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 Post subject: Re: Kruger: from south-to-north-and-back
Unread postPosted: Thu Aug 15, 2013 11:06 pm 
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From Skukuza we took the H4-1 to Lower Sabie where we stayed 2 nights. On the road we had some great sightings.
On one of the loops next to the Sabie river, some impies
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Just before Nkulu picnic spot this Olive grass snake was doing some sliding manoeuvres all on one place on the tar road and did not move off into the grass, but stayed on the one location.
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At Nkulu picnic spot, the resident trouble makers...
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Spotted an Arrow marked babbler
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Then the action started, first a road block, but we could not see why and then at last saw only some spots. A selfish family with no camera equipment whatsoever positioned themselves so that nobody could have a view of the leopard with a kill in a tree next to the Sabie river. Everyone was getting extremely frustrated with this family as they just sat there as if they were planted and even the SANP guides requested them to move, but they ignored them totally. So we decided to rather drive on...
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We were rewarded with great sighting of some lions on the riverbank.
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The evening at Lower Sabie was equisite as it was also a full moon night.
First the sunset...
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Fortunately, I brought my tripod with and got this nice shot of the moon from the camp.
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On this note, we ended another breath taking day in Kruger - the fires all smoking hot...
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The next morning we went on the Bush Walk as I have shared on page 50 of this TR. Mlondozi dam has become a special place for us as we enjoyed a variety of sightings... to be continued.

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 Post subject: Re: Kruger: from south-to-north-and-back
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Staying at Lower Sabie, one cannot ignore Sunset dam which we visited every morning and evening and occasionally during the day. Here are some pics taken at Sunset dam

These 2 were busy to get to know each other better...mmm hippo business :naughty:
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Some more hippos relaxing with Yellow-billed stork
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At another time, the hippos were in the water with Yellow-billed stork all on the edge of the dam
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A Yellow-billed stork spreading its wings to create a shadow over the water to attract fish...
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only after I downloaded the photos, I noticed the croc at the back.
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Some more Yellow-billed stork
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Pied kingfisher
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and Giant Kingfishers
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Next some views from and around Mlondozi dam and region...

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Trip Reports: Kruger, West Coast, Addo, Storms River & Wildernis, Kruger NP Feb'14, Wildernis Ebb & Flo Apr'14
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 Post subject: Re: Kruger: from south-to-north-and-back
Unread postPosted: Sun Aug 18, 2013 9:05 pm 
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While at Lower Sabie, we had spent time covering the southern area and the northern areas, but first some special moments we captured while visiting the southern area.

Just outside the camp early one morning, hyena with collar lying next to the road.
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We have made our way on the S28 to Ntandanyathi hide where a troop of baboons were playing, but this bambino stole the limelight.
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Some elephants came down for a mud bath and we really enjoyed watching them.
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After spending time at the hide, we drove around to see what was happening at the Nhlanganzwani dam. It was dry, but spotted this big monitor making his way through the bush. It was a large one.
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On our way back on the S28 at the S137 intersection, some cheetah lying under a tree.
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On another occasion also spotted this lion lying on the Sabie Weir close to the camp.
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Close to the camp a beautiful Bateleur posing for us.
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The southern region has been good to us sighting wise and so was the northern area, lots of birdies...to be continued.

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 Post subject: Re: Kruger: from south-to-north-and-back
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I guess what makes Lower Sabie even more popular is that the west, the south and northern areas each provides one with unique sightings. During our visit to the north i.e. Mlondozi dam, some great bird sightings were seen.

Here are the view from the picnic spot looking down at the Mlondozi dam. While spending time here, absorbing the smells of the fried eggs and bacon of the visitors, we enjoyed quite a variety of sightings, waterbuck , herd of buffalo at the back side of the picnic spot, some ellies, all coming down to drink water.
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But the stars of the show were the abundance of bird life.
Red-backed shrike
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Blue waxbill
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Jameson's firefinch
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Wahlberg's eagle
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Back on the road we spotted this Crowned lapwing on eggs and a small chick making its appearance.
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A close up of a Waterbuck worth sharing.
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We also visited the section towards Crocodile bridge a few times and got some great sightings which will be shared in the next posting...to be continued, then we off to Berg en Dal and then Pretoriuskop for further great sightings. :thumbs_up:

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Trip Reports: Kruger, West Coast, Addo, Storms River & Wildernis, Kruger NP Feb'14, Wildernis Ebb & Flo Apr'14
Now busy with Kruger NP Dec'13 and Table Mountain- mood today


