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 Post subject: SAF BLAST FROM THE PAST Oct 2012
Unread postPosted: Sat Oct 06, 2012 12:09 am 
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I have finally found some time to go through my archive of photos and thought it would be great to share them with fellow wildlife lovers :)
My family and friends always complain about me taking all these photos and not doing anything with them :lol:
I am attempting some sort of a trip report, but it is going to be a little different to the other great trip reports I have read.
I am going to go back in the past and post some of my photos that have left great memories in mine and my family's lives

I will be posting a few pictures daily with a short description and the location

Please be patient with me as it is my first trip report and I expect to encounter many problems :P


The first 2 pictures were taken on the 9 August 2009
We we staying at Skukuza and decided to do the Maroela Loop early in the morning
My dad was driving and as we came round to the H12, he turned onto the S30(Salitjie Road).
Not even 10seconds he says this is not the road
He takes a U-Turn and we passengers in the car just look at each other and no comment
We get to the green bridge and see 1 other car parked
As we get closer, we see this beauty sitting on the rock.Couldnt believe our luck!!!
1 of our best sightings ever!she stands up after a while walks under the bridge, sees an impala and dashes off.We lost sight of her, drove 20 meters further and this guy tells us the leopard jumped into the river and killed a male impala.We were just at the wrong angle :evil:
We got some awesome video footage of the leopard dragging the impala out of the water
This poor guy who was so excited was now angry all of a sudden
His poor wife had the all the footage covered on video but she had it on pause :evil:
Hope his wife survived that day :)

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Last Import - 047 by INGWE1, on Flickr

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Last Import - 048 by INGWE1, on Flickr

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Unread postPosted: Sat Oct 06, 2012 12:39 am 
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These next few photos were taken on the 10 August 2012 on the H7 between Orpen and Satara
We were on our way out from Satara to Orpen heading home.
As we came to Phelwana Bridge, we see this buffalo sitting next to the road and 1 other car parked off.
Luckily we asked this guy parked off what he sees.He said the buffalo is injured and there are lions lying down about 20 meters behind the buffalo.
We all got excited and parked in a good spot in case something happened.We waited an hour and nothing much happened.After about an hour and 15mins we saw a lion in the background and finally there was excitment in the car.Well nothing happened then.
After 2 hours of waiting we said lets wait a little while longer
We waited another half and hour and here came this lioness walking towards the buffalo.
Our hearts were pumping like you cant believe!
Here she came and walked round the buffalo and when she got an opportunity she jumped onto the buffalo.
Words cannot explain what happened!As she jumped on this buffalo, the buffalo got up and the was a battle on.We waited there for 5 hours.The lioness made 3 attempts but did not succeed!The buffalo was just too big for 1 lioness.Surprisingly, there were 2 males with her,but they didn't bother to assist.It was very strange.

On the first attempt, the buffalo ran onto the road with the lioness on top of him, hitting 1 car with his horns.
That poor guy in the car just drove of in a speed and didnt look back.If only he knew what he missed!

He must have been thinking what am I going to tell my insurance company A BUFFALO WITH A LION ON TOP CAME RUNNING INTO MY VEHICLE.Who on earth is going to believe that :D

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 Post subject: Re: BLAST FROM THE PAST
Unread postPosted: Sun Oct 07, 2012 12:57 am 
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Thanks to all who have commented :clap:

Thanks for taking the time to go through my report

My next few pics are of my most recent trip which was 2 weeks ago

It was really a last minute trip.We had to attend a wedding on a Saturday night in Johannesburg.Left Polokwane Saturday afternoon and told my wife lets just pack clothes in case .... :lol:
Who has a wedding on a long weekend!dont they know long weekends are Kruger weekends :D

We managed to get a safari tent at LS for Sunday night and 2 nights at Satara after that.

We were now pumped up especially after managing to get cancellations at this last moment!At the wedding we discussing what time we going to the hotel as we have to have an early night to leave for Kruger.

