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 Post subject: Re: Australia to Kruger
Unread postPosted: Tue Nov 05, 2013 11:49 am 
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I'm sure you have many lovely places in Australia to spend your holidays impyim! Maybe you should takes turns to choose your holiday venues per year. Maybe your SO will not mind to fly to SA every 2nd year? :hmz:

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 Post subject: Re: Australia to Kruger
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 Post subject: Re: Australia to Kruger
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impyim wrote:
Hubby doesn't like flying much and every time we go to SA he says "that's the last time I'm flying that far"!!!!!!!

Perhaps he would prefer aImage or maybe a swim , if he canImage fast , he should be fine. he may have to leave a few days before your Image Image

Another super episode :thumbs_up: :D

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 Post subject: Re: Australia to Kruger
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Hi Impyim
You have defiantly found the predators you were looking for, BBJ, Leopard, Lions, another leopard…Great! :D
Tour Water color paintings are awesome, really nice. :clap:
Hope your luck keeps up. :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Australia to Kruger
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Thanks T-Bal - once we found our predators we were on a roll - keep watching this report.

Isinkwe - Where do you find all your amazing smilies ??? I guess swimming or rowing a boat aren't an option for my SO so I'll just have to do lots of talking to get him back to Kruger.

Hilda - yes of course Australia has some amazing places - most of our animals are nocturnal but the birding is tops, our beaches are wonderful, we have the Great Barrier Reef and our Western Australian Ningaloo reef.

Cape of Storms - thanks

Will post some more later today.


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 Post subject: Re: Australia to Kruger
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Beautiful pic's of the klipspringers and the waterbuck :dance: .

Great scenery pic and then the ground hornbills :clap: .

Another great painting of your Letaba accommodation :thumbs_up: .

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 Post subject: Re: Australia to Kruger
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Hi impyim :D :D

It has been great catching up on your report and I am so happy to read about your leopard sightings :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

Also, it is so lovely to hear you describe the feeling that Kruger leaves in your soul 8) 8) 8) 8) 8)
It is true that in Australia we have lots of amazing animals and places to see, but there is a special kind of magic in Kruger and Dad and I can't wait to get back there in 2015 :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

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 Post subject: Re: Australia to Kruger
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:hmz: Impyim.........Just STUNNING. :great:

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 Post subject: Re: Australia to Kruger
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Thanks again barryels (I've just join the turbo bus on your TR).
melph68 - yes there's something about Kruger that we don't get in Australia - in fact many things
Philip1 - glad you're enjoying my TR

That night we were chatting to an elderly gentleman who said he was now retired but he said he had been in charge of a lot of the game parks for SANPARKS. He now spends all his holidays looking at the animals and enjoying the parks he used to manage. We asked his opinion on the best drive out of Letaba - he said the loop Letaba river road - heading south west to start.

We took his advise the next morning and had a great drive.

About 10 kms down the road we saw our first ever wild dogs. We only saw 2 of them off in the distance and by the time we got to the spot where we had seen them they were in the bush. We could see them jumping up and down - I presume looking for game or just looking to see where each of them were.
We photographed them from the distance but couldn't get any shots of them in the mopane bush.
To say we were pleased to spot them was an understatement - we didn't care if we never saw another animal again that day. I/m sorry for the photo quality but they were a long way away

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We continues on seeing hippo,crocs, and heaps of elephant. The views of the river were beautiful -

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I didn't take many photo's this day - not sure why, but must assume that I was enjoying the scenery.
I did take this one of a very stately giraffe -

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and these photo's of baboons near or on the bridge that crosses the Letaba -

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Somewhere along the way we saw this pied kingfisher

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When we got back to Letaba we had seen and been able to identify 25 birds - mostly of the large variety as we aren't so good on the smaller ones. This saddle billed stork was in the river in front of Lataba

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All told a very good day - esp. the wild dogs. Tomorrow we leave for only 1 night in Satara - we could only get one night due to us booking late. We rang ahead and booked a sunset drive and we aimed to drive as many roads as possible on our way to Satara.


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 Post subject: Re: Australia to Kruger
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Impyim,

Wow!!! Doggies :clap: :clap: how special is that. :thumbs_up:

*sigh* those scenery shots of the river making me very homesick. :mrgreen:

Lovely :cam: of the Giraffe :dance: and Baboons they are always a treat to watch. :thumbs_up:

Thanks for sharing :popcorn:

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 Post subject: Re: Australia to Kruger
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Congratulations on your first Wild Dog sighting impyim! So glad you found them. :clap: :clap:

Beautiful scenery pictures! :dance: :dance:

Love your Kingfisher and Saddle-billed Stork too! And Baboons are always entertaining! :clap: :clap:

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 Post subject: Re: Australia to Kruger
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Hello there Impyim :D

Have just decided to browse some trip reports which I have not had time to do for a long time, when I came across yours.

What a wonderful time you had, will try to check in when I can from now on.

The reason I am just having a quick look at the moment is because right now I am laying on the bed having some downtime in a perimeter bungalow at SATARA Rest Camp :dance: :dance:

All the 3.30 am starts are catching up.

Thanks for the great read and pics.

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 Post subject: Re: Australia to Kruger
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Thanks Trrrp-rrrrrrrrr and Hilda.

VicRob - gosh I wish I was in Satara right now overlooking the waterhole. I've just read the first 4 pages of your last TR - amazing sightings esp. of doggies.

I note that you've still got a lot of time left in Kruger (this visit) so a few hours veging out while watching the waterholes seems like just the thing to do.

The first couple of times we were in Kruger we also were on the go from gate opening to closing, but this year due to us recovering (health wise) and also our age we took it easier. Most days we left camp about 7 to 7.30 (after a leisurely breakfast on the verandah). We then came back for a nap in the middle of the day, and then usually a drive from about 4 p.m. onwards. Some afternoons while SO rested I walked around the camps - watching the birds, monkeys etc. Kruger is so special.


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 Post subject: Re: Australia to Kruger
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Awesome wild dogs, :thumbs_up: :D I have not seen them up in that area for many years now , will try again in April next year :D :D

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 Post subject: Re: Australia to Kruger
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impyim, managed to catch up after weekend down with flu. Lovely episode and also enjoyed doing the drive next to the river.

Beautiful scenic photos of the river - always a great sighting.

I guess your adrenalin levels rose with excitement when you spotted the wild dogs. :lol: :lol: :lol:

Thank you for sharing.

ps. I met some Australians currently visiting relatives here in Cape Town over the past weekend, so will visit them later to share with them some 'hot spots'. :D

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