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A Sparrows Tale

Unread postby Sparrow » Thu Jan 14, 2016 8:50 am

Howzit All.
As there are only 45 days left before we set off again to Paradise, this time for the Cricket Weekend, I think it is time to report back on a December 2015 adventure we shared with Heksie and Wendy A.

Image IMG_20160113_0002 by Russelg, on Flickr

Firstly I must apologies as to the quality of some of the pictures posted as I left my better camera lens on the bed at home and it took a bit of time to work out the old one again.
Anyway we were up at 3.30am on the 13 December and drove out of the front gate at 4am headed for our first stop Golela Border Post Swaziland. I must admit that I was rather surprised at the rather good condition of the road between Big Bend and Siteki as previously this road was littered with potholes within potholes. We passed through Mananga Border post with not much a do and headed off for

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After six and a half hours and after crossing the bridge I turned to Ross and said ' We are back in our HAPPY PLACE '

TBC
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Re: A Sparrows Tale

Unread postby barryels » Thu Jan 14, 2016 9:13 am

I am in the bus for this trip and looking forward to all the encounters experienced in the bush :thumbs_up: .
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Unread postby Karin Mitton » Thu Jan 14, 2016 10:03 am

On the bus!

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Re: A Sparrows Tale

Unread postby Philip1 » Thu Jan 14, 2016 10:40 am

Sparrow wrote:After six and a half hours and after crossing the bridge I turned to Ross and said ' We are back in our HAPPY PLACE '

:hmz: I think It is everyones "HAPPY PLACE" Sparrow. :mrgreen:

:clap: Looking forward to your "A Sparrows Tale" :whistle:
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Re: A Sparrows Tale

Unread postby hilda » Thu Jan 14, 2016 12:13 pm

I'm also joining the bus! Looking forward to read all about your December trip Sparrow! :popcorn:
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Re: A Sparrows Tale

Unread postby KrynaM » Thu Jan 14, 2016 2:09 pm

I'm on the bus too :dance:
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Unread postby Hugh » Thu Jan 14, 2016 2:41 pm

bring it on mossie I am waiting . :popcorn: :popcorn: :popcorn: :popcorn:
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Re: A Sparrows Tale

Unread postby Sparrow » Thu Jan 14, 2016 3:03 pm

Welcome aboard you lot. just have to refuel the bus at Croc Bridge filling station and then we are on our way.
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Re: A Sparrows Tale

Unread postby Tessa G » Thu Jan 14, 2016 4:59 pm

I am on board too....another Sparrow adventure and after 'bumping' into Heksie and her mom south of Satara, there is one particular evening I dont want to miss. :dance: :dance:
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Re: A Sparrows Tale

Unread postby Nkulu » Thu Jan 14, 2016 7:52 pm

I'm also on board - bumped into our Heksie several times :D
PS. I never apologise for the quality of my photos ....... and they are horrendous, your's are great :clap: :clap:
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Re: A Sparrows Tale

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Fri Jan 15, 2016 5:40 am

Oh dear Sparrow, I know all about leaving things on the bed or kitchen table. :wall: :wall: :wall:

I am on board and looking forward to more.

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Re: A Sparrows Tale

Unread postby Trrp-trrrrrrrr » Fri Jan 15, 2016 5:50 am

Sparrow will be following your travels in the "HAPPY PLACE" :dance:

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Re: A Sparrows Tale

Unread postby Grantmissy » Fri Jan 15, 2016 7:54 am

I am looking forward reading more about your December 2015 Kruger travels Sparrow :popcorn: :popcorn: :popcorn: Thank you for sharing your trip with us.
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Re: A Sparrows Tale

Unread postby Sparrow » Fri Jan 15, 2016 8:57 am

Right you lot the bus is refueled and if you are all sitting comfortable two square on your botties the Trip will begin.

We still had a fair distance to travel up to Satara and with the caravan in tow I said to Ross we should only stop for clear sightings as the caravan is a clumsy thing to manoeuvre in traffic.
However it is one of our rules that the first sighting/animal we see will be photographed as we may not see another one again during our stay.

So here it is

Image143 by Russelg, on Flickr

We traveled on and Ross remarked how dry the Park was and the scarcity of game until we rounded a corner and this little family welcomed us back on our annual pilgrimage.

ImageDSC_0498 by Russelg, on Flickr

Next stop was Lower Sabie for a pit stop and then off across the Sabie River low level bridge and Ross said go North Dad go North.

Just past Mlondozi turn off we got our first Lioness who was rather far off and seemed all alone. We did stay a while as we were the only ones there but unfortunately no other heads popped up.

ImageDSC_0499 by Russelg, on Flickr

We passed Thokwane and had 3 separate Leopards sightings with many cars and they were far off so no decent photographs were possible.

Eventually arriving at Satara we booked in

ImageIMG_20160113_0001 by Russelg, on Flickr

and set up camp on the same site as Heksie and Wendy A.

Later that afternoon we went out along the Orpen Gate Road to Nsemani Dam as lions had been reported in the area.
On approaching the dam I got the shock of my life. I have been visiting the park on and off since 1969 and every year since 2000 and have never seen the dam like this before.

ImageDSC_5594 by Russelg, on Flickr

We were rewarded as over the wall on the other side these Ladies presented us with our first real photo shoot.

ImageDSC_0501 by Russelg, on Flickr

ImageDSC_0506 by Russelg, on Flickr

And just to the left of them over the spur that runs horizontal to the road this fellow was grazing to his hearts content.

ImageDSC_5595 by Russelg, on Flickr

He moved a bit closer got a pic and we moved off.

ImageDSC_0509 by Russelg, on Flickr

We went back to camp had a lovely evening with a mini meet of Mites who were in camp and then off to bed as tomorrow we were off to Sable Dam for a sleep over.
What a start to the trip. 10 Lions, 3 Leopards and plenty Ellies. Ross said please don`t comment Dad as how can it get any better. Little did we now what was still in store for us.
TBC
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Re: A Sparrows Tale

Unread postby PietSkiet » Fri Jan 15, 2016 10:34 am

Hi Sparrow,

Lovely start to your report. We were also in the park in Dec and I must say, the dry Nsemani dam was a big shock.
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