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Re: The Therapeutic Trip to Tamboti...

Unread postby LarissaVW » Wed Jan 16, 2013 11:35 am

Day 3 continued...

We went on the night drive, but I must confess, when the truck pulled into Tamboti to pick us up, I was a bit disappointed. I don't like the big trucks... I prefer the smaller "jeeps". The truck is noisy, and it can only go on the wide main roads... :wall:

We had a good time, but struggled to get the guide's attention over the noise of the truck.

We saw lots of general game and...
Large Spotted Genet
Kudu
Hyena
Shrub hare
Ostrich
Lots of Bushbabies
Big family of Warthog
Jackal
and the only one with a pic worth posting... a twig snake...
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Re: The Therapeutic Trip to Tamboti...

Unread postby LarissaVW » Fri Jan 18, 2013 9:05 am

Some rhino pics ...... no info, no words.... just magnificence....

enjoy...


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Re: The Therapeutic Trip to Tamboti...

Unread postby LarissaVW » Fri Jan 18, 2013 9:52 am

Day 4

We took the S106 loop, then on to Satara.
Did the S100 to Nwanetsi .... not much there ... lots of dust from "big 5 hunters" speeding up and down to catch a glimpse of the cats...
Close to Nwanetsi, as we came over a low level bridge we saw the three Nyala. They were stunning! A young bull with the two females, hiding in the thick bush.

O, and before I forget... IT WAS HOT! 43 degrees Celsius at one stage...

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Ellies with more young ones!
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spraying mud, and then a shake of the head to get rid of all the excess!
(I just loved the floppy ears!)
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Re: The Therapeutic Trip to Tamboti...

Unread postby LarissaVW » Fri Jan 18, 2013 10:03 am

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Just a pic to show that you still get really BIG bulls in Kruger! Just look how high he stands above the rest!
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Re: The Therapeutic Trip to Tamboti...

Unread postby LarissaVW » Mon Jan 21, 2013 10:08 am

Thanks all for your comments....
With the new school term came lots and lots of books to cover, and suddenly certain moms don't have time of their own any more! or time to post on one's TR... :evil:

I first spent an hour now looking at all the flood posts and pictures... I am awed and saddened at the same time! Peeps being airlifted out of Tamboti? I was just there! The rains started on our second last day there, and hasn't stopped apparently.

Well, at least all seems under control. Guests were evacuated ahead of time, roads closed as precautions... Kruger Management is taking no chances. WELL DONE to them!

But let me post a couple of :cam: again...
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Re: The Therapeutic Trip to Tamboti...

Unread postby LarissaVW » Mon Jan 21, 2013 10:22 am

Day 5

We started early again, when the gates opened... and this morning we had more luck than the previous day!
See who came to greet us....(and to say happy Bday to me :redface: )

(the light was very low, so I had to improvise a bit with the camera's brightness... still getting to know my camera, so the pics aren't the best... but at least I got them!)
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Re: The Therapeutic Trip to Tamboti...

Unread postby LarissaVW » Mon Jan 21, 2013 11:18 am

Day 5 continued...

After the doggies, we took the S106 Rabalias gravel road/loop, and then on to S36 to Muzandzeni Picnic Spot.

Just before the Picnic site, we came across yet another young one....
and an old daggaboy!
pics to follow as soon as page turns... :whistle: :whistle: :whistle:

We visited the dam, where we saw the tiniest ellie so far!

From there, we went back with the S36 to the tar road, just to try and get to Orpen's swimming pool asap! The boys were starting to "overheat" in the back of the car! This was one of those days where the temp went up to 43/44 degrees Celsius...

We spent quite some time at the pool, and then went on a short afternoon drive. Not much in the line of sightings then...

all living creatures were hiding away from the heat I am sure!

That evening seemed to be the eve of visitors! We had none less than 5 different visitors in and around our tent that night......
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Re: The Therapeutic Trip to Tamboti...

