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Re: needed a (permanent?) fix so.....

Unread post by Goggo EJ » Mon Apr 29, 2013 7:02 pm

Tomorrow I have a long trip up to Olifants with a guide friend.....just so I can have his bakkie to use while he is off on trails. Might have to collect him again on Sunday, or have the bakkie till the middle of next week if he has another trail too......
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Unread post by Goggo EJ » Tue Apr 30, 2013 6:52 pm

:redface: on the yellow mongoose! Everyone referred to them as suricates and I just assumed.......!

Today was long and tiring and not helped by a wait in Skukuza for my friend to get and sign his freelance contract. Roads were busy, but we got to Olifants in good time and I was actually able to make it back here just at gate closing time. No time to stop for sightings, and only a quick 3min pit stop at Tshokwane on the way home......

But there were lots of zebs about all over the place, herds of wildebeest and impalas too. Also the usual warthogs, quite a lot of ellies, and a road block of 13 giraffes. Nearer home I saw a few hyenas too.

Now very tired so going to get an early night......and hopefully a quiet day off tomorrow.
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Unread post by Goggo EJ » Wed May 01, 2013 7:57 am

No day off after all......been asked to take the food through to bush camp for the course starting today......so will get a call late morning and drive through then. Never mind......
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Unread post by Goggo EJ » Wed May 01, 2013 4:34 pm

I am back home again.....lots of animals about, and lots of cars......very tired and going to get a rest.
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Unread post by Goggo EJ » Tue May 07, 2013 5:06 pm

I am sorry! Not having my own car has made things difficult, and I am struggling still to get over the cold I had while away on the course......still feeling very tired.

On Saturday I had to go back up to Olifants to fetch my friend, and as we had no time to get back again through the park we had to drive around via Nelspruit - not a pleasant journey and I am very glad he drove! It was one of those trip where I had to drive at staff speed so sightings were only those close to the road, but still lots of the usual animals about and nearly got held up by a herd of ellies, but just got to the spot on the road as they did so slipped past in time. Did have a special sighting of a pair of secretary birds near Satara too.

Tomorrow I have the trip to bush camp with food supplies again (in my 'boss's bakkie') so may have some sightings to report tomorrow evening.

My car is now with Mahindra and needs a recon engine to repair the damage caused by the turbo blowing up......so not sure when I will have my own transport again.
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Unread post by Goggo EJ » Wed May 08, 2013 7:31 pm

My trip through to bush camp with food was another quick one as my 'boss' needed her car to leave early today.

No cats or dogs, but just about everything else was about including a magnificent nyala bull near the bush camp itself. Nearly got trapped by ellies a couple of times, but again managed to arrive at the spot in the road just as they did and slipped past before they began to cross.

Very tired when I got back, and having an early night tonight......

Oh....and have had lots of malaria in the past, and this is nothing like it....just taking a long time to get over the heavy cold I had because I was unable to rest while I had it.
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Unread post by Goggo EJ » Mon May 13, 2013 9:01 pm

Got through to Nelspruit with a friend on Friday and paid deposit for new engine for my car......now to wait for them to get it and fit it, hopefully not too long.

Meanwhile confined to camp......

Today sat in the sun outside for a while, and watched birds and squirrels and even a yellow mongoose - plus impalas, warthogs, baboons and monkeys. A little band of dwarf mongooses also visited me......standing up on their hind legs like meerkats to study me, and running away if I moved but quickly coming back again. Very cute!

Tomorrow going to the office early with staff (only way to get there at present) as there is a lot of work to do, and will work out how to get home later......would walk but I don't think management would be too happy.....
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Unread post by Goggo EJ » Tue May 14, 2013 1:01 pm

Still struggling with a jet-lagged feeling......frustrating!
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Unread post by Goggo EJ » Mon May 20, 2013 9:21 am

Hoping for news of my car today....

Chirinda is in camp for 2 nights after doing the bush camp, so we had a meal together last night (pooling resources) and she dropped me off at the office early today before going off on a long loop drive. When she is back she might come to fetch me and we may then go out again together later.

Meanwhile office work calls......course programme and preparation to sort out. A 'learner' has also been allocated to us and is at BnD at the moment, we will have to sort out transport and how to fit her into the picture. I think she is also intended to help out in Skukuza too.

Had hyena and ellie about during the night.....and the sugar cane harvest is happening opposite camp so a noisy time....
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Unread post by Goggo EJ » Sun May 26, 2013 10:33 pm

Busy week with office work and then Indaba. Tried to get car on Friday, but on the final test drive they said it had no power so needed to sort that out first. Still waiting.....

Tonight I did a night drive for BnD. 4 local guests. It was a mixed drive with some good sightings and long periods with nothing. Had scrub hares and impalas, ellies, buffalo, rhinos, hyenas, zebras, several genets, bushbaby, civet and a spotted eagle owl that let us get right next to it and continued to sit on the road looking at us. Strangely none of the guests had cameras! On my home after dropping guests at BnD I had a pack of hyenas and a porcupine.

