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Bellybuttons & Ice-Cream - fun with friends in KNP

Unread post by Dupacc » Thu Jul 13, 2017 1:42 pm

"Darrrlinn..."
"Yes dear?"
""Are you also looking forward to this?"
"Yes dear"
"It will be so nice to take our friends with us to Krrrrrughaaa"
"Yes dear"
"And Darrrlinn"
"Yes dear?"
"We will stick to our tradition of Bellybuttons and Ice-Cream, won't we?"
"Yes dear"

Now what could this tradition refer to? What does our beloved tourist and his Darrrlinn have up their sleeve when they talk about Bellybuttons and Ice-Cream?



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Twice this year we had the opportunity top visit Kruger National Park with friends. Having recently bought a (slightly bigger) SUV, we thought it would be great to fill the extra space with people we love. The only condition is they have to flash their bellybuttons every time we see any member of the “Big Five”. In order to qualify for an Ice-Cream, you have to be the first one to shout “STOP” when seeing something at a possible sighting and then correctly identify the Animal or Birdie.

So allow me to introduce J & M who joined us in February.


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Just to be fair, here is a photo of me and my beautiful SO.


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Shortly after entering the Park, I not only won an Ice-Cream, but also had the opportunity to ask all to expose a certain part of our anatomy …


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Not long after that, M won her ice-cream when we approached this watering hole and saw a lovely herd of impis.


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She was soon followed by my SO when she also won her Ice-Cream, accompanied by the obligatory Bellybuttonflash


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“Darrrlinn”
“Yes dear”
“Now this is real fun, huh?”
“Yes dear”
“It is just J who is still without his Ice-cream ticket!”
“Yes dear”
… to which the SUV reverberated with the boisterous laughter of it’s occupants.


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Will J see something before we get to the First Camp for our first stop? What will it be?

…to be continued
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Unread post by Kendall M » Thu Jul 13, 2017 2:59 pm

:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
That has to be one of the coolest games! I think I may have to borrow it :P

Awesome start to your TR - looking forward to more belly flashing :popcorn: :tongue:
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Unread post by hilda » Thu Jul 13, 2017 3:04 pm

How lovely to see another trip report from Dupacc .... "Darrrlinn..." and "Yes dear?"! :dance: :dance:

Great to meet J & M, and "see" the author and his SO! Beautiful start to this trip report! :clap: :clap:

Great sightings for starters, and my favourite is the wide-angle shot of the Impala herd at the waterhole! Absolutely stunning! :dance: :dance:

Beautiful big Ellie and the famous sighting of Buffaloes in the mud! :dance: :dance:

Looking forward to read all about this experience, and hope J will earn an ice-cream ticket before the next camp is reached! :dance: :dance:
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Unread post by Karin Mitton » Thu Jul 13, 2017 3:18 pm

I am looking forward to this!
:popcorn: :popcorn:

Lovely photos of the hers of impalas!

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Unread post by Nkulu » Fri Jul 14, 2017 9:12 am

Oh goody, another trip report from Darrrlinn... and "Yes dear?"
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Unread post by Cape of Storms » Mon Jul 17, 2017 6:04 am

Love it!
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Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Mon Jul 17, 2017 7:37 am

This looks as though it is going to be a blast. :D

Lovely to meet you all....before the belly buttons really get down and dirty.

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Unread post by Grantmissy » Mon Jul 17, 2017 7:58 am

I am looking forward reading more Dupacc :) :thumbs_up: The photographs of the Impala's are great.
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Unread post by manicwalker » Tue Jul 18, 2017 7:29 am

Dupac,
Lovely to "meet" all of you :)
Great photos to start... :dance: :dance:
Love the elephant :clap:
Looks like you may get alot of ice creams.... :roll:

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Unread post by Dupacc » Tue Jul 18, 2017 11:21 am

Welcome on board Kendall M, hilda, Karin Mitton, Nkulu, Cape of Storms, Meandering Mouse, grantmissy and manicwalker.

As always I appreciate the kind words and comments :gflower: . It inspires me and I do hope you will enjoy the next episodes. :D
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Unread post by Dupacc » Tue Jul 18, 2017 11:25 am

Context: In Afrikaans, a warthog is called a “vlakvark”. If you break the word into two, it literally means “shallow pig”.


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“Darrlinn”
“Yes dear”
“Did J just see something, uuhmmmm, deep?”
“Yes dear”
“Darrrlinn”
“Yes dear”
“Did he actually mean he saw a uuhmmm “deep" pig-like hog?”
“Yes dear”
“But Darrrlinn”
“Yes dear”
“In order to earrrrrn that Ice-cream, it has to be a corrrrrect ID of the animal, doesn’t it?
“Yes dear”
“So how will we know if that little piggy was shallow or deep??”

… to which J replied: “You just have to look deep into the vlakvark eyes!”


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We really had lots of fun, joking with all the possibilities when playing with distorted animal names. And just to add a bit of truth to this tale, J actually did see the Warthogs quite soon after we entered and earned his Ice-cream. However, despite him flashing his bellybutton twice all by himself, (and the warthogs having tusks) it did not count as a “Big Five” sighting.


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This sighting however at some stage during the day did definitely qualify for a BIG flash.


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And as always we wondered how long before we don’t see these magnificent giants no longer in our beloved KNP…

The previous time we visited KNP during summertime, we saw birds in abundance. This time though, the visitors were a bit scarce. Perhaps they were gone already, or perhaps we did not reaaly focus that much on birds with all the bellybuttonflashes.



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A kudu is still one of my favourite animals…



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This ellie entertained us for almost 40 minutes as it tried in various ways to reach the water. It once almost fell over!


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We are always amazed with the pure power that a raptor portrays


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…to be continued
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Unread post by billyf » Tue Jul 18, 2017 11:42 am

What a lovely TR so far, another Darrrrlin expedition. i just hope that those belly buttons were properly cleaned before the trip. Wonder what the animals thought about all the bare midriffs. :hmz:
Great sightings so far, especially like that pic of the magnificent kudu bull. :clap: :clap:
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Unread post by Dupacc » Tue Jul 18, 2017 11:51 am

billyf wrote: Wonder what the animals thought about all the bare midriffs. :hmz: :


Sshhh !! ... I always tell Darrrlinn it's OK to flash a bellybutton 'cause animals cannot see into cars :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :whistle: :whistle: :whistle:
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Unread post by hilda » Tue Jul 18, 2017 12:50 pm

Quite a big Warthog Dupacc! Maybe it could earn J two ice-creams? :dance: :dance:

Awesome Rhino sighting, and I love the beautiful colours of the European Roller. :dance: :dance:

Very handsome Kudu bull, posing so nicely! :clap: :clap:

Poor Ellie! Hope it could get a sip or two! :hmz:

Beautiful shot of the Brown Snake-Eagle! Just look at those eyes! :clap: :clap:
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Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Wed Jul 19, 2017 5:06 am

That ellie does look a sight. :lol: :lol: :lol: What a beautiful Kudu.

:hmz: about the warty and tusks. I do love the rhino though.

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