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 Post subject: Re: Thirstland Trip- KDU & Francolin at KTP/ November 2013
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What a drive with lots of super sightings Katydownunder! Cape Fox, Cheetahs, Lions, Hyenas and lots more! :clap: :clap:

Love your videos and your pictures are superb! :dance: :dance:

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 Post subject: Re: Thirstland Trip- KDU & Francolin at KTP/ November 2013
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Wooow, what an array of amazing sightings all around :clap: :clap: .

Love all the birdie and cat sightings :dance: :dance: .

Thanks for sharing :thumbs_up: .

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 Post subject: Re: Thirstland Trip- KDU & Francolin at KTP/ November 2013
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Wow what a busy busy day!!! :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

Lots of great sightings!! Glad the lions were not scared to come out and play!!! :D :D

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 Post subject: Re: Thirstland Trip- KDU & Francolin at KTP/ November 2013
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wow 2 Cheetahs near Kij Kij :dance: ... would like to know who they are... if you have a bigger picture of the inside of a leg :pray:

a collared Lionness... it's new :hmz:

Wood Sandpiper (?) amongst Canary :lol:
cute Mongoose :dance:
love the Hyenas too... a new den maybe and of course the bathing one :thumbs_up:
and the Cape Foxes :k

thank you for these beautiful pictures and thank you Francolin for the videos... magnificent videos too :clap: :clap: :clap:

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 Post subject: Re: Thirstland Trip- KDU & Francolin at KTP/ November 2013
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Another wonderful episode, thank you. :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Thirstland Trip- KDU & Francolin at KTP/ November 2013
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We just missed you, we left the park the 4th. I hope all the cape fox dens still had their kits!

Nice that the lions were back at Grootkolk, they had just left the morning of the day we spent there

Let me attempt a link to my trip report here...
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 Post subject: Re: Thirstland Trip- KDU & Francolin at KTP/ November 2013
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You really had wonderful sightings, all these lovely cats. :thumbs_up:
I like the mongoose, nice little fellow, so cute.


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 Post subject: Re: Thirstland Trip- KDU & Francolin at KTP/ November 2013
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Thanx all :D

@ Pumbaa
Yes, I think we could not complain about that drive up to Grootkolk 8)

@ enrico
It was a pleasure to meet you again and we could have not asked for better neighbours at Grootkolk :D

@ gatita
:lol: It was indeed the same kind of car, but I checked the number plates it was not yours.....
But we talked to others driving this kind of car and it seems to be a general problem, that it uses a whole lot of pretrol and has not really got power :|

@ Trrp-trrrrrrrr
Thanx!

@ SurfCindy
The fact that there is a lot of time between gate closing times in November makes it easier to cover the distance between the camps.

@ cheetahlady
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Lovely sightings. Must make the long drive worthwhile.
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@ melph68
Keeping my fingers crossed for your trip with your Dad next October, I am sure you will love it :thumbs_up:
Well, we saw quite a few Lions, but weren't that lucky with the Leopards this year.....
But, we saw Cheetahs again, very relaxed and close by.

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After all the lions you saw in one day, driving up yo Grootkolk, no wonder the other days felt quiet
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@ hilda
Thank you!

@ barryels
It was a busy drive :lol:

@ lion queen
Always so special to have the Lions at Grootkolk....
Sitting outside and observing them, priceless...

@ anne-marie
Will see what I can do, cropping the pics of the Cheetahs :D

@ MM
Thanx!

@ wildcatzoo
We must have missed each otehr only by hours :?
Fortunately we saw many cape Fox dens with little ones 8)

@ sable
Mongooses are always great to observe and I love the sightings outside the camps

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 Post subject: Re: Thirstland Trip- KDU & Francolin at KTP/ November 2013
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07.11.


Well, the Brown Hyena was back at the waterhole again shortly before the light went out...
Not a great pic, so I tried to do something artistic with it :lol:

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We thought the Lions had been gone, but in the morning we discovered that there were fresh Lion tracks underneath our "bedroom" window :shock: ....

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After the long drive the day before we decided to stay in the camp that morning.
Observing the wildlife in the camp.

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Black-faced Waxbill

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We tried to have breakfast :roll: :lol:

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Chestnut- vented Titbabbler

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Later that day at Unions End we discovered that there was a new box and visitors book.

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On the way back to the camp we found a Cape Fox Den close to Unions End.
With very small pups.... :dance:
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Then they disappeared in the den and it was time to return back to Grootkolk....
Here near the t-junction to the camp a Mongoose...

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The evening at the waterhole was quiet, but then Jackals and later the Brown Hyena visited again.....

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I cannot imagine of a better place to spend the morning in camp than in Grootkolk :thumbs_up:

You even had to fight against the weavers for your breakfast :tongue: and what cute cape foxes :clap: :clap: :clap:


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Lion tracks under "bedroom" window!! :dance: :dance: :dance: Amazing to think they walked past there and you did not hear a sound!! Happened more than once with us!! :wink:

Those Cape Fox babies are super cute!!! :clap: :clap: :clap:

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The foxes are really cute and I like the mongoose as well. :dance: :dance:

It looks like bird baths are still not allowed? :cry:

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Katy, love all your pics, breakfast with the birds must have been a bit of a challenge :doh:

Lion tracks outside your bedroom window :shock: a bit scary but nice to know they were there while you were safely inside :dance: :dance:

Thanks for sharing

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Goodness!! How exhilarating to find those lion prints outside your cabin :shock: :shock: 8) 8)
I don't think I will be able to sleep a wink at night if we stay at Grootkolk! :lol:

And what can one say about those baby fox cubs except Awwww.......... :D :D

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Love the mouse 8) and of my goodness those pups are cute :D

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