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 Post subject: Re: Diagnosed a Kruger Addict
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 Post subject: Re: Diagnosed a Kruger Addict
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What a superb trip report and great sightings, just spent a lovely time reading about your travels..

John :thumbs_up:

Ps great leopards and oh how I want to see a woodland :( :(

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 Post subject: Re: Diagnosed a Kruger Addict
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Kaapsedraai wrote:
SurfCindy, you were really spoilt with great sightings and I can understand why your addiction is growing. :D :D :D

Just enjoyed the number of great bird sightings as well as the trumpeter. Well spotted. :clap:

A leppie always a winner and great to share this special moment with us. :dance: :dance:


Thanks Kaapsedraai. We were very lucky with our sightings and each day when we thought it couldn't get better it did. :big_eyes:

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:think: Love the poem!


Welcome bosveldkind. Hope you enjoy the TR too :wink:

john n poppy wrote:
What a superb trip report and great sightings, just spent a lovely time reading about your travels..

John :thumbs_up:

Ps great leopards and oh how I want to see a woodland :( :(


Welcome aboard John. Lovely to have you with us.


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 Post subject: Re: Diagnosed a Kruger Addict
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First of all dinner at Selati is always a must when staying in Skukuza and you now wet our appetite even more :thumbs_up:

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Selati is why I stay at Skukuza, a great treat, a night off cooking and this time excellent food.


SurfCindy, great sightings!!! What a beautiful leopard posing on the rock!!!
Thanks for sharing this stunning photo!!!
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 Post subject: Re: Diagnosed a Kruger Addict
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Thanks Janeli for your kind comments and following my TR. It is much appreciated :redface:


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 Post subject: Re: Diagnosed a Kruger Addict
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DAY 4 CONTINUED .........

We parked off and watched the leopard for a while. Occasionally it would lift it's head and have a look around but would soon go back to it's original position. Lazing on a rock looking cool, calm and collected with no care in the world.

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Suddenly, in a blink of an eye, the leopard leaped off the rock and just like that, it was gone.

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We heard an impala bark a warning call. We waited at the sighting for 30 minutes to see some action but to no avail and so we decided to move on. We later heard that if we had stuck around for another 15 minutes, we would have seen the leopard hoist it's impala kill up the tree. :slap:
Oh well that's the nature of the bush.....right time and right place.

So after we continued on our way, we spotted our first marabou in a tree, all the others had been in the water.

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We saw cheetah in the far distance. I could just about make them out through my binoculars but too far for a photo. :doh:
A crocodile was :dance: taking some me time and catching a sun tan on the banks of the river.

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This beautifully coloured lilac breasted roller called loudly from a tree nearby. There numbers seemed far less than previous visits in September and October time. I discovered it's because the females were sitting on their nests, so the numbers were in affect halved.

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I managed to get a photo of this african fish eagle just before it took off. Without a doubt it must be one of the most iconic african sounds.

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As we turned our attention from the fish eagle my SO spotted our second lifer of the trip....a pygmy kingfisher. He was so excited his smile would have gone right round his head if it wasn't for his ears.

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We saw our first bush buck. Such stunning antelope with their distinct markings.

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As we headed back to camp, we hit a road block. Three male lions in the middle of the road. They looked in top condition with beautiful dark manes.

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After a while spent admiring them, one decided nap time was finished and it was time to get up. The other two followed shortly.

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WOW they were just breath taking.

We had an earlier sighting of rhino, all we needed was elephant to make it a BIG 5 day.
Can you believe that all along the river, from Lower Sabie to Skukuza, we did not see one single elephant. Who would have thought :slap:
So we finished our day on 4 out of 5 but could not complain. The bush had been kind to us and had treated us to some awesome sightings.


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 Post subject: Re: Diagnosed a Kruger Addict
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Stunning pics SurfCindy :clap: :clap:
Beautiful leopard on the rock, also love the bushbuck, my goodness such a great lion sighting :dance:
Pity you missed the leopard hoisting its kill up the tree, but as you say, right time right place
Thanks for sharing :gflower:

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 Post subject: Re: Diagnosed a Kruger Addict
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Just amazing sightings of the 4 of Big5, SurfCindy. :clap: :clap: :clap:

Just love that leopard on the rocks and the lions on the road.

