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 Post subject: Re: On my way to Pafuri
Unread postPosted: Thu Nov 14, 2013 8:09 pm 
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But the hide was closed as they were renovating the roof.
The landscape around the river is rather peaceful with the resident hippos

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Nice candelabra trees (?)
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Rocks and flowers ( ?)

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Three long necks

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Then we crossed the river back to the main road but we were stopped by this little blockroad : A Black crake chick

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"ain't I cute ?. So is my mum"

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"And look at me and my mum"

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2014:
Golden Gate july 25th-27th,
Cambedoo july 30th-31th,
MZNP august 1st-4th,
Addo august 5-8th,
Tsitsikamma Storms River Mouth august 9th-11th ,Ebb and Flow : 12th-15th
Bontebok:16-17th
Agulhas:18th

2015 : KTP booked


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 Post subject: Re: On my way to Pafuri
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Back to the main road we spotted this impressive eagle (Help me for ID fellows birders :D )

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As we still had time,we crossed the road towards Mooisplaas loop

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Some buffalos were along the road

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What a luxury to have time !
Will we arrive to Pafuri one of these days ?

BACK SOON

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Carpe diem

2014:
Golden Gate july 25th-27th,
Cambedoo july 30th-31th,
MZNP august 1st-4th,
Addo august 5-8th,
Tsitsikamma Storms River Mouth august 9th-11th ,Ebb and Flow : 12th-15th
Bontebok:16-17th
Agulhas:18th

2015 : KTP booked


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 Post subject: Re: On my way to Pafuri
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:clap: :gflower: Kind words tent dweller ,MM,Carol g,hilda( thanks for ID),umtali1 (welcome),isinkwe,wildtuinmal (welcome),Trrp-trrrrrrrr,bushguy(thanks also for the ID),Bushbuddies,Cape of Storms,gatita,cheetahlady,Pumba,Kaapsedrai

As you noticed a yellow billed oxpecker was doing what an oxpecker should do if he wants to go to Pafuri with us : find a public transport :D

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The open plain of Mooisplaas loop was,as usual,very active with a lot of animals

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A herd of buffaloes

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A buffies family
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With a young one

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interested by my camera

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Birdies were also enjoying the plain

My first purple roller of this 2013 journey

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Red hartebeests

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Playing

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Scratching


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Each place, each moment a new piece of life :dance: :dance: :dance:


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Carpe diem

2014:
Golden Gate july 25th-27th,
Cambedoo july 30th-31th,
MZNP august 1st-4th,
Addo august 5-8th,
Tsitsikamma Storms River Mouth august 9th-11th ,Ebb and Flow : 12th-15th
Bontebok:16-17th
Agulhas:18th

2015 : KTP booked


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 Post subject: Re: On my way to Pafuri
Unread postPosted: Wed Nov 20, 2013 12:51 am 
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Thanks for reading the last episode and correcting my confusion between Red Hartebeests (I'm still addicted to KTP) and Tsessebe :redface:
:thumbs_up: umtali1,hilda,tent dweller,Pumbaa,isinkwe

We kept on seeing grazers in this plain
After zebra in the distance,
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some wildbeasts

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and "headless ostrichs" plus one :hmz:

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A jaw ?
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I'm always interested in seeing those bones here and there.It always reminds me the extraordinary stories I read when a child on mythic elephants'graveyard

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A noisy blacksmith


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And a quiet pipit

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We were really enjoying the morning but a sign reminded us we still had a long road to Punda Maria

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Next stop : a ligne we all love to cross .I think I have a lot of pictures of this famous place I crossed many times in the last 10 years...

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Carpe diem

2014:
Golden Gate july 25th-27th,
Cambedoo july 30th-31th,
MZNP august 1st-4th,
Addo august 5-8th,
Tsitsikamma Storms River Mouth august 9th-11th ,Ebb and Flow : 12th-15th
Bontebok:16-17th
Agulhas:18th

2015 : KTP booked


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 Post subject: Re: On my way to Pafuri
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Thanks a lot for your kind support and comments

hilda,barryels,tent dweller,Trrp-trrrrrrrr,MM,umtali1,gatita,Bushbuddies

From the Mooisplassloop we went to Tropic of Capricorn loop to reach the Tropic of Capricorn monument.
Even if we were many times at this place,it 's a kind of ritual to make a brief stop and take one or two shots on the line (then we can see year after year how we changed ! :mrgreen: )

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Then we went north

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A beautiful long neck was strolling by the road.

