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23 Days with Tessa & Dave From Top to Tail - Dec 2015

Unread postby Tessa G » Sat Nov 28, 2015 10:45 am

28th November 2015

16 Days to go before we go into the park....... :dance:

Our lists are done, just need to be checked and tweeked, extra camera batteries and memory cards are all bought and ready and the excitement has reached fever pitch in the Gray household.

This year our trip is 23 days.....ok so the last half day when we leave the park actually makes it 23,5 days :D
We are having a holiday that is our longest time in the Kruger ever and the reason for this, (apart from the fact that we would live there permanently if we could) is because it will be two years before we will next be back. :?
Our Son, DIL and grandies in the UK are now begging for Granny and Grandpa to please come visit, so next December we will be bracing ourselves for a cold Christmas in the UK. How could we not, but that is not to say that we wont be remembering 'what we did this time last year'.

Back to this year.......we will start off with 5 nights at Punda Maria, then making our way to Shingwedzi, Letaba, Tamboti, Lower Sabie and ending off with 2 nights at Skukuza, so that we can get an opportunity to have our first ever visit to Lake Panic.

If this sounds like your bag, you are most welcome to join us once again. 'Chef Dave' will be in his usual spot with lots of yummy braais and breakfasts to keep all the tummies full. My cooler box will have all the usual refreshments and snacks so nobody will go thirsty.

We fly out of Cape Town on Sunday 13th December and will be leaving for Kruger on the 15th December. Please join us once again on another adventure to our most favourite place in the world.

Here are a few photos taken from last years 11 day trip, just to set the tone. Hopefully we will have as much game viewing luck this year as we did last year. :D

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Dec 2016/Jan 2017 - Shingwedzi, Letaba, Olifants, Tamboti, Biyamiti
CURRENT TR: 23 DAYS WITH TESSA & DAVE - FROM HEAD TO TAIL DEC 2015

TR: 11 DAYS BACK HOME IN KRUGER WITH TESSA AND DAVE 2014/2015

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Re: 23 Days with Tessa & Dave From Top to Tail - Dec 2015

Unread postby Tessa G » Sat Nov 28, 2015 10:53 am

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Dec 2016/Jan 2017 - Shingwedzi, Letaba, Olifants, Tamboti, Biyamiti
CURRENT TR: 23 DAYS WITH TESSA & DAVE - FROM HEAD TO TAIL DEC 2015

TR: 11 DAYS BACK HOME IN KRUGER WITH TESSA AND DAVE 2014/2015

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Re: 23 Days with Tessa & Dave From Top to Tail - Dec 2015

Unread postby Tessa G » Sat Nov 28, 2015 11:01 am

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Dec 2016/Jan 2017 - Shingwedzi, Letaba, Olifants, Tamboti, Biyamiti
CURRENT TR: 23 DAYS WITH TESSA & DAVE - FROM HEAD TO TAIL DEC 2015

TR: 11 DAYS BACK HOME IN KRUGER WITH TESSA AND DAVE 2014/2015

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Re: 23 Days with Tessa & Dave From Top to Tail - Dec 2015

Unread postby umtali1 » Sat Nov 28, 2015 11:10 am

:big_eyes: :big_eyes: I am the first to board this bus :dance: bagging prime spot. How could I refuse the invitation?
I am sure it will be just as good as the last.

Christmas in the UK in 2016? Will be fantastic with the family, but not so sure about the weather :hmz: :hmz: Perhaps I should order a white Christmas :twisted: but then my family would probably :sniper: me :big_eyes: :big_eyes: :big_eyes:

You are daring to leave TM unprotected............. :naughty: :whistle: :tongue:
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Re: 23 Days with Tessa & Dave From Top to Tail - Dec 2015

Unread postby Tessa G » Sat Nov 28, 2015 1:35 pm

umtali1 wrote::big_eyes: :big_eyes: I am the first to board this bus :dance: bagging prime spot. How could I refuse the invitation?
I am sure it will be just as good as the last.

Christmas in the UK in 2016? Will be fantastic with the family, but not so sure about the weather :hmz: :hmz: Perhaps I should order a white Christmas :twisted: but then my family would probably :sniper: me :big_eyes: :big_eyes: :big_eyes:

You are daring to leave TM unprotected............. :naughty: :whistle: :tongue:


My first passenger :D :thumbs_up:
We are certainly holding thumbs that this will be an exciting trip Umtali1

I would not dream of asking you to order a white Christmas next year and then get yourself into trouble....but then again :hmz:

As far as TM goes, we do have some agents in reserve and Kaapsedraai has something special up his sleeve I think. :whistle: :whistle:
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Re: 23 Days with Tessa & Dave From Top to Tail - Dec 2015

Unread postby Kaapsedraai » Sat Nov 28, 2015 6:49 pm

umtali1, I am taking the seat behind you to see what you and inyanga1 will be up to, especially regarding TM. :D

Tessa G, 23+ days....that is the way to do it...the 'Top-to-Tail way' :dance:
Look forward to meet you at Shingwedzi when we will be on our way to Punda Maria :D . On the other hand, I am actually not looking for reaching this time of our trip as it will mean, we have only 2 nights left :wall:

You must have a great time and look forward to learn all about it in your TR. :thumbs_up:
Need to add...let that camera work overtime :lol:
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Re: 23 Days with Tessa & Dave From Top to Tail - Dec 2015

Unread postby Karin Mitton » Sat Nov 28, 2015 10:05 pm

23 days - sounds a little bit like heaven! Will be on the bus to hear all about it!

