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Luren My Tenth Kruger trip! Nov 2010

Unread post by Luren » Sat Oct 02, 2010 12:35 pm

Greetings to my fellow forumites!
I know this is early but excitement oozes from every pore as I let everyone know that I have booked my kruger trip that is in 1 months time :dance:

I know this report is premature but I know you guys know how I feel.
I may have not travelled to our beloved park as often as some but may be fortunate to have been there more than others. This is my 10th trip in 8 years.
Each trip has been about a week long but the last was a 2 week honeymoon trip from Punda to CB- See my first trip report (Trip down whole park).

The hustle and bustle of the rat race that engulfs our lives takes its toll on our body and mind. We all have stressful and pressurefilled lives- so even the thought of smelling the clean air with hints of rhino dung frangrance, no taxi traffic jams but elephant ones, real zebra crossings and hyaena whoops rather than that of the ambulance makes me fell like a child with a precious toy all over again!

Gone will be morning traffic- except waiting for the camp gates to open :lol:
hello to the African sun not masked by the smog of the city- to shout out every dawn and gracefully touch the distant hills in her dusk- not to be blocked out by skyscrapers, but rather sillouette a giraffe at the waterhole.

We will be spending 7 nights at Crocodile Bridge from 31 October, leaving on 7 November.
The summer heat will be no deterrent, so what if the right half of my face burns as the rolled down window lets in the UV rays along with songs of the summer birds!! ( I will be using sunblock- dont worry- its just for effect :wink: )

So hopefully I meet other YR along my path- will have mine.
Will have a TR whether we see everything Kruger wants to show us or even if I only see the stuffed serval in the CB office!

till then
regards
Luren
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Re: My Tenth Kruger trip!

Unread post by Luren » Sat Oct 30, 2010 6:30 pm

So I am busy packing the last of my things-batteries are charged, wood is packed, fuel tank is full. The resident kingfinger at my home is calling, and then a glossy starling perches on the fence(nice to see these birds here in Durban suburbia, and then near work a fisheagle soars!- signs to tell me to return to our Bush
Just 1 more short sleep then its time :big_eyes:
The long trek from Durban to Kruger will start early tomorrow morning.
Heres hoping to a safe enjoyable fun relaxing trip. And hopefully to see a YR or two.
Will try and mail when in the park if I have time
I can already smell the thatch roof, feel the sweat on my brow and can hear the lion roar....
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Re: My Tenth Kruger trip!

Unread post by Luren » Sun Oct 31, 2010 9:17 pm

So I am here!
I am in CB rest camp :dance:
My braai is done and am ready to hit the bed
We had a very early start from Durban.
had a problem with my bakkie- lost turbo power and heavy thunder storms all the way from Pongola through Swaziland until and including Kruger
I had to make a detour to Nelspruit to fix the bakkie- what a silly problem( plug was loose)- then get to camp.
Tired, we arrived at 3pm
But through all that- we are here!
I am so happy!
The rain has let up allowing us to have a quick braai- the hyaena has walked past the fence- so now I can go rest.
Was a short afternoon drive- but I got a nice surprise sighting across the fence from our bungalow!
Anyway- chat sometime soon
Take care everyone
BTW- my YB is already on :wink:
Heres to a great trip!
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Re: My Tenth Kruger trip!

Unread post by Luren » Tue Nov 09, 2010 4:14 pm

Hi everyone
So I am back from my trip!
Terribly sad that its over :cry:
We had a wonderful time.
Heavy thunderstorms with scorching heat, idiots at sightings, some good enjoyable sightings, a few YRs :dance: and allround bliss that we were in the park.
As mentioned before my trip encompassed 8 nights and 9 days all at CB
I will start a TR very soon- need to load the pics
I hope whoever reads on will enjoy the photos and its a pleasure and wish that you have a great time sharing the special moments from my trip
so lets begin......
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Re: My Tenth Kruger trip!

Unread post by Luren » Tue Nov 09, 2010 9:15 pm

Greetings everyone!
Time for the TR :P
For literary comic effect my last TR started with "It was a dark and stormy night". A book I read while growing up first stated: " Start at the begining and end at the end"

So that is what I am going to do.
It was a dark and stormy day!
No, really- we travelled from Durban to CB via Swaziland and encountered heavy thunderstorms from Mkhuzi through Swaziland into Komatipoort and light rain welcomed us at CB.
We were tired and after my problem with the bakkie as mentioned previously we wanted to rest.
The New bridge was not ready but when we left we were told to use it- not sure of its height and strength- time will tell. Also the new entrance is not ready.
There were problems with the bungalow that I requested so ended up with bungalow 6- still a perimeter view.