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 Post subject: Re: Kruger: from south-to-north-and-back
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While staying at Lower Sabie we visited the southern area twice and enjoyed some great moments for example at Hippo Pools some Egyptian geese were with their chicks in the water - makes for nice family pic
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Our first White fronted bee-eater also making his appearance at Hippo Pools.
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Then a mongoose stopping to see what is going on behind him.
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:idea: One of our favourite stops are the viewpoint on the S108 overlooking the Gayisenga waterhole located in the Bume river. We stopped their twice in the two days and each time, plenty of animals coming down to have a drink. While sitting their under the trees, a variety of birds making their presence known.
On the one occasion we saw some giraffe drinking from the waterhole and a young elephant also joining in, but not for long as he sucked up some water, stood back and sprayed the giraffe with it so it could move off. It was so hilarious to see the interaction. Here are they drinking water together.
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On another occasion the waterhole with a variety of animals there.
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At Mpondo dam on S102, we spotted this Blacksmith lapwing with its chick following her.
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And then this beautiful Brown snake-eagle seen on our way back to the camp.
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The next day we went to Berg en Dal for another two nights where we also had some memorable sightings...to be continued.

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Trip Reports: Kruger, West Coast, Addo, Storms River & Wildernis, Kruger NP Feb'14, Wildernis Ebb & Flo Apr'14
Now busy with Kruger NP Dec'13 and Table Mountain- mood today


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 Post subject: Re: Kruger: from south-to-north-and-back
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During our 2 days stay at Beg en Dal, some great sightings were captured. On our way to the Gardenia hide, we spotted a car watching something in a tree in a distance, so we enquired. We could not believe our eyes as we were rewarded with great leopard sighting.

Thinking back to our encounter a few days earlier where the one person did not want to move so we all could have a view of the LIT with kill. :dance:
It seemed as if he went head banging somewhere...or must have had quite a head ache.
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We did the Matjulu S110 and spotted some lions sleeping with some cubs playing around. They were just to far, but the next morning on our way to Afsaal, some entertained us by walking in the road next to us.
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On our way back from Afsaal, we tried the Steilberg loop or S120 where a Lilac breasted roller was busy hunting.
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Berg and Dal was kind to us, hence worth sharing some more interesting sighting from the area....to be continued.

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Now busy with Kruger NP Dec'13 and Table Mountain- mood today


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At Afsaal we enjoyed a nice lunch and on our way back, a hyena with 2 cubs were lying just next to the road. It was a special sighting for us. The cubs looked like Labrador puppies....
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Then some birds of prey each with a kill firstly a Wahlberg's eagle....
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and then a Martial eagle with a Guineafowl kill
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We also saw a great display of two giraffe hitting each other with their neck and heads.
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Then a great pose of these 3 rhinos.
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The next day we were off for our last two days at Pretoriuskop...to be continued. :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Kruger: from south-to-north-and-back
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From Berg 'n Dal we travelled to Pretoriuskop for 2 nights and another first for us to stay at this camp. We were also spoilt for excellent sightings worth sharing. Here are a few highlights.

We did a late afternoon drive and spotted this African Harrier-hawk with lizard kill.
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The next morning we did the H1-1 and at Shitlhave dam got some great bird sightings.
A Brown-hooded kingfisher
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Then a Woolly-necked stork...
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...and a Saddle-billed stork.
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At the intersection between H1-1 and H1-3 a roadblock and then in the distance a leopard lying under a tree.
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The next day we also drove this road and suddenly a leopard appearing from nowhere out of the bush and walked in front of us across the road.
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Back at the camp, the moon shining brightly through the trees.
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As mentioned, these were just a few special moments we captured during our stay at Pretoriuskop which also brought an end to our September 2010 or our only 2nd trip to Kruger. The rest is history as you could see from page 1 of this TR.

One of my special pics which carries a lot of emotion and is so Kruger is this Impala being groomed by Red-billed oxpecker.
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Thank you to every one that took the time in reading this TR and also the extended sections of our Dec'11 and Sep'10 trip. Thank you to all for the kind comments and all the support in encouraging me to share our experiences.
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Now busy with Kruger NP Dec'13 and Table Mountain- mood today


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 Post subject: Re: Kruger: from south-to-north-and-back
Unread postPosted: Thu Aug 29, 2013 6:16 pm 
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Goronta wrote:
Catching up after a long break (never long enough in fact),thanks a lot ,Kaapsedrai, for sharing this TR :thumbs_up:
Your photos are full of poetry and feeling :clap: :clap: :clap:

I'm ready for WCNP

Goronta, I am glad that you came back and caught up with the TR. :dance: It was a pleasure in sharing the TR with you. Thank you for the nice words. :thanx:

On the WCNP, I have completed the TR, but have a look here:
West Coast National Park: Flower power in Aug'13
Also see links to Wild Card website
Flower power: West Coast trip report - part 1
Flower power: West Coast trip report - part 2]

Phokojwe wrote:
Stunning photos Kaapsedraai :cam: :clap: :clap: :clap:

:thanx: Phokojwe. I appreciate the compliments. :thumbs_up:

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Trip Reports: Kruger, West Coast, Addo, Storms River & Wildernis, Kruger NP Feb'14, Wildernis Ebb & Flo Apr'14
Now busy with Kruger NP Dec'13 and Table Mountain- mood today


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