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Re: Australia to Kruger

Unread postby Trrp-trrrrrrrr » Sat Sep 28, 2013 12:49 pm

Another great watercolor of your Chalet :clap: :clap:

Those monkeys can be so mischievous ...but remain a joy to watch. :dance: :dance:

Stunning :cam: of the Heron...super one captured in flight. :clap: :clap:
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Re: Australia to Kruger

Unread postby barryels » Sat Sep 28, 2013 1:47 pm

Love your watercolor painting impyim :clap: :clap: .

Beautiful sunrise and birdies at Lake Panic :dance: :dance: .
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Re: Australia to Kruger

Unread postby Pumbaa » Sat Sep 28, 2013 2:20 pm

Great misty morning picture, impyim :thumbs_up:

Once again beautiful painting and I am sure you will finally find some cat :dance:

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Re: Australia to Kruger

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Sun Sep 29, 2013 6:27 am

I love your water color. :D :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

and I am also enthralled my monkeys. I always find them a source of amusement. Its like watching cats that have remained forever kittens.

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Re: Australia to Kruger

Unread postby Cape of Storms » Sun Sep 29, 2013 6:42 am

Brilliant sunrise and amazing watercolor again!!!

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Re: Australia to Kruger

Unread postby melph68 » Mon Sep 30, 2013 12:15 am

Hi impyim :D :D

I know exactly what you mean about the joy of seeing all the other lovely animals, but when time in Kruger is running out you start really wanting to see some cats!! :rtm:

My Dad and I spent 2 weeks in Kruger and didn't see our first lion for 7 days!

Your beautiful watercolours are a brilliant keepsake of your Kruger memories - much better than a photo of your bungalow :thumbs_up:

I am now very much looking forward to your first cat sighting :wink: :popcorn: :popcorn:
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Re: Australia to Kruger

Unread postby Rooikat » Mon Sep 30, 2013 2:08 am

Hi impyim

The watercolours are adding a very personal touch to your TR - I'm enjoying it a lot!

I'm with melph68 on the cat sighting: looking forward with anticipation!

The good part of not seeing all animals early on, is that it humbles us, reminds us to always appreciate whatever we get to see...
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24/11 - 27/11 Lower Sabie
28/11 - 1/12 Olifants
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Re: Australia to Kruger

Unread postby impyim » Tue Oct 01, 2013 4:08 am

impyim wrote:Thanks Hilda, Trrrp-trrrrrrrr, barryels, pumbaa, meandering mouse, Cape of storms, melph68 and Rooicat. I love that you're all commenting on my trip report. As I'm sure you all appreciate it takes a lot of time and effort to get your memories in the correct order (thank goodness for photo's and lists of species seen) and then work out the best photo's to add.

Rooicat - did you get my PM if not I'll resend it.

Now to continue our day where we left off at Lake Panic - there was one hippo right next to the tree (where the darter sits all the time) - he eventually woke up -

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and wandered up to the island (I think its an island) to join the crocs

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A bushbuck wandered into view and was very wary of the crocs - I felt she got too close to the them

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By this time it was getting quite warm and we were surprised to see what we think is a nyalla cow (our 2nd nyalla in a couple of days) come down to the water - she didn't actually have a drink and was really wary

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While all the activity was happening to the right of the hide the goliath heron that had been posing for the cameras for hours decided to take off and land

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Eventually we decided to call it a day and drive to the golf course - where we had read on the forum that anyone could come in for lunch. It took awhile to get there as these animals delayed us

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It was a beautiful day and we sat outside admiring the view and the birds and animals.

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So cute the baby hippo

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which was part of a farily large pod on the opposite bank

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My husband enjoying a drink with the golf course in the background - the hippo pod were just to the left of the picture

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Will continue this later as I think I've used up my quota of photo's for this page.

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Re: Australia to Kruger

Unread postby hilda » Tue Oct 01, 2013 5:10 am

Wow impyim! I love your Hippo sightings and awesome pictures of them! The little ones are so adorable! :clap: :clap:

Magnificent Kudu bull with his impressive horns, and what a beautiful Warthog! :dance: :dance:
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Re: Australia to Kruger

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Tue Oct 01, 2013 5:21 am

What a lovely shot of the hippo and calf 8) I also have good memories of that golf course. Your husband does look relaxed.

Great stuff :thumbs_up:

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Re: Australia to Kruger

Unread postby Trrp-trrrrrrrr » Tue Oct 01, 2013 5:53 am

Love the Hippo at LP great action :cam: :thumbs_up:

Great sightings all rounds. :clap: :clap:

Stunning view at the golf course...Hippo baby is for sure very cute. :dance:

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Re: Australia to Kruger

Unread postby Carol g » Tue Oct 01, 2013 5:59 am

What a lovely day you had

Love that baby Hippo, soooo cute
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Re: Australia to Kruger

Unread postby melph68 » Wed Oct 02, 2013 2:12 am

hi impyim :D :D

I would have been a bit worried for those bucks getting so close to the crocs too :shock:

But what great photos of the hippos :cam:

I agree with all those before me - the baby hippos are just such cuties :clap: :clap: :clap:

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Re: Australia to Kruger

Unread postby impyim » Thu Oct 03, 2013 9:11 am

To continue -
When we left the golf course we thought we would just do a bit of a loop towards Paul Kruger gate.
We didn't spot very many animals so thought we would head a bit further east and then cut back along the S4 to the Diospane road (S1).
We were so glad we did as just after turning back towards Skukuza we saw a 4 x 4 parked on the wrong side of the road looking down at a dry river bed.

Well guess what we saw - a honey badger. We were so excited. He/she was very intent on digging up something so we sat and watched the action for about 10 minutes until he finished digging and sat and ate what he had dug up. After that he wandered off into the bush out of sight. The 4 x 4 left just after we arrived so we had a birds eye view all to ourselves.

We had never seen a honey badger in the wild before and it was such a treat to see one - even if it was a fair way away. In retrospect I decided it always pays to be a sticky beak and check out what the occupants of other cars are looking at - otherwise we would never have seen the honey badger.


I'll only post one photo as all the others look about the same. I've cropped this photo considerably -

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After all that excitedment we headed back to Skukuza.
We were so glad we did as a big herd (about 50) elephants were crossing the river in front of camp. This was our first herd of elephant we had seen since arriving. They were spread out from the old railway bridge to right past the camp -

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Such adorable babies -

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We sat and watched the elephants until dark and then had an early night (again).

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Re: Australia to Kruger

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Thu Oct 03, 2013 9:23 am

Honey badger :D always a lovely sighting. This is one animal that leaves no room for boredom. :lol: :lol: :lol:

Love the little baby ellie..

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