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Re: Krugertripping this Summer...

Unread postby Heksie » Thu Feb 27, 2014 6:31 pm

Day 13… a long drive produces some special sightings

23 December

Wendy wanted to sleep in so I took off this morning very early, something that astounded me was the fact that CB is very chill when it comes to waiting at the Gate, it was 4:20 and I was standing in camp checking the gate and there was only one car waiting so I decided to go join him… no rush what so ever. I planned on searching for servals this morning so I took the H5 to skuks then the tar to LS and S28 back to camp.
I do like dirt roads but the worst road in the Park is the H5, I was rattling all the way to the S114 that morning but that is the thing you do when you search for something special. Did I find one? EIsh, no. But some other special and a new sighting was seen that morning.
Ground hornbill

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I saw this hyenas dashing across the road and when I got to the spot, I only saw him poking through the grass.

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Some mr. Majestics

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And then a new one for me, a female kudu with leucistic blotches

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A tortie

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And on the Skuks low water bridge I got my first marabou quenching his thirst

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Then some yellow billed kites sunning

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And there were ellies all over the Sabie river, they were in desperate need of some swimming, these were two separate sightings… but to tell you guys the truth I saw a herd almost every 500m.

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I got Wendy at Lake Panic and after stopping for some cold refreshments at LS we were on our way back to camp. The road was so dry and dusty, just accentuated the summer heat, and it was a reason why didn’t have so many sightings on our way back.

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And some buffies crossing the road after a refreshing mudbath

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We stayed the afternoon in camp, and I took an afternoon nap, when I woke up it was time for another afternoon drive and Wendy was joining me on this drive. There aren’t really loopies to take around CB like the other camps so the only route I thought would be nice to drive in under 4 hours was the S25->S26->H5->camp.
Our first roadblock was this ellie, I made it safely to the other side but had to wait as the beast didn’t really like huge cars…

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More ground hornbills, this one had the intestines of some unfortunate animal

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Kudu

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And to end a great day with a beautiful sunset…

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That night I had my legs up the whole time, wondering when a scorpion would visit again but fortunately no nightly visitors came to our camp. We braaied some wors and had baked potatoes with some melted cheese on top. We talked and shared sightings till about 9:30 that night, enjoying our ice cold KPA’s and then it was time to go to bed as tomorrow starts early again.

To be continued…
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Re: Krugertripping this Summer...

Unread postby hilda » Fri Feb 28, 2014 4:21 am

Lots of Ellie sightings Heksie! Beautiful, as long as they are not too close! :clap: :clap:

Awesome picture of the Ground Hornbill! Lovely sightings through the day! :clap: :clap:

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Re: Krugertripping this Summer...

Unread postby Trrp-trrrrrrrr » Fri Feb 28, 2014 4:36 am

Heksie,

Great sightings once again...Super :cam: of the Kudu :dance: they are such graceful and majestic antelope. :thumbs_up:

Love the Ellie shots too. :clap:

Your Tortie looks like a Speke's Hinge-Back Tortoise. :hmz:

Thanks for sharing :popcorn:
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Re: Krugertripping this Summer...

Unread postby Wild about cats » Fri Feb 28, 2014 7:33 am

Wow looks like a wonderful day in the park, what a variety of sightings you had :dance:

Love the kudu with the white splotches :clap:

Also love the elephant walking towards the cars, typical Kruger scene!! :lol:
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Re: Krugertripping this Summer...

Unread postby Phokojwe » Fri Feb 28, 2014 11:03 am

Great shot of the Marabou Stork :cam:

What a lovely sunset :thumbs_up:
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Re: Krugertripping this Summer...

Unread postby Kaapsedraai » Fri Feb 28, 2014 11:58 am

Heksie, seems you had an enjoyable drive with all round great sightings.

Just love that Southern Ground hornbill pics. :dance:

The ellies herd - nice to just sit and watch them for a while. :D
That buff must have had a nice mud bath. 8)

Some great pics and thank you for sharing. :dance: Glad no goggas :shock: the night. :thumbs_up:
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Re: Krugertripping this Summer...

Unread postby barryels » Fri Feb 28, 2014 12:14 pm

Great sightings all around Heksie :clap: :clap: .

