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 Post subject: Re: Vinkie and Apex Predator back in the bushveld
Unread postPosted: Sun Oct 13, 2013 10:31 pm 
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Our last full day at Lower Sabie.

Today would be our last day at Lower Sabie before we would leave for Hluhluwe-Imfolosi Game Reserve the next day.

This morning we left camp and took the H 4-1 north to find these Giraffes
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When we continued our trip back South we saw some offenders at Sunset Dam.
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Saw this bird too
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We drove on and took the S137, at the intersection of the S137/S28 we met another couple who informed us that on the S107 heading towards the Nhlanganzwani Dam there had been a Lion kill and that some Hyenas had been seen in the area too.
We headed in that direction and first encountered the Hyenas and a little further along the road we saw the Lions walking towards the Dam…..there was a roadblock of slowly driving cars that followed the Lions…after a while the Lions disappeared into the Bushes and we headed towards the Dam hoping for them to maybe arrive at the dam to drink......they didn’t.
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We returned to the Kill site and took some more pictures of the Hyenas who had moved the carcass to the other side of the road…..the smell of death was awful.
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We returned to camp had coffee and drove the S30 the Old Salitje Road hoping to find the Wild Dogs, when we crossed the Salitje we found this Hammerkop who had caught a fish.
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Again we met a kind couple who informed us that he had seen two Sable Antelopes about 10k’s further on the road….we had to look at the right-hand side he told us…..we found them…it was a very special sighting…you don’t see two Sables every day.
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Further on the road we saw these birds.
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On the H12 we saw some guys with a Bulls flag wrapped over their car who got out of the car throwing thing into the river.
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Saw a nice Kudu Family
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We saw these Bushbuck too
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We returned to the S30, came to a new roadblock, a Leopard had killed an Impala but apparently a Hyena had appeared and had stolen the kill. Because of the massive roadblock of three/four cars next to each other we decided to drive on….we didn’t see the Leopard….

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When we arrived at the Lower Sabie bridge, we met with Bushcraft who imformed us that he had seen the Leopard and that he had managed to get some pictures….so lucky….
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We went back to camp and headed to the restaurant deck to have a drink before we would have the Sunset drive. Tried my teleconverter on a Crocodile lying far from the camp.
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I got a sms from Heksie, Heksie and Wendy also came to the restaurant and we finaly met the two famous Kruger spotters :dance: …..we had some drinks :popcorn: and said goodbye, it would be nice to meet you both when we return to Kruger in the future.

At 16:15 we boarded the Safari truck and our Last Guided drive left the camp heading to Sunset dam.
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We returned in the direction of the camp and took the no entry road had a wonderful Sunset and saw a couple of young Ellies.
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We saw lot’s of animals(Hippo, Serval, Civet, Porcupine, Rhinos etc) but had some bad light users so we didn’t get many photos, we managed to get this civet.
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Later this drive we saw two lions just before the camp on the S82.
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After the drive we headed to bed early because we had a long trip ahead the next day…

To be continued…

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Vinkie, what fantastic sightings. :D

The Sable sighting was particularly :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance: and as for your night drive :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

what a pity your experience was tainted by idiots. :sniper: :sniper: :sniper: I hope this picture gets noted by the authorities.

Is there more on the way?

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Vinkie,

Awesome sightings and stunning pics. :clap: :clap:

Always love the scenery shots..they just make me so :mrgreen:

Magnificent Kudus :clap: :clap:

Fabulous Sable sighting :thumbs_up: ..What a feeling that must have been. 8)

Night drive delivered great sightings. :clap: :clap:

Sunset :cam: are stunning. :thumbs_up:

Thanks for sharing. :thumbs_up:

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Glad your computer problems are sorted out :D
What fantastic sightings :thumbs_up:
Sable :mrgreen: its been many since my last sighting , maybe next time :thumbs_up:

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Great sightings all round vinkie :clap: :clap:

Wonderful sighting of the Sables :mrgreen:

That is an impressive set of horns of the Kudu :lol:

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Thanks so much for continuing, Vinkie,

awesome sable sighting :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: and the rest is magnificent as well - The lazy hippos, the hyaenas, the view at Mlondozi - Simply everything :clap: :clap: :clap:


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Another fabulous episode!

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Just caught up on your last two episodes Vinkie and Apex Predator! Great sightings and pictures! Love your Sable sighting, and the Ground Hornbill is fantastic! :clap: :clap:

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Just caught up on the last two episodes and what great sightings all around :dance: . Love the view from the picnic area at Mlondozi Dam :clap: .
Great sighting of the sable :thumbs_up: .
Thanks for sharing :thumbs_up: .

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Thank you all for your kind comments, we will leave KNP and travel to Hluhluwe-Imfolosi in Kwazulu Natal.

We also made a video of the Sable sighting

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Our last drive in KNP to Crocodile Bridge Gate, after a three day detour in KZN we will return to KNP.

We saw a Side-Stripped Jackal but before we could take a photo it rushed into the bushes.

We did see this lonely old Male Lion and followed it for some time...before he went off-road.
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Saw some common game, Giraffes, Impalas, monkeys.
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We continued to Crocodile Bridge gate and took the road towards the Swaziland border.
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We will continue our trip by going to Hluhluwe-Imfolosi, but because this isn't a SANParks park I can't post it here.

I will continue this Travel Report as soon as I have posted the KZN posts on another forum...sorry but Forum rules prohibit me from posting it here.

to be continued...

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Hi vinkie, just catching up after some time away and WOW, what a time you had :clap: :clap: :clap:

I'm particularly :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: about your sable sighting :dance: :dance: :dance:

And a great sighting of the old male lion before Croc Bridge gate 8)
He did look a bit beat up :(

Now, ready and waiting for your return to Kruger :popcorn: :popcorn:

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Wonderful video of the Sable sighting. 8) They are often such shy creatures that this is very rare.

Again, another lovely episode. :thumbs_up:

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Wonderful Lion sighting on your way to Croc bridge exit :clap: :clap:

:popcorn: :popcorn: ready for the next stretch of your trip. 8)

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Thank you for the awesome Sable video Vinkie! :clap: :clap:

Shame, that Lion really looks old! But I believe he had a very full and happy life! :dance: :dance:

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