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Re: A Tale of Two Waterholes

Unread postby naomi c » Tue May 14, 2013 1:44 pm

Awesome colours!

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Re: A Tale of Two Waterholes

Unread postby naomi c » Tue May 14, 2013 2:02 pm

All good things must come to an end.....but we still had the one night stop-over in Punda and four nights in Mapungubwe to look forward to.

Goodbye - until next time!

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Re: A Tale of Two Waterholes

Unread postby naomi c » Thu May 16, 2013 3:41 pm

The north of Kruger was really dry - on our way to Punda Maria we saw very little. We had our first and only sighting of Ground Hornbills but no pics unfortunately.
We stopped at Shingwidzi to buy some ice but they had none - even the automatic ice-machine was empty! Quite a few very unhappy customers!
This beautiful waterlily caught my eye.

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Near Punda the weather started to look menacing and during the night there actually fell a little bit of rain.

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Re: A Tale of Two Waterholes

Unread postby naomi c » Thu May 16, 2013 4:05 pm

Punda was busy but we found a nice spot - was only for a stop-over anyway. Our neighbours at the back were Scipio, PetraJ and family. Never before met so many Mites on one trip - MM and her daughter (our neighbours in Tsendze) and Scipio and PetraJ in Punda! :D

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Re: A Tale of Two Waterholes

Unread postby naomi c » Fri May 17, 2013 10:04 am

We just had to drive the Mahonie Loop! Animal-wise it was really quiet, but the birds were much more obliging!

Woodland Kingfisher

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Re: A Tale of Two Waterholes

Unread postby naomi c » Fri May 17, 2013 10:05 am

A tree full of European Bee-eaters!

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Re: A Tale of Two Waterholes

Unread postby naomi c » Fri May 17, 2013 10:07 am

Got my first ever pic of a Lesser Spotted Eagle!

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Re: A Tale of Two Waterholes

Unread postby naomi c » Fri May 17, 2013 10:09 am

And we were lucky enough to spot this - the mother of all scorpions! It was huge! :big_eyes:

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Re: A Tale of Two Waterholes

Unread postby naomi c » Fri May 17, 2013 10:10 am

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Re: A Tale of Two Waterholes

Unread postby naomi c » Fri May 17, 2013 11:45 am

On the Mahonie Loop there really are some majestically beautiful trees.

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Re: A Tale of Two Waterholes

Unread postby naomi c » Fri May 17, 2013 11:46 am

"....Poems are made by fools like me, but only God can make a tree." Joyce Kilmer

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Re: A Tale of Two Waterholes

Unread postby naomi c » Fri May 17, 2013 11:49 am

The next morning we were up early - we had quite a long drive ahead of us that took us past Boabab Hill.

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Re: A Tale of Two Waterholes

Unread postby naomi c » Fri May 17, 2013 11:52 am

Near the turn-off to Pafuri Picnic Spot

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Re: A Tale of Two Waterholes

Unread postby naomi c » Fri May 17, 2013 11:56 am

We stopped on the bridge over the Levhuvhu River to take some pics. Not in our wildest dreams could we imagine how it would look just a couple of weeks later! :shock:

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Re: A Tale of Two Waterholes

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