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In search of honey badger, porcupine and whistling rat

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Sun Oct 27, 2013 4:09 pm Unread post
We just returned from our trip to KTP.

As we had a marvelous trip in 2012, I was wondering, what this trip will provide. Could we be that lucky again?

That trip report ended with:

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I guess, now we have to return to find the honey badger, porcupine and whistling rat. I would not mind aardwolf and aardvark either. On the other hand I will enjoy anything that we will see.


Have we been successful?

This trip was slightly different from last years trip as we did not see as many small animals

- We saw no bat-eared foxes
- Charlie Fax was the only cape fox clearly spotted
- We saw less yellow mongooses
- We did not have a good meerkat sighting
- we did not see any black-shouldered kites

We expected it to be cold but it turned out to be very hot during the day most of the time.

Unfortunately, we reached two big disappointments as well :cry:

1. We did not see a single yellow ribbon. Fortunately two mites and two guests approached us, though. For me it is always a pleasure to meet a mite in person but how could I recognise one without the ribbon?

2. Bird baths are no longer allowed at Grootkolk. I was so much looking forward to spend the day time hours watching the birds but without the baths there were hardly any birds around. Obviously this was caused by the complaint of a tourist who is allergic to bee stings, which is quite understandable. But in my opinion the bee problem is not solved by this. Last year the bees stuck to the water bowls. This year it was worse as they were all over the place looking for water.
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Sun Oct 27, 2013 9:36 pm Unread post
:yaya:

Let me hop on board to make sure I don't miss what I missed in the park. :lol:
Really curious to learn whether you were successful in your mission or not. :whistle:


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Mon Oct 28, 2013 12:40 am Unread post
I'm on board.

We were there at the beginning of September. I 'm also curious to see what we missed :D


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Mon Oct 28, 2013 5:11 am Unread post
Gatita, I am looking forward to your report. I am sorry to hear about your disappointments. I do hope that you had some experiences that made up for it.

:popcorn:


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Mon Oct 28, 2013 5:32 am Unread post
Gatita

Hopped on and on board to see it all. 8)

:popcorn: :popcorn:


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Mon Oct 28, 2013 10:14 pm Unread post
Definitely on board for this! :dance:

The bird baths have come to be a major attraction at Grootkolk over recent years, so it was very disappointing to hear about this new rule. :( But, I have a feeling the rest of your trip more than made up for this disappointment. :wink:


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Mon Oct 28, 2013 11:07 pm Unread post
Looking forward to the Trip Report! 8)

I am disappointed....
Bird Baths are no longer allowed at Grootkolk....

The most Bees we had was in the kitchen sink, so am I not allowed to do the dishes any more as well ?! :hmz:

I was so much looking forward to this, as it always is a highlight for us when we stay in the camp and not going for a drive....

But, apart from that I am ready :popcorn:


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Tue Oct 29, 2013 4:04 am Unread post
I am also in the bus for this trip :popcorn: :popcorn: .


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Tue Oct 29, 2013 4:57 am Unread post
:D
on board Gatita!
:popcorn: :popcorn: :popcorn:
8)


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Tue Oct 29, 2013 5:01 am Unread post
Hope there's a place on the bus for me too :pray: :pray:

:popcorn: :popcorn: :popcorn: :popcorn: :thumbs_up:


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Tue Oct 29, 2013 5:23 am Unread post
I'll also squeeze in! Can't wait to read all about your wonderful trip Gatita! :dance: :dance:


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Tue Oct 29, 2013 11:10 am Unread post
I am here too!!!


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Tue Oct 29, 2013 11:38 am Unread post
Image Ready for this "SEARCH". :D


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Tue Oct 29, 2013 5:43 pm Unread post
Hi gatita,

and welcome back - Sorry to hear about the no longer allowed bird baths at Grootkolk :cry: :cry: :cry:

but nevertheless I guess it must have been a great trip :popcorn:


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Tue Oct 29, 2013 6:32 pm Unread post
:popcorn: Waiting patiently :D
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