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Sharifa Driven by/to/in Kruger June 2012

Unread postby Sharifa » Sun Jun 17, 2012 9:38 pm

This is one of those last minute impulsive bookings. Needed it to warm the soul during the cold Highveld winter. Checked online and found bookings for:

21/22 June – Malelane
23 June - Olifants

I told the Driver to cancel all engagements as his services were required. I took some photos from past Kruger trips and put them to a song just in case the Driver forgot his duties

Just Drive the Car

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Re: Driven by/to/in Kruger

Unread postby Sharifa » Mon Jun 25, 2012 10:55 pm

normana53 wrote:Wish we could plan spur of the moment visits to Kruger, only problem is it would have to be a long moment, it's a long swim across the Atlantic after swimming down the west coast of America and throught the Panama Canal. We have to plan well in advance.
I am really trying hard not to start packing! :) Can't wait for to see pics and stories!


Don't swim in those cold waters just jump into the limo hugh has so kindly supplied :thumbs_up:

Vlakvarkvrou wrote:Hi Sharifa and your faithfull driver,
I am firmly in my seat :dance: :gflower:


Welcome VVV :thumbs_up: Glad to have you with us

billyf wrote:With that limo I hope there is space for me too :pray:

:popcorn: :popcorn: :thumbs_up:


Ample space billyf :thumbs_up:

melph68 wrote:Hi Sharifa :D :D

So looking forward to hearing about your stay in Kruger :popcorn: :popcorn:

I hope it was full of fantastic sightings :thumbs_up:


Welcome on board melph68 :thumbs_up:

chirinda wrote:I'm with you, too :D

:popcorn: :popcorn: :popcorn:


Welcome chirinda :thumbs_up:

Like all our trips to the Kruger this one was another marvelous trip. The weather was a lot warmer than Johannesburg and the sightings were excellent.

Driver Ellieton was ecstatic he could now be amongst his beloved ellies. Our last few trips were to the KTP and the MZNP, so he missed them. I did not realize how much :D

Had sightings of two leopards that Driver spotted. Did not get any photos, wonder if that has anything to do with the driver spotting them :whistle:

We met some lovely Mites: Big5spotter, Yusuf and the delightful ecojunkie, who’s company we enjoyed on the two evenings we spent in Malelane.

We are just busy sorting out the photos and I will start the TR as soon as I am done.

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Re: Driven by/to/in Kruger

Unread postby Sharifa » Tue Jun 26, 2012 8:05 pm

21 June 2012 - The Dancing Rhinos

We arrived at Phabeni gate at 11am. and made our way to Malelane via the S1, S65 and H3.

Our first sighting was a giraffe

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Duke was very happy with the next sighting :dance:

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A Brown Snake Eagle

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A majestic Kudu crossed our path

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A cute Dwarf Mongoose

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A very pretty Klipspringer and her mate

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He showed us some nimble footwork

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Re: Driven by/to/in Kruger

Unread postby Sharifa » Wed Jun 27, 2012 7:34 pm

We came across a rhino midden which attracted insects which in turn attracted the Little Bee-eaters.

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Further on a few cars were parked off and we found these lions sprawled out. we were told there were two lionesses and two cubs. Not a good sighting so we moved on.

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When we reached Malelane Camp the welcoming party gave us the once over

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We unpacked, relaxed for a while and then went out for a drive and found the dancing rhinos.

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Re: Driven by/to/in Kruger

Unread postby Sharifa » Thu Jun 28, 2012 10:03 pm

Thank you melph68, hilda, Pumbaa, WendyA, WillemK, RichardJ, Radman, WildThing, Vlakvarkvrou, Noel, Chirinda, anne-marie :thumbs_up: for your comments

After relaxing for a while we were soon our way again and got a an immature Bateleur in flight

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followed by an immature fish eagle

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then a crested barbet

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and it puffed its chest out for us :D

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a green pigeon

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a herd of impala

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and then the Dancing Rhinos................. :dance: :dance: :dance:

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Re: Driven by/to/in Kruger

Unread postby Sharifa » Fri Jun 29, 2012 6:30 pm

Thank you Crested Val, anne-marie, hilda, MM and Pumbaa :thumbs_up: So glad you enjoyed the birds.

