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 Post subject: Re: Australia to Kruger
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What a great TR and start. Love your sunrise which must have been especially amazing after what it took to get there! Amazing Water color!!!

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 Post subject: Re: Australia to Kruger
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G'day impyim :D :D

I'm on board now too! :thumbs_up:

I am so impressed with your watercolour painting :clap: :clap: :clap:
I look forward to seeing more of them!

I can empathise with how tired you felt that first day - my Dad and I felt the same when we arrived in SA.

But we could never just rest in camp either. Like you we were always wondering "what's outside the gate?" :thumbs_up: :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Australia to Kruger
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impyim, what a lovely start!

Yes, we have an exciting range of camps to look forward to :-) (although, to get those were not easy: booked six months before the trip and have changed on numerous occasions as availability opened up).

We are very worried about our first day in Kruger...about tiredness...Did you fly direct Perth - Johannesburg? You say that you very relieved to get to Malelane at 4 pm - we are booked at Lower Sabie on the first night and am worried that we are too ambitious to think that we will be able to make it there (but, the four nights there were the only ones we could get!). Arriving at OR Tambo at about 5 am, getting a rental, driving to Nelspruit to shop before heading to Croc.Bridge and then still driving up to Lower Sabie - all in a day, after an eleven hours plus flight etc. ?!

We are always game for a mini-meet :-). 58 days today - woohoo!

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 Post subject: Re: Australia to Kruger
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Thank you for your lovely comments - I did enjoy doing the little watercolours. I am quite surprised at how I now enjoy looking back on them (yes plural - i will post more paintings that I did - as we went from camp to camp)

Rooikat I have sent you a PM.

Will post a further TR as soon as I get a couple of hours to spare. :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:


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 Post subject: Re: Australia to Kruger
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Day 3

A very early start with Ecojunkie. As we left camp (in the dark) we saw elephant, hippo (wandering around feeding), some unmentionables and giraffe on the sealed road. As it got light Ecojumkie would stop and point out certain plants and name them and if they had a special use in the life on animals she would let us know. Very interesting. We didn't spot any carnivores.
A bateleur eagle that flew from tree to tree kept us entertained flying from tree to tree.


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A fairly quiet drive (animal wise). Just as we were getting back to we found a martial eagle - Ecojunkie IDed it for us.

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Back to Malelane where I had a good chat to another forum member Gemma from England.
We had to leave Malelane then and drive to Skukuza.
Left about 10ish and drove looking for animals. Just before Afsaal we came across a traffic jam - about 20 cars - apparently there were cheetah somewhere a long way off the road. We tried to find them as we have never seen them on our previous 3 trips to Africa !!! e never found them so pulled into Afsaal for lunch. We went looking for the scops owl that was a regular in the picnic are (5 years ago), but it wasn't there. Saw the resident bushbuck (of course).

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We then continued on to Skukuza - where I will finish up day 3 in another posting. :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:


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Bateleurs really are amazing to watch. Such striking, handsome birds. Lovely :cam: to go with the experience.

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I LOVE your painting of your hut at Malelane impyim! Absolutely beautiful! :clap: :clap:

Your first sunrise in Kruger during this trip is stunning! :dance: :dance:

Lovely raptor sightings on your morning drive too! :clap: :clap:

Beautiful pictures of the Warthog, Buffalo and Giraffe! Looking forward to the next episode! :dance: :dance:

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 Post subject: Re: Australia to Kruger
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Great Bateleur and Martial Eagle sightings :dance: :dance: .

Thanks for sharing :thumbs_up: .

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It was fairly quite on the way to Skukuza - quite warm - saw this lovely kudu bull and ?? nyalla and also what I think is black bellied bustard - but that would need confirming by someone better than me.

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We checked in - not without some problem as we had requested single beds and we got a double.
After a couple of hours housekeeping eventually sorted out the problem, but by the time we unpacked we only just had time for a short drive.
Our chalet had great views and we were very please with it.
We were a bit disappointed with our game drives. Even though I love the little things and I didn't think it would worry me about not seeing any cats - it was getting to the stage where we thought - gosh we've been here 3 days and no cats - only 1 elephant !!!
Will continue the next episode later.


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Lovely raptor sightings... Bateleur's have such gorgeous colours. :clap: :clap:

Resident bushbuck is a real cutie. :dance:

How super to have seen Nyala..magnificent bull too. :thumbs_up:

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Impyim.....Thank you for this Special TR, Pics and Adventure. :clap: :clap:

:mrgreen: Lovely Sightings. :mrgreen:

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Hi impyin

Glad to hear that you and your husband are able to do this trip. :D
Lovely sunrise pictures and what a lovely idea to make some watercolor paintings.
Can’t blame you for taking a quiet day, 40 hours is a looong stretch. :shock:
But your trip to B+D was productive, great to see some unmentionables on your first day. :D
Shame you didn’t get a glimpse of those cheetah but how all that info from ecojunkie must have been so entertaining.
Great to see nyala bull down in the south
Keep it coming… :popcorn:

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Thanks trrp-trrrrrrr, Philip1 and t-bel.

I didn't know nyalla were hard to find in the south.

In fact we saw 2 others near the Skukuza Golf Course - they rushed across the road in front of us on a bend. Unfortunately I didn't have my camera poised so missed a photo shot then. We did find more later but we'll come to that eventually.

Day 4 - Skukuza. Well what a lovely place to wake up to. The sunrise was just gorgeous -

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From Chalet 92 - my little watercolour of our home for 2 days

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We sat fascinated my the monkeys stealing from the next door chalet (I know South African's probably think its funny to be enthralled by monkeys - but we don't have them at home in Aust.)

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After a leisurely breakfast we made our way to Lake Panic. I had read so much about it on the forum that this was the first place we headed for.

Well how do you describe the noise of about 10 Grey herons when a fish eagle goes flying over.
That was our greeting as we stepped into the bird hide. Most of the herons were breeding - some still courting, some with eggs, and another pair with fledglings.

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And this tale must continue another time as I have visitors arrive unexpectedly. The rest of our photo's at Lake Panic must just wait til later


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Indeed a lovely sunrise! Great Lake Panic photos so far impyim! :dance: :dance:

And another beautiful painting of your chalet in Skukuza! Awesome! :clap: :clap:

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