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 Post subject: Oumie's Annual trip to Kruger… May '13
Unread postPosted: Fri May 03, 2013 5:42 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Annual trip to Kruger…
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Network was very slow...After sorting the problem out at the cell company...now I can get onto the net.

Got the same camping spot we had in 2011 :dance:
All set up and having a great time.
Saw Cheetah, Leopard and cubs feeding on a Impala and lots of Lions :D

Also trying to see if we can spot the rare 'Egyptian Vulture' that have been spotted on the S28 8)

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 Post subject: Re: Annual trip to Kruger…
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Geez...being busy...had visitors till last Saturday :D
Did not stay in camp one day to do chores or paint :(
Rained last night and was very windy...Today still windy and semi overcast...boy is the van dirty! but hey...will clean when it is a nice sunny windless day :wink: :lol:
Today just chilling and watching some cricket..

Had nice sightings of Cheetah...Wild dog...mating pair of Lions...lots of Ellies :D
Oh and saw a Side Striped Jackal...had a brief view of it and goy a distored photo.

Got 5 nights left at Lower Sabie then off to Shingwedzi for 6 nights

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 Post subject: Re: Annual trip to Kruger…
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Sadly we only have 3 nights left in Kruger..our holiday have gone too fast :shock:
We had a super time.
Shingwedzi camp had Lots of damage :(
Only the camp sites are open.
Had Lions roaring outside camp last night...sounded like they were in camp it was so loud.

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 Post subject: Re: Annual trip to Kruger…
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Arrived back home this afternoon from a wonderful 41 days in Kruger :D
Now for the unpacking and sorting the photos :roll:

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 Post subject: Re: Annual trip to Kruger…
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Stayed at my daughter in Johannesburg for 2 days.
Phoned Croc Bridge on the 10th of May to see if we could come in on the 11th instead of the 12th of May...no luck with camping :( .....but we can get a bungalow :D ok we will stay for one night in the bungalow.

11 May....
Left Johannesburg at about 7am....got to Croc Bridge at 3pm. Booked in....ok now where do we park the caravan :? a camper saw us ride around...he wanted to know if we were looking for a site? no sites available he says...no we are not looking for a camping site, we need to park if for the night as we are staying in a bungalow. He then said we could park our van next to his...nice of him to offer :D At least we did not have to walk to far from our bungalow to our van to get food ect for a braai 8)

12 May....
We left at 6am, took a slow drive to Lower Sabie.
We saw a vulture on the side of the road...as we got closer these two lions come strolling out of the bush, walking at a fast pace...they were in a hurry!
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We could not turn around as we had the van on.....we carried on...not much on the road now.
Stopped at Makhohlola water hole...only hippos around. We had our coffee and rusks, just watched the hippos and a few birds.
Got to Lower Sabie......I said to SO "wish we could get our fav camping spot"....well as we entered the camping site...there were a tent on on our fav spot :( ....but wait....they are packing up :D :D SO stopped and asked them if they are packing up or did they arrive? told SO no...we are packing up, we can have the spot but we will just have to wait as they are slowly packing up....not a problem we told them...we will wait....we were to glad to get the spot :dance:
We had more coffee and rusks :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Annual trip to Kruger…
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13 May....
Stayed in camp...did some chores and lots of painting :D

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14 May....
Decided to take the S21 to Renosterkoppies.....
Just pass the Lubyeluby bridge I saw something running across the road ....got to the spot and we saw this big guy....he was in a hurry....
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We then drove back to the bridge....sat there waiting to see if he will be walking in the riverbed...there were vervets calling out the alarm call........we decided to have our coffee and rusks while waiting....then we spotted him walking in the riverbed...he walked up the hill and disappeared into the thick bushes...wow he was a big guy :D
Carried on...then we saw these guys lying on the side of the road....we were worried :? looked like one of them were hurt....but as we got there we saw that they were sleeping :D
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Sat watching them....then they got up and strolled into the bush.
Got to the Mhlupheka waterhole....saw this Kingfisher on a branch...
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Henry was also around fishing...
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 Post subject: Re: Annual trip to Kruger…
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Got to Renosterkoppies...very quiet there...a few Impala around.
Sat there for a while....decided to have our breakfast there, cereals, yogurt, juice, biscuits and cheese :D
Decided to take the S114, turned into the S26 to go Mpondo dam....got to the dam...sat there for a while...
these guys came "begging"
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This great egret were "fishing"
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Turned around and gave us the look....
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We decided to go back to camp as it was getting hot....
a few klm from the dam we saw another leopard 8) he/she were chasing something....
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got up into a tree....
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I looked onto the road and saw a lugwaan...it saw the leopard, froze in its tracks....just then the leopard also saw it...jumped off the tree and chased after it...we could just see the leopard in the bushes as it was chasing after the lugwaan...then we saw the leopard stop....just a few mtres away in front of the leopards we saw a snake in full length...facing the leopard :shock: the leopard then backtracked from his spot...lugwaan was saved by the snake. On the photo you can see something that looks like a thin branch...but it is a snake..
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The leopard then walked further into the bush...lost sight of it.
Carried on....near camp we saw this Ellie go into the water...
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Got back to camp...now it was hot. Had a lovely afternoon in camp.