These birds - Fish eagle and pigmy kingfisher - WOW - just brilliant.

Thank you for sharing and I have thoroughly enjoyed this episode. :dance: :popcorn: :popcorn:

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 Post subject: Re: Diagnosed a Kruger Addict
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hi SurfCindy,

I am loving your trip report - some awesome leopard sightings and photos. And some great bird snaps, especially of some that are not the easiest to "get to stay still" - lol.

I am also enjoying the round the braai pics as for me that is one of my most fave things about Kruger !!

Keep it coming
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Gosh SurfCindy they're great lion photo's. Love the Pygmy Kingfisher.
Your reports are great reading. :D :D :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:


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:clap: What super, amazing , incredible, fantastic sightings :clap: :clap: :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Diagnosed a Kruger Addict
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Hi SurfCindy
Just catching up with your TR.

Amazing Leopard sighting :dance:

Was that lion roaring at you or just 'opening wider' for the dentist? When I see them do this I always think 'my head would easily fit in there'!!

Great to get a pic of the Trumpeter Hornbill, so often heard but not seen.

The Woodland Kingfishers are wonderful. We only saw a pair once at a picnic site and they were duetting. Wow!

I'll be following you.

Regards
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:mrgreen: :mrgreen: Right place right time and .....Super special!!!! sightings and pics of the Leopard and Lions. :clap: :clap:

Thanks for sharing more please :popcorn:

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Carol g wrote:
Stunning pics SurfCindy :clap: :clap:
Beautiful leopard on the rock, also love the bushbuck, my goodness such a great lion sighting :dance:
Pity you missed the leopard hoisting its kill up the tree, but as you say, right time right place
Thanks for sharing :gflower:


Thanks Carol g, such great sightings, we were truly lucky and spoiled.

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Just amazing sightings of the 4 of Big5, SurfCindy. :clap: :clap: :clap:

Just love that leopard on the rocks and the lions on the road.

These birds - Fish eagle and pigmy kingfisher - WOW - just brilliant.

Thank you for sharing and I have thoroughly enjoyed this episode. :dance: :popcorn: :popcorn:


Thanks Kaapsedraai. I think if you had to give my SO a choice between the 4 out of big 5 or the pygmy kingfisher he would have picked they pygmy. Me on the other hand would have picked the 4 out of 5. Lucky we got both :lol:

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hi SurfCindy,

I am loving your trip report - some awesome leopard sightings and photos. And some great bird snaps, especially of some that are not the easiest to "get to stay still" - lol.

I am also enjoying the round the braai pics as for me that is one of my most fave things about Kruger !!

Keep it coming
:clap: Scops


Welcome aboard Scops, thanks for lovely kind comments. Glad to hear that you are enjoying it. Braais are my favourite part of being in camp.

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Gosh SurfCindy they're great lion photo's. Love the Pygmy Kingfisher.
Your reports are great reading. :D :D :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:


Thanks impyim for continuing to follow my TR. Your kind comments are much appreciated and glad to hear that you are enjoying the sightings. :thumbs_up:


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isinkwe wrote:
:clap: What super, amazing , incredible, fantastic sightings :clap: :clap: :thumbs_up:


Thanks once again for your supportive comments. Glad you are enjoying the sightings. They bring back such great memories of a truly fabulous trip.

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Hi SurfCindy
Just catching up with your TR.

Amazing Leopard sighting :dance:

Was that lion roaring at you or just 'opening wider' for the dentist? When I see them do this I always think 'my head would easily fit in there'!!

Great to get a pic of the Trumpeter Hornbill, so often heard but not seen.

The Woodland Kingfishers are wonderful. We only saw a pair once at a picnic site and they were duetting. Wow!

I'll be following you.

Regards
DD.


Welcome aboard DD. Glad to have you with us for the remainder of the journey. There are still a few great sightings coming up.
There was a bit of roaring but this lion was just showing us how big his teeth are through a yawn. The woodlands are one of my best sightings. I am not sure if we will ever see that again.

Trrp-trrrrrrrr wrote:
SurfCindy

:mrgreen: :mrgreen: Right place right time and .....Super special!!!! sightings and pics of the Leopard and Lions. :clap: :clap:

Thanks for sharing more please :popcorn:


Thanks Trrp-trrrrrrrr, there is more to come.


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