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Some passengers

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Somes scratches on the long neck, some cats ?

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We decided to stop for fuel and checked the camp after this dramatic flood of january.

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At that time (beginning of august,there was still a lot to do.)
We took time discussing with people from the camp who told us how they lived this tragic event.It's different from photos when you listen to witnesses who were there when all happened .
It was a real tragedy !
The restaurant was still closed

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We could see on the bridge the damages of the flood

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We spotted the first of a nice family of ground hornbills


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BACK SOON

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Carpe diem

2014:
Golden Gate july 25th-27th,
Cambedoo july 30th-31th,
MZNP august 1st-4th,
Addo august 5-8th,
Tsitsikamma Storms River Mouth august 9th-11th ,Ebb and Flow : 12th-15th
Bontebok:16-17th
Agulhas:18th

2015 : KTP booked


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 Post subject: Re: On my way to Pafuri
Unread postPosted: Mon Nov 25, 2013 11:09 pm 
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We're back on the road to Pafuri :D
Thanks dear passengers tent dweller,Trrp-trrrrrrrr,hilda,barryels,umtali1,Pumbaa,gatita,MM,Cape of Storms,Bushbuddies


umtali1 wrote:
The graveyard must have been at Tihongyeni? Looks like the waterhole as we remember seeing those bones on our visit. It's a place that never fails :dance:

Super TR with such a variety of photos. :clap: :clap:

Yes umtali1, I think you're right,it could have been around Tihongonyeni.



Our ground horbills were walking along the road

One ...

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then the rest of the family



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And we often forget they are birds and.... they can fly


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A brief stop to find our position

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Still a few kilometers to Punda Maria but enough time before the gate closes for a small cup of coffee at Babalala
We love this place well maintained and you're always greeted by a warm welcome by the attendant.
No activity at the picnic spot but a beautiful sky around with fleecy clouds


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Back to the H1-7,we decided to take for the first time the Dzundzwini loop (S 58),a rather narrow untarred road.
We climbed up the hill before the Dzundwzini spring and enjoyed the view

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As far as the eye can see ...

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BACK SOON

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Carpe diem

2014:
Golden Gate july 25th-27th,
Cambedoo july 30th-31th,
MZNP august 1st-4th,
Addo august 5-8th,
Tsitsikamma Storms River Mouth august 9th-11th ,Ebb and Flow : 12th-15th
Bontebok:16-17th
Agulhas:18th

2015 : KTP booked


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 Post subject: Re: On my way to Pafuri
Unread postPosted: Wed Nov 27, 2013 11:05 pm 
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We're approaching our final destination :D ,still a few episodes to go dear bus riders :thumbs_up:

tent dweller,Trrp-trrrrrrrr,MM,hilda,isinkwe,barryels,gatita

Up the hill ,the view was stunning.

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After a few shots,we drove down to the spring where we met some ellies enjoying water and mud.

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What a nice bath !

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This loop we discovered is worth visiting.I recommend to all of you if you're are around to have a look at this easy untarred road.
But sometimes you will face some roadblock as this nice ellie ,peacefully eating in the middle of the road.

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We waited for this guy to clear the way,10 minutes,20 minutes,30 minutes

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and then due to time constraint, we gave up and went back to the main road to reach Punda Maria.
As we all agree,Punda Maria camp is out of age
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and when entering this northern camp it's a time sleep with an atmosphere of Kruger as I imagined it could have been at the beginning



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We were allocated tent number 7 for the 2 following nights and then we will have to change for the last night to another tent :hmz: :hmz:


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Another full day was little by little vanishing through a burning african sky ...

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Our days in Kruger are so rich and active , I always have the feeling, when night is coming , I lived a full life in one day.