We were so pumped up and said come we leave now at 23H00 :P

Then our brains started doing the thinking and we decided to sleep a few hours and move to Numbi Gate.
I couldnt sleep!as you all know the night before a Kruger trip you have those butterflies and you so excited :)
Finally at 2:00am I get out of bed, enough is enough.I jump out of bed and go in for a shower.I then wake my wife up, tell her car is packed, put my 4 year old daughter in the car we ready to move!We were all so excited!!!My 4 year old daughter is a real Kruger fanatic!!!She just loves KNP :dance:

I have never been so pumped up before on a journey!I drove all the way to Nelspruit without stopping!
As you enter Mpumalanga, you in another gear, you like on a natural high :D

Got to Numbi at about 6:30.There was such a long line, we only entered Kruger at 8:00am.
But what a road trip it was!

We went via H1-1 to Skuks and to LS from there.

We got to LS checked in and relaxed for a while and then went for an afternoon drive.
I received a sighting of a leopard with a kill on s30.We decided to head down that way and see if we get lucky
We got there and there were few cars and only an impala in the tree.
We waited for about an hour but nothing happened.We were in prime position :evil:

Gave my space to some nice guy and told him take some nice shots she is going to come soon :D

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QD4A9557 by INGWE1, on Flickr

We left and headed back to the H10
Just as we turned on the H10 there was 1 car and couldnt believe our luck
What a beauty!


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QD4A9573 by INGWE1, on Flickr

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QD4A9574 by INGWE1, on Flickr

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 Post subject: Re: BLAST FROM THE PAST
Unread postPosted: Sun Oct 07, 2012 7:16 pm 
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We woke up early the next morning and headed down the H10 - S29 -S30

On the S29 we came across a cheetah walking on the road.what a thrilling experience that was!
He walked off into the bush but was still stationary on an anthill.
Told my wife we have to leave the cheetah and carry on to the S30
We got to the S30, the place of the leopard kill, but no leopard.
We were the first car there and I parked in pole position :D
Other cars started coming but nothing yet.Met the guy who I gave my spot to the previous day, he said after I left the leopard came back and gave them a show of a life time :twisted:
My heart just sank :D anyways we waited for over an hour and there she came out of a thick bush from the back and walked towards the tree.My heart started beating like you cant believe as I had this new camera and the shots we were about to take were going to be a once in a life time opportunity and no ways can it be messed up :pray:

Here they are.Hope your'll enjoy :thumbs_up:

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QD4A9683 by INGWE1, on Flickr

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QD4A9693 by INGWE1, on Flickr

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QD4A9767 by INGWE1, on Flickr

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QD4A9835 by INGWE1, on Flickr

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QD4A9875 by INGWE1, on Flickr

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QD4A9923 by INGWE1, on Flickr

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QD4A9876 by INGWE1, on Flickr

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QD4A9877 by INGWE1, on Flickr

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 Post subject: Re: BLAST FROM THE PAST
Unread postPosted: Tue Oct 09, 2012 1:14 am 
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These photos are really keeping me busy :wall:
Got like over 12 000 photos to go through :doh:

Here are my few for the day.
These have all been taken at least 2-3 years back

Lions on the move between Skukuza and Lower Sabie
At 1 stage this was the Golden Highway, like you were guaranteed big 5.But in recent years hasnt been that hot for me!Remember once we went to LS from Skuks.Went via S30 Salithie Road and came Back H4-1
We saw 8 different leopard that day!!!Phoned my dad at the last leopard sighting and he says thanks he has seen enough leopard :wall: Those were the days lol
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Picture 251 by INGWE1, on Flickr

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Picture 267 by INGWE1, on Flickr

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Picture 253 by INGWE1, on Flickr

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Picture 288 by INGWE1, on Flickr

This was on the S30 late afternoon.
These lions seemed to be disturbed by something.
WIll never forgive myself for taking this shot out of focus :wall:
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Picture 292 by INGWE1, on Flickr


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Picture 562 by INGWE1, on Flickr

King just outside Lower Sabie gate
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Picture 1180 by INGWE1, on Flickr

WHO ARE YOU LOOKING AT!!!
At the entrance of Maroela Loop Northern Entrance

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Picture 1190 by INGWE1, on Flickr

Mating pair of Leopards on the S1, at the S65 junction walkig towards the H11
Couldnt get them both into 1 frame :wall:

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Picture 1321 by INGWE1, on Flickr


