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 Post subject: Re: Gauteng, Rietvlei Meet September 2010
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Tshukudu even brought his lapa along! :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Gauteng, Rietvlei Meet September 2010
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I just want to second everything JenB said in her post re thanking Mads for organising a wonderful day, taking us to see the lions, getting us SOOOOOO close to the rhinos (Bokkiebird, you must post that photo you got of Mommy Rhino charging us!); the brilliant guides on our vehicle ... how they spotted the cheetah, serval and porcupines is beyond me :huh: and thanks to Tshukudu for the welcoming fire we came back to after the night drive. :clap: :clap: :clap:

It was great meeting so many of you.

Thanks again for a GREAT day! :D

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 Post subject: Re: Gauteng, Rietvlei Meet September 2010
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Hi everyone, it was a great day - although it look's like we should have stayed for the night drive!!! :mrgreen: :mrgreen: We searched for those cheetah all monrning! :roll:

Thanks to Pantera Leo for thinking of this, and Mads for organising eveything - it was great to meet you guys! :thumbs_up: Mads took us on a morning drive to the Lion enclosure,and then tried to find the cheetah for us, but found a Husky dog instead!!! :shock: No jokes!! :lol: She also got the adrenaline going by provoking (not sure if it was intentional :hmz:) a charge by a grumpy mommy rhino & her calf!! Thanks Mads!! :| Thanks also to BokkieBird for the use of her sleeping bag for my dad - it was freezing! Who said it was going to be a beautifully sunny day? :huh:

Pics coming up soon.

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 Post subject: Re: Gauteng, Rietvlei Meet September 2010
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[quote="JenB"]
Thanx to MM and her wish list! :dance:
We saw cheetah, serval, porcupine, many rabbits and many jackals. :D
So there.... :mrgreen: :mrgreen: are in order! :lol:

:mrgreen: :mrgreen: Oh noooooo where were we (did not get on the list in time!!!!)

Had a great day none the less and meet some super people along the way thanks to all.


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 Post subject: Re: Gauteng, Rietvlei Meet September 2010
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Nice meeting all who came to the meet must do it again some time :thumbs_up:

It is fascinating to hear what a Rhino will do when it see's the food vehicle :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Gauteng, Rietvlei Meet September 2010
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Lets have some names for the pics :pray: and any more :cam: So glad you enjoyed :clap: :clap:

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 Post subject: Re: Gauteng, Rietvlei Meet September 2010
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WendyA on the left bush brat sitting his grandad Dave opposite and flutterby standing
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Holigan on left,KathySA, JohanN, Jan,Mellory,Snakies, Mads.
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 Post subject: Re: Gauteng, Rietvlei Meet September 2010
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Thank you for a wonderful time! We arrived late, had a bit of a drive round, went to the lapa, met everybody and then had THE DRIVE! :clap: :dance: :clap: A drive like that would be awesome anywhere, but to experience it with city lights around you, made it even more special!
Now I can at least put names to some faces and know what exceptional people forumites really are!
Once again a big thank you to everybody concerned with the arrangements, especially you, Mads!

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 Post subject: Re: Gauteng, Rietvlei Meet September 2010
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It was a lovely meet at Rietvleis yesterday....lots of new faces :D sorry to have missed some but it was a mixed up day with people coming and going all the time...but that did mean more could attend.

We saw 3 Rhino that had been de-horned. :( but at least they are alive.


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 Post subject: Re: Gauteng, Rietvlei Meet September 2010
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Hi All that I met yesterday, not really knowing anybody personally before, it was really wonderfull to be accepted so completely in the group!!! And afterwards to be able to put faces to the names on the forum. The only bad thing was the day that "flew by" so quickly.

Thanks Mads for all the organizing everything and made sure that we were entained on all the different drives, at the lapa, etc. Pantera Leo - thanks for thinking about this. It was also nice to meet you young man!!!

Thanks for the rest of my fellow forumites - I really hope to see al off you again soon.

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 Post subject: Re: Gauteng, Rietvlei Meet September 2010
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Great meet, good to see folks again and meet new friends. Thanks Mads for all your organising. Really :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: about your night drive sightings. All I saw of the cheetah were some scats on top of one of the sign post pillars. :D


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 Post subject: Re: Gauteng, Rietvlei Meet September 2010
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Hi Chirinda... sorry I didn't get over to speak to you....it was a busy meet! next time I will make a point of saying Hi xx


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 Post subject: Re: Gauteng, Rietvlei Meet September 2010
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Some more pics.

Mads at the lion enclosure
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WendyA, Valkvarkvrou, my Dad
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Bokkiebird & Bush Brat
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Holigan & Bush Brat with Mads at the back
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Mads & Mellory
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 Post subject: Re: Gauteng, Rietvlei Meet September 2010
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I am back with some very sore legs. I did a run at the zoo this morning.

Firstly a very big thank you to Panthera Leo for his organising. My only sadness and it is a big sadness, is that I missed you. :cry: :cry: I was stuck on the Ben Schoeman at Allandale for almost 2 hours. I cannot express what a disappointment that was. I will have to travel for a Bloemfontein meet to make up. :thumbs_up:

Because of the traffic jam, there was another delay trying to find a shop en route selling Panado for the subsequent migraine. :shock:

Another thank you is to Mads :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
What a star. Mads, you made us all feel so at home. I loved the night drive and thank you soooooooo much for arranging the Cheetah, Serval.. I knew you could, and Porcupine. The first time I have seen Porcupine.

Next time see if you can find us a Puffie to go with the Serval :wink:

I was also soooo grateful for the Reedbuck, Eland, Hartebeest, Zebbies, Jackal... lots of Jackal, Steenbokkies, Duikertjies, all 700 Blesbok, Springbok.. Springbok spinging nogal... and the many, many flying dinguses.. we even had barking dogs 8)

Thank you also for organising the most perfect moon with Venus, or was it Saturn :hmz: rising.

I loved seeing all the old faces... figuratively old, of course.. and how wonderful to see some new mites join with such enthusiasm.

Lovely to see Sue again and hear about how her life is going.

I am just sorry that I arrived as many were leaving. :(

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 Post subject: Re: Gauteng, Rietvlei Meet September 2010
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MM - we saw that traffic jam on our way home, and pitied anyone who was stuck in it!! We might have got to meet you if not for that. :(

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