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Karin Mitton
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An unexpected surprise

Unread post by Karin Mitton » Wed Sep 21, 2016 7:21 am

In 2009 a then "new-ish" friend invited me and a few other people for a long weekend at the Nyathi guesthouse at Skukuza - (Compliments of her company). My next trip was only in 2012 (and then every year since then), but I still think of that weekend in 2009 as the weekend where the Kruger "gogga" really bit me. And the "new-ish" friend became permanent great friend.

A few months ago this same friend phoned to tell me she is getting the guest house again, and asked if I would be interested in coming with her.
People always say there are no stupid questions, but really, did she even have to ask? I obviously said yes, and then asked when. 24 September for 5 nights. Oh. :?
I had 2 projects scheduled for go live on 16 and 23 September, and could not accept her generous offer. :cry: :cry: :cry:

But as projects go, the one planned for 23 Sept was moved to Oct, and then the one planned for 16 Sept was split with the 2nd part only going live in November. All of a sudden I had no reason not to go. I phoned her, there was still one spot left, and it is mine!

I am only going for 3 of the 5 nights, but it is still so much better than nothing! This short little trip is such an unexpected surprise - my next trip is only in April 2017! And it is a silver lining to the dark cloud of the disappointing project delays.

The other people are only arriving late Saturday afternoon, but I am planning on being at Malelane Gate bright eyed and bushy tailed not much later than 09h00 on Saturday. And by the time they arrive, I would have already feasted my eyes on this -

Skukuza2.jpg



LP2.jpg


I know the dry conditions will probably be shocking, but just being in this magical place is going to be so fabulous, and just what I need before the madness that will be the last few work months of the year. Can't wait!

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Re: An unexpected surprise

Unread post by Grantmissy » Wed Sep 21, 2016 7:29 am

Karin enjoy your Kruger National Park visit :gflower: :cam: :cam: :cam: and safe travels. The two photographs that you have posted are :thumbs_up: The historic Selati Bridge over the Sabie river never fails to impress me.
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Re: An unexpected surprise

Unread post by isinkwe » Wed Sep 21, 2016 8:01 am

Karin Mitton wrote:
I know the dry conditions will probably be shocking, but just being in this magical place is going to be so fabulous,


Friends of mine have just returned ( yesterday)from a week in the same area , dry conditions were indeed shocking to them but on the plus side they saw plenty game and birds around. I know you are not a big five chaser but as a matter of interest they saw the big 5 on 4 of the five days they were there. So with that in mind , I hope you have a trip filled with super sightings and have a whole of fun and relaxation. Will be on standby to hear all about it :D :D :thumbs_up:
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Re: An unexpected surprise

Unread post by barryels » Wed Sep 21, 2016 8:02 am

This is not fair :naughty: . Only two sleeps to go before yet another Kruger visit :mrgreen: .

Enjoy and looking forward to the report back :thumbs_up: .

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Re: An unexpected surprise

Unread post by umtali1 » Wed Sep 21, 2016 8:34 am

Karin, how truly wonderful :clap: :clap: :clap: .
Hope you have a fabulous few days. Look forward to reading all about it :popcorn: :popcorn:
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Re: An unexpected surprise

Unread post by salamanda » Wed Sep 21, 2016 9:49 am

How wonderful. You must be so excited, thanks for taking us virtually along!

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Re: An unexpected surprise

Unread post by Karin Mitton » Wed Sep 21, 2016 10:18 am

isinkwe wrote: I know you are not a big five chaser :

isinkwe, I chase them, I just don't always find them! :hmz: :hmz:

isinkwe wrote: they saw the big 5 on 4 of the five days they were there. So with that in mind , I hope you have a trip filled with super sightings and have a whole of fun and relaxation. Will be on standby to hear all about it :D :D :thumbs_up:


I also hope that the dry conditions will drive the animals to the water sources, and that I will have some good sightings. Fortunately all the animals excite me, not just the kitties.

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Re: An unexpected surprise

Unread post by RemiE » Wed Sep 21, 2016 10:50 am

Karin Mitton................. :naughty:
You are one lucky gal :mrgreen:
But thank you for making us so envious with your upcoming trip :lol:
take lots of :cam: , don’t even dare to rest, and enjoy a braai in the perfect setting on Heritage Day :tongue:
cannot wait for the TR
:popcorn:
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Re: An unexpected surprise

Unread post by RayK » Wed Sep 21, 2016 2:23 pm

Hi Karin Mitton,
Why don't I have friends like yours? :mrgreen: Enjoy your trip. :)

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Re: An unexpected surprise

Unread post by elpaco » Wed Sep 21, 2016 3:37 pm

I am very happy for you Karin :D

I really enjoyed you last trip report and look forward to this one coming soon :wink:
I need to figure out how I can come to the KNP for 3 months
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Re: An unexpected surprise

Unread post by hilda » Wed Sep 21, 2016 4:32 pm

Enjoy Karin! You work so hard, and definitely deserve this breakaway for a few days! :dance: :dance:

Travel safe, and tell us all about it when you are back home! :thumbs_up:

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Re: An unexpected surprise

Unread post by Pumbaa » Wed Sep 21, 2016 4:32 pm

Such unexpected surprises are always the best, Karin :mrgreen:

Wish you a great time and will holf thumbs for some unforgettable sightings :popcorn:

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Re: An unexpected surprise

Unread post by ritad » Wed Sep 21, 2016 4:38 pm

Karin i wish you a fabouluse time in Kruger, 3 nights are much more better then nothing :dance: :dance: :dance:
Travel safe and enjoy every second :k
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Re: An unexpected surprise

Unread post by Kaapsedraai » Wed Sep 21, 2016 6:56 pm

Karin Mitton wrote: ... but I am planning on being at Malelane Gate bright eyed and bushy tailed not much later than 09h00 on Saturday. ....

Karin Mitton, I must honestly admit that I am :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: , but you must be :D :D :D :D
Hope you enjoy seeing some real bushy tails as well.... :lol:
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Re: An unexpected surprise

Unread post by Karin Mitton » Sun Sep 25, 2016 9:23 am

Just a note to say it is raining!! Not sure how long it will last, but it is fabulous!


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