Few kms on the H4-1 from Lower Sabie

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Picture 204 by INGWE1, on Flickr

Thats it for now :thumbs_up:

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Unread postPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2012 12:21 am 
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Going to post pics tonight and keep it short.Quite tired, but as I said I will post pics daily, have to keep to my word :D

This was on the S39 Timbavati Road, past Piet Grobler Dam towards the H1-4Image
IMG_7550 by INGWE1, on Flickr

This was on the S28, there were 6 males sitting on the road and I was the only car there :dance:
Surprisingingly havnt heard of these guys in some time.Probably gone into Mozambique :twisted: Image
IMG_7855 by INGWE1, on Flickr

Further on the S28 towards the hide, she was calling for her cubs on the other side of the road
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IMG_7879 by INGWE1, on Flickr

Also on the S28, this guy seemed very interested in the vehicle
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IMG_7875 by INGWE1, on Flickr

On the same morning, just past Sunset Dam
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IMG_7903 by INGWE1, on Flickr

This was on the H5 very close to H4-2
One of my best sightings ever!
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IMG_7769 by INGWE1, on Flickr
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IMG_7778 by INGWE1, on Flickr
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IMG_7803 by INGWE1, on Flickr

Found this Handsome fellow with his pride on the same day, gate closing time at Croc Bridge :dance:
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IMG_7844 by INGWE1, on Flickr

Saw this beauty at the exact spot where I found the lion cubs - saw him the previous day
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IMG_7397 by INGWE1, on Flickr
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IMG_7659 by INGWE1, on Flickr
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IMG_7666 by INGWE1, on Flickr
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IMG_7699 by INGWE1, on Flickr

Thats it for now :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: BLAST FROM THE PAST
Unread postPosted: Fri Oct 12, 2012 12:10 am 
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Thanks for all the comments.I really appreciate yourll taking the time to go through my report :thumbs_up:

Sorry for not posting last night as I was a bit tired.Im sure I will cover up tonight :D

This was a great sighting on the H4-1 between the High Water Bridge and Skukuza
She jus say like this for more than half and hour guarding her prize

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IMG_8556 by INGWE1, on Flickr

These next photos were taken on the S100.Approximatel 15km for the H1-3
The sound were really breath taking :D Was really exciting to see this honemoon couple so close to the road!
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IMG_8428 by INGWE1, on Flickr
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IMG_8424 by INGWE1, on Flickr
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IMG_8427 by INGWE1, on Flickr

We went out for an early morning drive and I planned the route :pray:
It was just myself, my dad and younger brother
Went down the S3-S4-S1-S65-H1-1-H3.
We reached the S112 turnoff and we had seen nothing :wall:
Now you can see they not too happy :lol: Told them come we take a quick drive to Kwaggaspan and we can head back to Skukuza.Not impressed they were, but I have to drive till I find something interesting :D
Got to Kwaggaspan and looked extra hard but nothing :doh: Now I was in big trouble :big_eyes:
Took matters into my own hands once more and said Im driving 1km down the H3 and off I went!
"YA BUT WE TIRED NOW THERES NOTHING HAPPENING HERE" my younger brother said
Neven 200meters round the bend
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IMG_8652 by INGWE1, on Flickr
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IMG_8657 by INGWE1, on Flickr
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IMG_8669 by INGWE1, on Flickr
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IMG_8692 by INGWE1, on Flickr
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IMG_8710 by INGWE1, on Flickr
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IMG_8711 by INGWE1, on Flickr
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IMG_8727 by INGWE1, on Flickr

:whistle:

This was take on the H1-2 on the Low Water Bridge near Skukuza
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IMG_8766 by INGWE1, on Flickr

Bulls Eye
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IMG_9170 by INGWE1, on Flickr

This has got to be 1 of the biggest leopards I have ever seen!!!
We found him between the 2 Orpen Gates.He wasnt even bothered with our presence!!!
He was marking his territory and growling.Truly amazing :D
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IMG_8394 by INGWE1, on Flickr
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IMG_8384 by INGWE1, on Flickr

Other interesting pics
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IMG_8319 by INGWE1, on Flickr
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IMG_8362 by INGWE1, on Flickr


