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Talamati to Malelane trip report, name and shame, complaints compliments all in one

Unread post by Mars » Wed Oct 26, 2016 8:03 am

We packed and left from Gauteng Sunday 16 October 2016 and waited so long to return to the majestically kruger. Had a nice drive via all the small towns and finally reached Orpen gate at about 2 pm. It was warm really warm, the weather said low 30's the bakkie said 38 degrees. (please excuse my second language English')

So nice to see and smell the bush again. Had a 15 minutes wait and checked in. I couldnt believe how dry the park is up north, very little water and very warm. After about an hour and half we reached Talamati bushcamp our very first time.

The weather quickly turned from warm sunny to cloudy which was great meaning the fan only unit was good enough and not so warm. We unpacked and had a nice braai before visiting the waterhole around 8pm. What a wonderful quiet peaceful place, many animals came to drink including a very big Rhino bull was wonderful to see.

The next morning we took a dirt road stopped for breakfast and visited Satara. Unfortunately they had no power so we couldnt get some coffee. all over the park is animal remains, especially buffalo and hippo and some hippos seemed to die very very close to water some even next to a dam etc, which is puzzling ?

For some reason it also seem that hippos are more out of the water during the day than usual. Apart from that sightings was quiet, a few nice sable, impala, many many giraffes and some dead hippo and buffalo.

We stayed around orpen for 2 days and on our last day came across a big pride of lions which was just laying around sleeping mostly. We watched them for a very long time and then in the middle of the day it happened. about 70 meters from the lions were zebra and blou wildebeest, the lions watched them and suddenly 4 females jumped up and started to stalk them walking ever closer. The lions came as close as 25 meters without the wildebeest noticing them with one female leading the charge. Some impala also joined the zebra's and started snorting alerting all the animals about the lions. They all ran and the lions gave chase, the target was a baby wildebeest and interesting thing was other animals was closer but the target was locked.

The lion missed the wildebeest by about 1 meter and gave up the chase. At this stage the whole pride including 2 big males, some teen cubs and more females woke from their sleep and realized what was going on all charging as one towards the zebras, this was however too late and they were out of hunting reach.

Was amazing to see. As we moved down towards skukuza there seems to be some more water but still many carcasses and very dry areas. Close to Thsokwane we had 4 cheetahs cross the road right in front of us and kept looking back as if something is bothering them. I think it must have been a mother with 3 cubs but the cubs where as big as she is.

And 2 wild dog sightings ;)

We had mostly cloudy weather which was nice to break the heat. We saw many elephants, buffalo, even enough rhinos during our trip and the magic road skukuza to lower sabie gave us lions basically every day, sometimes 2 or 3 different places along the road. We had leopard cross the bridge at lower sabie and walked along the camp fence towards the deck alarming baboons and impala along the way, we just missed it.

Skukuza was nice at night when all the day visitors left, as during the day the camp is packed overloaded with tourists. We had once again tried Cattle Baron at Skukuza and was yet again dissapointed third visit in a row over a 2 year period. Sat at a table and after asking for a waiter several times we finally got one, overall bad experience average burgers at expensive prices and long waiting periods with not so friendly staff. Customers next to us also complained about the waiting time for a waiter.



We had breakfast at mugg and bean lower sabie, received great service with a friendly waiter, second time one night later we had dinner and it seemed like 3 or 4 waiters had to service a full house restaurant causing yet again bad service and very long waiting time to get served, to get orders, to get drinks etc. (a guy not south african sent his steak back as it was not medium as requested but well done, by the time he received a new steak his wife was long done eating)

Im south african and used to this but what must people from US, UK etc think about that kind of service ? Could still really improve.

one night we walked along the fence at skukuza along the river until we were very close to the old train selati restaurant. There was a unit with a big wooden deck and on the unit was a polystyrene bowl with neatly cut up strips of meat placed on the ground for hyena/ honey badger etc. I was in shock how can someone still feed animals like that?

We had 2 other sightings were a lady got out of her car on the bridge closest to skukuza day visitor area, and throw food at the baboons sitting in the riverbed, another car stopped at monkeys between skukuza and lower sabie and as soon as they thought all cars were gone gave food to the vervet monkeys.

We also had one guy playing chicken with a big elephant again and was kind of shocked with this behavior.

Apart from the small negatives the place was magical again, the hyena calls with the fire going at night... nothing beats that.

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will add the rest of the photos shortly
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Re: Talamati to Malelane trip report, name and shame, complaints compliments all in one

Unread post by RayK » Wed Oct 26, 2016 3:24 pm

Hi Mars,
Great action packed visit to the Kruger. :thumbs_up: Too bad that the bad behavior of people seems to be increasing and the service of staff in restaurants is decreasing.

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Unread post by salamanda » Wed Oct 26, 2016 4:59 pm

Sounds as though you had a really good trip from the point of view of animals, not so good regarding people. Im' very shocked at the number of people you actually saw feeding animals. Did you report this anywhere? Would love to see some of your photos, but are you able to post them in a larger format?

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Unread post by Pumbaa » Fri Oct 28, 2016 1:48 pm

Great lion shots, Mars,

and even cheetah :dance: :dance: :dance:

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Unread post by salamanda » Fri Oct 28, 2016 5:12 pm

Beautiful pics Mars, many thanks for posting. :thumbs_up:

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Unread post by Hugh » Fri Oct 28, 2016 9:23 pm

Super photos Mars
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Unread post by Cecilec » Wed Nov 16, 2016 12:07 am

Hi Mars,

since I have been not in the Forum for a long time, today I had a chance to read your TR. :dance: :dance:

You sure were verry lucky seeing so many annimals . :clap: :clap:
Thanks for sharing. :gflower: :gflower:

Yes thats whats bathers me too, people feeding wild annimals in and out of the Car or even in the Park. :naughty: :naughty:
THose will be the firstonce who will complain, if those annimals will bather them or their Cars.

Annyway, thanks so much for your beautiful pictures. cannot wait to go back again.

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Unread post by imcarthur » Wed Nov 16, 2016 12:33 am

Thanks for the concise report, Mars. More pictures please. :lol:

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Unread post by manicwalker » Wed Nov 16, 2016 5:01 am

Beautiful photos Mars, :clap:
Yep there will always be those few people who disobey the rules... :evil:

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Unread post by Mischief » Wed Nov 16, 2016 2:46 pm

Enjoyed your TR Mars. Lovely pics and great sightings you had.Pity about the bad service incidents :? :? and stupidity of other Park visitors :naughty: :naughty: :evil: but I as you say the good experiences outweighed the bad :dance: :thumbs_up:
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Unread post by Philip1 » Wed Nov 16, 2016 3:25 pm

:mrgreen: :thanx: :mrgreen:
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Unread post by Karin Mitton » Wed Nov 16, 2016 8:32 pm

Wonderful photos

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Unread post by hilda » Thu Nov 17, 2016 3:30 am

Awesome sightings with great photos Mars! Thank you for sharing! :clap: :clap:
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Unread post by billyf » Thu Nov 17, 2016 4:04 am

Thank you for this very brief report - great sightings, sorry about the poor service and stupid people :clap: :clap: :thumbs_up:

More pics please :popcorn: :popcorn:
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Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Thu Nov 17, 2016 4:27 am

Mars, those are really lovely pictures. 8) What kind of camera do you use?

It sounds as though you had some super sightings. I am sure it is to whet your appetite for the next trip.

I am sorry about your bad experiences. :( I hope that you filled in the feedback form. We can always help to change service. Unfortunately, when it comes to tourists...we cannot regulate stupid. :wall:

Any more photos?

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