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DinkyBird's Journal of 2 Krugerholics : DB & Hawk. KNP, January 2016

Unread post by DinkyBird » Mon Jan 11, 2016 10:58 am

It has been a while, too long when one is a Krugerholic, since we were last in Kruger. 10 months in fact. So with great excitement we can report that we have 2 sleeps left, have put 1165km of the 1900km behind us, until we plan to arrive at a Kruger gate for some Glamping in Paradise!
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Unread post by DinkyBird » Thu Jan 14, 2016 9:28 pm

Thank you all for the lovely comments and wishes.

We are here! Glamping, a la 4x4 style, on the fence at Satara!

It has been a bit of effort to get here ... the long road drive, collecting an essential item to ensure our Glamping is 5 star; packing and sorting this item ... shopping for what we did not have space to bring with ... add some heat, and two fairly tired, but happy #Krugeholics arrived at Satara late yesterday. As we go along, I will introduce you all to 'Lady G', our Glamping girl.

I have read so much on how dry the park is, it was no surprise to see the dry gray grass; but it takes some getting used to after visiting a much greener Kruger the past years.

A dry Kruger - near Phalaborwa.
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The Letaba River ... living up to it's name of River of Sand
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The Olifants is still flowing
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The runt of the pack who touched my heart, just outside of Satara
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Unread post by DinkyBird » Thu Jan 14, 2016 9:33 pm

Today has been so very hot, with a hot wind blowing across the savanna. We watched clouds build up in the distance, watched the lightening and watched the rain falling hoping it would come this way.
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And it finally did - just had a wonderful burst of good rain.

Kruger is crying. Today, a field ranger paid the ultimate price while protecting our heritage, this amazing place, The Kruger National Park. RIP.
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Unread post by DinkyBird » Sat Jan 16, 2016 7:16 am

Good morning from 2 #Krugerholics sitting sipping coffee at the fence at Satara. Soft rain on and off, and cool. The resident AWC is sitting a couple of metres away and Wildebeest, imps and zebs are rejoicing in the cool rain on the veld otherside the fence!

#Bliss !
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Unread post by DinkyBird » Sat Jan 16, 2016 8:30 pm

Some great sightings and a confession!

Yesterday ... a cheetah mom, two cubs and a sub adult with amazing interaction on S100 .... I will tie Hawk down to make a small video of this.

Then four lion cubs, frolicking next to main tar road, two white!!! Mom came along a little while later.

Two separate sightings of honey badger.

It started to rain!!!

And the day before - two male lion, next to tar road! And a little later, a lioness crossed the road right in front of us.

..... and the confession: today is cool, I sit here in a windbreaker! It has rained on and off, but very softly. So, we treated ourselves to a nice Mugg and Bean lunch, some wine and a an afternoon snooze ... and we slept very well I think because I believe just metres from our site here on the fence at Satara, a herd of humans arrived to witness lion taking down a wildebeest!!! Ok, it is in the distance, but still .... we slept through it all :shock: One can see the lion with the naked eye but it is really a way off ... so some consolation!

All is still now, the wind has dropped and the rain has stopped. It is very very dark out there. Nite nite from Satara fence.
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Unread post by DinkyBird » Sun Jan 17, 2016 2:52 pm

Good afternoon from the Satara fence!

The cool wind continues to blow, the sun pops out now and again, to remind us how hot it is going to get soon, but in the meantime it is a very pleasant temp. No rain.

Impala are lazily grazing other-side the fence. We enjoyed a very early drive to Sweni birdhide, a favourite with Hawk, but the little water left is obviously not very clean so not a big attraction to animals. A few hippo and crocs were fighting for some space.


Our AWC visitor yesterday morning:
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The cubs from Friday:
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Unread post by DinkyBird » Sun Jan 17, 2016 2:54 pm

Sunrise over the H6 this morning - always a great spot for sunrise pics:

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Unread post by DinkyBird » Thu Jan 21, 2016 8:13 am

Posting from the low water bridge here at LS. Some Kruger feeling for you all.
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Unread post by DinkyBird » Fri Jan 22, 2016 6:09 pm

#SomethingCold

To Life! To Kruger! To SANPARKS!

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Unread post by DinkyBird » Fri Jan 22, 2016 7:26 pm

As the moon rises over the Sabie, and the frogs and crickets sing, the hippos bellow, it is a good night from Lower Sabie.
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Unread post by DinkyBird » Sun Jan 24, 2016 7:32 pm

Sitting here now on the deck at Lower Sabie watching a red full moon rise silently over the bushveld. As the night spreads darkness, I marvel that just across the river is wild Africa . What a privilege to be here. And, a time to pause and think about the rangers out there protecting our rhino; and the hippo that left the river a short while ago in single file on what must be a fruitless search for grazing as the drought tightens it grip on the park.

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Unread post by DinkyBird » Mon Jan 25, 2016 8:36 am

Thankfully cooler today; yesterday the heat was brutal! Woke to a couple of minutes of rain ... and the air is damp, and the animals seem to.be enjoying the cooler weather. May it develop into meaningful rain!
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Unread post by DinkyBird » Mon Jan 25, 2016 3:17 pm

The sky is teasing us! Sometimes heavy with promise of rain, then the sun peeks out. The humidity just now was oppressive! But a wind has come up and I can hear thunder in the distance ....

Snapped these guys enjoying the fresh rain water left on the tar on our morning drive ... sad though to see how desperate each was to drink off the tar ....

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Unread post by DinkyBird » Thu Jan 28, 2016 5:58 am

Good morning from the low level bridge at Skukuza!
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Unread post by DinkyBird » Thu Jan 28, 2016 7:39 pm

We took a late afternoon drive towards Kruger gate, and along Doispane. Lovely natural pans full of water and some lovely green. Dryer closer to Skukuza though .

A Kruger sky ... and some Krugerfeeling ....
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