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Re: Phalaborwa Gate Sightings

Unread post by Lourens » Wed May 23, 2012 2:56 pm

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Last week on my way to Letaba, all the mist even till 09:30...
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Believe it or not, but between all this mist, Masorini is situated behind it...
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Erfplaas windmill...
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On the Malopeni Overnight Eco Trail- all the colours start changing...
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On Sunday's Full Day Game Drive...
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I forgot to tell you about our amazing sighting Sunday at Shikumbu!!!
A Black Eagle!!!!! Or new name Verraux's Eagle.
A Bit far, but tried to get a picture...
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Elephants on Tsendze loop...
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Re: Phalaborwa Gate Sightings

Unread post by Lourens » Sun Aug 12, 2012 8:06 pm

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Re: Phalaborwa Gate Sightings

Unread post by Lourens » Sun Aug 12, 2012 8:27 pm

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Re: Phalaborwa Gate Sightings

Unread post by Lourens » Sun Aug 12, 2012 8:34 pm

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Saddle Billed Storks started to fly
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Morning walk at Letaba with a beautiful sunrise
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Malopeni Overnight Eco Trail
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Re: Phalaborwa Gate Sightings

Unread post by Lourens » Mon Aug 13, 2012 8:52 am

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The Mule we saw on the Morning Safari, that I told you about...
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The stunning Rhino sighting we had.
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The one young Leopard cub on the Sunset walk
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The Leopard we saw on the termite mount.
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and the stunning Sunset we had after the Leopard on the termite mount.
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:popcorn: Enjoy!!!!
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Re: Phalaborwa Gate Sightings

Unread post by Bobong » Wed Aug 15, 2012 11:46 am

Hello again forumites! Been a long time since last writing on here.

Anyway, been very busy this as has Lourens and the other guides. And yes, that walk with Lourens and the elephants was something that I will never forget in my lifetime! And the wild dogs were so special. Be a long time before I have another walk that compares to that. Managed to get a few pics of them - late in the day so a bit blurry but here it is...

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A week ago went up to Ngobeni and spent about an hour watching this leopard hunting two klipspringers. It was magic as we sat in the dark with the spot lights off and the moon shining down watching it stalk these two. Fortunately for the klipspringers they were safe on a high rock but that didn't stop the leopard trying. After about forty minutes he gave up and we followed him down the road to the stream for a drink.

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And now it is that time of the year when it seems the elephants love having a good tussle with one another. Had these two jostling next to the vehicle at Sable Dam.

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How big is an elephant? How much do they weigh? Well, this photo of a smallish male should give an answer to that...

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Re: Phalaborwa Gate Sightings

Unread post by Lourens » Mon Aug 27, 2012 10:35 am

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Don't know if I told you about the afternoon when I came home quickly for lunch, and found this Grey Headed Bushshrike killing the Chameleon, and of course the office had to wait...

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Re: Phalaborwa Gate Sightings

Unread post by Lourens » Mon Aug 27, 2012 10:27 pm

:D Thought to just say that it is a Giraffe Calf and a Zebra Foal, so it was the little Zebra that got caught by Lionness. :)

And then yesterday morning's Leopard and tonight we found another 1 at Nandzana waterhole-
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Re: Phalaborwa Gate Sightings

Unread post by Bobong » Mon Sep 24, 2012 10:37 pm

Well, seeing as Lourens is off enjoying the coast I will fill in for the next short while.

The game viewing has been excellent around Phalaborwa recently with the grass being seriously reduced – nice for us and the carnivores, not so nice for the herbivores.

On the 13th took a romantic couple out for a special sundowners in the bush. It was absolutely stunning for them – sitting in the bush at a table with a platter and drinks while looking out across the bush. On the drive we managed to get the general game but the highlight was definitely when we stopped by Sable Dam and were scanning the water with our spotlights. After a while I lowered the spotlight and there, a few metres away from us and lying in the grass without a phase in the world, was a lovely leopard. He sat there for a while before moving off into the bush. Scary how close they can be without us knowing.

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The 15th had me taking the guests out for a night drive. Deciding to go north we set our sights on sundowners at Ngwenyeni Waterhole. Along the way came across a herd of eland. Being typically shy all but one ran off. The one left behind grazed for a while giving us a great viewing.

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At Ngwenyeni Waterhole we had a breeding herd of elephants, several solitary bulls and some buffalo come for a drink. For the rest of the drive we got the general game plus several night time species – genet and civet.

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Re: Phalaborwa Gate Sightings

Unread post by Lourens » Sun Oct 14, 2012 3:38 pm

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Re: Phalaborwa Gate Sightings

Unread post by Lourens » Sun Oct 14, 2012 9:22 pm

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Bush Braai site:
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Re: Phalaborwa Gate Sightings

Unread post by Lourens » Sun Oct 14, 2012 9:38 pm

:popcorn: Posted photo's in the Lonely Bull Trail too...

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Re: Phalaborwa Gate Sightings

Unread post by Lourens » Sun Oct 14, 2012 9:56 pm

:popcorn: The Night Drive when we saw the aardvark the Leopard cub in the tree and the big male Leopard,
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The next morning after the walk when we found the young female Leopard
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MY FAVOURITE:
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The mother leopard with her cub next to the Letaba River

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Sunset on Afternoon walk
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Lions on Sable Dam road
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Leopard at Sable Dam
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Plated lizzards
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Leoapard on S131
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Re: Phalaborwa Gate Sightings

Unread post by Lourens » Sun Oct 14, 2012 10:01 pm

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Spotted Hyeana on same game drive as Lions, 2 Leopards and general game.
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Next morning's walk, when we followed the White Rhino Bull for 3 km's
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When he lead us to the Giraffes
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Sunrise of the Wednesday morning, before our awesome Full Day Started...
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Re: Phalaborwa Gate Sightings

Unread post by Lourens » Fri Oct 26, 2012 2:40 pm

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The Full Day walk, where we saw soooooo many animals!!!!
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On one of Morning walks, the Sjambok tree in flower (Cassia abbreviata)
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The morning walk where we had breakfast with the herd of Buffaloes
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Bateleur drying after the rain
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