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Meerkitty Magical Maroela! JUNE 2012

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Wed Jun 13, 2012 8:32 am Unread post
Hello Mites :)

Today has come, very long awaited, and we are heading up to the Kruger :dance: Tonight we hope to make it to Pretorius Kop, then we spend the rest of the time at Maroela (one of my favourite camps).
I should beable to give a few updates along the way :)
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Wed Jun 13, 2012 6:54 pm Unread post
Thank you for all the wishes :)

Maybe I will see PetraJ and Kmyburgh :hmz:

The trip up went well, but we landed up at Berg-en-dal instead :lol: We arrived in the golden hours, what a way to be greeted by the bush :dance: And the smell of the potato tree is just soo lovely tonight :)


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Thu Jun 14, 2012 8:40 pm Unread post
Evening Mites :)

It is a bit chilly here at Maroela tonight, but nothing unexpected with regards to the weather.

Today was more of a relaxed day, and we made our way from Berg-en-dal to Mareola half through the park. Some nice sightings :) With the highlights being Ground Hornbill, Saddle billed Stork and few lions :thumbs_up:

Here at Maroela, the civet had visited a few time, such an amazing creature!

Untill tomorrow, good night :)


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Fri Jun 15, 2012 4:45 pm Unread post
Hello everyone :)

We had an early start today, and made our way to Satara. Was great to see many jackals as well as some hyenas. Highlight of the day, a HUGE herd of buffaloes, was amazing too see so many!

Spending the afternoon in camp, with delicious smell of early dinner, yumyum :mrgreen:

Have also been reading the book, "The elephant whisperer", absolutely amazing :) And a very fitting time to read it. When we saw elephants today, I really had a new appreciation for these majestic creatures :)


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Sun Jun 17, 2012 8:22 pm Unread post
Think I am going to read that next Hilda :dance:

The past two days have been quiet.... We have seen a couple of interesting things but sightings have been limited. Tomorrow is the last day in the park :( May we have some luck :mrgreen:


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Wed Jun 20, 2012 6:33 am Unread post
Morning mites :)

We only left the park this morning as we decided to stay another day :thumbs_up:

Yesterday morning we had a brief, but special sighting :) And last night I went on a sunset drive. Let's say it was quite eventful :dance: I an still a bit shocked! This one I am not going to give away though, you will have to wait patiently :tongue:


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Fri Jun 22, 2012 10:03 pm Unread post
Day 1 in the park

Having spent night at Berg-en-dal as a stop over point, we made our way to Maroela :dance: We decided that we wanted to get there soon so we could set up camp, so we drove up to Paul Kruger gate, then did the rest out the park.

To our surprise, our first sighting was a lioness :thumbs_up:

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DSCF7068 by Juslind, on Flickr

Made a quick stop at Afsaal. Whenever we go there, I always make a beeline to say hello to the Scops Owl, but it was no longer there :( Mr horbill was after our breakfast though :lol:

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DSCF7070 by Juslind, on Flickr

Straight after leaving Afsaal, we came across a big herd of Impalas...Whilst photographing them for a while, I see this red head pop out. A ground Hornbill :dance: Was walking around quite a bit though, but tried my best to photgraph.....

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DSCF7074 by Juslind, on Flickr

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DSCF7075 by Juslind, on Flickr

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DSCF7078 by Juslind, on Flickr

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DSCF7079 by Juslind, on Flickr

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Just love these birds, and their beautiful eye lashes :D


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Mon Jun 25, 2012 8:36 pm Unread post
We drove on from the Impalas and ground hornbill. Had some sightings of zebras and warthogs :D

Just around the corner...there was a traffic jam :hmz: :hmz: :hmz: :hmz: What could be awaiting us :wink:

In the meantime of waiting to see what the commotion was about, I was amused by buffalo that was just too itchy and decided the tree would help him in that department :lol:

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DSCF7081 by Juslind, on Flickr

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DSCF7082 by Juslind, on Flickr

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Eventually, as we moved forward...a lioness popped her head out. She was in a crouching position :wink: And Mister Buffalo was standing in the distance :shock: She decided against any action, however, and opted to go back to sleep. As we got to see more, I discovered more lions and they were practically sitting in the middle of a buffalo herd :big_eyes: Only managed to get one pic, due to the traffic :slap:

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DSCF7084 by Juslind, on Flickr

So we moved on, and got to see a saddle billed stork :thumbs_up: Another big 6 bird for the day :dance: He was not so keen in showing face though :cam:

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DSCF7085 by Juslind, on Flickr

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The Blacksmith Plover, not too sure on the new name?

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Wed Jun 27, 2012 9:12 pm Unread post
Thanks VVV :) Me as well :?

