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gb225450 Trip Report & Photos June 2012

Unread postby gb225450 » Sat Jun 16, 2012 8:54 pm

Hi,

We have recently returned from an amazing trip to Kruger and thought we would share our photos and journal. The journal was originally just written for us so it does contain some irrelevant bits but I have tried to take most of these out.

Link to Journal

Edit: The site I originally uploaded the photos to was considered ‘commercial’ and removed by the moderators (which in hindsight is probably fair enough). It looks like most people here use flickr so I have uploaded some of the photos there. Here are a few of the highlights:
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The full alum can be viewed here: All Photos


We already have our next trip booked for October!
Last edited by gb225450 on Sun Jun 17, 2012 11:02 am, edited 2 times in total.
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Re: Trip Report & Photos

Unread postby gb225450 » Thu Jun 21, 2012 5:43 pm

Sure shaheen, We left Lower Sabie at 6am and headed north on the H4-1 and 20 minutes later we came across 2 Wild dogs running south along the road. We did a u turn and slowly followed them with one other car along the road. At this point we were thinking what a great sighting! Both us and the other car were so fixated on the dogs in the road that neither of us noticed the Leopard right next to us. We were stationary when the Leopard exploded from right next to the car and chased after the dogs. She charged at full pace towards the Wild dogs but when she got a few meters from them they noticed and turned to face her. She stopped suddenly and crouched flat on the road. At this point the wild dogs appeared to be ‘excited’ if anything. They were jumping all over the place and particularly on their back legs. After a few minutes the Wild dogs started to run down the road again only to find that the Leopard pursued them as if they were pray. When she got too close they would stop and the whole process was repeated. After about 15 minutes of this dance a car arrived from the opposite direction. Eventually the Wild dogs ran past the car. At this point the Leopard lost sight of the dogs and so lost interest in their little dance. The whole event lasted about 30 minutes which flew by at the time.

I am pretty confident that I will never see those two predators together again! (More than happy to be proved wrong though :mrgreen: )
Latest Trip report: KTP April/May: Blooming KTP & some very unusual sightings!

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