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Jose in KNP - September 2007

Unread post by Loams » Thu Sep 20, 2007 1:45 pm

I just got an SMS from Jose

Jose wrote:Lion kill - kudu. Opposite #18 Olifants. Watching from our own stoop with cold one in hand :tongue:


:evil: :mrgreen: :evil:
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Unread post by Loams » Mon Sep 24, 2007 2:37 pm

Some SMS'es received this weekend:

Got even better. 1st Tsotsi in riverbed @ Letaba Restaurant, He ended up right next to fence playing in the mud/water. 1 hour later Nhlanganini!!


Wild Dog on Impala kill. Pups too


I told them to not drink so early in the morning :evil: :evil: :evil:
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Unread post by Freda » Tue Sep 25, 2007 5:17 am

Just a couple of pics to whet your appetite for when Suej and Jose do their trip reports :D
I left the pic taking to the experts as I was the taxi provider and driver, (back a bit, forward a touch, bit more :lol: ) but I couldn't resist a few of the wilddogs :roll:
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Unread post by Pieter Steyn » Tue Sep 25, 2007 6:08 am

Saw Jose on Saturday afternoon at Lower Sabie. She was very excited about there sightings. I"ll leave it to Jose to tell you in her trip report.

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Re: Some people have all the luck - Jose in KNP

Unread post by Suej » Tue Sep 25, 2007 11:49 am

Loams wrote:I just got an SMS from Jose

Jose wrote:Lion kill - kudu. Opposite #18 Olifants. Watching from our own stoop with cold one in hand :tongue:


:evil: :mrgreen: :evil:


What you did not mention is that Jose & Freda would have missed the best bits had they not had to leave me behind in camp due to me having an upset tummy. I had decided to relax on the stoop for the day and they had only just left camp, with me having been watching 3 beautiful mature Kudu buck in the riverbed, joined by waterbuck when the cacophony of noise began. Firstly with the echoing warning cries of Baboon, followed by the complaining bellows of nearby Hippo, and the screeching of birds. I saw the Kudu suddenly take off across the mostly dry riverbed into the bush and I scanned around to see what was happening.

Afer a few minutes I resumed my viewing of various birds in the tree opposite #18 and then decided to walk up to the main viewpoint. It was there I learnt of the kill ! I returned to our stoop to continue to watch the lions with the kudu kill, right where I had seen the buck standing. Ultimately, a female lion dragged the kill over to a grassy hillock and proceeded to attempt to hoist the Kudu bull up over her head, like a weight-lifter, onto the top of the hillock. I could make out the lioness's head under the kudu, which had its legs uppermost as she held it in the middle of it's back. She did not succeed but it was an interesting few moments watching her try !

I sent an sms to the other 2 "girls" who immediately hot-footed it back to camp to catch the action.

I had also given Freda my requested sitings list some months ago and of course Freda did not disappoint as she managed to find me my first siting of a wild dog pack on the last day of my visit. A pack with 6 pups feeding on an impala kill right next to the road - nice one Freda !

My report will follow soon, starting with the Kgalagadi and ending in Kruger (not forgetting the Cape).

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SueJ - Sand Rover !

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Unread post by pardus » Tue Sep 25, 2007 5:05 pm

Freeds, the AWD are bootiful! Whereabouts did you spot them?

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Unread post by Freda » Tue Sep 25, 2007 6:01 pm

On the Doispane road, Pardus :D
Saw on the sightings board that they had been seen on the Albasini Road the previous day and we were heading there from Skukuza.
Was a great sighting 8)

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Unread post by Jay » Thu Sep 27, 2007 8:50 pm

from J2 this evening;

" saw Tsotsi again today! Back to Letaba tomorrow lookin for Nhlanganini."

....sigh...3 "trip reports" I received today... what have I done to desereve this....sigh :lol: :mrgreen:

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Unread post by Jay » Thu Sep 27, 2007 9:08 pm

will do so now Bert...hope I don't wake J2 :shock: :lol:

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Unread post by Jay » Thu Sep 27, 2007 9:41 pm

and a reply for you Bert :wink:

" wide awake and, excercising and watching bush tv lol. I saw him 3 days ago from little river loop right of tar road. will keep looking. Thnx, and to Bert too!"

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Unread post by Jay » Sun Sep 30, 2007 6:15 pm

in from J2 last night but only received this morning :?


" Allo! Another 1 added: Alexander, yesterday, some 6kms S of Mopani. Nice soaking rain all day 2day. At Shing. now, raining again! :D "

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Unread post by DinkyBird » Sun Sep 30, 2007 7:29 pm

And from J* this evening:
Overcast, warm and humid today. Few but lovely sightings of general game. Not 1 ele!!

YR drink with Ralph next.


and soon after....

One ele on my little sunset dash to Shing bridge. But - you wont believe this - another tusker! 1 bazooka shooter kept all to himself til dark! Grrrr


This is an ellie lady for sure!
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Unread post by Jay » Tue Oct 02, 2007 10:05 pm

from J2 via DB:

"last Kruger night already! Listening to lion and hyena (close) 7thunder (distant). Nighty night! :D "

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Unread post by Jose » Sat Oct 13, 2007 10:57 am

Yo peeps! I is back! :D

Trip was magical, as always. Very special sightings and great company... Thanks Freda and Sue!! :wink: And thanks also to all who posted sms-updates.

Highlights...
    Tuskers galore: saw (in order of appearance) Tsotsi (twice), Nhlanganini, and Alexander, plus 2 nice promising candidates for the emerging tusker project. Also went up the Old Main Rd. to pay respect to the remains of Massunguine.
    A very special sneak preview :P
    The wild dogs with pups on kill
    Various very enjoyable YR-meets, including of course the Gauteng Spring Meet
    The cutest smile in all of Southern Africa
    Meeting a dear old friend from a place not to be mentioned on this forum
The list goes on and on and on. Will post some pics in the next few days.


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