THAT'S IT FOR NOW
GOOD NIGHT :thumbs_up:
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IMG_8373 by INGWE1, on Flickr

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Unread postPosted: Mon Oct 15, 2012 12:30 am 
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This is the famous Crocodile Bridge pride :thumbs_up:
Often seen at the dam

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IMG_8274 by INGWE1, on Flickr
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IMG_8279 by INGWE1, on Flickr
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IMG_8260 by INGWE1, on Flickr

This has got to be one of the most beautiful leopards I have ever seen!
At the entrance of the S28 and was guarding her kill
This is where I met fellow mite Wendy and she stole the show when I left :tongue:
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IMG_8302 by INGWE1, on Flickr
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IMG_8301 by INGWE1, on Flickr

What is so different about this tree?
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IMG_8239 by INGWE1, on Flickr

This what's so different about this tree.
Took these photos with my 150-500 lens>Was at least 200meters in :doh:
Was taken on the S137 between the S130 and Dukes Waterhole
I spotted her myself :shock:
Couldnt believe my luck!This is how she was sitting when I first saw her :thumbs_up:
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IMG_8128 by INGWE1, on Flickr
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IMG_8199 by INGWE1, on Flickr
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IMG_8182 by INGWE1, on Flickr
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IMG_8214 by INGWE1, on Flickr

This guy was spotted on the move early morning on the S28
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IMG_8101 by INGWE1, on Flickr
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IMG_8083 by INGWE1, on Flickr

Won't give the location, but this was taken at sunrise
was really an awesome sighting :)
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IMG_8074 by INGWE1, on Flickr

These guys seemed to like me for some reason :tongue:
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IMG_8063 by INGWE1, on Flickr

Now this was a really scary fellow!!!
He was on honeymoon but till today when I think about him, gives me the shivers :D
Anyone has more info on this fellow, please share
Saw him on the S130 close to Dukes waterhole towards the S130
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IMG_8049 by INGWE1, on Flickr
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IMG_8040 by INGWE1, on Flickr
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IMG_8056 by INGWE1, on Flickr

The sub-adult was seen at Duke's Waterhole
Very playful and not shy at all :clap:
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IMG_7995 by INGWE1, on Flickr
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IMG_7994 by INGWE1, on Flickr
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IMG_7979 by INGWE1, on Flickr
In a tree literally above our heads :big_eyes:
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IMG_7937 by INGWE1, on Flickr

This beauty had cubs and was seen on the S28 very close to the hide
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IMG_7891 by INGWE1, on Flickr
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IMG_7890 by INGWE1, on Flickr

This was taken on the H1-4 between Satara and Olifants
He was so still on the road and next thing just jumped and went off into the bush in a split second :big_eyes:
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IMG_7585 by INGWE1, on Flickr
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IMG_7587 by INGWE1, on Flickr

That's it for now
Good night :thumbs_up:
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223 (2) by INGWE1, on Flickr

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 Post subject: Re: BLAST FROM THE PAST
Unread postPosted: Wed Oct 17, 2012 11:10 pm 
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Thanks for all the kind comments :D

I am really sorry for not posting.Just been a bit hectic!Was just busy with my year end pamphlet :wall:

Pumbaa really great photo!Thanks for sharing

Can some expert tell us what could be wrong with his eye.Would be interesting to know

These next few photos were taken at Nsemani Dam on the H7.We got to the dam and she was lying down.
She was close to the road.After some time, something caught her eye on the far side of the dam.She went into stalk mode right round the dam.Was really amazing to see how well camoflaged they are when hunting.
When she got to the far side, an elephant came down to dring and spoilt the whole hunt and the waterbuck ran for their lives :wall:
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IMG_9315 by INGWE1, on Flickr
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IMG_9367 by INGWE1, on Flickr
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IMG_9381 by INGWE1, on Flickr

This was taken on the S7 close to Shabeni Koppie
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IMG_7006 by INGWE1, on Flickr
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IMG_7010 by INGWE1, on Flickr

These were taken near Talamati
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IMG_9191 by INGWE1, on Flickr
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IMG_9177 by INGWE1, on Flickr
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IMG_9203 by INGWE1, on Flickr

