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Re: On my way to Pafuri

Unread postby Goronta » Sat Dec 07, 2013 4:40 pm

Thanks for your kind comments and pleased you like birds
tent dweller, isinkwe, Pumbaa,mosij (thanks for the ID) , Hilda (thanks for the ID), Super Mongoose(welcome back) , Bushbuddies ( aah Pafuri lodge !) , umtali1, barryels :clap: :clap:

After Nyala road,we wanted to see a place we love and where we have very good memories.It's the bridge on Levuvhu river by the entrance of Pafuri lodge in the Makuleke community.The first time we stayed in a lodge in Kruger was in Pafuri lodge when they opened a few years ago and since then we were lucky to come a few times.
We were very shocked and very sad when we saw on the forum the pictures,posted by Johan if I remember well, of the camp totally destroyed by the flood in january this year (happily no casualties)
Last time we stayed in Pafuri was in may 2012 and we were first in the lodge and then we did the Pafuri walking trail (Could be another Trip Report...)


It's always magic when you reach the bridges on Levuvhu river.
We could still see last august the damages from the flood. And it was strange to see this road totally empty as usually we were used to meet cars crossing.
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We stopped on the bridge


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Sand on the road and parts missing

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But what a view :thumbs_up:

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On each side

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BACK VERY SOON
Carpe diem

2015:
Namibia july 21th-22th,
Kgalagadi july 23th-August 3rd,
K.K july 23th-24th,
Urikaruus july 25th-26th,
Nossob july 27th- 28th
Grootkolk july 29th-30th -31st
Mata Mata august 1st - 2nd
Namibia august 3rd - 19th

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Re: On my way to Pafuri

Unread postby Goronta » Sat Dec 07, 2013 5:02 pm

We could see the trees still stuck on the bridge piers


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We can imagine the forces of nature

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And uprooted fever trees

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On the other side of the bridge at the entrance of Pafuri lodge

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the main road (H1-9) going to Pafuri gate was really damaged

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Back very soon
Carpe diem

2015:
Namibia july 21th-22th,
Kgalagadi july 23th-August 3rd,
K.K july 23th-24th,
Urikaruus july 25th-26th,
Nossob july 27th- 28th
Grootkolk july 29th-30th -31st
Mata Mata august 1st - 2nd
Namibia august 3rd - 19th

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Re: On my way to Pafuri

Unread postby Goronta » Sat Dec 07, 2013 6:17 pm

But little by little , nature takes over again and animals are everywhere


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We had to stop :tongue:

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Someone was there to make us respect this sign

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This poor guy had some ear problem :hmz:

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And maybe not only ear ....


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Birdies were also enjoying this quiet bridge
You know me ?

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A wire-tailed swallow


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Another picture please

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And as often along Luvuvhu river

a beautiful bee-eater


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I could stay hours on this bridge ....

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Enjoy your sunday
Carpe diem

2015:
Namibia july 21th-22th,
Kgalagadi july 23th-August 3rd,
K.K july 23th-24th,
Urikaruus july 25th-26th,
Nossob july 27th- 28th
Grootkolk july 29th-30th -31st
Mata Mata august 1st - 2nd
Namibia august 3rd - 19th

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Re: On my way to Pafuri

Unread postby Goronta » Mon Dec 09, 2013 1:42 pm

tent dweller, Pumbaa, Trrp-trrrrrrrr, isinkwe, cheetahlady, umtali1, Stampajane (thanks), hilda, barryels
Thank you faithful travelers :D :D :D

We are still ,for a few episodes, in Pafuri region

Some birdies again but when in Pafuri...
A looong serie on Bee-eater :big_eyes:

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I think I like those birds.... :hmz:


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Carpe diem

2015:
Namibia july 21th-22th,
Kgalagadi july 23th-August 3rd,
K.K july 23th-24th,
Urikaruus july 25th-26th,
Nossob july 27th- 28th
Grootkolk july 29th-30th -31st
Mata Mata august 1st - 2nd
Namibia august 3rd - 19th

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Re: On my way to Pafuri

Unread postby Goronta » Mon Dec 09, 2013 7:42 pm

:D :D :D

hilda, umtali1, isinkwe, tent dweller :clap: :clap: :clap:

Night post for adults

I would like tonight to present, when children went to bed , a tender nature love story I witnessed in a corner of Pafuri picnic spot

Once upon a time ....

"Love me tender, love me sweet , never let me go ..."


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"I can't believe it" :big_eyes: :sup:

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"They got married and lived happily ever after".


BACK SOON
Carpe diem

2015:
Namibia july 21th-22th,
Kgalagadi july 23th-August 3rd,
K.K july 23th-24th,
Urikaruus july 25th-26th,
Nossob july 27th- 28th
Grootkolk july 29th-30th -31st
Mata Mata august 1st - 2nd
Namibia august 3rd - 19th

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Re: On my way to Pafuri

Unread postby Goronta » Tue Dec 10, 2013 7:04 pm

It's so nice to be in Pafuri with you dear readers :gflower: :gflower: :gflower: and dear
tent dweller, hilda, CoS, isinkwe, umtali1, Kaapsedrai (welcome back), Philip 1

After this passionate love story let's go back where we were before this tender digression : on Levuvhu bridge.

