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Loams' Kruger trip : 18 - 20 November 2005

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Loams' Kruger trip : 18 - 20 November 2005

Unread postby DinkyBird » Fri Nov 18, 2005 5:09 pm

First sms in from Loams:

At Malelane. Home sweet home.
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Unread postby DinkyBird » Fri Nov 18, 2005 5:12 pm

Another sms in:

First sighting, martial eagle and my camera battery is flat.


Oh dear about the camera battery! :(

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Unread postby DinkyBird » Fri Nov 18, 2005 8:00 pm

Just received this from Loams:

At camp, got here 10min late. Bush settling down and hearing a couple of monkeys settling down too. Heard hyena whoop ten minutes ago.
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Unread postby DinkyBird » Fri Nov 18, 2005 8:05 pm

Next sms:

Coming in we saw 2 juvenille eagles of sorts. Ellies with yearlings. Monkeys with VERY tiny baby. Steenbok, giraffe and impies very pregnant.

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Unread postby DinkyBird » Fri Nov 18, 2005 8:09 pm

Another sms (got to hand it to this musketeer, he might not be keen on the tights...but the rest is all there)

Best is... I did not bring my battery charger...
Luckily Jazil has a camera so only sightings we don't have record of are juvenille eagles and baby ellie.


The I asked him if at least the light shining in the north was his new spotlight...

Lol no it's not my torch, but the torch is the bomb. Biggest in camp by far. Gonna sign off now!

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Unread postby DinkyBird » Sat Nov 19, 2005 7:17 am

This arrived on my cell at 6:41:

Wonderful morning in the Park. Overcast and cool. Slept in a bit and leaving camp in 30 mins. Can see it rained, grass shooting up everywhere.

Good Morning!

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Unread postby DinkyBird » Sat Nov 19, 2005 7:50 pm

bert wrote:Hope that i has seen some great things today 8)

Not a peep from the man all day :?

Hope he took his cell charger with....

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Unread postby DinkyBird » Sat Nov 19, 2005 8:15 pm

I have sent him an sms:

Animals all moved north?

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Unread postby DinkyBird » Sat Nov 19, 2005 8:24 pm

Received a reply.......

Yes, not a single sighting today!

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Unread postby DinkyBird » Sat Nov 19, 2005 9:26 pm

Grrr...Loams!!! :evil:

Got this from him:

Ok, in case you were fooled. (we were? :shock: )
Masses of general game. Had a good day, no, great day.

Ellie sleeping on tree. Lots of general game, rhino, lions, buff, masses of babs, hippo, bateleur, crowned eagle, hippo fight. A really good day. Sorry was engrossed with where I was and forgot to send updates.


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Unread postby DinkyBird » Sat Nov 19, 2005 10:22 pm

Next sms:

I am going out at 4:30 what's the earliest update you want?


4:31 I replied!

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Unread postby DinkyBird » Sat Nov 19, 2005 10:26 pm

It is howling with rain in Skukuza. Threatened for an hour and then it came down. No power.


Loams says it is pouring down at the moment! Must be something to see. 8)

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Unread postby bert » Sun Nov 20, 2005 10:46 am

He has actually seen a lot :shock:
According to my dutch weatherstation Skukuza has received
27 mm over the last few hours

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Unread postby DinkyBird » Sun Nov 20, 2005 4:08 pm

Loams sent this sms at 1pm today:

Very sad...leaving the gate now. Not a very good sighting day.

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Unread postby Loams » Mon Nov 21, 2005 8:05 am

Wild@Heart wrote:Poor Loams ... I know he asked WendyJ to pack his camera batteries ..

Now he gets the blame :shock:

Don't worry buddy ... we know the truth ... :lol:


Well what can I say, but being the true gentleman that I am, I will not drop my lady to be ridiculed :twisted:

Wow!! What a trip, I now need a weekend to recouparate from all the driving.

I will post a trip report a little later, but just wanted to quickly pop in and greet everyone ;-)

Biyamiti is great. Wish we stayed there the whole time. Van Rooi wasn't there but we were assisted by Stephen Nel. What a stand up chap as well. Gave me no issues whatsoever for being late.

The impies are very pregnant and must be getting ready to drop any day now. We did however see the one very tiny baby ellie and three newborn (about 3 day old) impala's down south at the bottom on the S25. Everywhere it was burnt, grass is shooting up. In fact the parts where it got burnt were much greener where it didn't burn. Even some trees that got pushed over had fresh leaves. After Saterday nights rain there were pools of water all over the park next to the roads. On sunday we didn't see much, but almost all the Impala herds were lying down during the day having a nap (Some were even lying head down on the ground sleeping). It must have been a rough night for them as there were thunder almost the whole night. I think the weather station's report that it had 27mm was incorrect. It had to be more!! Anyhow, need to do somw work, so I can't write a whole report now, but will do so later today.

Thanks DB for doing my updates!!

Till later!!
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