These rhinos were having a serious territorial battle. Neither one wanted to back off, at the same time they did not look like they wanted to hurt each other.

It was serious but it was also

Dancing Rhinos

At the end of round one the resident one did some marking, and came out for round 2, asking

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Re: Driven by/to/in Kruger

Unread postby Sharifa » Sun Jul 01, 2012 4:20 pm

Here are more dancing Rhinos in stills

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That night we had a braai and the pleasure of ecojunkie :yaya: joining us

22nd June 2012. So Tough Yet So Tender

We were out of the camp at 6.00 as as per usual. On the S23, the Biyamiti Loop

We found a lioness on the road. She looked as though she was still lactating and she seemed disturbed by

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this lioness across the riverbed. She seemed to be searching for something in the palms,maybe cubs :hmz:

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We left them and carried on to the S114

Here we had one of most extraordinary sighting ever :big_eyes:

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Re: Driven by/to/in Kruger

Unread postby Sharifa » Mon Jul 02, 2012 9:21 pm

Thank you cheetah2111, normana53, noel, VVV and hilda :thumbs_up:

We saw this hyena from a distance and he was bent over in the long grass so we thought he must be eating something.

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When we got closer we realised that it was a hyena den :D

and we could also see the Mum and a tiny cub :dance: Difficult to focus with with the long grass swaying but we got some pics

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and then the Mum stood up and headed towards us :o

She was calling, a low purring sound, and crossed the road in front of us :hmz:

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Re: Driven by/to/in Kruger

Unread postby Sharifa » Tue Jul 03, 2012 7:26 pm

Thank you granjan :thumbs_up:


We were wondering what the Mum was up to and then it hit us that there was another entrance to the den on the other side of the road and there was little cub on her own

The toughest jaws of any animal and oh so gentle :D This was such a wonderful sighting

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My favourite one

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Re: Driven by/to/in Kruger

Unread postby Sharifa » Wed Jul 04, 2012 9:40 pm

Got just a few more of the young one and the little one to share with you

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Much further we saw another mother with a young one :D :dance:

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Re: Driven by/to/in Kruger

Unread postby Sharifa » Thu Jul 05, 2012 6:55 pm

We had breakfast at Skukuza and then decided to take the H11 to Pretoruiskop

At Transport Dam we saw

Yellow-billed Hornbill. Oops that's my bad side

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How about this side

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Also a Blacksmith Lapwing

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Some Waterbuck

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Then before the Napi Boulders turn off

A cheetah

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Re: Driven by/to/in Kruger

Unread postby Sharifa » Fri Jul 06, 2012 7:42 pm

From Pretoriuskop we took the Voortrekker Rd, the H2-2. It was a very quiet drive

but we did find the Brown-hooded Kingfisher

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and some warthogs, especially for you VVV :)

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I take this opportunity to post some sunrise and landscape pics

first on the H3 near Afsaal

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Sunset on the S25 Crocodile River road

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Sunrise on the S93 near Olifants

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The autumn colours of the Mopani landscape with the soft light of the morning sun

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The famous Impala Lily at Skukuza reception

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Re: Driven by/to/in Kruger

Unread postby Sharifa » Sat Jul 07, 2012 8:07 pm

23 June 2012 - Water Sports

We set of from Malelane at 6.00 AM. At the hyena den only the young one was around - no mom and tiny one :(

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Further on we saw a grey headed bush shrike hopping around in a tree but managed to get one pic

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It was quiet till Skukuza where we had a break. On the low level bridge over the Sabie River, the first of the water sports - fishing

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Re: Driven by/to/in Kruger

Unread postby Sharifa » Mon Jul 09, 2012 7:55 pm

Thank you cheetah2111 - :redface: I am honoured

On the low level bridge over the Sabie River we caught another Pied Kingfisher coming in with lunch

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He was not going to share lunch so he flew off to sit on a tree

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Half done

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Bye Bye fish

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Re: Driven by/to/in Kruger

Unread postby Sharifa » Tue Jul 10, 2012 8:20 pm

Further on we came across these guys having a siesta

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With the attendant Red-billed Oxpeckers

Hello there

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is anyone home

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Then a Ground Hornbill posed for the camera

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even a hint of a smile

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At Leeupan we found a herd of zebras drinking

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we stopped at Tshokwane for a break and a bateleur dropped in to say hello

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