My general plan was to go from the main road to S28 to LS and back on the tar road- theory being that the animals have to frequent that area some time. Any other route was dictated by sightings, communication etc.

My YR was tied, and even though tired, I still wanted to go for a short afternoon drive
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Re: My Tenth Kruger trip!

Unread post by Luren » Wed Nov 10, 2010 8:46 am

DAY 1
We unpack
A malachite kingfisher and male bushbuck at the fence greet us.

So even though we were tired we wanted to go for a short drive.
It was still raining- glad since first impressions of the park was that it is very dry
We saw impala
The females are fat with... let me rephrase that or endure the wrath of all females..the ewes were very full with late pregnancy. Am sure with the rains a mass birthing will take place- pity we missed the babies

We see a figure on the road- appears confident, almost arrogant- our first hyaena. He scent marks then walks off.


We find our first rhino - he looks wet and bothered


We return to the camp and notice impalas running off- and as we get to our bungalow we see our surprise sighting- right from the stoep!

Four LIONS walk casually but cautiously past the camp!

Elated with our first lion sighting right at the camp- we have a quick braai and retire to bed for an early start since the gate opening times change to 4:30- we await to see what Kruger has to offer us...
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Re: My Tenth Kruger trip!

Unread post by Luren » Thu Nov 11, 2010 11:26 am

DAY 2

So I was ready at the gate on time- new opening time for summer
I must say in general CB was a bit sleepy- most mornings I was the only early bird and once I even opened the gate cos the guard was not there ( after permission of course)
Seemed not everyone was as fanatically eager as me :hmz:

I stuck to my original planned route! It has to work!

One of the highlights of the day was me being witness to a battle I never saw before!
Two Francolinswere ready for a fight! It was interesting to see how they faced each other then made 1 attempt at a strike then repeated the whole ritual.
They were engrossed, as was I. They didnt bother about the bakkie- finally 1 ran off and the other was chest out brimming with the pride of victory!
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Re: My Tenth Kruger trip!

Unread post by Luren » Fri Nov 12, 2010 9:33 am

Thanks lee lewis

Here goes:

My bakkie

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Our view

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Re: My Tenth Kruger trip!

Unread post by Luren » Fri Nov 12, 2010 4:45 pm

The cutie
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The Rhino
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The lions at the camp!
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Re: My Tenth Kruger trip!

Unread post by Luren » Sat Nov 13, 2010 8:57 am

The Great Frankolin Battle of 2010!

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Re: My Tenth Kruger trip!

Unread post by Luren » Sat Nov 13, 2010 7:53 pm

OK so I am back up to speed

So on the S28 we got this beautiful specimen

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Then a few bull ellies
Unfortunately try as I did- did not get to see Duke- is he still around?

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LS was scenic as ever- However it was getting hot!- 44 degrees recorded
No wonder a cool off was in order!- 4 species all together on another occassion

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On the way back
We saw the usual game- not any lesser beings!
A confident Slender mongoose made us smile- always nice seeing them

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Family that eats together...
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Pretty elegance
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Shy but waited for us to see him
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And finally before camp- this rough guy
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And at the end enjoying the mutitude of birdlife at the camp we saw a pair or black-collared barbets- For the entire 9 days that we were ther- they worked hard at clearing a hole in the tree in front of the bungalow- we wish them well
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Re: My Tenth Kruger trip!

Unread post by Luren » Sun Nov 14, 2010 4:57 pm

DAY 3

So the day began in a cloud of mystery...
actually it was quite misty.
I stuck to the planned route

Almost immediately out of the gate we encounter a few dagga boys.
Vision was initially poor but the sun soon filled the african bush!

I think I have to wait for the page to turn to load more pics...
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Re: My Tenth Kruger trip!

Unread post by Luren » Mon Nov 15, 2010 4:28 pm

Misty morning
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Beautiful African day waking up
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Dagga boys at camp
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Got this surprise gentleman on the S28
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The day before we were told of the LS lion pride around- so were hoping to see them. We did!
We saw part of the pride sitting on the rocks before the bridge.
The lone cub was entertainingas he explored the crevices
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Re: My Tenth Kruger trip!

Unread post by Luren » Mon Nov 15, 2010 4:31 pm

We enjoyed the lions then went to sunset dam- which is always a pleasure to see
Then off back to CB
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Re: My Tenth Kruger trip!

Unread post by Luren » Mon Nov 15, 2010 4:36 pm

Scenes from Sunset Dam
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