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From Punda Maria to Berg-en-Dal with a few stops in between.

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Sun Jul 27, 2014 9:52 pm Unread post
Ok, the bookings were done, the planning was finished and after a loooooong wait the time arrived to start packing. At around 10am everything was packed, everybody that needed to be in the car was in. The doors closed and we left Schweizer- Reneke for a quick stop in Nigel, where we collected some final goodies from ouma “cookies and rusks from her oven”. We were off to bed very early that night. At 10:30pm Flip woke up and decided it was time to leave for Kruger, where 19 wonderful nights awaited us.
Filled with excitement we loaded the three sleepy daughters and left Nigel just after 11:00pm. We drove to Pretoria then took the N1 to Polokwane. From there to Giyani and finally arrived at Punda Maria gate 14 minutes after gate opening which was at 06:00am.
Legs stretched, paper work done and 30 minutes later we entered heaven :dance: . We didn’t waste much time and drove directly to Punda Maria camp so that we could get a good campsite which would be home for the next 8 nights.
The next 19 days will not be described in much detail, but please join us on our TR. We will post some unidentified birds and will appreciate any help from the more experienced people. Please feel free on correcting us with any mistakes. :rtm:


DAY 1
From Punda gate to Punda camp.
Our first animal we saw was a giraffe.
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We also saw some birds.
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Fork-tailed Drongo
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African Grey Hornbill
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We set up camp and took a little breather.
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Mon Jul 28, 2014 3:50 am Unread post
Great start Flip&Elmien :dance: :dance: and up North my favourite place. :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

Hopped on board with lots of :popcorn: :popcorn: to see it all. 8)


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Mon Jul 28, 2014 5:13 am Unread post
I have my popcorn ready with a bag of rusks and am looking forward to the journey.

That first animal is always so thrilling. :dance: :dance: :dance:

:popcorn: :popcorn: :popcorn: :popcorn:


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Mon Jul 28, 2014 8:14 pm Unread post
Flip&Elmien, lovely start to your TR and look forward to travel with you on your 19 days visit. :dance:

Enjoyed the giraffe close-up and all the pics of our feathered friends. :D

Your campsite looks really cozy and guess you must have enjoyed the time at the hide the evenings. :thumbs_up:


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Mon Jul 28, 2014 8:19 pm Unread post
Please more :think:


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Mon Jul 28, 2014 9:17 pm Unread post
Welcome on board Trrp-trrrrrrrr , Meandering Mouse, Kaapsedraai and Toddelelfe . Hope you enjoy the trip.

DAY 1 CONTINUED

Afternoon drive Mahonie loop.

Burchell's Coucal
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Brown-hooded Kingfisher
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Kudu
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We were thrilled with our next sighting, and pleased with the opportunity to get some good photo's.
Purple-crested Turaco
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Arrow-marked Babbler
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Nyala
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Saddle-billed Stork
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Buffalo
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Our list for the day:
Vervet Monkey
Baboon
Tree squirrel
Buffalo
Grey Duiker
Dwarf Mongoose
Giraffe
Kudu
Nyala
Elephant
Impala
Sharpe's Grysbok
Warthog
Zebra

That gave us a total of 14 mammals and a lot of birds and we went to bed very satisfied with our first day. :lol:


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Mon Jul 28, 2014 9:26 pm Unread post
Thanks for sharing your trip with us, Flip&Elmien :gflower:

I am on board, but no :popcorn: .... I am hoping that you will share Ouma's cookies and rusks 8) with us too :D


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Mon Jul 28, 2014 10:20 pm Unread post
So far some more than stunning bird shots, Flip & Elmien :clap: :clap: :clap:

on top nyala and kudus :thumbs_up:


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Tue Jul 29, 2014 4:37 am Unread post
What beautiful bird pictures. I just love your Burchells.

:clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

:popcorn:


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Tue Jul 29, 2014 5:46 am Unread post
Mahonie loop is such a great drive. :mrgreen: ..it treated you well with some stunning bird :cam: :clap: :clap:

Gorgeous Nyala..and love the Buffalo :thumbs_up:

Thanks for sharing..more please :popcorn:


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Tue Jul 29, 2014 6:49 am Unread post
Amazing bird sightings right from the start Flip&Elmien! Very promising for the rest of the trip! :clap: :clap:

Awesome Kudu and Nyala too, with a beautiful Buffalo! :dance: :dance:

Looking forward to the next episode! :popcorn:


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Tue Jul 29, 2014 1:30 pm Unread post
Looking forward to more :D


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Tue Jul 29, 2014 7:04 pm Unread post
Wonderful start, lovely coucal and purple crested turaco, and your saddlebill :clap: :clap: :dance: :dance: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: (not to mention the animals... :whistle: )

:popcorn: :popcorn: :popcorn:


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Tue Jul 29, 2014 7:33 pm Unread post
Pumbaa, Meandering Mouse, Trrp-trrrrrrrr, hilda, ruthp and chirinda thank you for all the kind comments.

Mathys sorry to disappoint you but only some crumbs were left. Hope someone else is willing to share some :popcorn: with you.


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Tue Jul 29, 2014 7:50 pm Unread post
DAY 2 – Saturday 28 June 2014

5:50 am at the gate (like every morning for the rest of our trip except when we were moving camp) in huge anticipation to set off our first full day in Kruger. We left for Pafuri. Took the S60 past Klopperfontein and then on to the H1-8, and boy were we in for a treat. Had a sighting, never seen by us this far North .....
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