Skip to content

SANParks.org Forums

View unanswered posts | View active topics






Post new topic This topic is locked, you cannot edit posts or make further replies.  Page 1 of 10
 [ 150 posts ]  Go to page 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 ... 10  Next
Author Message
 Post subject: Lionspoon Two-timing the KTP & going to Frontier Parks 03/12
Unread postPosted: Sun Mar 18, 2012 4:17 pm 
Offline
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Legendary Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Sun Mar 01, 2009 1:17 pm
Posts: 19027
Less than one week to go and SO and I are on our way to South Africa again!!!


After the last major work commitment being done and dusted since Friday afternoon, I finally can start getting excited about our trip big time. Image ImageImage And when I get excited, I need to write it down to manage the adrenalin rushing through my system. Image


I don't remember exactly when and where we made the decision not to go to KTP this time around, but we felt that it was time to honour a different park. KNP was discussed, but only briefly. We just find it too full and overcrowded and we weren't brave Image enough to venture to the north of the park. BUT we wanted to see ellies again, so Addo seemed the place to go! Now with the trip coming up soon, I’m not sure anymore whether this was the right decision or not as I have a little devil Image inside me telling me that a trip to SA without having been to KTP is just not right. However I still very much look forward to getting back to Addo again. Hope you get my drift. Image


One of the things I’m really in a flap about is meeting some special forumites! Image More of that to be revealed at some later point...


Our itinerary is as follows:

23rd March – Take off
24th March – Bontebok
25th and 26th March – Addo, Matyholweni Camp
27th to 29th March – Addo, Main Camp
30th and 31st March – Mountain Zebra
1st April – Karoo
2nd to 6th April – Cape Town


On my top priority list:
Ellies, ellies and more ellies (If we should get so lucky to meet the famous Vallie Moosa, I wouldn’t be opposed either. Image )
A caracal
A blackie
Eland
Some of the Addo lions

But that doesn’t mean, I’d shun the rest of the gang. Image

Watching the industrious dung beetle, for example, is a very enjoyable pasttime as well:

Image

_________________
Summer 2014 - Oz! It was awesome!


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Two-timing the KTP and going to the Frontier Parks
Unread postPosted: Mon Mar 19, 2012 6:31 pm 
Offline
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Legendary Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Sun Mar 01, 2009 1:17 pm
Posts: 19027
As I said on the Third Addo Webcam event thread, my trip would feel incomplete without something major to happen. :lol: :lol: :lol:

This time some of my forumite friends and I will do a fundraiser from Addo. :dance:
I can't reveal too much of it yet, as it's an ongoing occurance, but if you are interested,
have a look at above link. :thumbs_up:

_________________
Summer 2014 - Oz! It was awesome!


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Two-timing the KTP and going to the Frontier Parks
Unread postPosted: Wed Mar 21, 2012 7:22 pm 
Offline
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Legendary Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Sun Mar 01, 2009 1:17 pm
Posts: 19027
Gosh, I'm so busy with this that I totally forgot to tell you all that I only got two days left :twisted: and that I'm getting VERY :dance: :dance: :dance:

anne-marie - thanks :k

chirinda - I guess, you already had the pleasure I'm going to have soon and know what you're talking about. :wink:

_________________
Summer 2014 - Oz! It was awesome!


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Two-timing the KTP and going to the Frontier Parks
Unread postPosted: Wed Mar 21, 2012 7:24 pm 
Offline
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Legendary Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Sun Mar 01, 2009 1:17 pm
Posts: 19027
Sooo...

Did I mention the ellies already? :lol:

I'm so looking forward to sitting at Hapoor Dam and waiting for the Krauts, oops, the crowds to arrive:
Image

And then just watching the noisy and the tranquil ones:
Image

The undecided...
Image

...and the determined:
Image

_________________
Summer 2014 - Oz! It was awesome!


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Two-timing the KTP and going to the Frontier Parks
Unread postPosted: Tue Apr 10, 2012 4:31 pm 
Offline
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Legendary Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Sun Mar 01, 2009 1:17 pm
Posts: 19027
Bontebok
24/03/2012

After a night spent on the plane we arrived tired and not so fresh smelling in Cape Town where we were welcomed by p@m and SO who had come to the airport to pick up the clothes we had hauled along for the KTP communities. It was great to see p@m and SO again and as we knew we would meet them again once we had arrived in CT for the last leg of our trip, it wasn’t too sad when we had to say goodbye again after about half an hour. While Spots went to sort out our rental car, I returned to the airport building once more to pick up our pre-ordered and pre-paid brand new South African SIM card.

We hit the road well in time – or so we thought. Stupidly enough we had decided to do our grocery shopping in the Somerset West Mall. That set us back almost 2 hours as the supermarkets were teeming with shoppers on a Saturday afternoon. Image

Our first stop was Bontebok and we just made gate closing time, arriving at only 6.45 pm. The check-in process went smoothly with an ever so friendly member of staff who would do most to get those nervous and agitated Germans Image down to earth again.

