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De-stressing in Letaba

Unread post by squirrel_asc » Mon Jun 19, 2017 9:21 am

After spending two and a half years completely focused on fixing up and selling one house and building another, we were finally settled and ready to pick up our cameras again and go back to the bush. So when March gifted us with a long weekend (or, at least a holiday on a Tuesday), the only choice we had to make was where we would go.

Having checked availability, which was limited due to the short notice, and weighing a few options, we decided on Letaba, mostly because we had never stayed there before. But of course – the first night had to be in a hide, and since we’d already “done” Sable dam, we decided to keep the theme of exploring new things, and book Shipandani.

Final itinerary:

- 17 March: 1 night in Shipandani hide
- 18-22 March: 4 nights in Bungalow number 63 in Letaba :dance:

Packing was an interesting challenge. I used to pride myself on having packing for Kruger down to an art, but… two and a half years is a long time! Fortunately I had saved my lists, and by following them closely, everything got packed and nothing forgotten. Yay for saving packing lists!
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So, at 6:00 in the morning (impressively, only an hour behind schedule! :P ) on Friday, 17 March, the loaded Fortuner pulled out of the garage and hit the road North, to Polokwane, Tzaneen and finally – Phalaborwa gate.

Having only ever passed through Letaba before, we had no idea what to expect. We knew the camp was surrounded by Mopani veld, so game would not be as abundant as in the South. We also knew that after the excellent rainfall in December and January, the bush would be lush and green and the grass long, which would make spotting game even harder. So we went with low expectations, with a target of 75 bird species - set by a colleague who is also an enthusiastic birder with more than 500 species on his life list :shock: - as our only goal. Little did we know how far this trip would exceed our expectations…
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Re: Destressing in Letaba

Unread post by Reza » Mon Jun 19, 2017 9:50 am

sounds exciting !!! :mrgreen:
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Unread post by isinkwe » Mon Jun 19, 2017 9:53 am

Cant wait to read all about it :thumbs_up: :D
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Re: Destressing in Letaba

Unread post by hilda » Mon Jun 19, 2017 11:54 am

Looking forward to read all about this trip squirrel_asc! You will enjoy Letaba! :dance: :dance:
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Unread post by Karin Mitton » Mon Jun 19, 2017 12:19 pm

Fixing, selling, building houses :big_eyes: :big_eyes: No wonder you had to de-stress. And there can be only one place to do that!
While sitting in the Shipandani hide in April, I contemplated how great it would be to sleep there.
I am on board and looking forward to your TR!
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Unread post by Hippotragus » Mon Jun 19, 2017 12:34 pm

Looking forward to this TR. I have to admit that, at first, I read "Distressing in Letaba" and wondered how anybody could be distressed in Kruger. I then re-read and saw it was actually Destressing!! Yes - Kruger is the place to destress!!
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Unread post by George_Brits » Mon Jun 19, 2017 2:06 pm

Looking forward to read all about your trip squirrel_asc! I am certain, it will be most memorable and epic!

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Unread post by Cape of Storms » Mon Jun 19, 2017 2:58 pm

Can't wait ! I am definitely on board


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Re: Destressing in Letaba

Unread post by squirrel_asc » Mon Jun 19, 2017 3:04 pm

Welcome, Reza, Isinkwe, Hilda, Karin, Hippotragus and George :)

I hope this trip report won't disappoint...

Karin Mitton wrote:Fixing, selling, building houses :big_eyes: :big_eyes: No wonder you had to de-stress. And there can be only one place to do that!
While sitting in the Shipandani hide in April, I contemplated how great it would be to sleep there.
I am on board and looking forward to your TR!
:popcorn:

Yep, we seriously had to de-stress, and Kruger was the best possible place. It worked like a charm!

Shipandani is awesome. So is Sable Dam. Seriously - It's hard to say which is my favourite! But more on Shipandani shortly...

Hippotragus wrote:Looking forward to this TR. I have to admit that, at first, I read "Distressing in Letaba" and wondered how anybody could be distressed in Kruger. I then re-read and saw it was actually Destressing!! Yes - Kruger is the place to destress!!

LOL. :lol: Absolutely nothing distressing about Letaba. Except leaving it, that is... :wink:

Edit to add - Welcome on board Cape of Storms :)
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Re: Destressing in Letaba

Unread post by Cape of Storms » Mon Jun 19, 2017 3:29 pm




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Re: Destressing in Letaba

Unread post by Hugh » Mon Jun 19, 2017 3:34 pm

I am In the Fortuna too Its becoming a bit of a squeeze but as its virtual I think we can all fit : in . Looking forward to this TR :popcorn:
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Re: Destressing in Letaba

Unread post by Kendall M » Mon Jun 19, 2017 3:52 pm

Ooo Ooo I'm on this bus :popcorn: Can't wait to hear what Letaba had in store for you :D
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Re: Destressing in Letaba

Unread post by billyf » Mon Jun 19, 2017 5:57 pm

Lovely place to de-stress, definitely on board for this trip (Maybe a 50 seater Fortuner :lol: )

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Re: Destressing in Letaba

Unread post by manicwalker » Tue Jun 20, 2017 4:37 am

I am on the bus :dance: :dance:
Looking forward to hearing more about this trip... :popcorn:
so far sounds like its going to be exciting :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:

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Re: Destressing in Letaba

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Tue Jun 20, 2017 4:41 am

Squirrel, I have noticed and loved your pictures on some of the photography threads. I am really looking forward to this report. :D

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