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 Post subject: Re: Vinkie and Apex Predator back in the bushveld
Unread postPosted: Thu Jan 16, 2014 12:02 am 
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Berg en Dal to Lower Sabie

Thank you all for your nice comments

Today we would return to Lower Sabie, so we left camp early because we had a long drive ahead of us.
A last photo of Berg en Dal
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On our way we met this Raptor
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Fresh green grass growing from the burnt soil….
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Somewhere on the route we saw this cute little rhino with his/her mother. The little rhino was returning to the road all the time looking at our car, and the mom was chasing her away from the road back into the bushes again.
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We met some of our little Mongoose friends again
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Some Monkeys
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Later that morning on the S23 on the Byamiti loop we came across a roadblock caused by some young Lions lying between the bushes on the burnt soil, which surprised us, we didn’t think that Lions would like the dark and burnt surface(well that’s what the Guide at Satara had told us during the Morning Drive).
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A little further on the S113 we spotted some older Lions, which lay just out of reach to get decent photos
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We turned onto the H3 and saw this Elephant with one tusk at the waterhole(Kwaggaspan?), the other one seemed to have broken off.
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We drove further to Transport Dam hoping to see the Leopard that we had seen the previous day, we did see a lot of Waterbuck….enough food for the Leopard…
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On the Road we saw these monkeys in the green grass.
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And a huge Giraffe…
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We drove the S65 hoping to see a Leopard, seen in the area earlier but we returned empty-handed(later that day we heard that the Leopard had returned to the exact same spot that we had been waiting at, just 15min after we had left).

Ground Hornbill
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We took a look from the viewing deck at Skukuza and enjoyed the view
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Elephant family
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Crocodile
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We drove on the H4-1 taking us to Lower Sabie when we spotted this Collared Ground Hornbill
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Lots of Elephants(bad picture)
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We crossed the Sabie river and turned onto the S30.
Saw a Nyala family
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To be continued….

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And saw our first Wild Dogs…..what a fantastic sighting…we stayed at the sight for almost two hours hope to see them get up and do the greetings ritual(Bushcraft had told us it was wonderful to see), but the only thing the Wild Dogs did was sleep, turnaround, go to the toilet and sleep a little more.
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Because it was getting a little late we turned the car and drove back to the H4-1 and had to wait for a few minutes because a little Elephant was drinking in the middle of the road….so nice...
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When we past Nukulu Picnic Spot we had a little stop, and stopped because a guy was taking photos of something in the tree, we spotted a impala in the tree and spotted a Leopard in the far corner of the tree….you can see the spots and tail on the photo….so we did have the Leopard we wanted to see that day but only on a different location.
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At Sunset dam we saw this surfing Hamerkop.
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Sorry for the HUGE amount of photos :redface: :redface: :lol:


To be continued….

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What a drive 8)

Wild dog are always special. It really was one delight after another. :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

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WOW!!! What an eventful drive this has been...just stunning super :cam: and all. :clap: :clap:

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HI Vinkie

Great TR and pics. :D
Can never have too many Wild Dogs or Leopards! :D :D

Will keep following. :popcorn:

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Beautiful sightings Vinkie! All of them! Love the baby Rhino that was so interested in your car! So cute! As is the baby Ellie drinking from his mom in the middle of the road! :clap: :clap:

A Leopard is a Leopard, even if you could only see the spots between the leaves! Great sighting with his prey too! :dance: :dance:

Lovely landscape pictures, and a great shot of the Nyala! Beautiful! :clap: :clap:

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:clap: :clap: super sightings :clap: :D :D :thumbs_up:

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Great drive with so many awesome sightings Vinkie :clap: :clap: .

Just love the pic's of the little rhino, lions and painted doggies :dance: :dance: .

Like we say, leopard is a leopard :thumbs_up: .

Thanks for sharing :thumbs_up: .

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Wow Vinkie - great sightings.


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A few videos taken in the Lower Sabie Area on the 17th of July 2013

Wild Dogs on the S30 17 July 2013 not great quality, sorry :redface:




Young Elephant drinking H4-1 17 July 2013


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Great videos, thank you Vinkie! :clap: :clap:

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Wow vinkie, just read your adventure from the beginning and it was FILLED with some fantastic sightings wonderfully captured. :thumbs_up: Thoroughly enjoying it and look forward to seeing what's next.


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Thank you all for your kind comments and patience 8)

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I will continue as soon as the page turns..... :whistle:

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