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harrys' Golden Gate NP - Something different. Nov. 2015

Unread post by harrys » Mon Nov 09, 2015 8:05 pm

Sunday 15 November we will be on our way to a brand new destination, this will be the first time for all off us in Golden Gate NP :dance: 8)

What makes it even better is that we are going as a family, Bookworm, Tataruka, SO and MIL and FIL we always have a wonderful time together 8) :dance:

I have no wish list all I want is that we all enjoy the park :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:
Say NO to hotels in KNP!!!
KNP: Satara 10 - 14 June 2017
KTP: November ??

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Re: Golden Gate NP - Something different

Unread post by harrys » Tue Nov 10, 2015 4:43 pm

Thank you everyone for your good wishes :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:

We will enjoy it I'm sure and yes I will take lots of :cam: :cam:
Say NO to hotels in KNP!!!
KNP: Satara 10 - 14 June 2017
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Re: Golden Gate NP - Something different

Unread post by harrys » Sun Nov 15, 2015 8:24 pm

Hi everyone :)

We arrived at 13:20 today after a difficult trip as the wind tried to blow us back to Boksburg :shock:

I can tell you this is definately NOT Kruger :P

Here is a first pic

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Re: Golden Gate NP - Something different

Unread post by harrys » Sat Nov 21, 2015 4:37 pm

15 November:

We arrived at Glen Reenen camp at around 13:20 and we set up camp as we waited for FIL and MIL :)
The journey was really tough as my car started over heating everytime we had a steep uphill and then when we got to Golden Gate the mountains was humongus and really steap so I had to nurse it the last 18 km's :? :shock: :tongue: .....but we made it safely( I must say I pull a huge Gypsey Regal caravan with a 2L diesel Nissan Qashqai and this is the first time we had a problem......I later found that the bonnet protector I fitted to my car was the cause of the over heating problem :whistle: :redface: )

We booked in at reception and that was not a good experience but it was done and I could start enjoying the scenery although the wind was trying very hard to blow everything away :roll: :wink:

Here are some pics

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This little Cape weaver entertained us for the 5 days we stayed there by fighting with the other birds, breaking his nest and then rebuilding his nest in 3 days :)

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Some pics of what the camp looks like, camping area

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The chalets

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End of day 1...next day 2 :popcorn:
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Re: Golden Gate NP - Something different

Unread post by harrys » Mon Nov 23, 2015 12:57 pm

16 November:

We slept late and then went for a drive on the 2 loops(11kms :whistle: ) this included the vulture restaurant, here are some pics

First Blesbok loop:

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Image (Langtoon Dam)

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A Grassland Gazania (Gazania krebsiana serrulata)

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Day 2 TBC......
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Re: Golden Gate NP - Something different

Unread post by harrys » Wed Nov 25, 2015 8:31 pm

Part 2 Day 2:

Zebra on Blesbok loop

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Secretary bird on Oribi loop

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My first Bearded Vulture(Tataruka has better photos, I will post them later)

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First Bald Ibis

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Then a Crow came for lunch

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A swallow

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And at last a Cape Vulture

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Next part 3.....
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Re: Golden Gate NP - Something different

Unread post by harrys » Fri Nov 27, 2015 4:50 pm

Day 2- Final part:

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This Cape weaver demolished this nest in a day and started a new one :wink:

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You wanna fight.......

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Next day 3...
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Re: Golden Gate NP - Something different

Unread post by harrys » Sun Nov 29, 2015 10:01 am

17 November - Day 3:

Early morning visitor

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Today the kids decided to go for a walk up the mountain and me and FIL will go along :big_eyes: :big_eyes: :tongue: they chose the Mushroom loop and said it will only take about 45 mins.........ja right :whistle: .....it took us 90 mins and lots of cold beverages when we got back to camp and I couldn't walk properly for the next day 0*\

Here are some pics

Father in law taking in the scenery

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Our camp from the mountain :shock:

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Beautiful mountain plant

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More to follow......
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Re: Golden Gate NP - Something different

Unread post by harrys » Sun Dec 06, 2015 5:43 pm

Last of day 3:

Some of the plants.....1 identified but the others :hmz:

a Hlokoa-La-Tsela or Lesotho Carnation Dianthus basuticus basuticus

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Any ideas what these plants are :hmz:

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End of the day braai :thumbs_up:

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Next Day 4.....Clarens :hmz:
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Re: Golden Gate NP - Something different

Unread post by harrys » Fri Dec 11, 2015 9:46 am

Day 4 - Clarens

Just 1 km from camp this Boon family

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Clarens is a very interesting little town and if you go there take a lot of money because you WILL want to buy something :lol: :lol:

We however had some Clarens beer and chips :)

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On our way back to Glen Reenen we stopped at the Van Reenen Grave yard

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Then back at camp I went walk about in camp and got some birdies

Pied Starling

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Red-eyed Bulbul

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Olive thrush

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Next some more birdies :popcorn:
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Re: Golden Gate NP - Something different

Unread post by harrys » Tue Dec 15, 2015 7:03 pm

Final part of day 4

Back at camp the Cape weaver showed of his nest building skills and he entertained us for the rest of the day :)

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Cape grassbird

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Common fiscal

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That was day 4 next our last day......
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Re: Golden Gate NP - Something different

Unread post by harrys » Fri Dec 18, 2015 12:13 pm

Last day - 19 November:

We decided to do the 2 loops again

Ducks on the Langtoon dam wall

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Female stonechat :hmz:

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Levaillant's Cisticola :hmz:

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Village indigo bird :hmz:

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Baboon having lunch

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Zebras posing nicely

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Last part of last day next :)
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Re: Golden Gate NP - Something different

Unread post by harrys » Tue Dec 22, 2015 7:54 pm

Last photos of our trip

Black wildebeest

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Red Hartebeest at the vulture restaurant

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Bald Ibus

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Swallow

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Cape Vulture

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Scenery

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Khahla Watsonia lepida

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And that friends was our trip to Goldengate Nasional Park :thumbs_up:

I will visit again but will stay in the hotel or the mountain houses and not for that long maybe 2 days or so :)

The scenery and landscapes in this park is awesome and breathtaking and one should visit this park at least once :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:

Thank you everyone for your comments and for joining us on our trip :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:
Say NO to hotels in KNP!!!
KNP: Satara 10 - 14 June 2017
KTP: November ??


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