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Re: 23 Days with Tessa & Dave From Top to Tail - Dec 2015

Unread postby umtali1 » Sat Nov 28, 2015 11:55 pm

Kaapsedraai wrote:umtali1, I am taking the seat behind you to see what you and inyanga1 will be up to, especially regarding TM. :

Apologies, TessaG, ...... but I shall not let Inyanga 1 on if he's going to be :naughty:
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Re: 23 Days with Tessa & Dave From Top to Tail - Dec 2015

Unread postby Pumbaa » Sun Nov 29, 2015 1:32 am

Sigh not that long anymore, Tessa :mrgreen:

Still love that croc on the causeway we often see them doing that but always are thrilled to see them doing that again :thumbs_up:

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Re: 23 Days with Tessa & Dave From Top to Tail - Dec 2015

Unread postby hilda » Sun Nov 29, 2015 4:27 am

I am definitely on board for this trip Tessa G! I wouldn't mind if I could visit the Park for 23 plus days, but I simply cannot stay away from home longer than 10 plus days, due to my four-legged kids. After 10 days my heart starts aching because I miss them too much. :D

You are going to have a wonderful time, and I cannot wait to read all about it! :dance: :dance:
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Re: 23 Days with Tessa & Dave From Top to Tail - Dec 2015

Unread postby leervis » Sun Nov 29, 2015 6:23 am

I am on board and will not give up my seat to anyone. An epic trip and I have no doubt that you will share amazing sightings with us as we travel the length of Kruger with you. You have had the rains to prepare it all for you so make sure the lenses are polished, take lots of memory cards and ENJOY!
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Re: 23 Days with Tessa & Dave From Top to Tail - Dec 2015

Unread postby Trrp-trrrrrrrr » Sun Nov 29, 2015 6:33 am

Time is ticking as I type :dance: every minute closer to your departure to BPOE :mrgreen:
Found a window seat, so will be traveling in style.... 8) with good views all the way :lol:
This is going to be such a super trip from Top to Tail... nothing beats this...23 days of pure bliss! :mrgreen:
Dave cooking and refreshments supplied :dance: ...can't wait for the this departure..... can feel the excitement in the Gray household :D
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Re: 23 Days with Tessa & Dave From Top to Tail - Dec 2015

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Sun Nov 29, 2015 6:35 am

Tessa, how time flies. I am really looking forward to your report and looking forward to meeting you in Tambotie :dance: :dance: :dance:

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Re: 23 Days with Tessa & Dave From Top to Tail - Dec 2015

Unread postby Tessa G » Sun Nov 29, 2015 7:28 am

Kaapsedraai wrote:umtali1, I am taking the seat behind you to see what you and inyanga1 will be up to, especially regarding TM. :D

Tessa G, 23+ days....that is the way to do it...the 'Top-to-Tail way' :dance:
Look forward to meet you at Shingwedzi when we will be on our way to Punda Maria :D . On the other hand, I am actually not looking for reaching this time of our trip as it will mean, we have only 2 nights left :wall:

You must have a great time and look forward to learn all about it in your TR. :thumbs_up:
Need to add...let that camera work overtime :lol:


We cant wait Kaapsedraai and somehow the days seem to be dragging now.... :wink:

We are looking forward to meeting up with you and the family too....well we just wont even think or discusses the days left.

That camera will certainly be working overtime - we have recently bought a third battery, just in case, :wink: and another 32gb memory card so we are completely covered.

Cant wait.......This time in 2 weeks we will have just left for the airport. :dance: :dance: :dance:
Dec 2016/Jan 2017 - Shingwedzi, Letaba, Olifants, Tamboti, Biyamiti
CURRENT TR: 23 DAYS WITH TESSA & DAVE - FROM HEAD TO TAIL DEC 2015

TR: 11 DAYS BACK HOME IN KRUGER WITH TESSA AND DAVE 2014/2015

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Re: 23 Days with Tessa & Dave From Top to Tail - Dec 2015

Unread postby Tessa G » Sun Nov 29, 2015 7:30 am

Karin Mitton wrote:23 days - sounds a little bit like heaven! Will be on the bus to hear all about it!


Lovely to have you on board Karin. Make yourself comfortable, I have a feeling it is going to be an amazing 23 days. :D
Dec 2016/Jan 2017 - Shingwedzi, Letaba, Olifants, Tamboti, Biyamiti
CURRENT TR: 23 DAYS WITH TESSA & DAVE - FROM HEAD TO TAIL DEC 2015

TR: 11 DAYS BACK HOME IN KRUGER WITH TESSA AND DAVE 2014/2015


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