Tomorrow we will spend the day around Pafuri but tomorrow will be tomorrow ...
Good night
BACK SOON
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Carpe diem

2014:
Golden Gate july 25th-27th,
Cambedoo july 30th-31th,
MZNP august 1st-4th,
Addo august 5-8th,
Tsitsikamma Storms River Mouth august 9th-11th ,Ebb and Flow : 12th-15th
Bontebok:16-17th
Agulhas:18th

2015 : KTP booked


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 Post subject: Re: On my way to Pafuri
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We are close to our final destination dear travelers
umtali1, tent dweller, hilda, barryels, Trrp-trrrrrrrr, Pumbaa, Janeli (welcome) , isinkwe, Philip 1

We had a nice dinner at Punda Maria restaurant , we wanted to try the restaurant as it was the first time we spent the night in Punda and also we were too tired or too lazy to braai :hmz:
The food and the service ,under the supervision of James, was good and efficient.A nice evening indeed :D
And after a refreshing sleep,it was time to be on the road again :dance: :dance:

Dawn was so misty
We felt lonely
Ambling to Pafuri...


:whistle:

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What a strange feeling to be"lost" in the mist. We were very careful on the road to avoid any unexpected crossing

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A sentry was on duty

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Then two other "misty" sentinels

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Where are we ?

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All of a sudden a hole in the mist and a ground hornbill appeared
Mist,rocks,trees,no car on the road :it was exactly the bird we needed to add the final touch to this fairy early morning

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This 2013 journey to Kruger was really for us the year of rhino,leppies and ground hornbills.
We were very lucky to spot a lot of them
This time they were 3 patrolling

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"Hands in his back" one of them was carefully listening

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Another seemed to look for a lost object :hmz:

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Then through the mist we arrived at

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The waterhole was busy with a large herd of buffies

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Then a festival of stunning baobab trees and impies !

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Such impressive trees !

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"Never go to the North guys ,there is nothing to see,it's cold,misty , very few animals.
Please,please stay in the south you will not regret it !
:whistle: :whistle: :whistle:

Goronta you're a liar, you're not fair

BACK SOON

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Carpe diem

2014:
Golden Gate july 25th-27th,
Cambedoo july 30th-31th,
MZNP august 1st-4th,
Addo august 5-8th,
Tsitsikamma Storms River Mouth august 9th-11th ,Ebb and Flow : 12th-15th
Bontebok:16-17th
Agulhas:18th

2015 : KTP booked


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 Post subject: Re: On my way to Pafuri
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With you passengers we don't feel anymore lonely in this remotest part of the park
Thanks :thumbs_up: Trrp-trrrrrrrr, tent dweller,gatita, Hilda, Umtali1, cheetahlady, isinkwe

In the middle of the majestic baobab trees


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An alley of big trees

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Little by little the morning mist was fading, revealing new baobab in the distance
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we were approaching Nyala land

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And the first one of a long series of sightings

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A beautiful bull


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BACK SOON

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Carpe diem

2014:
Golden Gate july 25th-27th,
Cambedoo july 30th-31th,
MZNP august 1st-4th,
Addo august 5-8th,
Tsitsikamma Storms River Mouth august 9th-11th ,Ebb and Flow : 12th-15th
Bontebok:16-17th
Agulhas:18th

2015 : KTP booked


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 Post subject: Re: On my way to Pafuri
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Our bus ,after a long cruise in Kruger from South to North, is slowly entering Nyalaland
Faithful passengers,hope you're not too tired :D

:clap: :clap: Trrp-trrrrrrrr, MM, tent dweller, hilda


Just behind the young bull, some Nyalas female were waiting for a photo

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And the Nyala festival was opened with this second bull,executing a dance step

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The aesthetician was ready for service
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Start by your eye

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Something in your ear

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Let me check ...

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Somebody in ?

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All this under the eye of a younger handsome bull

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And a young lady

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I understand why it's called Nyala land...


BACK SOON

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Carpe diem

2014:
Golden Gate july 25th-27th,
Cambedoo july 30th-31th,
MZNP august 1st-4th,
Addo august 5-8th,
Tsitsikamma Storms River Mouth august 9th-11th ,Ebb and Flow : 12th-15th
Bontebok:16-17th
Agulhas:18th

2015 : KTP booked


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 Post subject: Re: On my way to Pafuri
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Thanks a lot for your kind words and comments :D
Philip1, umtali1, tent dweller, Pumbaa, isinkwe, Cape of Storms, hilda, Mandinga,Kaapsedrai, Trrp-trrrrrrrr

