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1000 Steps of the Millipede – Mopani to Tamboti

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1000 Steps of the Millipede – Mopani to Tamboti

Unread post by Dupacc » Wed Jan 11, 2017 1:23 pm

“Darrrrlinn …”
“Yes dear?”
“So this will be the furthest up Norrrrth we have ever been in Krrrrruga?”
“Yes dear”
“Some say there are not that many sightings as towards the South”
“Yes dear”
“So I guess we will just have to enjoy the trees and the tranquillity that much more?
“Yes dear”
"And of course watch out for all the millions Centipedes on the road!"
"Yes dear"
"One day I'm gonna wrrrrrite a story 'bout them Millipedes taking 1000 steps to cross the rrrrrroad"
"Yes dear"


… and with that he set the speed control in the SUV to an indicated 31km/h as they continued making their way towards Mopani on the H1-6

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December 2016, and after the conclusion of the annual Holiday Camp we have the privilege of organising for UCSA, we headed to our beloved Kruger for a couple of day’s rest before returning to the office. This time we stayed in Mopani, Satara and Tamboti, and as our imaginary tourist and his Darrrlinn mentioned, it was the furthest up North we have ever been in Kruger.

BTW: I will once again use our imaginary tourist (yip, the one who rolls his RRR’s, have a camera dangling over his flowered Madiba-shirt, and confuse his animals – but is loved by his Darrrlinn) as part of the narrative.

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Our first stay was in Mopani and we were surprised how dense the vegetation in the camp was.

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Tiny droplets of precious precious rainwater decorated the leaves like beautiful diamonds and pearls. We were so thankful towards our Heavenly Father for the rain!


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And the Pioneer Dam was spectacular!!



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.... to be continued
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Re: 1000 Steps of the centipede – Mopani to Tamboti

Unread post by Hugh » Wed Jan 11, 2017 1:29 pm

On the bus .. my usual spot above the wheel :popcorn:
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Re: 1000 Steps of the Millipede – Mopani to Tamboti

Unread post by Kaapsedraai » Wed Jan 11, 2017 1:50 pm

Dupacc, what a fitting theme for your interesting looking TR :dance:

I can associate with driving trying to miss these millions of road crossers :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

Ever heard of the rugby game between insects and animals?
Well the animals were half time well in front and insect had no chance and at last millipede ran just after half time on the field, very late.
The insects asked him why he was late and said - do you how long it take to put and tie a 1000 boots? :roll:


Just love the plants with rain drops on it and lovely Pionierdam scene. :clap:
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Unread post by Karin Mitton » Wed Jan 11, 2017 3:55 pm

on board!
:popcorn: :popcorn:

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Unread post by wildflowergirl » Wed Jan 11, 2017 3:55 pm

:popcorn: :D
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Re: 1000 Steps of the Millipede – Mopani to Tamboti

Unread post by hilda » Wed Jan 11, 2017 4:20 pm

Dupacc and “Darrrrlinn …”!! Lovely start to another great trip report! Beautiful shot of Pioneer Dam! Mopani .... such a popular camp! :clap: :clap:
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Re: 1000 Steps of the Millipede – Mopani to Tamboti

Unread post by Elsa » Wed Jan 11, 2017 4:28 pm

Love this area, so looking forward to every single step of the Millipede! :thumbs_up: 8)
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Re: 1000 Steps of the Millipede – Mopani to Tamboti

Unread post by Dupacc » Fri Jan 13, 2017 9:26 am

Welcome on board Hugh, Karin Mitton, Wildflowergirl, hilda Elsa and Kaapsedraai.! I do hope you will enjpy the ride :)


Kaapsedraai wrote: I can associate with driving trying to miss these millions of road crossers :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :


At some stage trying to miss all these millions one almost had to swerve as bad as when trying to avoid potholes in Lydenburg :D :D :D :D
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Re: 1000 Steps of the Millipede – Mopani to Tamboti

Unread post by Dupacc » Fri Jan 13, 2017 9:29 am

“Darrrlinn”
“Yes dear?”
“It is so gooood to see all the green after the drought”
“Yes dear”
“Even the impis look better!”
“Yes dear”
“Even the baby Springboks look all excited”
“NO dear”
“Why Darrrlinn? Is it because there are no Springbok in Kruger?”
“Yes dear”
“But Darrrlinn …”
“Yes dear?”
“There are snakes in Kruger!!”
“Yes dear!!”
“And one came visiting us!!”


…. Darrrlinn held her composure and slowly turned around to look at the visitor


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The lavish green of the veld made all the animals and birds look happy. Only the lone skeleton of a hippo was a grim reminder of the tough drought we sincerely hope is broken.

Earlier this year the impis had to eat the dry Mopani leaves, and now they enjoyed green grass.


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The ellies seemed to be a darker shade of grey, some even looking black even when dry


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The baby Impis were so entertaining to watch


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Inside Mopani there were birds in abundance


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But it wasn’t only birds visiting. While we were preparing for the braai ...


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...this friend came visiting. Can the forumites please help with an ID? We are thinking it might be a Brown house snake or a “Rooilippie” (Afrikaans). It just sat there against the wall and we couldn’t see it moving to catch anything (such as flying ants or other insects). It was approx 50 cm lang and as thick as my thumb. The next morning it was gone …


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To be continued …
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Re: 1000 Steps of the Millipede – Mopani to Tamboti

Unread post by Karin Mitton » Fri Jan 13, 2017 2:21 pm

Love, Love Love that baby impala.

That snake is a harmless brown house snake - great sighting.
A rooli-lip / Red-lipped Herald is actually a different species. The the brown house snake has absolutely no venom, the Herald has a very mild venom but it is not really harmfull to humans. However, just as people react differently to bee-stings, people may react differently to a Herald bite, therefore I would not recommend handling those. Even a brown house snake can be quite aggressive, and can bite! When in doubt of the snake ID, keep your distance!
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Unread post by Philip1 » Fri Jan 13, 2017 2:30 pm

:dance: Another great adventure from the two of you. :mrgreen:
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Unread post by Pumbaa » Fri Jan 13, 2017 5:45 pm

Also love the baby impala, Dupacc,

and Mopani is a wonderful camp to stay in - Sigh :dance:

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Unread post by billyf » Fri Jan 13, 2017 5:55 pm

Definitely on the bus, cannot miss a trrrp with Darrrrlin :D
And I thought you had seen the very first ever Springbok in Kruger :lol: :lol:

Lovely pics, and so nice to see the lush greenery :thumbs_up:

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Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Sat Jan 14, 2017 5:27 am

Yay :dance: :dance: :dance: Dupacc and Darrrrrlin back again.

I must say that Mopani camp seems a favorite for many. It really is a lovely camp, especially for those who want a true wilderness feel with a bit of comfort.

What an interesting looking snake. I hope that somebdy can help you with the ID. I am also interested in finding out. It really is rather a skinny malinki.

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Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Sat Jan 14, 2017 5:29 am

I see Karin has given a very good answer. :redface: :redface: :redface:

Sorry, my early morning bleary eyes. :wink:
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