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Arks’ Kruger Trip: 20 April – 15 May

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Unread post by wildchild » Fri May 19, 2006 1:35 am

What a trip! :shock: awd, leopards galore, cheetah, lions etc...with car trouble like this, who wants a smooth ride? :twisted: :roll: :lol:
Waiting for report and pics. don't keep us agonising.

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Unread post by arks » Sun Jun 04, 2006 1:08 am

Only JUST returned last night, after a wet, cold 2 weeks in London :twisted: and am still very jet lagged, so it will be a while before I get organised to begin writing a report. Also have 7000+ pix to sort through (as well as 26 hours of video :roll: ), although that includes my 3 weeks in Cape Town, but most are KNP. So please be patient :D and I'll be as quick as I can.

:redface: PS :redface: Mucho thanks to Jumbo and Freda for posting my intermittent sightings. Altho, as Freda had guessed, I had some mixed feeling about "connecting" because one of the things I enjoy about KNP is being totally cut off from the outside world, we were in touch in any case because of coordinating our meets, and it was fun sharing my experiences with them both — and with the forum.
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4,5 April Melville
6-19 April KNP: Croc Bridge, Olifants, Shingwedzi, Pafuri Border
20-24 April Mapungubwe: Leokwe
25 April-28 May Darling
29 May-19 June Cape Town

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Unread post by arks » Sun Jun 04, 2006 1:09 am

DuQues wrote:
Arks wrote:I saw another leopard early Sunday on the S44 and later my 1st ever klipspringer.

Any bets that I know both of them? ... it was a male leopard.

Right about the leopard, at least that it was a male

DuQues wrote:And the klipspringers are at Olifants lookout, on the Olifants side. :wink:

but wrong about the klipspinger as it wasn't anywhere near the Olifants lookout. I saw it on the S47, and it's still the only one I've ever seen :?
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6-19 April KNP: Croc Bridge, Olifants, Shingwedzi, Pafuri Border
20-24 April Mapungubwe: Leokwe
25 April-28 May Darling
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Unread post by arks » Sun Jun 04, 2006 1:13 am

Jose wrote:She's having a blast hey? :lol: I just hope she took pics of the whole tusker too, and not just the ears! :twisted: :lol:

MANY pix (and video) of the whole tusker, Jose, and I really understand now how you feel about "your" special ellie. I can't begin to tell you how special my 3rd encounter with this one was, just the most amazing experience ever!
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6-19 April KNP: Croc Bridge, Olifants, Shingwedzi, Pafuri Border
20-24 April Mapungubwe: Leokwe
25 April-28 May Darling
29 May-19 June Cape Town

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Unread post by arks » Sun Jun 04, 2006 1:21 am

Bush Baptist wrote:Geat variety Arks, it was nice meeting you in Cape Town.

Also great to meet you and Francois and your SOs. I've got LOTS of trip reports to be writing and masses of pix to sort through, but it will be fun to relive all the adventures. Our morning at Rondevlei couldn't have been a better start :thumbs_up:
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6-19 April KNP: Croc Bridge, Olifants, Shingwedzi, Pafuri Border
20-24 April Mapungubwe: Leokwe
25 April-28 May Darling
29 May-19 June Cape Town

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Unread post by bert » Sun Jun 04, 2006 9:35 am

Poor Arks :cry:
Back already :shock:
Looks like you have a lot of writing and sorting out to do :wink:

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Unread post by arks » Sun Jun 04, 2006 12:52 pm

bert wrote:Looks like you have a lot of writing and sorting out to do :wink:

Yip, it's a somewhat daunting prospect :lol: :roll: Also, you'll note that I ended up needing (many) more than the 21 videotapes that I took with me ... had bought a couple spares in the park, but had a bit of a panic during my last week in KNP when I realised that I was going to run out and then all of the park shops I tried (Olifants, Letaba, Satara) were out of stock :shock: So I ended up making a trip into Phalaborwa, where I not only found some tapes, but they were half the price — not just half the price of those in the park, but actually lots less than I'd seen tapes anywhere in SA!
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6-19 April KNP: Croc Bridge, Olifants, Shingwedzi, Pafuri Border
20-24 April Mapungubwe: Leokwe
25 April-28 May Darling
29 May-19 June Cape Town

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Unread post by DinkyBird » Sun Jun 04, 2006 8:37 pm

arks wrote: more than the 21 videotapes that I took with me ... had bought a couple spares in the park,

:shock: My word arks!

Welcome back! Great to have you back and so look forward to all your pics and reports!

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Unread post by Jose » Sun Jun 04, 2006 10:30 pm

Glad you made it back safe and sound, arks! Now about those ellie pics... when can we expect them? :P

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Unread post by Jumbo » Mon Jun 05, 2006 2:17 pm

Hi Arks

Great to have you back! :D
I’m looking forward to the report and the pics of those stuffed leopard replicas. :twisted:

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Unread post by arks » Mon Jun 05, 2006 9:41 pm

Thanks for the warm welcome back!! I've uploaded all the pix onto the computer, but in total there are @10,000 (I forgot to count in the point-and-shoot ones :P ), so it's going to take me some time to sort through them and organise them. I'll try to dig out a few of "my" ellie — who I think is likely Timaka — and some of my leopards for Jose and Jumbo :twisted: :lol:

And in addition to KNP, I also have to report on WCNP, Cape Point and Boulders ... And it's gonna take me some time to organise my thoughts, as well as my pix.

Soon ... :lol: :tongue: :wall:
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6-19 April KNP: Croc Bridge, Olifants, Shingwedzi, Pafuri Border
20-24 April Mapungubwe: Leokwe
25 April-28 May Darling
29 May-19 June Cape Town

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Unread post by gwendolen » Mon Jun 05, 2006 9:46 pm

arks wrote:Soon ...

:thumbs_up: :lol:

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Unread post by Jazil » Mon Jun 05, 2006 10:36 pm

WElcome back arks, your trip sounds amazing, and I cant wait for the reports and pictures......... hurry!!!
(Not pushing you or anything!) :wink:
Don't forget to PM any Mod your Kudu nominations for the month.

If you want to list your Park Dates in the YR Thread then please PM me.

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Unread post by Bushmad » Sun Jun 18, 2006 6:16 pm

Jumbo wrote:At Lower Sabie she stayed in a new riverfront bungalow ….says it is not so close to nature as the tents but baboon proof. :wink:


Been meaning to ask about this for ages....Arks, I didnt know that there were new riverfront bungalows at L.S. Were the old ones renovated or are these completely new? What are they like?

I know that this should be in another thread but when I clicked on "quote" it only gave me this option. Sorry Mods, you're welcome to move it.
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Unread post by arks » Mon Jun 19, 2006 2:35 am

Bushmad wrote:
Jumbo wrote:At Lower Sabie she stayed in a new riverfront bungalow ….says it is not so close to nature as the tents but baboon proof. :wink:


Been meaning to ask about this for ages....Arks, I didnt know that there were new riverfront bungalows at L.S. Were the old ones renovated or are these completely new? What are they like?

I know that this should be in another thread but when I clicked on "quote" it only gave me this option. Sorry Mods, you're welcome to move it.

They're actually rennovated, but quite substantially so, and I've already written about them someplace else. Have a look here, about halfway down the page. The rennovated bungalows are really nice! :thumbs_up:
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6-19 April KNP: Croc Bridge, Olifants, Shingwedzi, Pafuri Border
20-24 April Mapungubwe: Leokwe
25 April-28 May Darling
29 May-19 June Cape Town


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