Now just had a hot choccie and going to bed.

Was asked to do morning drive for BnD, but as that was only in the middle of the night drive, and the sunset drive had been a 10-seater so I could have done that instead, I said no. I would have been too tired and that is not fair on the guests.
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Unread post by Goggo EJ » Mon May 27, 2013 8:28 am

hilda wrote:Lovely sightings on the night drive, but I cannot believe that the guests did not have cameras with them!?! :hmz:


I have had that a couple of times before. Some folk feel that they do not get good photos on night drives so do not bother and just enjoy the drive and sightings without feeling they have to record it on photos.
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Unread post by Goggo EJ » Mon May 27, 2013 9:30 pm

Back from sunset drive - long periods of nothing, but despite that good sightings of impalas, scrub hares, rhinos, ellies, waterbuck, duiker, kudu, couple of genets, civet, giant eagle owl and 2 spotted eagle owls, hippos, porcupine, hyena and leopard. On my way home I had 2 separate civets, genet, spotted eagle owl, and ellie.
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Unread post by Goggo EJ » Tue May 28, 2013 8:13 am

Still waiting for car...... :wall:
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Unread post by Goggo EJ » Tue May 28, 2013 5:17 pm

Workshop manager called....thinks the injectors on the new engine are faulty, but needs permission of firm supplying engine before he can try to replace anything....he should actually remove and return the whole engine! I have given up all hope of getting car back soon. With all the things happening over the next few days and week it may be almost 2 weeks before I even have opportunity to go and get it anyway.

Off on Friday to Skukuza to run Orientation course (getting lift up with friends going to help at Nursery over weekend), then on Sunday when course ends I go straight on to Sand River Bush Camp as 2nd guide. Finish on Wednesday, and have to wait there until Thursday to be fetched when my boss has to deliver food for another course starting (and running from the bush camp). I might even have to stay on until the next Sunday as at present there is nobody to be the rifle bearer for the practical parts of the course! No hardship other than trying to work out what to pack for how long......
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Re: needed a (permanent?) fix so.....

Unread post by DinkyBird » Thu Jun 06, 2013 1:12 pm

This is from EJ - her battery has died on her ...

ecojunkie wrote:On Sunday I was collected at Skukuza by the guides leaving Bush Camp as they dropped off their guests and taken back to camp with them. They then left, the new hosts had arrived, and after I got settled into the 2nd rifle hut I went back to Skukuza to wait for our guests. There was a large breeding herd of elephants at the Sand River causeway beginning to head down to the river and I hoped they would still be there on my return with the guests. I already knew the 1st rifle would be a bit late so I would take the guests to camp on my own.

The guests were a little late arriving and wanted to get hamburger to take-away with them, so the 1st rifle met us as we left Skukuza in the end. The ellies were still near Sand River causeway but just at the no-entry road junction above the causeway. We had a good stop with them and enjoyed watching interaction in the groupl. Eventually we had to move on because we were already late and needed to get back to be able to unpack and then go out for the sundowner drive.

We went to one of the turn-outs down the Sabie River on the Salitjie road and had a good drive there and back. Next morning we walked at Sandsteen Koppies (on the plain west of Nkumbe lookout). The weather was kind and not too hot for walking.

That evening we walked near Jones Dam and had a sundowner stop there before heading back. 2nd morning we walked at Sundwini, and that evening the guests did not want to walk, so we took a longer drive instead. On the final morning time was tight and again some guests did not want to walk so we had a short drive instead along the Salitjie road.

Sightings overall were good, with only a leopard of the big 5 escaping us. We had a lioness with 3 young cubs and an older juvenile, several rhino on foot and on drives, ellies on drives, buffalo herds, saddle-bill storks, many vultures, tawny eagles, kudu, nyala, zebs, impalas, porcupine, reedbuck, duikers, steenbok, wildebeest, hyenas, bushbuck, waterbuck…..

Yesterday afternoon I changed our vehicle and we now have a 4x4 game drive vehicle which is more suitable for our needs. I then came back to a very quiet camp, and had it totally to myself for the night. Bliss! Heard hippo, leopard, lion, hyena, impalas, baboons, bushbuck….

This morning a lion is calling in the river bed in front of camp…..and I managed to see him and get a couple of photos. Lots of birds moving around, and the monkeys were a bit of a problem earlier on, but moved off when they found nothing here for them.

Shortly will leave for Skukuza again to do a couple of admin things, and then wait for the folk coming for the Earth Sciences course. Weather is a bit overcast and generally cooler today, but the sun has pushed through the clouds a couple of times.

At Skuluza I will try to find time to log on and post this report…..


Battery running low so not sure how much I will get done at the moment.....
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