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 Post subject: FIRST EVER SOLO TRIP TO KNP
Unread postPosted: Sun Feb 16, 2014 9:10 am 
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I finally leave for my first ever solo trip to Kruger on Wednesday morning. I have been many times with family or friends but I have at last plucked up the courage to try it alone. I have learnt so much (as always) from the various topics here and also have been given some great advice by some of the "regulars" via pm. So I thought I would share it with you all. I will fly to Phalaborwa, hire a car and travel to Letaba for the first night. I have booked some lovely perimeter cottages at Letaba, Olifants and Satara. With your help I have compiled a shopping list of food & stuff to buy at Phalaborwa as most of the restaurants at these camps will be in the throes of renovations - also lots of renovations going on at Olifants but February is discount month and a good month for me to travel from a work point of view - so here I go. I will report back at the end of the month. This is my favourite view in the world - I wont be staying in unit 18 at Olifants but I have booked a cottage with a river view :D


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 Post subject: Re: FIRST EVER SOLO TRIP TO KNP
Unread postPosted: Sun Feb 16, 2014 10:31 am 
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Sue, there are not many places closer to heaven. I am really looking forward to your trip report. :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: FIRST EVER SOLO TRIP TO KNP
Unread postPosted: Sun Feb 16, 2014 11:35 am 
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Hi Sue,

OK if I get on board for this trip? :popcorn: .

Have to agree, that is one special view :thumbs_up: .

Can't wait for more.

Take care.

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7/8 - Tamboti
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 Post subject: Re: FIRST EVER SOLO TRIP TO KNP
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Good for you
enjoy and its special to be out there on your own :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: FIRST EVER SOLO TRIP TO KNP
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Sue,

I am looking forward to joining you on your solo journey. Remember, you are only solo in the flesh. You have a whole bunch of us with you in spirit.

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 Post subject: Re: FIRST EVER SOLO TRIP TO KNP
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Sounds great, good for you! :D

Hope your solo trip gives you many great sightings and experiences, can't wait to hear all about it! At such special camps too! :mrgreen:

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 Post subject: Re: FIRST EVER SOLO TRIP TO KNP
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Enjoy your solo trip suebfly! Looking forward to your trip report! Wishing you lots of fabulous sightings! :dance: :dance:

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 Post subject: Re: FIRST EVER SOLO TRIP TO KNP
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Great to see that you had the courage to do a solo trip :thumbs_up: .

Will be in the bus for this trip with lots of :popcorn: :popcorn: .

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 Post subject: Re: FIRST EVER SOLO TRIP TO KNP
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Wow that is our favorite spot too!! Can't wait for this trip x

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 Post subject: Re: FIRST EVER SOLO TRIP TO KNP
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suebfly,

Solo trip how 8) ...Sure it was magical. :thumbs_up:

On board for this one. :popcorn:

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 Post subject: Re: FIRST EVER SOLO TRIP TO KNP
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Well I am back from that long anticipated solo trip :D. Firstly I would like to thank everybody for help, advice and encouragement - especially Meandering Mouse, Brigitta & Mandy. Secondly I can only say a thousand times it was wonderful, fulfilling and liberating. I live on my own so definitely did not get lonely in fact I "chatted" to family & friends more than I ever do thanks to the wonderful wold of Whatsapp, e-mail & Skype. The minute I woke in the mornings I contacted the Australian connections and late in the evening was in contact with the South Africans. Had some wonderful occasions when I was sharing photos in real time with them.


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 Post subject: Re: FIRST EVER SOLO TRIP TO KNP
Unread postPosted: Sat Mar 01, 2014 8:48 pm 
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PHALABORWA HANDBASIN by suewilliamson777, on Flickr

What a beautiful little airport only 2k's away from the gate!! This is the wash hand basin in the Ladies Loo - the rest of the airport is set out in similar beautiful ways


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 Post subject: Re: FIRST EVER SOLO TRIP TO KNP
Unread postPosted: Sat Mar 01, 2014 8:54 pm 
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I did the shopping with the list compiled with the help of various people and lots of info taken from the forum and was in the park in less than an hour
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ENTERING KNP by suewilliamson777, on Flickr less than half an hour I was in the park

Everything very green and the bush very thick which is to be expected at this time of the year. I did not even attempt to take the usual photos - just about everything was obscured in some way by the vegetation so I took photos where and when the opportunity arose


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 Post subject: Re: FIRST EVER SOLO TRIP TO KNP
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Sounds great suebfly! Looking forward to read all about your trip! :dance: :dance:

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Great view of the airport :clap: :clap: .

Kruger was really lush and green with all the rain during December :dance: :dance: .

Thanks for sharing :thumbs_up: .

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