We were nearly at Paul Kruger gate, where we would exit. Here are some if the pics taken along the way :)

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DSCF7090 by Juslind, on Flickr

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DSCF7091 by Juslind, on Flickr

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DSCF7094 by Juslind, on Flickr

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Fri Jun 29, 2012 4:04 pm Unread post
All fresh on a new page :thumbs_up:

Some of these pics are still ones taken at Paul Kruger gate....

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DSCF7098 by Juslind, on Flickr

See the fish? :hmz:

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DSCF7100 by Juslind, on Flickr


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DSCF7101 by Juslind, on Flickr

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DSCF7109 by Juslind, on Flickr

From Paul Kruger, we made our way to Orpen and the on to Maroela :dance:

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DSCF7111 by Juslind, on Flickr

We were greeted by Mr Jackal :wink:

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DSCF7112 by Juslind, on Flickr

We set up camp and spent the afternoon in camp, accompanied by a traditional kruger sunset :clap:

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DSCF7113 by Juslind, on Flickr


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Sun Jul 01, 2012 8:08 pm Unread post
Thank you Hilda, Sharifa, Vlakvarkvrou and Cheetah :D

The first night at Maroela, the civet came to visit.....I think it also got into the camp and raided the bins :hmz:

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DSCF7117 by Juslind, on Flickr

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DSCF7118 by Juslind, on Flickr

The next morning, we were up early enough to see a lovely sunrise :cam:

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DSCF7120 by Juslind, on Flickr

Our first sighting of the morning was a lone hyena, she was walking quite fast, so the pics are nit too great...

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DSCF7121 by Juslind, on Flickr

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DSCF7124 by Juslind, on Flickr

As we got to see the river, we were greeted by some kudus

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DSCF7125 by Juslind, on Flickr

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DSCF7128 by Juslind, on Flickr

One of the viewpoints, was nice to water there for a change....

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Sat Jul 07, 2012 9:01 pm Unread post
First full day at Maroela continued

After watching the Kudus for a while, we stopped another river view point...

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DSCF7130 by Juslind, on Flickr


This hyena was also hiding in the grass and enjoying the morning sun

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DSCF7132 by Juslind, on Flickr

At bobbejans krans, a hornbill popped by

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From there on, it was a quite drive, but at Satara I was very glad to see the scopsie :dance:

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DSCF7136 by Juslind, on Flickr

Back on the road, we saw a ground hornbill :thumbs_up:

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DSCF7138 by Juslind, on Flickr

Love the colours of this roller :cam:

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DSCF7139 by Juslind, on Flickr

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DSCF7141 by Juslind, on Flickr

Then we came across the lone ellie, so peaceful

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Fri Jul 13, 2012 9:08 pm Unread post
Some more pics :D

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DSCF7162 by Juslind, on Flickr

The little one was trying to catch a ride :lol:

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DSCF7163 by Juslind, on Flickr

Just for VVV :gflower:

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DSCF7164 by Juslind, on Flickr

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DSCF7165 by Juslind, on Flickr

This next photo, I find quite unusual....a martial eagle as well as a harrier hawk in the same tree without a squabble...

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DSCF7166 by Juslind, on Flickr

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DSCF7167 by Juslind, on Flickr

Then a beautiful bushbuck :)

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This will be a bit of a shorter one, as the next one will have quite a few pics :popcorn:


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Tue Jul 17, 2012 9:47 pm Unread post
Thank you Hilda, Mel, Pumbaa and VVV :gflower:

This sighting was not too far from Satara, was great to see all the different vultures :dance:

Very impressive looking Lappet faced vulture!

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DSCF7173 by Juslind, on Flickr

White backed vulture

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DSCF7173 by Juslind, on Flickr

Look at that wingspan!

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DSCF7176 by Juslind, on Flickr

White headed vulture hiding in the grass

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DSCF7179 by Juslind, on Flickr

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DSCF7180 by Juslind, on Flickr

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DSCF7181 by Juslind, on Flickr

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DSCF7183 by Juslind, on Flickr

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DSCF7184 by Juslind, on Flickr

More to follow :popcorn:


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Wed Jul 18, 2012 9:49 pm Unread post
Thank you Mel, Hilda, Spargs, Radman and Cheetah :gflower:

I am going to be going a bit quicker now, as I start varsity again next week :wink:

Sharing more pics from the vulture sighting......

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DSCF7185 by Juslind, on Flickr

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DSCF7186 by Juslind, on Flickr

you can see the marobou stork sticking its head out :)

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DSCF7188 by Juslind, on Flickr

Bit of a squabble

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DSCF7189 by Juslind, on Flickr

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DSCF7191 by Juslind, on Flickr

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DSCF7192 by Juslind, on Flickr

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