Animals came back after the flood even if the damages were still important in this area but remember it was in august that is to say only 6 months after this tragic event.

I was looking for one of the birds I was lucky to see each time I came around Pafuri
And here he (she) was, coming directly from her/his hairdresser

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A crested guineafowl :big_eyes:

Then two

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And three

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Four ...

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Goronta, we should stop :doh:

Some impies were resting on the sand we could find everywhere out of the riverbed.
Sand color on sand :D

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BACK VERY SOON
Carpe diem

2015:
Namibia july 21th-22th,
Kgalagadi july 23th-August 3rd,
K.K july 23th-24th,
Urikaruus july 25th-26th,
Nossob july 27th- 28th
Grootkolk july 29th-30th -31st
Mata Mata august 1st - 2nd
Namibia august 3rd - 19th

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Re: On my way to Pafuri

Unread postby Goronta » Wed Dec 11, 2013 2:57 pm

Dear Pafuri line passengers

isinkwe, umtali1, Pumbaa, barryels, hilda,tent dweller, Trrp-trrrrrrrr, MM :D

I speed up a little bit as I know most of you are going to different parks very soon :mrgreen:
and I would like to end this journey to Pafuri before the end of 2013 (to prepare the next TR, beginning of 2014 :think: )

But my driving not being "fast and furious", we still have a few episodes before we reach the exit gate. :cry:

Still on Levuvhu bridge I had a look down to the river to see those inhabitants or visitors :big_eyes:

A baby monitor( ? )sunburning on the wooden deck

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Some birds drinking (Help for ID birders teachers :D )

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A canary hiding (brimstone ?)
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A shaft-tailed whydah female (I'm not so sure :redface: )

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Nessie ?

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No a huge croc splash

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A last glimpse at the baobab ,sentinel on duty by the bridge :thumbs_up:

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And we realized ,or our stomach did , busy as we were,that we did not have any lunch so far.
S.O proposed to go back to Pafuri picnic spot as it was very quiet at our first coffee break in the morning for a light lunch before driving home to Punda Maria.

It was indeed very peaceful on the morning.... :whistle:
But

BACK SOON
Carpe diem

2015:
Namibia july 21th-22th,
Kgalagadi july 23th-August 3rd,
K.K july 23th-24th,
Urikaruus july 25th-26th,
Nossob july 27th- 28th
Grootkolk july 29th-30th -31st
Mata Mata august 1st - 2nd
Namibia august 3rd - 19th

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Re: On my way to Pafuri

Unread postby mosij » Wed Dec 11, 2013 3:17 pm

Goronta wrote:Some birds drinking (Help for ID birders teachers :D )

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Look like African Firefinches

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Re: On my way to Pafuri

Unread postby mosij » Wed Dec 11, 2013 3:24 pm

Goronta wrote:A canary hiding (brimstone ?)
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Not a canary :( & out of range for Brimstone too

Weaver - from pale bill & what looks like pale eye, could be Lesser Masked


Lovely photos.

Please let's have lots more episodes

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Re: On my way to Pafuri

Unread postby Goronta » Wed Dec 11, 2013 7:54 pm

A quiet place for a late lunch :big_eyes: :big_eyes: :big_eyes:

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Schools were out :thumbs_up:

A large bus

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A smaller one

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Organized move to the loo

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It was great to meet the younger generation on a tour in Kruger
Everybody preparing the picnic

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I say everybody :rtm:

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Even if it was not really a quiet lunch, it was a real pleasure to see those luminous smiles

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I hope this generation will be involved in the protection of this national heritage Sanparks
I'm sure they will :thumbs_up:

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What a difference with our morning visit but what a memory for us. :clap: :clap: :clap: Kruger is magic

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While writing this post,and evoking this lunch ,overwhelming feelings .... :cry: :) :D :k


BACK SOON
Carpe diem

2015:
Namibia july 21th-22th,
Kgalagadi july 23th-August 3rd,
K.K july 23th-24th,
Urikaruus july 25th-26th,
Nossob july 27th- 28th
Grootkolk july 29th-30th -31st
Mata Mata august 1st - 2nd
Namibia august 3rd - 19th

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Re: On my way to Pafuri

Unread postby Goronta » Thu Dec 12, 2013 2:28 pm

Still on the road :dance: :dance: :dance:
Thanks :D :D PAPA SMURF, hilda, Trrp-trrrrrrrr

After this "quiet lunch" we too the road (H1-8) back to Punda Maria tented camp

A brief stop at the landmark Baobab hill ,the camping point for Mozambicans workers coming to the mine in Johannesburg

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What a nice Adansonia digitata


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A roadblock,the same herd of buffies we met early morning by Mashikhiri waterhole

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" You're right sir ,we met this morning !"