This honeymoon couple was taken on the S112 between the H3 and the S22
This guy seem to be bit more white than other males :big_eyes:
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IMG_6885 by INGWE1, on Flickr
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IMG_6893 by INGWE1, on Flickr
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IMG_6909 by INGWE1, on Flickr
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IMG_6921 by INGWE1, on Flickr
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IMG_6922 by INGWE1, on Flickr
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IMG_6944 by INGWE1, on Flickr
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IMG_6975 by INGWE1, on Flickr

This big fellow was taken on the S1 Phabeni road.Really love these massive creatures!
When they walk they know they are the king :D

Let me tell you a quick joke about these guys

ONE DAY THERE WAS THIS MALE LION THAT REALLY WANTED HIMSELF TO BE KNOWN.
HE GOES TO A WARTHOG AND SAY WHO IS THE KING OF THE JUNGLE!THE WARTHOG REPLIES OH YOU
ARE THE KING MR LION.THE LION THEN GOES TO THE IMPALA AND ASKS THE SAME THING.THE IMPALA REPLIES DEFINITELY YOU MR LION.HE THEN GOUES TO THE GIRAFFE.SAME QUESTION.GIRAFFE REPLIES YOU
ARE DEFINITELY THE KING OF THE JUNGLE.LASTLY HE GOES TO THE ELEPHANT AND ASKS THE SAME QUESTION.THE ELEPHANT STARTS TRUMPETTING, TAKES THE LION SPINS HIM IN THE AIR AND THROWS HIM FAR AWAY!THE LION SHOCKED, GETS UP GOES BACK TO THE ELEPHANT AND SAYS, MR ELEPHANT YOU
DONT HAVE TO GET SO ANGRY IF YOU DON'T KNOW THE ANSWER :D

The best feeling when you take a bend and you are the only car :dance:
Taken on the H1-4 close to Satara
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IMG_6474 by INGWE1, on Flickr
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IMG_6497 by INGWE1, on Flickr

This was taken on the S41 close to Balule
This poor zebra was in a tree literally on the road :shock:
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IMG_6386 by INGWE1, on Flickr

And here is the culprit :dance:
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IMG_6436 by INGWE1, on Flickr
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IMG_6440 by INGWE1, on Flickr
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IMG_6449 by INGWE1, on Flickr
really a fantastic sighting!!!

Always wanted to get an eagle in flight :dance:
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IMG_5291 by INGWE1, on Flickr
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IMG_5290 by INGWE1, on Flickr

that's it for now
take care :thumbs_up:

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Unread postPosted: Wed Oct 17, 2012 11:17 pm 
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WOOPS SORRY!!!

This big fellow was taken on the S1 Phabeni road.Really love these massive creatures!
When they walk they know they are the king

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IMG_6850 by INGWE1, on Flickr

Let me tell you a quick joke about these guys

ONE DAY THERE WAS THIS MALE LION THAT REALLY WANTED HIMSELF TO BE KNOWN.
HE GOES TO A WARTHOG AND SAY WHO IS THE KING OF THE JUNGLE!THE WARTHOG REPLIES OH YOU
ARE THE KING MR LION.THE LION THEN GOES TO THE IMPALA AND ASKS THE SAME THING.THE IMPALA REPLIES DEFINITELY YOU MR LION.HE THEN GOUES TO THE GIRAFFE.SAME QUESTION.GIRAFFE REPLIES YOU
ARE DEFINITELY THE KING OF THE JUNGLE.LASTLY HE GOES TO THE ELEPHANT AND ASKS THE SAME QUESTION.THE ELEPHANT STARTS TRUMPETTING, TAKES THE LION SPINS HIM IN THE AIR AND THROWS HIM FAR AWAY!THE LION SHOCKED, GETS UP GOES BACK TO THE ELEPHANT AND SAYS, MR ELEPHANT YOU
DONT HAVE TO GET SO ANGRY IF YOU DON'T KNOW THE ANSWER :D

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Unread postPosted: Mon Oct 22, 2012 12:57 am 
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Before i begin this next post, I have to take some time to acknowledge some important people :tongue:
Everyone in my family read this TR and want to know why are their names not in this report :hmz:

Let's begin with my little angel Tahseen,my wife Aadiela, my brother Azhar, my dad Adam and my father-in-law Yusuf

My little angel, Tahseen is now 5 and she has been coming to the park since she was just few months old
She loves KNP like you cnt believe!!!She knew the difference between a leopard and cheetah from when she was like 2 years old :clap: We would take Tahseen with for a morning drive and it has happened more than 5 times, just when she wakes up we would find a cat within 5 minutes :clap:

Aadiela and Azhar got an interesting way of looking at things.I will just say I hope we can see lions, or a leopard and they both will say at the same time hmmmmmm jus forget it, we might as well stop looking lol
very supersticious hahaha
I must admit they have spotted plenty of leopard and lions on their own :thumbs_up:

My dad claims he is a man with vision.We always laugh it him, but maybe there is some truth to that :whistle: On my first post with the leopard on the rock, we went on the S30 and he took the turn and took a u-turn immediately and says we on the wrong road :pray: not even 2 mins later the leopard sitting on the rock!!! :hmz:
My dad swears by the S3, the Sabie River road :big_eyes: He has seen everything on that road :)
We were once staying at Skukuza and we went out for an afternoon drive.We going down Eloff Street and like 5km from the T-Junction, by dad pulls up on the side of the road :big_eyes:
WE ON THE WRONG ROAD :big_eyes: Myself Aadiela, Azhar and Yusuf are all shaking our heads, but the man driving has vision, what can we do :wall:
He drives back to Skukuza down towards Kruger Gater, takes the S3 and not even 5 mins a car says leopard crossed 2 minutes ago :pray: We driving up and down for some time now and when we about ot give up, Aadiela spotted this beautiful female leopard sitting on a rock :clap:
From that day we can't say nothing when my dad driving.When he says he's got vision, he's got vision lol

My father-in-law is like myself and Azhar.Will never miss a morning drive!At the gate before gate opening and wait for gates to open :) My dad will say I'll meet your'll in the park, he on holiday how can he get up so early!And we start stressing coz the man with vision going to see everything without us :whistle: Then later in the morning we out of signal and you just see those misses calls from my dad and you in panic mode if we havnt seen anything :wall: I have lost count of how many times Yusuf has seen leopards in his rear view mirror :big_eyes: I always joke with him and say "I think you should drive in reverse, you got a better chance of seeing leopards :D


The following pics were taken on 1 of my favourite roads, the S3 close to Kruger Gate
There were 2 big cubs, but very playful and inquisitive :dance:
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IMG_5033 by INGWE1, on Flickr
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IMG_5037 by INGWE1, on Flickr
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IMG_5038 by INGWE1, on Flickr

This sighting was the next morning after the leopard cubs.We were about 5 cars.I went onto the S3 from Kruger Gate, hoping to find those leopards of the previous evening and the other cars went down the H11 to Skukuza side.
I wasnt lucky to find them.My cousin Ameeer was in the last car few minutes behind the other cars.He drove few kms down the H11 and a car was stopped, it was a hyena.He was about to drive off and the car stopped him and said a leopard just killed a bushbuck :big_eyes: he looked to his left back and there was the leopard carrying the bushbuck in her mouth and walking on the tree :shock: Ameer phoned my immediately and i happened to be almost there :whistle: I owe Ammer big time for that :clap:
This was one of our best leopard sightings ever as it was so close and the tree was in a riverbed and the leopard was eye level :dance:
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IMG_5002 by INGWE1, on Flickr
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IMG_4998 by INGWE1, on Flickr
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IMG_4995 by INGWE1, on Flickr
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IMG_4992 by INGWE1, on Flickr
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IMG_4991 by INGWE1, on Flickr

This was taken between the the Main gate at Orpen and the boom gate :) I see many people speeding down these few kilometers but I have seen people posting pics of lions on kills and we also had that huge male leopard here :dance: Great stretch!
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DSC02143 by INGWE1, on Flickr
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DSC02139 by INGWE1, on Flickr
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DSC02135 by INGWE1, on Flickr
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DSC02143 by INGWE1, on Flickr
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DSC02134 by INGWE1, on Flickr

That's it for the night :thumbs_up:
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Picture 1546 by INGWE1, on Flickr

