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In the North in Search of Cheetahs and Painted Dogs!!

Unread postby Crested Val » Sat Jul 07, 2012 2:15 pm

Well I have tried so hard to resist this.......but I can't contain myself any longer!!! :redface:

We fly out to SA on Oct 31st for our next 6 month stay in the most beautiful country in the world!!!

At this point in time we have 115 days till the taxi arrives to take us to Heathrow, but everything is booked, and with all the awful weather we are having here at the moment, it can't come soon enough!!

We will be arriving at OR Tambo early on Nov 1st, and staying overnight with a very kind fellow forumite, then early on Nov 2nd we will drive to Komatipoort, where we will stay for 2 nights.

We will do day visits on Nov 3rd and 4th from Croc Bridge and on the 4th we will exit the park at Phalaborwa Gate, where we will take up residence in our rental cottage for 4 months!!

From there we will be doing day visits most days, until the beginning of March, when we will be driving to our other cottage on the KZN South Coast.

To add the icing on top of the cake, our daughter and new SIL will be coming to stay over Christmas and New Year, and as we haven't spent a Christmas together since 2004, it will be a special occasion.
We also have several forum members coming to stay from time to time, so that is something else to look forward to!!

I will pop in here from time to time to keep you updated, and maybe to post a photo or 2 of what we hope to see!!

You will guess from the title, that Cheetahs and Painted Dogs will be at the top of the list of hopeful sightings, because we have not seen dogs since 2002, and the last cheetah we saw was in 2009!!
Please hold thumbs for us!!

We would also like to see Eland, Sable and Lich.Hartebeest!!............oh and an African Wild Cat and a Pangolin would be nice!! :whistle: :whistle:

So here's hoping that some of you will join me on this amzing trip, padkos will be provided!!

Bye for now!! :thumbs_up:
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Re: In Search of Cheetahs and Painted Dogs!!

Unread postby WendyA » Sat Jul 07, 2012 4:54 pm

YAY!!! The countdown is on! The way time is flying Val you'll be here before you know it!

I hope to get up to see you & Richard in Phalabowra, either before Heksie & I set off on our adventures on 25 Nov or in the new year ... depending on reservations already made & space available!

I am in the throes of buying a house at the moment so very busy. You & Richard are welcome anytime ... perhaps we could arrange a Gauteng meet either before or after your time in Kruger ...

I have some lovely painted doggy photos from my last 2 trips to the park ... will post them later (but I have just started my April TR this morning - a spotty Easter in KNP). Hopefully you will have lots of luck and see the cheetahs, wild dogs & lots of other things on your wishlist.

Will keep my eye on your TR & will be counting the days with you!

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Unread postby Crested Val » Sat Jul 07, 2012 5:02 pm

Yes, I've already joined the bus for "A Spotty Easter"!! :thumbs_up:

Look forward to your photos!! :dance:
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Unread postby Crested Val » Sat Jul 07, 2012 7:38 pm

Found this spotty friend a while ago on the S4. :thumbs_up:
Sorry it's a rubbish photo!! :redface:

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Unread postby Crested Val » Mon Jul 09, 2012 12:45 pm

Just found this little fella in my photo library, but I've no idea where or when it was taken. :thumbs_up:
Before joining the forums, Dungie took photos on a point and shoot, and we never labelled them!!! :redface:

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Unread postby Crested Val » Fri Jul 13, 2012 11:43 am

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I'm not quite sure where these two sweeties were snapped..........but judging by the fence, I suspect it was the De Wildt Centre :thumbs_up:

Would love to see something similar in November!! :dance:
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Unread postby Crested Val » Sat Jul 28, 2012 12:42 pm

Heksie wrote:Hi Crested Val
I would like to buy a ticket for this ride please, it sound interestingly crowded :w:
At least we will meet up in Novemeber there near Phala :dance:
I will post some doggies kiekies on Monday as I haven't seen a cheetah in Kruger ever... I hope my luck changes in my October trip :pray:


Heksie, I've put you in the seat next to Cheetah........but feel free to move if he misbehaves!!! :tongue:

By the time we meet in November, I'm hoping I may have seen some spotties and doggies!! :thumbs_up:

As far as cheetahs go, there are a few resident near Mooiplaas, also on the T of Capricorn Loop and on the H9, so will hold thimbs for you!! (I haven't seen them yet of course, but hope to next visit. :pray:

Look forward to your kiekies!! :dance:
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Unread postby Crested Val » Wed Sep 12, 2012 10:07 pm

Just checking in. :thumbs_up:

7 weeks tonight we fly our from Heathrow!!! :clap: :clap:

If anyone is in Kruger at the moment, or going soon, please could you bribe those painted dogs and cheetahs to be ready for inspection on Nov 2nd in the Malelane area, Croc Bridge Lower Sabie on the 3rd and anywhere between Croc Bridge and Phala Gate on the 4th!! :whistle: :lol:
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Unread postby Crested Val » Fri Sep 14, 2012 10:58 am

Well of course, I'm reading other people's Travel Tales, and hearing about people who are in the park at the moment, and I can't wait, so to make the time go quicker till we drive through The Malelane Gate I am going to post some of the wildlife that we saw last year.

I will post a photo a day until the taxi arrives!!! :dance:


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This Tsessebe was seen near Mopani. :thumbs_up:
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Unread postby Crested Val » Sat Sep 15, 2012 10:26 am

Thanks Cindy...............here's the next photo.


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This is a friends of ours, who we often saw near Erfplaas. :thumbs_up:
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Unread postby Crested Val » Mon Sep 17, 2012 2:41 pm

Busy with visitors yesterday, so will post 2 pics today. :thumbs_up:

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Unread postby Crested Val » Tue Sep 18, 2012 3:57 pm

They are superb aren't they MM. :thumbs_up:

This is one thing I'm really looking forward to.............we arrive in November, so will be just right to see the new borns!! :dance:


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Unread postby Crested Val » Wed Sep 19, 2012 4:59 pm

I'm looking forward to seeing these beautiful European Bee Eaters, who should just have arrived, by the time we get there!! :thumbs_up:


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Unread postby Crested Val » Thu Sep 20, 2012 7:14 pm

chirinda wrote:Hoping to be at Letaba mid-November. Perhaps we can make a plan.


That would be great!! :thumbs_up:


Here is today's photo. :thumbs_up:


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Unread postby Crested Val » Sat Sep 22, 2012 11:14 am

Hoping to see this beauty again!!!! :thumbs_up:

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