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Part of the herd in this beautiful hilly landscape

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An european roller as photogenic as LBR

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Who is this guy ? :hmz: (To be continued)

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BACK VERY SOON
Carpe diem

2015:
Namibia july 21th-22th,
Kgalagadi july 23th-August 3rd,
K.K july 23th-24th,
Urikaruus july 25th-26th,
Nossob july 27th- 28th
Grootkolk july 29th-30th -31st
Mata Mata august 1st - 2nd
Namibia august 3rd - 19th

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Re: On my way to Pafuri

Unread postby mosij » Thu Dec 12, 2013 2:36 pm

Hi,
Me again - love the bird pictures.
You've actaully got a purple Roller there & a Magpie shrike.

This trip report's making me long for Feb :whistle:

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Re: On my way to Pafuri

Unread postby Goronta » Thu Dec 12, 2013 7:26 pm

:D tent dweller,umtali1 :D :D

Who is this guy ? . Yes mosij a Magpie shrike playing with the wind and his tail


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Such an elegant bird

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Difficult to spot this one in the mud, hamerkop hiding


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BACK VERY SOON
Carpe diem

2015:
Namibia july 21th-22th,
Kgalagadi july 23th-August 3rd,
K.K july 23th-24th,
Urikaruus july 25th-26th,
Nossob july 27th- 28th
Grootkolk july 29th-30th -31st
Mata Mata august 1st - 2nd
Namibia august 3rd - 19th

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Re: On my way to Pafuri

Unread postby Goronta » Thu Dec 12, 2013 9:01 pm

Thanks for your kind comments umtali1 ,Trrp-trrrrrrrr :D

Finally, we arrived at Punda Maria camp after a long and active day, a life in one day :thumbs_up:

What a day !



We were welcomed by a gang of clever vervet monkeys :lol:

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Cute little one

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It was grooming time ! 8)


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A little bit tired we watched the burning sky :cam:

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before going to our tent


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where we started to pack as we had to change to another tent for the last night. :wall:

When booking on line I could add a third night but the only unit available was the ST2Z and
on arrival we were told at the reception by a young lady (a trainee as I discovered later on) that we should move for the last night. :hmz:
Rather boring to pack everything in the car only for one night but... :slap:

Tomorrow will be our last day in Kruger
We will start by Mahonie loop and then to Pafuri picnic place again.
Remember all other roads around were still closed beginning of august

BACK SOON
Carpe diem

2015:
Namibia july 21th-22th,
Kgalagadi july 23th-August 3rd,
K.K july 23th-24th,
Urikaruus july 25th-26th,
Nossob july 27th- 28th
Grootkolk july 29th-30th -31st
Mata Mata august 1st - 2nd
Namibia august 3rd - 19th

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Re: On my way to Pafuri

Unread postby Goronta » Sat Dec 14, 2013 4:13 pm

It's kind of you :k
Thank you
Pumbaa, barryels, tent dweller, MM

One day left and tomorrow we will leave Kruger for another destination and another park ...
But as you noticed in the previous episodes,one day for us in Kruger is almost a "full life" with a lot of sightings :thumbs_up: , that means still a few instalments to come.

The car was packed and we will unpack tonight in the new unit we will be allocated :slap:

Our plan for the day was Mahonie loop,back to Punda for a nice breakfast then to Pafuri picnic place,Levuvhu bridge and to the lodge Outpost to say hello to an old friend and back to Punda tented camp.
A nice program full of promise :D
Full tank,full car,full batteries for camera,full ... ? :hmz: :D full of hope , :cam: :big_eyes:

on the road we were,first at the gate opening.
I like that kind of loop around rest camp and Mahonie or Mahogany loop (S99) was a first for us.
The route of 28 km is according to The Prime Origins Guide to Exploring Kruger by Hilton-Barber and Professor Lee R. Berger (by the way a guide I do recommend) : "renowned for plants and animals that are rare elsewhere in the Park"

We hoped we would spot the tiny suni antelope or Sharpe's grysbok but we did not succeed this time.
An other good reason to go back to the North as soon as possible :pray:

We started the loop counterclockwise for the light.
This untarred road was rather quiet and we spotted immediately an antelope but too big to be the small suni
It was a common duiker (why common ?)

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It was moving all the time...

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And it was rather difficult to get a sharp shot :doh:

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As usual in this region we saw a lot of birds
This always photogenic clever drongo

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I like this one :redface:

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BACK VERY SOON
Carpe diem

2015:
Namibia july 21th-22th,
Kgalagadi july 23th-August 3rd,
K.K july 23th-24th,
Urikaruus july 25th-26th,
Nossob july 27th- 28th
Grootkolk july 29th-30th -31st
Mata Mata august 1st - 2nd
Namibia august 3rd - 19th


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