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The red-billed queleas had been unleashed

Unread post by Pumbaa » Wed Mar 01, 2017 10:43 pm

We are back since yesterday :cry:

Another wonderful Kruger trip came to an end and compared to the two last years where it was extreme dry in the park it was again wonderfully lush and green. The grass was extreme high and the bushes thick and never seen the rivers so full and the dams filled up to the brim. It was simply wonderful to see the park that green again and although it was dense and thick we saw a lot :lol:

We never saw that many red billed queleas in the entire park as this time - Some were still building nests, others had to feed their offspring and always that wooooosh when the flock was flying around. It was amazing and on top we could tick 3 new lifers of birds I always wanted to see and besides that some cats came across as well.....

Never had that much rain as during that trip. The first week was normal with temperatures up to 38 degrees during the day but then the rain set in and nearly could not be stopped anymore. We even experienced torrential rain whilst staying in Skukuza which leaded into the closure of all gravel roads in the entire park and consequently we could not drove some of our favourite roads or even could drive them only once. The Satarian area was this year extreme quiet to us but gladly there are still other areas or we simply consumed already our luck here last year :P

Still had to finish my old travel tale first and have to edit many of thousand pictures we took but then the story can get started.

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Unread post by manicwalker » Thu Mar 02, 2017 2:30 am

Pumbaa....
Pleased you got back safely... and I agree its always a bit :cry: when one leaves the parks....
Looking forward to your TT and as always beautiful photos :dance: :dance:

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Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Thu Mar 02, 2017 4:16 am

Goodness Pumbaa, it seems that you only left yesterday.

Welcome back and I am looking forward to reading your next report. :thumbs_up:

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Unread post by Karin Mitton » Thu Mar 02, 2017 8:00 am

Welcome back - can't wait to hear about this trip!

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Unread post by umtali1 » Thu Mar 02, 2017 9:53 am

Welcome back to the northern hemisphere, Pumbaa and Timon :clap:

How wonderful to read that the rain has returned in abundance, seemingly to create the right conditions for birds to breed :dance: :dance:

Looking forward to this story :popcorn: :popcorn: I'm sure we shall be in for another treat :gflower:
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Unread post by Toddelelfe » Tue Mar 07, 2017 11:35 pm

:popcorn: :whistle:
No mission on the way :( :wall: :oops: :bmp:

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Unread post by hilda » Fri Mar 10, 2017 3:39 pm

So glad you had such a lovely wet and green Kruger experience this time around Pumbaa and Timon! Can't wait for this trip report to start! In the meantime, we keep on enjoying your previous report! :dance: :dance:
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Unread post by Cape of Storms » Fri Mar 10, 2017 11:41 pm

Pumbaa wrote: it was again wonderfully lush and green. The grass was extreme high and the bushes thick and never seen the rivers so full and the dams filled up to the brim. It was simply wonderful to see the park that green again and although it was dense and thick we saw a lot :lol:


I am so happy to hear this and can't wait to see it!!! :popcorn:
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Unread post by Pumbaa » Sat Mar 25, 2017 7:17 pm

Friday, 10. February 2017 – Malelane – Berg end Dal

Explored roads: S110 – S120 – H3 – S113 – S23 – S114 – S118 – H3 – S110

This year at least the start was a bit different compared to other years as we already started one day earlier with a spare night which we spent in a B+B close to Malelane and also the drive from the airport to Malelane took not that long as on Fridays at least this was our impression because we arrived at nearly the same time as our B+B as we do normally at the gate also in view that the flight started later and we even had the shopping marathon at the Malelane spar done. Nevertheless it was quite refreshing to awake at gate opening time in a B+B only 2 km in front of the park and after we packed everything together which is during the first days not that easy and fast as during the last days we again was facing our beloved park and we still had a whole day more than only two hours during the evening.

The check in took place in nearly no minute and we both guessed the first animal we might see right = impala but for sure we were definitely not prepared to already spot our first lion during that trip already now at such an early stage.

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Now we hexed the high green grass as we only could see her face and

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her body kept hidden due to the dense vegetation but her face was extreme beautiful.

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We stayed quite a while with her as also the traffic was nearly not existent and after we got our shots we left her in an extreme good mood about the fact that we already saw our first lion as it normally always take a few days until a worthwhile lion sighting is coming across.

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Actually we came not far as a breeding herd of elephants was about to cross the road and after we found a safe spot we stop and observed their behaviour

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and as it was a large herd lots of willing models could be found

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with large ones and smaller calves in between

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and where the sweetest fruits always hang the highest!

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Unread post by Pumbaa » Sat Mar 25, 2017 7:18 pm

Gladly all of them were quite relaxed and we had a great time in photographing them whereas

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nearly all of them were in a good mood.

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Although we only just entered the park we were already more than happy with what we saw as normally this stretch of the road is always quiet when driving it late in the afternoon.

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At the turn off to the Malelane camp a group of zebras arrived and only a bit further a large number of giraffes were functioning as roadblock. The tar road looked as if it only rained recently but we definitely did not notice any rain during the night or even before during our drive.

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The difference in the vegetation between last year and this year was just incredible – the grass was high and the bushes and trees lush and green although must say that we had years were the grass was even higher but we never saw the dams and rivers so full of water as this year and also in the veld itself lots of puddles were left and most of them were covered by water lilies – Water was in fact everywhere it was such a delight to see the difference between the drought prevailing last year and a wetland as the park was this year and obviously the giraffes enjoyed it to find each bush full of yummy leaves

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and even were in good mood to pose nicely for our cameras.

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Finally also the first bird sightings could be noticed and we could tick grey hornbill

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and woodpecker already.

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to be continued.....

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Re: The red-billed queleas had been unleashed

Unread post by Philip1 » Sat Mar 25, 2017 8:01 pm

:dance: If it started like this :o with all the lovely photos, i can not wait for the rest Pumbaa :gflower: and Timon. :thumbs_up:
Thank you for sharing your wonderful "start" :mrgreen: (I can see the Queleas already.) :D
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Unread post by umtali1 » Sat Mar 25, 2017 11:11 pm

Only a few hours in and you've already seen a lion, some ellies, giraffe and interesting birds. :clap: :clap:
Your pictures are brilliant, as ever :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up: .

This looks like it's going to be an awesome ride :clap: :clap:
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Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Sun Mar 26, 2017 4:30 am

What a lovely first sighting. :D :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance:

Indeed, everything was sooo lush. I rather love the lush green, even though it makes seeing animals more difficult. Green is easy on the eye.

You baby ellie is a real heart stealer and what stately looking giraffes.

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Unread post by hilda » Sun Mar 26, 2017 10:44 am

What a great start to your first day in the Park Pumbaa and Timon! A beautiful Lioness, a wonderful big herd of Ellies and Giraffes, and even a few birds! :clap: :clap:

It must have been a big surprise to you to find the Park so green after your experience of the drought the previous year! :dance: :dance:
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Unread post by RayK » Sun Mar 26, 2017 2:19 pm

Hi Pumbaa,
Wow! A Lion as a first sighting. Then Elephants and Giraffes...what a beginning. :thumbs_up:


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