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Better Late than Never! A New list of Must Do Agains! KNP 2015

Unread post by jaytea » Sun Feb 19, 2017 8:22 pm

Hallo forumites! I have booked some of our planned Kruger trip for 2017 and in honour of this I will share my last trip's photos and hopefully some video from SO! We had an amazing time - Highlights included sharing Kruger with my brother and his Canadian fiancee (now wife) - She was a Kruger newbie and her luck with sightings in such a short time was AMAZING! We also took part in the Balule Bash with some fellow forumites that was fantastic! We shared Kruger with SO's family and instilled in another South African the love of birdwatching - my SIL! Yay! First time ever staying at Balule, Pafuri Border Camp and Biyamithi! :dance: Now all Must Stays for the next Kruger trip! Another mammal Lifer that Kruger pulled out of her hat for us! :dance: A return to Mapungubwe National Park - I'll do this as a separate TR when the time comes! :thumbs_up: So much to share and I hope that you will enjoy this trip with me!

Onto the first highlight that is also now a Must Do Again....

Us at the beginning of our trip -Nov 5th - for us it is a 35 min ferry ride to the nearest airport! Which is a very early start to the day if we want to catch any of the overseas flights!

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I seem to be less than excited! Just tired already thinking about the journey ahead - it's going to be about 40 hours... SO's best thing is flying and airplanes so he's always excited to fly!

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Nov 6th - On the plane - closer to my beloved Kruger!

The highlight is that we flew into Skukuza airport directly from Canada (well via OR Tambo...)! AMAZING!
First glimpse of the bush!

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I think this is Transport Dam...

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Super awesome! The flight was quick and almost over too soon once we were over Kruger!

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The river comes into view as we are approaching the runway

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So pretty!

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Ok I took a lot of photos!

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What would be our first animal in Kruger entering this way!??

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On the runway!

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Well I can tell you that I did see a LBR on a tree while zooming down the runway!! The airport is stunning - I'll share some photos of this place for sure - the flight and reward of being in Kruger right away was well worth the money!
We were helped by Avis to get our hire car - met by my brother, SIL and cousin from SA and we drove to Skukuza! Our first mammal we saw was .... a juv nyala male!

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This bodes well for the sightings of this trip!!

Stay tuned
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Re: Better Late than Never! A New list of Must Do Agains! KNP 2015

Unread post by umtali1 » Sun Feb 19, 2017 9:38 pm

:dance: :dance: :dance: :dance: Jaytea and co are returning to SA.

Looking forward to the adventure :popcorn:
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Re: Better Late than Never! A New list of Must Do Agains! KNP 2015

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Mon Feb 20, 2017 5:05 am

Yay, another report. :D :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance:

There is something very special sharing Kruger with newbies. It is like introducing a baby to the world.

I have visited Skukuza airport and I must say that I was most impressed. I could just imagine the feeling of arriving there for the first time.

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Unread post by Mischief » Mon Feb 20, 2017 9:45 pm

:popcorn: :popcorn: :popcorn: On board,definitely got my attention.Promises to be full of goods things to come :thumbs_up:
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Unread post by manicwalker » Tue Feb 21, 2017 4:34 am

I am on board... :)
Looking forward to sharing this trip :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:

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Unread post by hilda » Tue Feb 21, 2017 7:04 am

Lovely start to your 2015 KNP trip report jaytea! I must have been an amazing experience to fly to Skukuza instead of driving there from OR Tambo, especially after such a long flight! Looking forward to read all about your experiences during this trip! :clap: :clap:
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Unread post by barryels » Tue Feb 21, 2017 7:35 am

Great start to the trip jaytea :D .

Looking forward to the luck of the newbie with sightings :thumbs_up: .
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Unread post by isinkwe » Tue Feb 21, 2017 12:26 pm

Wonderful Image of Kruger from the Image Image I will be re looking at those for a very long time Image
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Unread post by Karin Mitton » Tue Feb 21, 2017 3:29 pm

Spectacular arial photos.
I am on board for sure!

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Unread post by Pumbaa » Sat Mar 04, 2017 12:46 am

Great shots from the bush from high above, jaytea,

very interesting to see all the roads you normally travel along from high above :dance: :dance: :dance:

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Unread post by Cape of Storms » Sat Mar 11, 2017 8:13 pm

Love the aerial shots
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Re: Better Late than Never! A New list of Must Do Agains! KNP 2015

Unread post by jaytea » Sat Apr 29, 2017 7:29 pm

umtali1 wrote::dance: :dance: :dance: :dance: Jaytea and co are returning to SA.

Looking forward to the adventure :popcorn:


Thanks umtali1 the adventure is starting - slowly! How DOES life get in the way!??

Meandering Mouse wrote:Yay, another report. :D :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance:

There is something very special sharing Kruger with newbies. It is like introducing a baby to the world.

