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When all is new...

Unread post by t-bal » Sun Jun 25, 2017 12:20 pm

So after a loooong three year wait it’s finally time to start preparing ourselves to visit South Africa once again, and there for the Kruger National Park :dance:. In about three weeks’ time we will arrive in KNP so excitement is starting to kick in now. Some of you might remember that I have written a few previous trip reports, all of them containing ‘cloggy’ and ‘highlights’ in the name. So that’s where my preparation started.

I read my previous trip reports to see what we have been up to in the past. First of all it struck me how lucky we have actually been during our previous trips :D. More on that later! Secondly it was so weird to read back on notes of daily life struggles at the time. For example, me being in the first year of my bachelor of applied science program. Now I am only months away before I’m graduated.

We live in The Netherlands so unfortunately we aren’t able to visit the park annually. This means we mostly come during special occasions. The main event this year is my mother’s fiftieth birthday earlier this year. Also I have recently arrived back home from my three month stay in India whiles working on my bachelor thesis. And yes I went on a few safaris during my time in India and spotted plenty of tigers, even cubs 8) ! Knowing this would be a special year we planned this trip way in advance.

We will be traveling with the four of us. My parents Carla and Tony (also forum members now), my older brother Sean and myself Tim. This will be our fifth visit to the park. However one year Sean didn’t tag along, that was the year we went from North to South. So we decided to visit the Northern section of the park again this year.
During the planning stage our motto was to do all new stuff. So only overnight in camps we haven’t stayed in before. We also decided to participate in a wilderness trail as we did a bushwalk last time around which we really enjoyed. This all in mind we made the following route:

• Punda Maria (2 nights)
• Shimuwini (2 nights)
• Tamboti (2 nights)
• Sweni wilderness trail (3 nights)
• Skukuza (2 nights)

As the countdown has really started now I will be sharing some of our main highlights from our previous trip. Hope you are all on board for this one and don’t forget to ware some hiking boots :D !
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Unread post by Karin Mitton » Sun Jun 25, 2017 12:53 pm

Your itenerary sounds just fabulous!
I hope you will enjoy your upcoming trip, and I am looking forward to hearing all about it!
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Unread post by Cape of Storms » Sun Jun 25, 2017 3:42 pm

Can't wait to read this one! Saw your folks are on the forum. Will be great to get all your view points

And yes I went on a few safaris during my time in India and spotted plenty of tigers, even cubs


WOW WOW WOW. I have always dreamed of seeing a Tiger and your experience sounds amazing!
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Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Mon Jun 26, 2017 4:46 am

It is lovely to see you back t-ball.

I do remember your last trip report and I am looking forward to the next one. :D

You have been busy over the last while. Your trip to India sounds quite amazing. Tiger cubs.....wow.

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Unread post by hilda » Mon Jun 26, 2017 4:35 pm

And wow again for Tiger cubs T-ball! :clap: :clap:

So glad to see another trip report by you, and hope Carla + Tony will also give their inputs! :dance: :dance:

Enjoy your preparations for this visit! :dance: :dance:
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Unread post by Divine7polo » Mon Jun 26, 2017 6:06 pm

Excellent and welcome back - can't wait to read all about your trip!
2017:
3-5 July: Bateleur Camp, Timbavati
6-9 July: Sand River Bush Camp, Kruger National Park
16 - 18 November: Tamboti Tented Camp, KNP

2018:
6-9 December: Djuma, Sabi Sands
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Unread post by Grantmissy » Tue Jun 27, 2017 7:28 am

T-bal may you have a wonderful visit to SA and the Kruger National Park :cam: and I am looking forward reading your travel tale :thumbs_up:
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Unread post by Lemmy » Tue Jun 27, 2017 1:03 pm

T-bal hope have a fantastic trip - the wilderness trail is a really special experience, you will love it!

Looking forward to the report back :dance:
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Unread post by t-bal » Thu Jul 06, 2017 1:08 pm

Hi Karin Mitton, Cape of Storms, Meandering Mouse, Hilda, Divine7polo, Grantmissy and Lemmy :D .
Thank you for your best wishes and great to have you on board :dance: . Some familiar and new faces are joining us which is great to see. This time around I will not be doing the trip report by myself, but Carla+Tony will also be doing it :thumbs_up: ! So plenty of different views and experiences during this trip :D .

Only 12 days now before we leave so it’s getting very close now. Last time around we were very lucky and had many wonderful sightings. One of my most favorite ones was when we left transport dam and this guy met us on the junction of the H1-1 and S66

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I'm sure Carla+Tony will also be sharing their personal highlight of our previous trip :wink:
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Unread post by hilda » Thu Jul 06, 2017 1:14 pm

Brilliant pictures of the gorgeous Leopard t-bal! :clap: :clap:

Really looking forward to Carla+Tony's personal highlights during your previous trip! :dance: :dance:
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Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Fri Jul 07, 2017 3:50 am

I am looking forward to Carla+Tony's input. 8)

From a question asked on another thread, it looks as though a trail is also on the cards. :dance: :dance: :dance:

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Unread post by manicwalker » Fri Jul 07, 2017 4:10 am

t-ball .... &
Carla+Tony'
Looking forward to sharing your trip...and pics.. :dance:
Wow thats a beautiful leopard... hope you have great sightings again this trip :thumbs_up:
Safe travels.....

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Unread post by Mischief » Fri Jul 07, 2017 7:48 pm

Yipee :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance: Two travel tales are in the pipeline.
t-ball,looking forward to sharing your trips experiences :popcorn: :popcorn: :popcorn:
Have a splendid time in the Kruger :gflower:
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Unread post by jjames04 » Sun Jul 09, 2017 5:43 am

Hi T-Bal,

Those are some great leopard pics from last time. We did the Sweni Trail in June of 2015 and it was great, you should really enjoy it. Have a wonderful trip and maybe we'll run into you. We are heading back on July 12th for two weeks.

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Unread post by Carla + Tony » Sun Jul 09, 2017 9:23 pm

Highlight from our last trip..... that is a difficult one T-bal :hmz:
Can't pick just one as a few spring to mind.
First one: lion sighting on one of the viewing points on the H4-1 (I think). It was absolutely ridiculous. People hanging out of their cars and all sorts.

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Ridiculous behavior at lion sighting


So many cars, we felt sorry for the lions and decided to move on to the next viewing point and hope the lions would come there to escape the madness.
We were the only ones there, waiting.......
Then one other car tuned up, wondering what we were looking at.
He waited for a while, looked at us and was about to drive away when we saw movement. So we pointed in the direction where we saw movement and there they came, mummy and daddy lion with their family :dance:

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Male, female & cubs


Mum and dad only stayed for a short while before moving on. But the youngsters stayed behind and flopped themselves all around our car.! It was absolutely fantastic (the other car got the better pictures though!)

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Lion cubs


After a short while an older male lion joined the cubs ( I think he was the baby sitter). Then they all moved on to join mum and dad and disappeared in to the bush.
Amazing experience and it shows once again, patience is rewarded


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