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Epic Eland Exodus - KTP Nov 2012

Unread postby Morkel777 » Thu May 22, 2014 9:48 pm

Hey everyone - been swamped of late, but felt it was at least time to start with this trip report.
We decided somewhere in the middle of 2012 that a quick week-long return to KTP was needed to stay sane.

Picked a date that would work with work schedule, and booked as follows:

24 Nov - Twee Rivieren
25 Nov - Twee Rivieren
26 Nov - Mata Mata (Riverfront - had 2 young kids this time, AIRCON needed!)
27 Nov - Mata Mata
28 Nov - Mata Mata
29 Nov - Mata Mata
30 Nov - Twee Rivieren
1 Dec - Twee Rivieren
2 Dec - long way home!!

This was right at the end of 2012's Epic Eland Exodus, and predator action was said to be in top shape. Little did we realise how epic it would be for us...!! More to come later :popcorn: :cam:

Let's see who's along for a ride that's way overdue...
Planning the next trip already...

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Re: Epic Eland Exodus - KTP Nov 2012

Unread postby Carol g » Thu May 22, 2014 9:56 pm

I'm on board for the ride Morkel777 :dance: :dance: :popcorn: :popcorn:
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Re: Epic Eland Exodus - KTP Nov 2012

Unread postby billyf » Fri May 23, 2014 6:35 am

I;m on the bus too :popcorn: :popcorn: :thumbs_up:
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Re: Epic Eland Exodus - KTP Nov 2012

Unread postby Grantmissy » Fri May 23, 2014 8:05 am

:) Morkel777 I cannot wait reading more about this Epic Eland Exodus and to see the photo's. I guess we just have to be patient :).
Morkel777 wrote:Little did we realise how epic it would be for us...!!


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Re: Epic Eland Exodus - KTP Nov 2012

Unread postby lion queen » Fri May 23, 2014 8:08 am

:popcorn: :popcorn: :popcorn:

Will wait patiently for this epic exodus!! :dance: :dance: :dance:
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Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Fri May 23, 2014 10:11 am

:popcorn: :popcorn: :popcorn: :popcorn: :popcorn: :popcorn: :popcorn: :popcorn: :popcorn:
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Re: Epic Eland Exodus - KTP Nov 2012

Unread postby enrico » Fri May 23, 2014 10:28 am

Was also there Nov 2012 although a bit earlier in the month. :D
Looking forward to reliving the trip through your great photos. :popcorn: :popcorn: :popcorn:

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Re: Epic Eland Exodus - KTP Nov 2012

Unread postby Bushbuddies » Fri May 23, 2014 11:08 am

I will not miss this TR for anything! :dance: :dance: :dance:
13-19 June 2015 - Lower Sabie
20-23 June 2015 - Satara
24-25 June 2015 - Olifants
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Re: Epic Eland Exodus - KTP Nov 2012

Unread postby barryels » Fri May 23, 2014 1:18 pm

Looking forward to another KTP trippie :popcorn: .
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Re: Epic Eland Exodus - KTP Nov 2012

Unread postby isinkwe » Fri May 23, 2014 3:36 pm

And I am also going to ride along with you :D :D
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Re: Epic Eland Exodus - KTP Nov 2012

Unread postby Morkel777 » Fri May 23, 2014 9:56 pm

Thanks folks! Well, here we go... :mrgreen:

Day 1: Twee Rivieren

As usual, we left in the dark hours of the morning from Secunda and arrived in KTP early in the afternoon. This time around, we had grown as a family by 1! Besides our daughter (who was now nearly 2yrs old), we had a 4-month old son.
Wait a minute...come to think of it...he was born in August, 9 months after our previous KTP trip... :hmz: :lol: :redface:

I had friends who were already in TR and had tipped me off on a mating lion couple close to Leeuwdril and another mating couple at Kij Kij (this was the famous Mufasa Junior). We found the first couple close to Leeuwdril, as promised.

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After getting jiggy on the Botswana side, they moved across the road.

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The lovely blonde male passed right in front of our vehicle so they can get jiggy on the SA side as well.
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Further north we found the other mating pair - passed out under a tree close to Kij Kij with some of the young pride males also lying around. We moved towards an old Eland carcass that was being worked over by about 10 Black-backed Jackals...

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They got a bit scrappy at times!

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As the jackals settled down, it looked like Mufasa was rearing a bit...so we headed back to their tree.

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He really is a magnificent lion - nearly ALL mane!

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He flopped down again without mating...and the young ones were also being quite useless...understandably given the 40 degree temperature outside!

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Are you happy with how this trip started out? I sure was...
Hang on - there are 2 more special sightings to come from this first afternoon drive!! :popcorn: :thumbs_up: :tongue:
Planning the next trip already...

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Re: Epic Eland Exodus - KTP Nov 2012

Unread postby Bushbuddies » Sat May 24, 2014 4:54 pm

Yes, very happy indeed! :D :D :D What a way to start a trip! Beautiful shots of those beautiful males! :clap:
13-19 June 2015 - Lower Sabie
20-23 June 2015 - Satara
24-25 June 2015 - Olifants
26-28 June 2015 - Letaba


13 Dec 2015 - Nossob
14-15 Dec 2015 - Grootkolk
16 Dec 2015 - Nossob
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Re: Epic Eland Exodus - KTP Nov 2012

Unread postby Goronta » Sat May 24, 2014 5:01 pm

:clap: :clap: :clap: Oh yes we are !
Stunning images full of life and beauty
More please

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2015:
Namibia july 21th-22th,
Kgalagadi july 23th-August 3rd,
K.K july 23th-24th,
Urikaruus july 25th-26th,
Nossob july 27th- 28th
Grootkolk july 29th-30th -31st
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Re: Epic Eland Exodus - KTP Nov 2012

Unread postby chirinda » Sat May 24, 2014 6:40 pm

Count me in too, please.

Wow what sightings to start off with. Magnificent pics of the jackals scrapping, not to mention the lions.

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Re: Epic Eland Exodus - KTP Nov 2012

Unread postby Carol g » Sat May 24, 2014 10:21 pm

Wow what a great start :clap: :clap:

Thanks for sharing, waiting for more :popcorn: :popcorn:
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