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 Post subject: Re: Australia to Kruger
Unread postPosted: Fri Nov 01, 2013 6:21 am 
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Awesome to have had your 2nd Leopard sighting. :clap: :clap:

Mr Owl is beautiful. :dance:

Great accommodation water color once again...can just imagine your beautiful view. :mrgreen:

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 Post subject: Re: Australia to Kruger
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I am loving your water colors. Very beautiful. 8)

Fantastic sightings... and love the owl :cam:

More, please.

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 Post subject: Re: Australia to Kruger
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Just caught up with your amazing TR Impyim. Fantastic sightings :clap: :clap: :clap:

And your water colors are fantastic :clap: :clap: :clap:

Thank you for sharing :gflower:

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 Post subject: Re: Australia to Kruger
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Indeed a lovely day with TWO Leopards and a magnificent Verreaux's Eagle Owl in camp of all places! How lucky could one be! :clap: :clap:

Great painting of your chalet at Letaba impyim! :dance: :dance:

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 Post subject: Re: Australia to Kruger
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Image impyim
I have just joined all the way from page 1, I am so pleased I did :D
Wow , your paintings are fantastic, you really are a very talented Image
If you do make a calendar out of your paintings as previously suggested, you can count me as your first customerImage
And also some awesome sightings so far :thumbs_up: :D

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 Post subject: Re: Australia to Kruger
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Thanks so much for continuing, impyim,

really love your paintings although the pictures of the lion, leopard, impala lily and the eagle owl are fantastic as well :clap: :clap: :clap:

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 Post subject: Re: Australia to Kruger
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impyim, managed to get on board this lovely TR. :thumbs_up:

Just love the paintings. They are great and thanks for sharing. :D :D :D

The lizard looks like a Tree Agama (Acanthocerus atricollis).
The road along the Timbavati always produces great scenery and animal & bird live. :clap:

Some great sightings you have had - great TR.... :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Australia to Kruger
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I see I have a couple of new hitch hikers on board - Kaapsedraai, isinkwe, Jeannir, Riannf31 and Baffers along with of course Hilda, Pumbaa (I've just started reading your amazing TR), Meandering Mouse, Melph68 Philip1, barryels,and Cape of Storms. I really appreciate your feedback and comments.

After our first day in Letaba we had to change chalets. We were late booking all of our accommodation (due to the fact that my husband had to get the all clear from his oncologist), so sometimes we had to change chalets. A real nuisance but better than not being able to have time at our chosen camps.

So we pack everything in the car to take it for a drive !!!

Today we decided the first thing we wanted to see was the Matembini bird hide as early as we could.
We arrived there about 9 a.m. to find we were the only ones there. Such a lovely spot and such a lovely view of a family of klipspringers feeding just metres in front of the hide.

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We also saw plenty of hippo, crocs, egyption geese and swimming just in front of the bird hide I could see the silhouette of a huge fish just under the surface of the water - I judged it to be about 9ft long and eventually it came up enough for me to see that it was a catfish. It was big enough for me to see the feelers/whiskers on each side of its head from up in the bird hide. Unfortunately I couldn't get a decent photo.

We then took the road to the Longwe lookout - it was terribly corrogated - probably due in part to it being a steep hill and people accelerating to get up the hill. We didn't appreciate the view until on the way down

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On our way down the hill we spotted this lovely waterbuck (fairly well hidden in the mopane bush

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We drove through quite a few of the loops and somewhere saw this old buff -

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At one of the waterholes we found our first ostrich for the trip - we watched him slowly making his way along towards this waterhole and eventually stood in the waterhole and had a drink -

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We saw our usualy kudu, wildebeest, elephant and giraffe but can't resist posting this photo of a lovely steenbok- she was covered in these insects which I think are flies ????


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When we nearly got back to Letaba we found this family of ground hornbills - a couple of photo's of adults, teenagers, and juveniles

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The last photo is not a really good one but I put it in as the juvenile bird has 2 leg bands - Red & Yellow on left leg

Back at camp we shifted into our new chalet (I think it was number 92)


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A great day (again) in Kruger. We are both finding that our souls are very happy.
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 Post subject: Re: Australia to Kruger
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Really enjoying your TR...with super :cam: :thumbs_up:

Klipspringer and Steenbokkies are always such a pleasure to see. :clap: :clap:

Mopani leaves have the most beautiful shades or orange, yellow and browns. 8)

More please :popcorn:

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 Post subject: Re: Australia to Kruger
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The little Steenbokkie really has been a carrier of unwanted guests. I wonder what they are.

8) about the cat fish. Good to know they are there.

Please, more.

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 Post subject: Re: Australia to Kruger
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Poor little Steenbok :doh:

Klipspringers are so cute :clap: :clap:

Trrp-trrrrrrrr wrote:
Mopani leaves have the most beautiful shades or orange, yellow and browns. 8)


I agree, really beautiful! :clap:

Thank you for sharing 8)

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 Post subject: Re: Australia to Kruger
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Awesome Klipspringers impyim! Plus an outstanding picture of the beautiful Waterbuck! :clap: :clap:

So many flies on such a small Steenbokkie! :doh:

I love those Ground Hornbills! Thank you for another beautiful watercolour of your next chalet at Letaba! :dance: :dance:

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impyim, lovely TR with great pics.

The Matambeni bird hide got some great scenic views over the Letaba river - brings back great memories. :D

Great sightings of the Klipspringer, Waterbuck, Buff, Ostrich, Steenbok and Southern Ground hornbills. :dance:

Love he paintings you posting...thank you for sharing. :dance:

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Love your klippies, the steenbok, ground hornbills and the waterbuck and buffalo with the red mopane leaves which looks very special :clap: :clap: :clap:

We only know the mopane bushes covered with full green and even hiding all the elephants :big_eyes:

Matambeni is a must for our next year's stay :thumbs_up:


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 Post subject: Re: Australia to Kruger
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Gosh its great having you all on board. :gflower: :gflower: :gflower:

I notice that JeanniR, Hilda, Kaapsedraai and Pumbaa all have trips to Kruger planned sometime over the next 6 months. I do envy you, and I would love to be planning another trip to Africa, but I think that we'll be travelling closer to home (Aust) in the next year. 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"!!!!!!!! Still, a 4 to 6 month caravan holiday in our own country also has an awful lot of ++++'s. :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:


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