Thanks !!
Sorry to mention this again, but the Tuskers is a passion of me and a “few” more forumites.
Thanks to the ones who sent me very interesting tusker pics !!

Before we start the engines. Situation: Evening in Satara and we were having dinner. Elly said “just a few days to go and we haven’t seen Painted Dogs yet, we have been spoiled with lots and lots of great sightings but still missing the Dogs” I told her we have a few days to go so who knows.

Next morning, very very eatly again. 4.00 o’clock and preparing for another early mornign drive. Waiting till gate opens and like other mornings…where to go? First decision, turning right… then close to H7 and S100 what to do? At once I said to Elly…we are going to Orpen, you want Painted Dogs…you get Painted Dogs. She smiled and start laughing… I smiled too !

Just a few miles from Satara and still a bit dark…
Sixth sense was right again and Elly ? Yessss, ohhhhhh Wilddogs ! :big_eyes: :big_eyes:

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Incredible, Painted Dogs (I prefer this name) all over the place. :dance: :dance:
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And Look… who we got here? It’s Picasso ! The dog we have seen during several trips and now presenting his whole family. Thanks my friend. :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:

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Here some members of Picasso’s family. Still sleeping

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In the mean time… we looked at each other with a big smile and I said something like you see, I promised you… lalalalala :) :)
The Painted Dog family was waking up , stretching… what a privilige.

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No other cars yet so all so time enough to follow some individuals like Picasso’s brother Matisse.

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Getting a bit closer and watching how they socialize

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Lovely to see these two together, van Gogh and Rembrandt :k

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Moving a bit forwards to make a close-up from this one near the road

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Sitting there , surrounded almost by Painted Dogs, what a feeling, lucky and happy.
After making the first series of photos I tried to count them and more or less there were about 30 Painted Dogs. Thinking about the estimated numbers we were looking at about 10% of all Painted Dogs in kruger. Stop thinking and making pictures again.
Thanks to my friend Picasso

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After 30 minutes, it just turned 5:00 sun was rising so better light. One of the dogs came to me saying something I could not understand. :doh:

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With the golden light it was even more beautiful. Another 7 of the big pack.

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Just don’t know where to look for making pictures, movements everywhere.. :roll:

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Hi Rembrandt thanks for posing so well :cam:

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and back pending to some family members, looking, sniffeling etc

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Another dog waking up and starting the new day with a good stretch

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Mhhhh are you looking at me ? :twisted:

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Who left this ? :rtm:

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Getting the feeling I am in Doggies wonderland another one was coming from behind a little bush

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Funny, stretching in the morning is one of their favorites…

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After waking up the majority of the pack started with action… running and playing. :dance:


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In our car we enjoyed this playtime a lot. Thinking about it, we have never seen this kind of action with playing before.

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It really was a show they were presenting… :popcorn:

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My friend Picasso was looking too at the show and he was thinking… It’s OK

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Talking about the whole pack, I think 40% of them were young ones. No little puppies but younsters.

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Imagine… sitting there, looking at them, hearing the sounds of their play, really really wonderful

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You too get the feeling to be in the middle of a wildlife movie ? :wink:

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Ohhh… something happening there?

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Painted Dogs, thanks for the great sighting and show !

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What to say about this sighting? Looking back at most other Painted Dogs sightings this one was full of action. Most sightings they were just laying down and packs were smaller. Looking at about 30 Painted Dogs on and near the road , in the middle of them was very very special. Elly and I were sure this was one of the most special sightings we ever had.

Later that night when we were enjoying our dinner Elly said “Aat , we have seen Painted Dogs again” Believe me… I had a very very big smile on my face…

Thanks for joining us again.

Regards
Aat & Elly


Many other pictures of last en other trips:
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 Post subject: Re: A&E Story 19 - Who let the DOGS out -
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Love your doggies, Aat,

especially the stretchers and the ones who were sleeping so close together :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

It was indeed a huge pack of painted ones :thumbs_up:

Can I book you too to find me a serval? :tongue: :tongue: :tongue:

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