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15 May....
Had a lazy morning in camp :D
SO did his painting while I logged onto the bank to pay the bills....
After lunch we took a short drive out towards Croc Bridge....not many animals around, a few Impala and Wildebeest.
Saw these guys play on the "No Entry" sign...
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Geez this is one of those days where the animals are scares, only a few Impala around.
Decided to go sit at Sunset dam..I read , SO pushed out a few "zzzz" next to me :D
Hippos were also sleeping near the croc's....all quiet... :hmz: what happened? I was reading...woke up with a start when one of the hippo's made a noise near the car :shock:
This bird were feeding in front of the car...
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The hippos were now coming closer to the edge of the dam...they were also getting more noisy..
These ones gave a the look...
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This guy came towards us....made a noise as if to say "go now" we want to get out and eat...
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Got back to camp....had a "lekker" braai....
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16 May...
Decided to go to Tshokwane for breakfast.....
Saw the usual, lots of impala, zebra, ellies and wildebeest...
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Our first Reedbuck sighting....did not stand still enough for a good photo :(
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After breakfast it was no really hot! going back to camp to rather sit under a tree with a good book...
At the bridge saw this guy...he stood on that rock for a long time, all the while scanning the water...
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Spend the whole afternoon at camp :D

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17 May.....
Got up early as we had to go to fetch our friends from the Nelspruit airport....they were coming to join us at Lower Sabie for 5 nights, they are staying in a bungalow.
Took the S28 towards Croc Bridge....stopped at Duke water hole for coffee and rusks, no animals at the waterhole...
Carried on, saw impala, 1 ellie and a rhino, but it was in such thick bush could not take a photo.
After a while we could not believe our luck....there in a distance we saw 2 cheetah on a tree stump 8)
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Got there...sat looking at them for a while...wow :D :D got nice photos....
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Could not stop taking photos :lol:
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Ok have to carry on now.....
Few klm further we saw this Lapped Faced Vulture...
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This guy was having a feast....
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These impala were looking at the male chasing a female....
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The one impala whispered something in the other ones ear....
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This youngster have a sore below the left horn.....
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We now had to move as we do not want to be late picking up our friends....

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19 May....
Had to get up very early....our friends want to see animals :D
Took the tar road towards Croc Bridge, turned off onto the S137....sat at Duke waterhole, having our coffee and rusks. Friends were very happy to be in the park :D
After coffee and rusks and watching the sun rise we carried on. At about 1klm further down we saw a few cars parked on the side of the road.... :hmz: wonder what they are watching...then we saw this in a tree...
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A couple told us there is a leopard and 2 cubs....the female made a kill, she ate a bit then left it in the tree so that the cubs could go and eat. We sat there for a long while hoping to see them....after a long while we saw this little face popping up to see what is going on....
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movement in the grass again....there is a cub climbing the tree...
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He/she then climbed to the impala and started to feed...
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Wow you blink and the cub is gone again....
Now mom jumped into the tree....she was looking out for something....
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She climbed a bit higher....still looking out....
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Waiting for the other cub to come....a long wait....

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She rested on the branch...
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Will come and look at them later again....
Carried on as we were now getting hungry...going to Croc Bridge for breakfast.
Had one of the best toasted bacon & eggs at Croc Bridge :thumbs_up:
Chilled a while at the camp....
Saw this fish eagle in front of the camp.....
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Getting hot again....going back to see if we can see more of the leopard cubs....
Took the S28 again....a few klm we saw this bird in a tree, eating a guineafowl....
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Saw Took the S28 again....a few klm on we saw a traffic jam.... :hmz: what could it be....
Then we saw these lions lying on the road....
Another few klm we saw lots of cars... :hmz: wonder what they are seeing....got there and found these lions lying in the road...this lioness were lying as if she owns the road :lol:
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Another one was lying on the side of the road...
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This young male came walking towards the female lying down....
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Sniffed at her bottom...then made a face...
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She looked up and growled at him....
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He moved away quickly....
she stood up and stretched her limbs....
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She then walked pass our car...
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The young male followed her...
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This female saw something...
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the others were now behind us looking the other way at something...
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one of the other females came back...also on the lookout...
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she had lots of little flies around her and had 2 ticks on her neck...

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