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 Post subject: Re: Two-timing the KTP and going to the Frontier Parks
Unread postPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2012 4:38 pm 
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And the bull marched back to the pressie he had left for the family:

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Yikes, that stuff stinks!

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Let’s get out of here before anyone notices it’s mine. Image

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 Post subject: Re: Two-timing the KTP and going to the Frontier Parks
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After a while we proceeded towards Vukani loop – one of the names that came up for possible lion sightings. Would we be so lucky? But these ice wouldn’t melt in your mouth beggars brought our mission to a abrupt halt. Who would be able to resist such beautiful faces? Image

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Coming out of Ngulube loop we saw a little traffic jam in the distance. Sure we wanted to find out what that was about, especially since we were moving in lion’s country. Well, what can I say? It was Vukani loop the cars were parked at.

Image – here was lion number 1:

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He’s one of Gina’s boys. But he didn’t intend to stay for long and flopped down again on the other side of the bushes. What can I say? In the Kalahari we would have never bothered to sit an hour with sleeping lions. Image
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But with only 9 lions in Addo things are a bit different. Plus, these lions didn’t just fall flat and stay like that for the rest of the day – they kept changing positions and that’s worthwhile waiting for for a Lionspoon. Only the call of nature made us leave the site.

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We wanted to head back to the camp for a quick pit stop and go out again to drive all the way up to Hapoor Dam to watch the masses of ellies enjoying the water there. On route to the camp a beautiful male bushbuck crossed the road in front of us and allowed us a quick glance.
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Then the first warties came up and three of the very few who would stand still and even pose nicely to have their photo taken:

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And a close up
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Of course we couldn’t resist on checking up on the lions again after we had finished our business at the camp. Well, they were up and about again giving us some great photo opportunities and setting us back another hour at least in our mission to get to Hapoor.

Gina walking towards the road
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Followed by boy number 1 who was intensely interested in something in the long grass
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But luckily decided to follow mum
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While Gina had got closer already
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And boy number 2 was waiting in the shade of a far too small bush right next to the road:
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His stare told us to move on, but as we didn’t he gave us a piece of his mind:
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Still there???
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And then had enough of the tinned food and chose to move himself if we didn’t want to do him the favour of getting lost.
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Somehow it got lost on me that we had seen 4 lions when we had come back from the camp on route to Hapoor Dam. At the end of the day, you’ll understand how that lapse could have happened…
Here is a pic of the second collared lioness who I believe to be Josie.

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Shortly after we had left the lions at around 11am, we were treated to another bushbuck sighting:
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And a feathery road block:
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We didn’t even have to go all the way to Hapoor to be able to witness some adorable ellie interaction:

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The group soon left and made space for a lone bull:

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It didn’t take long before he got distracted by something:
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It was his friend coming up to the waterhole!

Sniff, sniff.
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Did you brush your teeth this morning?
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Ja, smells lekker.
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Then you can have a big head bang!
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Eish, that little one smells funny!
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The thirsty zebras watched bemused
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While the bulls – happily reunited – did everything in unison:

Having a sip
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Curling their trunks
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Flapping their ears
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Hey, you thugs, go away now! It’s our turn at the bar, don’t finish it all off!Image

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We then passed through cite Ronnie “BSK valley and caracal country” without having seen any of them. Marion Baree was as quiet as it can get. It actually was for the whole of our trip and we passed that waterhole umpteen times. Arriving at Hapoor we were told that the parade had already finished and we were left with one single bull marching down from the north towards the dam.

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It had got late by now – very much just the opposite of what we had originally planned to be our day like. Darn lions! :twisted:

So we headed back towards south and bumped into a collared ellie:
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