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 Post subject: Re: Australia to Kruger
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impyim,

Great sightings you had on your drive. :clap: :clap:

:shock: Glad I was not an occupant in the little car...scarey stuff. :hmz:

Beautiful water colour of the Zebra. :clap: :clap:

Looking forward to the drive to Letaba. :popcorn:

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 Post subject: Re: Australia to Kruger
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Awesome watercolours impyim! :clap: :clap:

I can just imagine how scared those people in the small car was when that Ellie mom trumpeted at them! :shock:

Your sunset drive really delivered! :clap: :clap:

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 Post subject: Re: Australia to Kruger
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Impyim wrote: This is a tale of 2 elderly Aussies who wanted to see Kruger again. We had had a year of illnesses and injuries and promised ourselves it we were well (fit) enough that another trip to Kruger would be our reward.
Impyim... What a lovely reward. :)

:mrgreen: Great TR and Pics. :mrgreen:
With your Painting skills, my whole TR would have been, my lovely Paintings. :great:

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 Post subject: Re: Australia to Kruger
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Impyim, I absolutely love your water colours, you are so talented to be able to create a feeling and ambiance with just a few brush strokes and a bit of colour wash. What a special souvenir of your trip. The giraffe pic is also very appealing.


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

It's been great catching up on your TR after being away a few weeks :thumbs_up:

And I was so happy to hear that finally you saw some big cats :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
Plus a polecat!! 8) 8) 8)
A very rare sighting :thumbs_up:

Your zebra watercolour is so lovely - you have a real talent :clap: :clap: :clap:

Thanks for sharing and very much looking forward to more :popcorn: :popcorn:

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 Post subject: Re: Australia to Kruger
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Those people in the little car must have been scared stiff when I think back on our encounter with an ellie in a bakkie which is much bigger :big_eyes: .

Beautiful watercolor painting of the zebbie :thumbs_up: .

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 Post subject: Re: Australia to Kruger
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Lovely Zebbie watercolor :thumbs_up: It gives the mark of originality to your report. Well done.

Mmmm :hmz: I am wondering if that might not be a big brother baboon. Very protective fellow to a very cute baby. 8)

More, please.

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 Post subject: Re: Australia to Kruger
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Paintings just get better and better! Poor little car!!

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 Post subject: Re: Australia to Kruger
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I'm glad you're all enjoying my report and watercolours. A few more photo's taken while we were in Orpen - either in camp or on the road.

A lizard (don't know what sort) that was on the tree in camp -

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A beautiful fish eagle at a tiny bit of waterway


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A family of dwarf mongeese were sunning themselves on a cool morning - I only managed to photograph 2 at any time


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A couple of giraffe - I think this was the first time I managed to get one looking at me

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Eventually we left Orpen for Letaba. On the gravel detour road (that was being used as the Orpen - Satara road was still being fixed after the floods) we came across 2 bush pigs - very wary and I didn't manage to get a photo.

We decided to take the Timbavati road to Letaba (bepassing Satara). It was a really good gravel road and we saw lots of little birds and eventually we came across a couple of cars - and lo & behold we eventually saw our first lion. She seemed to be on her own and didn't move about much, but we were really happy to see her

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Eventually we arrived at the Letaba gate

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With the beautiful impala lillies in front of the entrance


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Will continue this report about the time in Letaba later.


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 Post subject: Re: Australia to Kruger
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Love the painting of the Letaba Gate Impyim! Awesome! :clap: :clap:

Cute Dwarf Mongoose family too! :dance: :dance:

Maybe that beautiful Lioness has babies hidden somewhere, that's why she is on her own! :dance: :dance:

The Impala Lilies are always so beautiful with their bright colours! :D

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 Post subject: Re: Australia to Kruger
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Lovely TR impyim, not to mention the good touch of the water colours. I wish I could even paint a proper stick-man, let alone have your skills.

Amazing to see the honey badger in action and also to see the variety of things you've mentioned so far. Keep the updates coming. :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

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Your water colors are frigin awesome :) I like that :) Very cool :)

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

I'm no expert on South African reptiles, but I'm pretty sure your lizard is called a tree agama :thumbs_up:
Dad and I also saw one when we were at Orpen, on a large tree behind reception.
The males with their blue heads are quite stunning I think 8)

And you saw a lion :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance:
I remember the joy I felt when Dad and I saw out first lion. And relief. People had told us that Kruger was crawling with lions and we would see scads of them. We had a week of no lions, and then only a few sightings before we had to leave.

I do hope there were more big cat sightings in store for you :popcorn: :popcorn: :popcorn:

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Love the giraffe pose with those long eyelashes ...beautiful. :clap: :clap:

Love the painting of Letaba gate. :thumbs_up: would not mind being there today. :hmz:

Great Lion sightings. :dance:

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 Post subject: Re: Australia to Kruger
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Letaba is lovely and green after all the brown of the countryside (its August remember). I know we should just accept what nature has to offer i.e. brown, but its lovely to see an oasis of green in the middle of Kruger. No wonder the resident bushbuck love it.

Glad you're all enjoying my memories of our time in Kruger.
Our chalet (for the first night) is 64 which is right next to Melville guest house and overlooking the river.

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After unpacking and having a look around at the camp we settled down for a drink overlooking the river.
After awhile (when we looked right up the river to our left) we noticed the sunlight glistening on cars that are parked along the road to Mopani. They didn't move and I said to my husband " there must be something up there with all those cars parked". It was about 5.15 p.m. but we hopped in the car to go and have a look. We were so glad we did as we found our 2nd leopard - it was nearly dark by this time but we had a good look - sorry this photo is very dark.

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We got back to camp with about 10 minutes to spare. When we got back we went and sate overlooking the river again and notices a lot of people looking up into one of the trees along the path that runs along the front overlooking the river. I took my camera and on investigating found this lovely owl. He just sat there looking around (hunting really) as he didn't take any notice of us at all.

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What a great day we had - lion, leopard, giant eagle owl, not to mention all the plains animals.


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