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The Awakening of a Parched Kruger - Tessa & Dave 2016/17

Unread post by Tessa G » Mon Jan 09, 2017 8:42 am

With our flight back to Cape Town a few hours away, Dave/Oubok and I cannot believe that our long awaited holiday to our beloved Kruger is at an end. We have spent the last two days with Grandies and family in Johannesburg and at 3pm we fly back home.

We have thousands of photos to go through, but I have started on some of them and once back, will start sharing our fantastic, albeit wet, trip to Kruger for this year.

Unfortunately this trip will have to last us two years as we will not be returning to Kruger until December 2018 because we are due to fly to the UK for a very different holiday with the Grandies, Son and Daughter-in-Law at their home in Worcestershire in December of this year. So looking forward to spending time with them, but feeling at odds about not seeing the park.

Anyway, we will get this trip on the road soon and a special trip it certainly was in so many ways.....Kruger had donned her finest green outfit to greet us, we met up with some very special mites, some we knew from previous meets and others were first time meets and we also met up with others on the roads at sightings, attracted to the display of our yellow ribbons.

See you all once we are back in CT.

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Re: The Awakening of a Parched Kruger - Tessa & Dave 2016/17

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Mon Jan 09, 2017 8:52 am

What a lovely and hopeful title. :D It says everything.

Looking forward to the next episode. Safe travels.

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Unread post by barryels » Mon Jan 09, 2017 9:06 am

In the bus for this trip and looking forward to all the sightings and stories of your and Dave's trip :popcorn: .
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Unread post by Grantmissy » Mon Jan 09, 2017 9:14 am

I am looking forward reading more about your trip to the Kruger National Park Tessa and Dave :thumbs_up:
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Unread post by umtali1 » Mon Jan 09, 2017 9:48 am

I'm on this bus, definitely :clap: :clap: :clap: . Really looking forward to reading all about a revived Kruger :popcorn: :popcorn:
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Re: The Awakening of a Parched Kruger - Tessa & Dave 2016/17

Unread post by Kaapsedraai » Mon Jan 09, 2017 10:30 am

Dave & Tessa G, the time really flew as it was just the other day counting the days to visit Kruger.

We cannot wait to learn more about your trip, all the meets and amazing :cam:

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Unread post by Crested Val » Mon Jan 09, 2017 10:48 am

Padkos packed in the cooler and ready to get on the bus!!!

We are not far from Worcestershire so maybe we can have a meet when you are here!!!!
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Unread post by Mischief » Mon Jan 09, 2017 10:58 am

Ok I am on board for this TT as well.... :popcorn: :popcorn: :popcorn: :popcorn: ready to start when you are Tessa G :k
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Unread post by jaun1 » Mon Jan 09, 2017 1:11 pm

Oooo Goody, another new trip report :dance: :dance: :dance:

How do you guys expect me to get some work done :wall: :D :popcorn:

Can't wait to hear/see all about it Tessa. :dance: :popcorn:

Luckily you have the forum help you through your long countdown to your next Kruger trip. :gflower:
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Unread post by isinkwe » Mon Jan 09, 2017 1:21 pm

Can't wait to see how the rest of your trip went :thumbs_up: :D :D
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Unread post by hilda » Mon Jan 09, 2017 2:25 pm

Ready and waiting for this trip to start Tessa and Dave! Looking forward to this trip report very much! :dance: :dance:
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Unread post by Karin Mitton » Mon Jan 09, 2017 2:29 pm

Soooo looking forward to another of your TRs - can't wait!

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Unread post by Hugh » Mon Jan 09, 2017 2:30 pm

I am aboard the bus in my usual seat above the rear wheel
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Unread post by Cape of Storms » Mon Jan 09, 2017 4:28 pm

I am on board too! Missing a year of Kruger has been really hard but makes the thought of our next visit beyond exciting! Why do these trips take so long to come and go by so fast???


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Re: The Awakening of a Parched Kruger - Tessa & Dave 2016/17

Unread post by Tessa G » Tue Jan 10, 2017 11:59 am

Thank you to all of you for your interest in jumping aboard our Kruger bus, on this our next Tessa and Dave adventure. I really hope that it helps you through your countdowns :dance: to your next Kruger trip, however long it may be.

Welcome aboard, get comfy and make sure that you have enough to eat and drink. Dave will be on braai duty as usual, although he does pick up a tummy bug along the way, so Isinkwe if you wouldnt mind just helping out for that short period. :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:

Here we go:

We could not be only a few kilometers from Kruger and not take a day trip into the park, so armed with all the good things and a meet scheduled with Jan van Wyk in the afternoon at Lake Panic, we headed off.

DAY TRIP 19.12.2016 – Part 1
We were waiting in the queue at Phabeni Gate before 5:00am and once the formalities were done we passed through into the park and I have to admit that a bubble of excitement ran through my tummy. :dance:

The general array of Kruger inhabitants greeted us as we made our way along the S1 until a raptor caught my attention doing its best to keep itself hidden from view.

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After many photos and time spent pouring through our bird books we were none the wiser as to what it might be, so some suggestions would be very welcome. :thumbs_up:

We have fond memories of the H1-2 and Maroela Loop area from our 2015 visit, so that was the direction we headed.

Crossing the Sand River, we were entertained by a variety of water birds preening, fishing and generally sunning themselves in the warmth of the morning sun.

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(This photo was taken by Dave....I promised I would give him credit for his hard work :lol: :lol: )
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There was a bit of indecision as to whether we should continue on to Tshokwane, or to take the H12 and then the Salitje Road.....I had a very good feeling about the latter, :dance: , so with the decision made we continued on our way.

About 2km down the road a group of 3 cars drew our attention to the bush on the left hand side. No ways!!!! How could we be this lucky so early in the day.....there lying in the shade of a group of trees was a pack of about 20 very sleepy Wild Dog. :dance:

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I just love these animals and although deemed to be vicious hunters, I find them absolutely fascinating and apart from deriving such pleasure watching their interaction with each other, the way they hunt and administer a kill is so quick and efficient that I like to hope that the prey is not in a position to be able to feel pain....unlike a lion taking down a buffalo, which just upsets me terribly.

After spending a good half hour with them and with my left arm taking the brunt of the searing heat of the morning sun and my right index finger now getting cramp :lol: we noticed a troop of baboons making their way down the road in the direction of the dogs. The dogs went from snoozing to being immediately alert.

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Once they had sized the baboon troop up and decided that it was not worth the effort on such a hot day, they wandered back, greeting those wiser dogs who had not followed and must have thought it a wasted of time from the beginning.

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The Head Honcho baboon sat under the same trees as the wild dogs, almost taunting them, as much as to say, ‘Come on guys, give me a go and my troop will show you what we are made of!’ Unfortunately I have no photos of him as there was too much vegetation in the way.


To Be Continued/....
Current TR: The Awakening of a Parched Kruger - Tessa & Dave Dec 2016/17
TR: Swathes of Colour at West Coast National Park
TR: 23 Days with Tessa & Dave - From Head to Tail DEC 2015


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