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Unread post by Jose » Sun Mar 19, 2006 10:39 pm

Olifants viewing deck! 8) Letaba outside the restaurant is great too! 8)
Or...
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...Sabie bridge! 8)

Too difficult to pick a favourite. I'll just say any spot in KNP. :D And at any time. :lol:

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Unread post by Toddelelfe » Sun Mar 19, 2006 11:52 pm

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Re: Sundowners in Kruger

Unread post by karasu » Wed Dec 03, 2008 1:28 pm

@ Jose: Fantastic Pic from LS Bridge. The colours are just AMAZING. It looks like a painting! :clap:

Must admit we also love Sunset Dam, but I will NEVER forget LS Deck and I have to tell you the story.

It was in July of this year and we decided to go and have sundowners on the LS Deck. It was very hot and we decided to leave the alcahol and opt for Cream Soda Floats. We were sitting on the deck sipping our floats for about half an hour, when the most awful sound came from about 10meters downstream from the deck. :big_eyes:

It was dark by that stage, so we couldn't see anything except reeds and bush rustling like crazy. I can't explain the sound, I've never heard it before, but imagined that it might be how a buffalo sounds when dying or having stomach ache. :hmz:

Some visitors staying in the chalets next to the river came outside with all the commotion and started searching with the flashlights.

What a sight, as soon as the light hit the right spot, I almost fainted! :shock:
It was lions attacking a hippo! Right in front of us! And the sound was the hippo, we also heard some growls from the lions.

The hippo eventually escaped, but we were stunned. Here we were sipping on floats with NO IDEA that lions were right behind us! SO AMAZING!

Thus, we ALWAYS have sundowner floats on LS Deck! It's good luck! :dance:

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Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Sat Dec 06, 2008 6:12 am

What an experience, Karasu.

I think that I have decided that my favourite place for sunsets is Mathekenyane. I have been fortunate to have experienced a few while on Sand River trails. You can also experience the start of the sunset if you are staying at Skukuza in August. It is magic.

I wonder if there have been any more closings of the Mathekenyane road due to a Leopard that was often seen in the area.?
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Unread post by ndloti » Sat Dec 06, 2008 11:11 am

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Unread post by Bush Andy » Mon Dec 08, 2008 12:13 pm

Difficult to say... Balule low level bridge is awesome especially if your camping at Balule :mrgreen: . Also the High level bridges over the Sabie, Letaba, Shingwedzi and Olifants rivers are fantastic, nice to hear the bats and see the vast expanse of river come alive with the sounds of the night! Awesome... :dance:
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Unread post by roaneric » Tue Dec 09, 2008 10:33 am

Our most memorable sundowner was at our bungalow in Mopani. The kids were playing on the porch, we had a amarula and brandy, and enjoyed the sounds of the hippo’s just in front of us. We watched the sun set. The atmosphere was FANTASTIC and Peacefull. Will never forget that moment.

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Unread post by kimi6787 » Tue Dec 09, 2008 1:12 pm

Hi there everyone.

I would like to share with you the best sundowner I have ever had in my life.

It was at Mopanie overnight hide April of this year.No rush to go anywhere at anytime,it was only me and my wife in the hide with a nice drink in hand,listning to all the calls of Krugers Wildlife(especially Hippos) and a nice fire ready to have a nice braai,it was really special and romantic and hihgly recomended.

Thanks :P :lol:

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Unread post by Safrica » Tue Dec 09, 2008 2:42 pm

hi kimi, i think you mean shipandani overnight hide (is near mopani)...

i booked an overnight hide myself for my next trip (sable hide) - really looking forward to that experience
will definately have to buy drinks for a sundowner too :wink:
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Unread post by ndloti » Tue Dec 09, 2008 3:02 pm

Safrica , being alone at an overnight hide can be most enriching for ones soul .
One can occupy the hide with your bedding etc around 45 minutes before gate closing time (although the leaflet states only 30 minutes before) , so best be ready with all your goods in time , the twilight period here is very short .
KNP is sacred. I am opposed to the modernisation of Kruger and from the depths of my soul long for the Kruger of yesteryear! 1000+km on foot in KNP incl 56 wild trails.200+ nights in the wildernessndloti-indigenous name for serval.

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Unread post by Jo » Sun Dec 14, 2008 9:15 pm

Hi guys

A couple of memorable places for us.....

Image A night drive from Sirheni
ImageRooibosrand, near Bateleur
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ImageAnd had to sneak in a sunrise at Shimuwini :D
ImageShimuwini sunset

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Unread post by Micetta » Mon Dec 15, 2008 11:24 am

Hi Jo,
Your photos are spectacular. They put you in the right mood for South
Africa.

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Re: Sundowners in Kruger

Unread post by Anthony » Thu Jan 08, 2009 6:39 pm

Agreed!! An ice cold frostie on the Shinggwedzi bridge. During the summer time, if you stay on the bridge just long enough to make it back to Shingwedzi, you can experience 100's and 100's of bats leaving the shelter of inside the bridge and taking off into the evening sky!! Its really something to see!!!
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Unread post by Boorgatspook » Sat Feb 20, 2010 9:34 pm

michelevictoria wrote:Sunset Dam is a great place to go. Bring some crackers, cheese and a beverage of choice. Beautiful spot and so close to Lower Sabie that you can get back in time before the gate closes.

Sure? That is until your get lost in your own thoughts while watching the sun set, and suddenly you are brought back to earth with a knock on the car's window...
I was 5 minutes late that day :doh: :redface:

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Unread post by Pjw » Thu Feb 25, 2010 7:32 pm

Some places we go...
From biyamiti... the Biyamiti causeway
From CB ...the Gesantfombi dam if it has water
From Satara ...Nsemani dam
from Skukuza...the delaporte waterhole or my beat the Mathekenyane rock/lookout
From Olifants... the Nwamanzi lookout or the low level bridge near Balule
From Letaba... the Letaba river bridge or just one of the benches in the camp at the river
Sigh now I want to be there :wall:
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