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An unexpected 2 weeks trip to Kruger

Unread post by WackoRhino » Wed Feb 03, 2016 9:56 am

Hi everybody,

WR will soon be back :) :)

Some days ago, for boring reasons linked to work, I was "forced" to take holidays during the second half of february. I thought, where may I go alone (my SO and my daughter could not, and maybe would not :wink: , come on such a short notice) for 2 weeks in february ? :hmz:

I build an itinerary on a frenzy and finally did all the reservations yesterday :dance: :dance:
Arriving on the 12th, it goes like this. Pretoriuskop 2 nights, Lower Sabie, CrocBridge, Orpen, Satara, Letaba 2n, Mopani, Shingwedzi, Sirheni, Punda Maria 2n. 13 nights in Kruger, a dream come true !! I wanted to see new places, especially the far north and stay at LS, which proved difficult and at Olifants, which proved impossible in a good bungalow. So I will have to change place almost everyday but I will stay at 6 new camps and roam the mighty Kruger from south to north :dance: :dance:

I decided to cover a lot of ground because I have never seen Kruger in summer. It will be my 3rd trip to the area but the first where I will have the opportunity to marvel at the winged summer visitors :D . So birding will be my main objective, and doggies, who are the last "viewable" animals that haven't seen yet. Of course, I would be more than happy to see Pangolin, Aardvark and Samongo but this cannot be regarded as an objective :lol: . And I certainly hope to see many of my brethren and I will make a special section for them at the end of my report.

I will not submit posts during my stay in the park but I will proudly display the yellow ribbon and hope to meet some of you for talk :thumbs_up:
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Re: An unexpected 2 weeks trip to Kruger

Unread post by Kaapsedraai » Fri Feb 05, 2016 12:39 pm

WackoRhino, this sounds like a lot of fun :D
You will be sleeping over at quite variety of camps and the good thing is that you do not have to travel far from camp to camp, hence give some more opportunity to explore some roads around the camps. :dance:

Hope you find a good % of your desired list and would like to know how it went. :D

All of the best with preparations. :thumbs_up:
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Re: An unexpected 2 weeks trip to Kruger

Unread post by WackoRhino » Fri Feb 05, 2016 9:13 pm

Thanks Kaapsedraai !

I will surely make a "travel tale" when I come back home :)
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Re: An unexpected 2 weeks trip to Kruger

Unread post by hilda » Sat Feb 06, 2016 5:22 am

Definitely looking forward to your travel tale WackoRhino! :clap: :clap:

Travel safe and have a stunning trip with loads of wonderful sightings! :dance: :dance:
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Re: An unexpected 2 weeks trip to Kruger

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Sat Feb 06, 2016 5:24 am

WOW :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance: fabulous.

I wish you a wonderful trip. I do look forward to your trip report once you are back.

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Re: An unexpected 2 weeks trip to Kruger

Unread post by Pikkie » Tue Feb 09, 2016 10:07 pm

Saying that I am green with envy is the understatement of the year! :wall: :wall:

But enjoy your forced holiday.
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Re: An unexpected 2 weeks trip to Kruger

Unread post by Karin Mitton » Thu Feb 11, 2016 7:36 am

You are so lucky to be able to go for 2 weeks. Pity SO and daughter cannot join. Looking forward to hear all about it!

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Re: An unexpected 2 weeks trip to Kruger

Unread post by Philip1 » Thu Feb 11, 2016 9:22 am

WackoRhino :whistle: what an itinerary. :mrgreen:

Enjoy it and looking forward to your adventure. :D
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Re: An unexpected 2 weeks trip to Kruger

Unread post by impyim » Thu Feb 11, 2016 10:30 am

How good is that - being forced to have 2 weeks holiday and opting for Kruger.

I look forward to your tales of the trip. :thumbs_up:

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Re: An unexpected 2 weeks trip to Kruger

Unread post by WackoRhino » Thu Feb 11, 2016 12:20 pm

Thank you everybody for your nice words :D :D

On my way in a few hours :dance: :dance:
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Re: An unexpected 2 weeks trip to Kruger

Unread post by Tessa G » Thu Feb 11, 2016 12:33 pm

Have a wonderful trip WhackoRhino and hope you have comfortable and safe travels. :thumbs_up:

Watch out for those Wild Dogs you are after near Orpen Camp in the early mornings...often seen and quite a big pack of 35 or so. Not always seen together because they seem to split up into smaller groups for hunting.

Looking forward to your TR on your return.

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Re: An unexpected 2 weeks trip to Kruger

Unread post by Kendall M » Thu Feb 11, 2016 2:57 pm

Lucky you! 2 weeks in Kruger - super jealous!

Safe travels & have a jol!

I can't wait to hear all about your trip :)
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Re: An unexpected 2 weeks trip to Kruger

Unread post by cheetahlady » Sun Feb 14, 2016 5:24 am

:mrgreen: enjoy.
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Re: An unexpected 2 weeks trip to Kruger

Unread post by jjames04 » Tue Feb 16, 2016 4:19 am

Looking forward to your TR on what will be a whirl wind tour of Kruger.

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Re: An unexpected 2 weeks trip to Kruger

Unread post by WackoRhino » Mon Feb 29, 2016 5:09 pm

Hi everybody :)

I am back home with a ton of photos to get through, a whole lot of observation notes to clean up and the desire to begin this TR as soon as possible. So please get on the bus we are leaving right now ! :dance:

Some of you might remember than in my 2011 TR I wrote “So we left Kruger with a heavy heart and the promise to ourselves to come back one day”. I came to fulfil this promise and I can say that I deeply regretted that MA could not come along. Not only because I missed her company dearly but also because of the quality of some of the sightings I had. :thumbs_up:

1st day : the 24 hours rule

I was so excited to go back to Kruger that I left my place too early. At the airport I had the time to have a nice hamburger at a restaurant that sounded a bit to me like Kruger King :D
The flight was ok, my neighbour was a nice man from Johannesburg. We talked for a while, he told me that his sisters were born in Kenya in the 70s and that he was born in Rhodesia. His parents lost everything at the "revolution” and they had to come back to South Africa. So even in this swiss plane I was already in South Africa.

On my way to the park, everything went well until i took the wrong turn in White River. I was in fact going back south and this would have led me to Malelane. I stopped at a fuel station where people explained me this and I even found someone going to Numbi. So I drove him there thanks to his guiding, a win-win situation. :)

I entered Kruger roughly 24 hours after leaving home, which seems definitely to be the time I need to get from my home to great places. :D

I should not talk about the only mammal i saw on my way to Pkop, but if I totally agree about not giving information on Rhino sightings, it is not the same for Elephants. I have seen Elephants everyday during my stay, up to ten times a day, they are all over the place and they decorate every road of the park :twisted: . But the major argument against restriction is that the Elephant’s sightings are reported on the sightings boards of the camps. Then if Sanparks wants us to stop talking about Elephants sightings they should begin by stopping the reports at the camps. So I can tell you that surprisingly the only mammal I saw from the gate to the camp was an Elephant. :)

At night I couldn't find sleep even if I was very tired. too many questions about my stay. What will be the extent and consequences of the draught, had I done the right planning, how much luck would I get… :hmz: :hmz:
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