Bontebok lived up to its name and provided us with a Bontebok as a first sighting within the park boundaries. No photo though as the cameras were still neatly stowed away. We spent a blissful night in the park, enjoying the sounds of nature and the African sky and we both agreed that our last minute choice to go to Bontebok rather than to stay in a B+B somewhere along the N2 had been a very wise one. So we settled for our first braai Image and first Castles Image on African soil.

The next morning started off early and with me chasing the birds in the camp while Spots was getting ready for the day.

Fiscal Flycatcher:
Image

Bokmakierie:
Image
The bokmakierie and I didn’t really become good friends. I don’t know how many I saw over the course of the trip but this little beggar :twisted: just didn’t want me to take a decent photo of it. Never. Image

Cape Weaver:
Image

Yellow Canary:
Image

Greater Stripe Swallow:
Image

Cape Robin-Chat:
Image

Cape Wagtail:
Image

4 new ticks within the first hour of the day – not a bad omen for what was to come over the next week. Image Included in these new ticks is also an Acacia Pied Barbet, but the photo is too hideous to post…

On our way out we first travelled a bit towards the Die Stroom picnic area:

Image

Before we took the one way route towards reception:
Image

Gamewise it was rather quiet, but at least I got to see the emblem of the park:
Image

Even a youngster:
Image

And paired up with another usual suspect:
Image Image

We left the park around 9ish to tackle the journey to Addo.

Although we hadn’t spent much time in Bontebok, our impression was that it is a beautiful, laid back place to go – perfect to unwind and great for those people who love mountain biking, hiking, fishing, birding or just unwinding.
Image

_________________
Summer 2014 - Oz! It was awesome!


Last edited by Lionspoon on Fri Apr 13, 2012 2:55 pm, edited 1 time in total.

Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Two-timing the KTP and going to the Frontier Parks
Unread postPosted: Fri Apr 13, 2012 2:51 pm 
Offline
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Legendary Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Sun Mar 01, 2009 1:17 pm
Posts: 19027
Addo
25/03/2012

After what seemed to us a never ending road trip we arrived at Addo gate around 4 pm. Again we experienced a smooth check-in with another very forthcoming lady at the reception. But before we could proceed into the park we actually had to do some more grocery shopping. So off to Colchester is was and boy, that shopping was heaven on earth compared to the day before. You must know that I hate grocery shopping – no matter which country I am in.

When we arrived at our first camp we were absolutely gobsmacked by the fantastic accommodation. There are only two things wrong about this camp: the DSTV :twisted: and the fact the fridge offered only a freezer compartment which was way too small to get our beers cold. :twisted:

Despite the fact that it had got quite late by now, we immediately headed out again for a late afternoon game drive in order to find us some ellies. The first sightings however was a dung beetle! :D

What a beautiful dung ball…
Image

… I shall seize that!
Image

Ha, forget about it – it’s gonna be mine!
Image

Get lost, you two beggars!
Image

_________________
Summer 2014 - Oz! It was awesome!


Last edited by Lionspoon on Fri Apr 13, 2012 2:57 pm, edited 1 time in total.

Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Two-timing the KTP and going to the Frontier Parks
Unread postPosted: Fri Apr 13, 2012 2:51 pm 
Offline
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Legendary Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Sun Mar 01, 2009 1:17 pm
Posts: 19027
Next up was a steppe buzzard, one of the very few animals - two legged or four legged, furry or feathered - on this trip that actually didn’t mind me taking photos.

Image

Which cannot be said about the ever moving kudus. Here’s the first of the slightly blurred series :slap:

Image

We managed to get as far as Vukani and Mbotyl loop. On the first we saw our first elands ever, alas too far in the distance and with the light being poor and mist in the air I didn’t even consider trying to get some photos, hoping I’d be able to catch them on one of the other days. With the elands there were zebras, ostriches, hartebeest and more kudus. But they too were very far off.

_________________
Summer 2014 - Oz! It was awesome!


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Two-timing the KTP and going to the Frontier Parks
Unread postPosted: Fri Apr 13, 2012 2:54 pm 
Offline
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Legendary Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Sun Mar 01, 2009 1:17 pm
Posts: 19027
On the Mbotyl loop we found a considerably big herd of buffs roaming and settled to watch them. The pics are not brilliant due the conditions described above, but they serve as a proof (as many others that are going to follow in this TR).

A part of the group:
Image

Some grumpy individuals:
Image

Mommy, I love you!
Image

Now are there more drinks at the milkbar?
Image

Right! :evil: Got that. No more drinks.
Image

But can we at least please go now? Those ugly looking animals in the tins are scaring!
Image

Please? Pretty please?
Image

As more and more cars were arriving at the scene and Spots and I feeling the need for solitude we left to return to the camp. It was getting dark by now and we were surprised that the gate closing times hadn’t been amended to this fact. But we were still early enough to venture on to Ndlovu lookout point. And there they were! Our first ellies in Addo Elephant National Park. 8) Quite far away, but still visible with the mere eye. The ellies were about to make their way up over a hill towards the main road. So we decided to try to catch them on the main road for a closer look. We managed to find them again in a clearing between the dense vegetation on the southern part of the park.