We finally reached one of the best places in the park (at least for S.O and myself) Pafuri picnic place.
This spot is magic for us and during the 3 nights we stayed in Punda Maria we came everyday spending time watching the river ,birds ,nature and animals.
It was different everyday with few visitors one day and a lot the day after (but this will be part of a next episode...)
We feel so attracted by Pafuri that when we decided to have a Memory bench erected for a very close friend of us who passed away last year, we did not hesitate one second.It should be at Pafuri picnic place and it is (since last week) but this story will be part also of a next chapter...
For those of you who never went to Pafuri picnic place, let me show you some pictures

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A memory bench

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A picnic place and no braai !

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And this place will not be totally the same without Frank, the genial birder who knows everything and any bird around the place.

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We were not so lucky because when we were there, beginning of august ,he was on annual leave and we could not chat with him.Anyway it will be for next time !

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from the place we have a nice view on the Luvuvhu river with some lazy crocs

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A big boy, the sandpiper disappeared :hmz:

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Baboons are often by the river

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And velvet monkey waiting for any occasion...


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Let's sit on this bench and enjoy the view.......

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BACK SOON

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Carpe diem

2014:
Golden Gate july 25th-27th,
Cambedoo july 30th-31th,
MZNP august 1st-4th,
Addo august 5-8th,
Tsitsikamma Storms River Mouth august 9th-11th ,Ebb and Flow : 12th-15th
Bontebok:16-17th
Agulhas:18th

2015 : KTP booked


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 Post subject: Re: On my way to Pafuri
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Thank you all of you for being on board :gflower: :k
barryels, tent dweller, MM, Trrp-trrrrrrrr, hilda,umtali1, isinkwe, Philip1, gatita

From the bench,the view is open and you can spend hours looking at Luvuvhu river.

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We could see the damages around Pafuri after the terrible flood in January,

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with some roads still closed when we were there last august like the road going to Crooks Corner

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After this long brak at pafuti picninc spot we went to nyala road, a loop always full of surprises
The first encounter leaving the picnic place was some impies sleeping under a sun rather shy

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We started Nyala loop

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Why is it called Nyala loop ? :hmz:

Majestic baobab tree and acacia

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And the second gem of Pafuri : birds



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BACK VERY SOON

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Carpe diem

2014:
Golden Gate july 25th-27th,
Cambedoo july 30th-31th,
MZNP august 1st-4th,
Addo august 5-8th,
Tsitsikamma Storms River Mouth august 9th-11th ,Ebb and Flow : 12th-15th
Bontebok:16-17th
Agulhas:18th

2015 : KTP booked


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 Post subject: Re: On my way to Pafuri
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Birds ! Birds

I read somewhere that Frank set up a list of more than 267 birds he spotted at Pafuri picnic place only ! :sup:
Everywhere birds !
It's in Pafuri when staying at Pafuri lodge a few years ago that we started to become birds lovers (Thank you Alweeth :thumbs_up: )
I will need some support from the experts to ID the first one.


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A juvenile, I suppose ?

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A voluble bee-eater

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Then a couple chatting

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A fork-tailed drongo


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Carpe diem

2014:
Golden Gate july 25th-27th,
Cambedoo july 30th-31th,
MZNP august 1st-4th,
Addo august 5-8th,
Tsitsikamma Storms River Mouth august 9th-11th ,Ebb and Flow : 12th-15th
Bontebok:16-17th
Agulhas:18th

2015 : KTP booked


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 Post subject: Re: On my way to Pafuri
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tent dweller, hilda, Trrp-trrrrrrrr, MM, Cape of Storms, mosij (thanks for ID) :D :D :D

A few more birds seen on Nyala loop

Sunbird

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Another sunbird

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Wire-tailed swallow


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Help for this one,please

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BACK SOON

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Carpe diem

2014:
Golden Gate july 25th-27th,
Cambedoo july 30th-31th,
MZNP august 1st-4th,
Addo august 5-8th,
Tsitsikamma Storms River Mouth august 9th-11th ,Ebb and Flow : 12th-15th
Bontebok:16-17th
Agulhas:18th

2015 : KTP booked


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 Post subject: Re: On my way to Pafuri
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Goronta wrote:
Help for this one,please

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Kurrichane Thrush


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