Unread postby LarissaVW » Mon Jan 21, 2013 4:51 pm

:dance: :dance: page has turned...

now for the pics of the rest of day 5...

daggababy...
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daggaboy...
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tiny ellie... & kie....
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Unread postby LarissaVW » Mon Jan 21, 2013 5:02 pm

and now... for the visitors....
1. Mr Camp-wrecker & kie
but thanx to the forum, I knew to take baboon proof storage crates... our neighbours got raided, and robbed of ALL their food...

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2. a Welcome sight at the otherwise empty waterhole in front of our tent

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3. Mr. Genet, wanting to grab a quick snack of our deck

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to be continued...
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Unread postby LarissaVW » Mon Jan 21, 2013 5:07 pm

visitors continued...

4. Mr Spotty, ever so patiently waiting to see if we will break the rules... :whistle:

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5. and last but certainly not least ... Mr Badger, Honey Badger.
I only caught one of the four visiting us regularly....
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Re: The Therapeutic Trip to Tamboti...

Unread postby LarissaVW » Thu Jan 24, 2013 1:03 pm

Day 6

Yet another "kill and feeding".... although not the kill expected by most... but a kill nonetheless!
Off course I was too late picking up my camera and snapping away to get the actual kill on film, but we did witness the great swoop down to the tar road, the clutching at some prey on the road, and then the triumphant feeding in the tree next to the road! All was very spectacular to watch!
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:dance: well, we thought it to be spectacular.....
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Unread postby LarissaVW » Thu Jan 24, 2013 1:28 pm

Came across this guy, and wondered what happened.... :hmz: :hmz:

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and then... we actually got chased by this, extremely agitated buff! He came storming onto the road, obviously very rattled, and running away from something.
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He turned, looked at us, by now having come to a stop, and started chasing us back! it was unbelievable!

After about 200m, he lost interest, went back to where he came out of the veld, and stared intently into the bush.... something scared him, and we waited a while, but nothing came chasing after him!
We were still sitting there, watching him, together with a couple of other cars, when a SanParks traffic official couldn't wait any longer. She just drove right up to our angry daggaboy, chased him into the bush, and drove of waving and laughing....
that was that then..... :wall:

much later, someone else was hiding under a tree from the heat....
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Re: The Therapeutic Trip to Tamboti...

Unread postby onewithnature » Sat Jan 26, 2013 8:38 am

Some lovely night regulars there, LaVW. :clap: Definitely a kill worth logging too. :thumbs_up: Interesting that the buff chased you; do tell more: did he do a quick charge and pass or did he chase you for a while?
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Unread postby LarissaVW » Sun Jan 27, 2013 11:28 am

onewithnature wrote:Some lovely night regulars there, LaVW. :clap: Definitely a kill worth logging too. :thumbs_up: Interesting that the buff chased you; do tell more: did he do a quick charge and pass or did he chase you for a while?


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The moment the buff came storming onto the road, my SO said that he was obviously very nervous and scared of something. He might have stumbled across a predator or snake or something on his way back up from the river.
He was tripling around, swinging his head from side to side, when he spotted us. He immediately came trotting in our direction, still making snorting sounds and swinging his head. The trot became a full blown quick charge, for about 100m. We backed up, out of harms way, and he just stopped.

Just before the other vehicle chased him off the road, another Buff appeared from the same spot. The friend wasn't nearly as jittery as the first one.

So we don't really know why, but he was quite irate, and we were probably the first thing available for him to take his irritation out on? :hmz:
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Unread postby LarissaVW » Sun Jan 27, 2013 11:34 am

Day 7
This day was a day for birds...

I took a whole lot of :cam: of a group of Southern Carmine Bee-eaters while feeding. I got some really nice pics of them... especially the ones where the adult/male is feeding the female/juvenile.
(maybe someone more knowledgeable than me can tell if it was a female or juv?)

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