They came into the road

Image

and started feeding on the bushes next to it. Some speeding moron almost bumped into them as he was racing back to the camp. :sniper:

On our way back we found a spotted eagle owl feeding on something in the middle of the road. But by the time we had arranged torch and camera it had gone to some safer pastures. :redface:

The evening ended with a braai and a few Castles. Although not under the African sky as it was bleeding cold outside with a slight drizzle moisting the air. And we thought we had come to warmer pastures… :doh:

_________________
Summer 2014 - Oz! It was awesome!


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Two-timing the KTP and going to the Frontier Parks
Unread postPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2012 2:09 pm 
Offline
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Legendary Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Sun Mar 01, 2009 1:17 pm
Posts: 19027
Addo
26/03/2012

Luckily the skies had cleared up by the next morning and we were able to absorb the beautiful colours of the morning. Spots had donned his hideously coloured lion magnet shirt. Image
We were on a mission! Image

First down was a red-necked spurfowl (Tick!)
Image

First up was a speckled mousebird (Tick!)
Image

Then a hoepoe (Tick on the standing crest :lol: )
Image
Ronnie, remember that you asked if I had got one of these and that I had answered ‘No’?
I didn’t remember this shot anymore. :redface:

And a somber greenbul (Tick!)
Image

_________________
Summer 2014 - Oz! It was awesome!


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Two-timing the KTP and going to the Frontier Parks
Unread postPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2012 2:10 pm 
Offline
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Legendary Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Sun Mar 01, 2009 1:17 pm
Posts: 19027
On Ngulube loop we found a mouse warming up on a branch of a small bush.
Image

And one of her offspring.
Image

_________________
Summer 2014 - Oz! It was awesome!


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Two-timing the KTP and going to the Frontier Parks
Unread postPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2012 2:10 pm 
Offline
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Legendary Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Sun Mar 01, 2009 1:17 pm
Posts: 19027
And then the birds flew in:

Pied crow (Tick as in finally having photo.)
Image

Glossy starling
Image

And our first jackal buzzard (Tick!)
Image

Quickly followed by a juvenile form
Image

_________________
Summer 2014 - Oz! It was awesome!


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Two-timing the KTP and going to the Frontier Parks
Unread postPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2012 2:10 pm 
Offline
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Legendary Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Sun Mar 01, 2009 1:17 pm
Posts: 19027
Somewhere in the middle of the loop we found some vervets trying to heat up in the morning sun after a rather cold night.

This one was pouting. Image It had obviously been given a time-out Image as it was a further away from the group:
Image

Whereas this one said its morning prayer as told by mum:
Image

_________________
Summer 2014 - Oz! It was awesome!


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Two-timing the KTP and going to the Frontier Parks
Unread postPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2012 4:37 pm 
Offline
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Legendary Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Sun Mar 01, 2009 1:17 pm
Posts: 19027
Then we were treated to our next close ellie encounter. Back then we still had a lot of respect for them in terms of being scared that they could charge. But Addo ellies or nothing like the Kruger ellies and most of the time they are well behaved and let you study them until your eyes hurt! Image

Anyhoo, this one was munching peacefully at the side of the road, but gave us a warning eye - or so we thought - and made us back up quickly.

Image

In fact, he had only turned around to walk over to the side where the bushes were supposingly greener. And who said that males can’t do several things at a time? Image

Image

WARNING: Do not let children watch unattended the next post!!! Image

_________________
Summer 2014 - Oz! It was awesome!


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Two-timing the KTP and going to the Frontier Parks
Unread postPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2012 4:37 pm 
Offline
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Legendary Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Sun Mar 01, 2009 1:17 pm
Posts: 19027
And then he started doing funny things with his fifth leg or second trunk, take your pick. Image

Image

As suddenly as he had started this business, he stopped again when he noticed a small family appearing in the clearing next to him:

Image

_________________
Summer 2014 - Oz! It was awesome!


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Two-timing the KTP and going to the Frontier Parks
Unread postPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2012 4:38 pm 
Offline
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Legendary Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Sun Mar 01, 2009 1:17 pm
Posts: 19027
Pleasantries were exchanged:

Image

Image

_________________
Summer 2014 - Oz! It was awesome!


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic This topic is locked, you cannot edit posts or make further replies.  [ 150 posts ]  Go to page 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 ... 10  Next



Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 4 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Powered by phpBB © 2000, 2002, 2005, 2007 phpBB Group

Webcams Highlights

Addo Nossob Orpen Satara
Addo Nossob Orpen Satara
Submitted by Deeds at 18:54:19 Submitted by ritad at 20:46:32 Submitted by Trrp-trrrrrrrr at 06:24:56 Submitted by Anonymous at 11:06:24