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 Post subject: Is this the Place I've Been Dreaming Of.....
Unread postPosted: Wed Jan 15, 2014 9:40 pm 
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The lyrics by Keane from their song Somewhere Only We Know
Whenever I hear this song it reminds me of Kruger.
Hadn't been for many years, and then in 2004, I took the SO there for the first time.
At the time this song was their latest hit and was being played a lot on the radio.
For me, this song has become synonymous with my all my subsequent trips to Kruger.

And so, at 7am on December 21st 2013, we left my Mom's flat in Jhb, and headed down the N4 towards Melalane Gate and 7 days/6 nights in Kruger.

The itinerary:
1 night Skukuza
2 nights Satara
2 nights Lower Sabie
1 night Skukuza

About half way on the N4 we came to a traffic jam, there must have been an accident ahead. And in an hour, we had done 100m max.
Turned around and went back to Belfast and did the scenic route via Carolina, Badplaas and Barbeton.

100km longer, and 2 hours later than expected we arrived at Melalane gate.

As with my trip report last December, I am not going to do a "day by day" report that most people do.
But rather a "road by road" report. Didn't make notes of exactly which road I took on which drive, but with the help of my photos, do remember what I saw on each road, so will do it that way instead.


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 Post subject: Re: Is this the Place I've Been Dreaming Of.....
Unread postPosted: Wed Jan 15, 2014 10:21 pm 
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Looking forward to it, Yoda.


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 Post subject: Re: Is this the Place I've Been Dreaming Of.....
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More please :popcorn:

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 Post subject: Re: Is this the Place I've Been Dreaming Of.....
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Hi yoda, so looking forward to your TR. :thumbs_up:
It was just a pity not having the time to meet and talk book-stuff as it would have been really great. :D :D :D

Anyhow, managed to meet some other forumites along the way and a nice meeting with Jan van Wyk at Lake Panic.

So, my place is booked for your road-by-road special moments report. :dance:

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 Post subject: Re: Is this the Place I've Been Dreaming Of.....
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Stampajane wrote:
Looking forward to it, Yoda.


Thanks, hope I don't disappoint.

Hugh wrote:
More please :popcorn:


Will post some photos soon

Kaapsedraai wrote:
Hi yoda, so looking forward to your TR. :thumbs_up:
It was just a pity not having the time to meet and talk book-stuff as it would have been really great. :D :D :D


So, my place is booked for your road-by-road special moments report. :dance:


Maybe this coming December?
My alarm is set for 5:20am tomorrow to call SANP to book my 2014 trip.


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 Post subject: Re: Is this the Place I've Been Dreaming Of.....
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Yoda, I am right on board for this. 8)

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

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Yoda,

See there is still a window seat left for me. :wink: ..On board and ready for the ride. 8)

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 Post subject: Re: Is this the Place I've Been Dreaming Of.....
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Meandering Mouse wrote:
Yoda, I am right on board for this. 8)

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

Excellent.
Will start with roads tonight. :cam:

Trrp-trrrrrrrr wrote:
Yoda,

See there is still a window seat left for me. :wink: ..On board and ready for the ride. 8)

:popcorn:


Plenty of space left :)


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 Post subject: Re: Is this the Place I've Been Dreaming Of.....
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Plenty of space left... :clap:

So I'm also on board :popcorn:

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 Post subject: Re: Is this the Place I've Been Dreaming Of.....
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Hi Yoda

Can I have a place please?
:popcorn: :popcorn:

Although my head is full of KTP (doing my TR) I still like to keep up with what's been going on in KNP.

Regards,

DASSIEDELIGHT

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:pray: :pray: :popcorn: :popcorn: :redface:

I need a fix of that Kruger magic!

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 Post subject: Re: Is this the Place I've Been Dreaming Of.....
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Sounds like a cool approach :popcorn: :popcorn:

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kids@camping wrote:
Plenty of space left... :clap:

So I'm also on board :popcorn:


Front row seat for you :D
DASSIEDELIGHT wrote:
Hi Yoda

Can I have a place please?
:popcorn: :popcorn:

DASSIEDELIGHT


No prob :)
Pikkie wrote:
:pray: :pray: :popcorn: :popcorn: :redface:

I need a fix of that Kruger magic!


Don't we all!

Wild about cats wrote:
Sounds like a cool approach :popcorn: :popcorn:


I tried it last year, and seemed to work well.
So thought I would give it a go again


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 Post subject: Re: Is this the Place I've Been Dreaming Of.....
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Had some really fantastic sightings.
Big 5, all of them on multiple occasions.
And some other "specials".

But I did a lot of driving. And I mean a lot.
Did over 200km/day average.
And bearing in mind it was often over 30*C by 9am!

I didn't mind, but sometimes my kids went a bit mental in the car.
Particularly my daughter who isn't as enthusiastic as myself and my son.
The SO's attitude to all that time in the car, is that as long as I am happy, she is happy.
But I always said to the family, that unless we were moving to another camp, no one was forced to come with me.
SO and daughter opted out a few times, but my son came with me on most drives, but one.


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 Post subject: Re: Is this the Place I've Been Dreaming Of.....
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:yaya: Wait for me Yoda .... I want to climb on board :pray: :pray:
I have been waiting for this :thumbs_up:


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