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We decided to go on a sunset drive from Satara.Happened to 1 of the best game drives I have ever experienced!This was in 2010 and the game ranger's name was Edwin Ndlovu.He introduced himself as Edwin and on his name badge was Ndlovu.Myself and my brother Azhar used to always talk about this drive up until today :D We used to always have an argument as I said the ranger's name was Edwin and he would say Ndlovu :wall: I know i was right but he also believed he was right lol About 3 weeks back we were in Satara.My brother calls me and says do you remember this man EDWIN NDLOVU :clap: Couldnt believe it we were both right lol
Spoke to Edwin for some time and he said he was on leave and he remembered that night very clearly :dance:
Great to see how rangers love KNP.Wish I could be a ranger 1 day :pray:
Back to the sunset drive :D We went down the S100 and came across few cars and there was a male lion sleeping in the distance.15 mins and already and we had seen elephant,buffalo and lion :big_eyes:
Off we go.An oncoming car was coming and he was flying lol He was a great man to stop us and tell us a leopard just killed an impala on the s41 towards Nwanetsi just past the 2nd riverbed where there is a small loop to the right.We were all so excited.Took some time to get there, but eventually we made it :clap:
Now there's no leopard only a hyena feeding on impala on the ground :wall:
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001 (61) by INGWE1, on Flickr
Hyena must have chased the leopard of the kill :evil:
After some time, Edwin saw something in the bush sitting :clap:
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001 (73) by INGWE1, on Flickr
The hyena walked away and was sniffing the ground and the leopard came silently like walking as if it was stalking and came to the kill while the hyena wasnt looking
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001 (77) by INGWE1, on Flickr
The hyena saw her and she grabbed the kill and jumped up the tree like lightning!Couldnt believe what we were seeing and right next to our vehicle :dance:
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001 (77) by INGWE1, on Flickr
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Picture 116 by INGWE1, on Flickr

On our way back on the S100, we saw these lionesses with cubs
They left the cubs in a shrub close to a tree and there they were stalking something but we couldnt see what it was and of they disappeared into the dark :dance: Really amazing!

We saw these 2 male on the S1 on the bridge at Nyamundwa Dam
Really beautiful specimens!Unfortunately 1 of the brother's was limping :doh: But he was in great condition!
Probably the brother hunted for him :hmz:
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2432 by INGWE1, on Flickr
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214 by INGWE1, on Flickr
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2440 by INGWE1, on Flickr

Few months later I found these 2 brothers on the H3 before the S122 turnoff :big_eyes: I was listening to cricket commentary and I just put my hand on the volume button and Aadiela screams LIONS :doh: Im looking on the other side!It was on my side :wall: Till today I hear of that story what if she wasnt looking on my side :hmz: Poor guy was still limping but in excellent condition!Just shows how big their territories are!I think thats more than 30 kms in a straight line :big_eyes:
What a sighting it was :dance:
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IMG_5311 by INGWE1, on Flickr

The painted ones on the H11
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IMG_5254 by INGWE1, on Flickr
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IMG_5232 by INGWE1, on Flickr
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IMG_5194 by INGWE1, on Flickr
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IMG_5193 by INGWE1, on Flickr
Can this be counted as my first kill :P
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IMG_5178 by INGWE1, on Flickr

Other sightings of interest on the S1 :dance:
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IMG_5160 A by INGWE1, on Flickr
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IMG_5130 by INGWE1, on Flickr
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IMG_5134 by INGWE1, on Flickr

Taken at Kumana Dam
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001 (40) by INGWE1, on Flickr

We were driving on the H4-1.Took Charlie Loop and I saw this fresh impala in a tree.Stopped no sign of the leopard :wall: Told my bro in law about it when i was on my way after waiting for so long!
He went past there and he found the leopard in the tree :wall:
Early next morning went past there and found him sitting in some branches in the top left of the tree almost invisible.I looked at the tree first, nothing and then saw how well camouflaged he was :clap:
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IMG_5296 by INGWE1, on Flickr
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IMG_5299 by INGWE1, on Flickr

I leave you with a Satara sunset
Good night :thumbs_up:
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001 (42) by INGWE1, on Flickr

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