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 Post subject: Australia to Kruger
Unread postPosted: Tue Sep 24, 2013 6:29 am 
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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.

When I started writing this TR I had such difficulty working out how to put my photo's into it. Thanks to all the forum members who eventually got me on the right track - namely melrockson, melph68, gatita, lion queen and trrp-trrrrrrr.
Now onto the report.

We arrived sleepless at Nelspruit Airport, picked up our car, drove to the supermarket at Malelane and at the end of a long day (can there possibly be 40 hrs in a day) arrived at Malelane gate. We were so pleased to arrive and made our way to our rondavel at Malelane by about 4 p.m. After finding our rondavel and unpacking Ecojunkie came over to say "hi". She also took me to the fenced in lookout that overlooks the Crocodile River. We sat there for an hour or so soaking up the smells, sounds and visions of Africa (never mind the town over the river it was so lovely to be in Kruger ).
An early night with the sounds of animals only just intruding on our sleep.
I got up before sunrise (not hubby - he needed his sleep). It was still practically dark when I walked to the lookout to watch the sun rising. I was a bit nervous being in the dark as it wasn't long before that Ecojunkie had been stalked/scared by a hyena inside the camp, so I was very much aware of what was going on around me. It was a wonderful sunrise and well worth getting up early for. ImageImage
As this TR has taken so long to get going I'm going to submit this and continue with more another day. :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:


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 Post subject: Re: Australia to Kruger
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I am on board! Today we have 60 days to go before it is our turn to leave Australia for Kruger :-)

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 Post subject: Re: Australia to Kruger
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What a wonderful start. I do hope that you are both free of injury and illness right now. :gflower:

I am right on board. The Aussies tend to capture our attnention and this seems to be no exception. 8)

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 Post subject: Re: Australia to Kruger
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Well, well another Western Australian who's going to Kruger. When you get back we'll have to have a reunion.
( I know another couple who've been this year ).I love the camps you've picked. We didn't have much choice on some of our camps as we didn't book until 4 months before.

Thanks Meandering Mouse, I'll try and keep you interested. :D :D
As part of our trip I did a little watercolour and pen painting of our rondavel in Malelane. My art teacher encouraged me to take a tiny watercolour pad and paint set with me. I can't do animals very well but I enjoyed doing little paintings of each of our chalets.

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 Post subject: Re: Australia to Kruger
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impyim, what a way to start a day in the Kruger :D :D :D watching the sun rise, I don't think there is any other way, I am glad to hear that you are over your illness and you decided to visit the Kruger once you were feeling better. We have also had a tough year this year (my daughter has been sick for 10 months now and is slowly on the mend) and no better place to celebrate life than in the Kruger, hence our December trip which is fast approaching, looking forward to the rest of your trip report

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A beautiful start with an amazing sunrise and lovely painting of your Malelane camp hut impyim :dance: :dance: .

Waiting for more :popcorn: :popcorn: .

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 Post subject: Re: Australia to Kruger
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impyim,

Right on board 8) ....to experience all your memories with you. :thumbs_up:

Those Kruger sunrises are just breathtaking :mrgreen:

Great idea to do your water colour paintings :clap: :clap: ..how special. :dance:

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 Post subject: Re: Australia to Kruger
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What a wonderful start to your trip report. So glad you were able to do the trip. I've photographed that sunrise too, but yours is absolutely stunning. And what a lovely idea of the watercolour painting of your hut, for those who can paint ..... a photo had to suffice for mine :D

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Love the painting Looking forward to some more . Should have a calender made of them .
Love the sunset too
More please :popcorn:

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 Post subject: Re: Australia to Kruger
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Thanks for getting on board and for all the encouragement everyone.

Its so good to be eventually writing this TR. As I dredge my memories, look through my lists of birds and animals, look up photo's etc while writing it it takes me back to our wonderful time in Kruger.

Hugh - what a good idea about putting my watercolours into a calendar. I've still got heaps more W/C to paint - I took 100's of photo's of trees also that I want to paint.

Anyway back to TR - Day 2 - we decided to have a lazy day (after our marathon 40hrs with no sleep).
But, like all good plans "I wonder what's outside the gate" kept popping into my head. So about 11 a.m. (yes I know its not the best time of the day for animal spotting) we headed towards Berg en Dal.
Most of the usual animals were resting under trees except for a couple of unmentionables feeding.
We spotted the usual animals on out walk along front fence in B e D


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and then sat and ate an icecream over looking the dam wall.

The waterhole (I think its E. of B e D) had a few animals - something big & grey & covered in oxpeckers (with pointy ears) a few impala and our first warthog and buffalo

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On our way back to Malelane we saw these lovely giraffe - the roadway was much higher than they were so we got a lovely view. They were taking turns drinking at the tiniest waterhole (I could just see it with the binoculars).

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We called into Malelane gate and arranged an early a.m. drive tomorrow with Ecojunkie (5.15 a.m. start)

That was all the driving for day 2 - back in Malelane - we had a nap and then sat outside our rondavel and watched the bird bath - so restful. I didn't manage to get any decent photo's - the birds move too fast.

While cooking our meal in the campers kitchen (not sure what you call them in SA ) we sat and chatted to Ecojunkie - what an amazing lady - and other campers. After a couple of happy hours sitting about I then wandered around camp trying to spot owls (none) so we turned in for an early night.

Well in retrospect that doesn't sound like a very exciting day (for some people) - no ellies or big cats, but we just enjoyed being out and about in Kruger.


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 Post subject: Re: Australia to Kruger
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I have a very sot spot for Malelane and I am pleased that you enjoyed it so much. 8)

Love your hippo pic.

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I do need to go back.

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What a lovely start to your TR, and I really like that sunrise photo :clap: :clap: :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Australia to Kruger
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impyim wrote:
Well in retrospect that doesn't sound like a very exciting day (for some people) - no ellies or big cats, but we just enjoyed being out and about in Kruger.

impyim,

That is exactly what makes Kruger so special :mrgreen: ...to be able to enjoy all the smaller things as well. :thumbs_up:

I could travel with you any day...pure enjoyment all the way. :hmz: :dance:

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Wonderful first day in Kruger impyim :dance: :dance: .

We nature lovers don't care about Big 5 sightings only, it is about enjoying the trip with you that matters :dance: :dance: .

Will be waiting with lots of :popcorn: :popcorn: for more :hmz: .

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It is not about big cats or ellies for us it is about simply being there :thumbs_up:

So I can very well understand how you felt when arriving after a long traveling day at Malelane, impyim :mrgreen:

Great painting of your hut at Malalene - Hopefully we can see more of that in your trip report :popcorn:


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