I have visited Skukuza airport and I must say that I was most impressed. I could just imagine the feeling of arriving there for the first time.

:popcorn:


Thanks MM - the airport was stunning and a fitting start to our trip - very very good anti jet lag entrance to KNP!

Mischief wrote::popcorn: :popcorn: :popcorn: On board,definitely got my attention.Promises to be full of goods things to come :thumbs_up:


Thanks Mischief! Welcome! Its usually a slow report but hopefully will still be entertaining!!
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Re: Better Late than Never! A New list of Must Do Agains! KNP 2015

Unread post by jaytea » Sat Apr 29, 2017 7:35 pm

manicwalker wrote:I am on board... :)
Looking forward to sharing this trip :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:


Thanks manicwalker - the report is slow but will keep going!! :thumbs_up:

hilda wrote:Lovely start to your 2015 KNP trip report jaytea! I must have been an amazing experience to fly to Skukuza instead of driving there from OR Tambo, especially after such a long flight! Looking forward to read all about your experiences during this trip! :clap: :clap:


The flight is a must do again! Thanks hilda for joining again!

barryels wrote:Great start to the trip jaytea :D .

Looking forward to the luck of the newbie with sightings :thumbs_up: .


Thanks barryels - the newbies have amazing luck! Incredible really!!


isinkwe wrote:Wonderful Image of Kruger from the Image Image I will be re looking at those for a very long time Image
For those I think you deserve Image


Thanks for the beverages isinkwe - we did partake of quite a few and we still had amazing sightings that cure any leftover possible side effects! Love Kruger from the air! I'll get more photos next time!
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Unread post by jaytea » Sat Apr 29, 2017 7:47 pm

Karin Mitton wrote:Spectacular arial photos.
I am on board for sure!


Thanks Karin! This report will move along! Slowly!!

Pumbaa wrote:Great shots from the bush from high above, jaytea,

very interesting to see all the roads you normally travel along from high above :dance: :dance: :dance:


For sure Pumbaa - the flight over Kruger was too short but our brains were calculating fast and trying to figure out where was what!!! Fun!

Cape of Storms wrote:Love the aerial shots


Thanks CoS = next time I will have more than just my iphone with me on the flight!
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Re: Better Late than Never! A New list of Must Do Agains! KNP 2015

Unread post by jaytea » Sat Apr 29, 2017 8:25 pm

Ok we're still driving from the airport to the camp!
It was hot - midday!
This water dikkop was not disturbed from his siesta!

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A wood sandpiper on the river!

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We stopped for some guineafowl!! Cute smile! But mostly because it was that hot! A bit of a shock for all of us!

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Gorgeous in an ugly way! Love the feather 'boa' she has!!!

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SO and I were in our hire car and the rest with my cousin in his car! They had made it back to camp and then came back to us to find out what was taking so long!! We soon would figure out the different styles of game drives that our group subscribed to! We were of the 25 km/hr and stop for the little things, my cousin more of the speed limit and see only the big 'exciting' things! But we're all in the bush of KNP and love it so we have common ground for sure!!

We then thought we'd better speed up and get to camp as to be social! We had only 3 days with this group and then many more days while by ourselves where we could potter along and maybe take our time like we like!!

We checked into Skukuza and it was our first stay in one of the 6 bed guest cottages - only 1 cottage back from the river and very private! Yay! This was our engagement present to my brother and his fiance! ( They had gotten engaged only the week before on the beaches of KZN!)

All were keen to do an afternoon drive and I suggested a short drive to Lake Panic and maybe up to the Marula loop and back. My cousin drove - this was when we realized that our styles might not be the same!!! Vroom!

We did stop at a giraffe! I'm fascinated by their ability to deal with those thorns! and that grey purple tongue that seems to have a brain of its own! Only when I looked at the photo later did I realize he must have just been in a bash up with another male as there is fresh blood on the edge of his horn!

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Ahh LP! And a juv grey heron to greet us!

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The fish eagle was present but under cover!

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Juvenile barn swallows - look closely and you can see the yellow gape that helps with identifying many young birds...

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Knowing we had a newbie aboard we decided to keep moving - predators being the goal....
This was a neat shot of a spider web while walking out of the hide....

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And a bushbuck female at the parking lot

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Crossing the river shows a handsome blacksmith plover

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Mind you I'm taking photos of the birds while the others are scanning the riverbed for feline friends!!! :D

The marabou storks are interesting even to the newbie and the other birding newbies! They are so lovely and ugly!!

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I liked their silhouettes!

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Looking at us! Still hot and keep the panting bill open does help!

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No luck on the predator sighting wish list... but Kruger had a little reminder for us that they are around!!!

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Last photo of our drive this afternoon! Very entertaining for newbies!! To everyone = come to think of it! How cute! I love how the youngster is also watching where mom is going!

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My latest trip report is started! https://www.sanparks.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=27&t=97558
Old trip reports:
A New Species each day! KNP Nov 2013


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