Strange kudu lady :roll: . Maybe used to much bleach when she had a bath :hmz: .

Love the ellie sightings :dance: :dance: .

Thanks for sharing :thumbs_up: .
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Re: Krugertripping this Summer...

Unread postby isinkwe » Fri Feb 28, 2014 1:07 pm

Super sightings once again :D :D :D
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Re: Krugertripping this Summer...

Unread postby Heksie » Sat Mar 01, 2014 12:13 pm

hilda wrote:Lots of Ellie sightings Heksie! Beautiful, as long as they are not too close! :clap: :clap:

Awesome picture of the Ground Hornbill! Lovely sightings through the day! :clap: :clap:


I do like to keep my distance as well, but every now and then I would take a chance that others would not, but stop next to an ellie and switch off my car! Eish I know my limits when it comes to stupidity.

I was very lucky in the south with the hornbills, had 14 the one day... they were just everywhere and the H5 is very good for hornbill sightings :thumbs_up:
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Re: Krugertripping this Summer...

Unread postby Heksie » Sat Mar 01, 2014 12:16 pm

Trrp-trrrrrrrr wrote:Heksie,

Great sightings once again...Super :cam: of the Kudu :dance: they are such graceful and majestic antelope. :thumbs_up:

Love the Ellie shots too. :clap:

Your Tortie looks like a Speke's Hinge-Back Tortoise. :hmz:

Thanks for sharing :popcorn:


Thanks for the ID, I knew it was a hinge tortoise but not Speke's, I will send him the co-ordinates so he can get his tortie again :tongue:
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Re: Krugertripping this Summer...

Unread postby Heksie » Sat Mar 01, 2014 12:20 pm

Wild about cats wrote:Wow looks like a wonderful day in the park, what a variety of sightings you had :dance:

Love the kudu with the white splotches :clap:

Also love the elephant walking towards the cars, typical Kruger scene!! :lol:


It was actually a much quieter day sighting wise, but still very enjoyable and the splotchy kudu was a great surprise :thumbs_up:
HAHAHAHA Wendy wasn't so happy that he was walking towards her and the cars behind her didn't want to reverse, I was smirking from my side as this happens normally when an ellie is in the equation, i get past him and he walks towards her, then I'm waiting :tongue:
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Re: Krugertripping this Summer...

Unread postby Heksie » Sat Mar 01, 2014 12:21 pm

Phokojwe wrote:Great shot of the Marabou Stork :cam:

What a lovely sunset :thumbs_up:


Thanks Phokojwe, I was happy taking a pic of him drinking, just wished that the light was better :slap:

isinkwe wrote:Super sightings once again :D :D :D


Thanks Isinkwe :gflower:
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Re: Krugertripping this Summer...

Unread postby Heksie » Sat Mar 01, 2014 12:24 pm

Kaapsedraai wrote:Heksie, seems you had an enjoyable drive with all round great sightings.

Just love that Southern Ground hornbill pics. :dance:

The ellies herd - nice to just sit and watch them for a while. :D
That buff must have had a nice mud bath. 8)

Some great pics and thank you for sharing. :dance: Glad no goggas :shock: the night. :thumbs_up:


THanks Kaapsedraai, don't we all enjoy just driving in the Park 8) Sightings is just a bonus :tongue:
I would love a river view then sit at my place and jsut watch them... now for that river view camping spots in LS... when is that happening :tongue:
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Re: Krugertripping this Summer...

Unread postby Heksie » Sat Mar 01, 2014 12:27 pm

barryels wrote:Great sightings all around Heksie :clap: :clap: .

Strange kudu lady :roll: . Maybe used to much bleach when she had a bath :hmz: .

Love the ellie sightings :dance: :dance: .

Thanks for sharing :thumbs_up: .


THanks Barry, I didn't see nearly as many birds as you did though :thumbs_up:
HAhahahaha imagine them washing with bleach and some liquid soap :hmz:
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15-18 July Tsendze

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Re: Krugertripping this Summer...

Unread postby Heksie » Sat Mar 01, 2014 12:27 pm

:bmp:
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11 July Satara
12-14 July Lower Sabie
15-18 July Tsendze

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