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The Big Cat Diary and a Couple of Lifers

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The Big Cat Diary and a Couple of Lifers

Unread post by Pumbaa » Wed Mar 02, 2016 10:58 pm

Unfortunately already back from another exciting trip to Kruger :hello:

First thing we realized was the extreme drought visible throughout the park which was shockingly to see. The worst areas suffering under that drought were the areas around Satara and Olifants and the Letaba river was also nearly not existing :evil: The Sabie, Olifants and Crocodile river were still flowing and even in some smaller rivers larger and smaller puddles existed. At least it rained one night at Skukuza and one day later you even could watch the grass grow - On our last two days whilst in Shingwedzi it rained the two days nearly completely not that hard to fill dams but the puddles in the Shingwedzi and Mphongolo rivers got huger and the grass and more leaves were also growing extreme fast :dance:

You also know that neither Timon nor I only hunt from one cat sighting to another but I simply had to use this title as we had some of our best lion sightings around Satara we ever had in Kruger with lot of studying of typical lion behaviour but also the spotted ones allowed some studies too. Due to the drought I did not expect to see that much birds as during a wet summer but we even got to see some lifers. For sure the European rollers and bee eaters were rare and only after the rain they suddenly occured from everywhere.

Will start with this travel tale as soon as possible but still had to go to a couple of pictures to sort the best ones out which will take a bit of time. Simply wanted to let you know that we are back safe and sound :thumbs_up:

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Unread post by umtali1 » Thu Mar 03, 2016 12:34 am

Pumbaa, so pleased you're both back. I'm booking the best seat on this bus, please. You never know how each of these visits will work out. Can't wait to read all about it. Am sure your photos will be magnificent :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up: :popcorn:
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Unread post by manicwalker » Thu Mar 03, 2016 4:27 am

Pumbaa,
Glad to hear you are home safely...
Looking forward to another interesting TT
:popcorn: :popcorn:

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Unread post by Karin Mitton » Thu Mar 03, 2016 8:31 am

Can't wait to hear all about it - sounds like it is going to be a good TR!

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Unread post by ritad » Thu Mar 03, 2016 9:01 am

I'm also in the bus :dance: , wait for more Pumbaa :k

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Unread post by Tessa G » Thu Mar 03, 2016 9:03 am

I'm on the bus too. Would not miss and Pumbaa & Timon TR for the world :dance: :dance:

Pleased that you had such a wonderful trip and are back safe and sound.

We were in the park Dec/Jan as you know and the park was terribly dry in the central parts, so goodness knows what it must be like now.


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Unread post by impyim » Thu Mar 03, 2016 10:06 am

Just hold on for a sec. -------------------------------------------- thank you I'm seated now.

I know I don't know you personally, but I'm glad you're safely back from your travels - although I'm sure you wish you were still in Kruger.

Looking forward to when you get your photo's sorted and TR underway. I know it takes ages, and I'm sure we're all waiting patiently. :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:

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Unread post by Bushbuddies » Thu Mar 03, 2016 10:48 am

Let me hop on board this one - cannot wait to hear all about your trip! I do hope work does not interfere too much with me staying on board... :roll: Always love a Pumbaa TR! :dance:
22-25 July 2016 - Pafuri Border Camp
25-28 July 2016 - Shingwedzi
28-31 July 2016 - Olifants

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Unread post by SurfCindy » Thu Mar 03, 2016 1:13 pm

Reserving my seat on the bus for this one, though I would even sit on the wheels if it means a journey through the park with Pumbaa and Timon. Looking forward to this trip, the title sounds tantalising. :popcorn: :popcorn:

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Unread post by Heksie » Thu Mar 03, 2016 6:46 pm

Looking forward to your trip report Pumbaa
2016
18-23 March Sabie Park

8 -11 July Tsendze
12-15 July Satara

30 Sept-4 Oct Lower Sabie

27 Dec-7 Jan Satara

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Re: The Big Cat Diary and a Couple of Lifers

Unread post by Philip1 » Thu Mar 03, 2016 6:57 pm

Pumbaa :gflower: and Timon :thumbs_up:
Let us be grateful to people who make us happy.” –Marcel Proust
You are just doing that. :gflower:

Looking forward to ''The Big Cat Diary and a Couple of Lifers''. :mrgreen:
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Unread post by Timbits » Fri Mar 04, 2016 3:52 am

Glad you are back, safe and sound. :)

I'm also on the bus for this one.

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Unread post by Salva » Fri Mar 04, 2016 2:34 pm

On board!

What dates were you in KNP?

Trying to figure out a way of visiting KNP next february, that's why I ask.
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Unread post by Hazel Everitt » Fri Mar 04, 2016 5:06 pm

I am on board for this TR! :popcorn: :popcorn:
I am so enjoying the last one, that I made sure I got on board early this time. :lol:
Am very interested to hear how much rain the park has had as we will be going in July.
Can't wait to see what all you :cam: !
2016
6,7,8 July - Pretoriuskop
9 July Crocodile Bridge
10 and 11 July Lower Sabie :dance:
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Re: The Big Cat Diary and a Couple of Lifers

Unread post by jjames04 » Sat Mar 05, 2016 5:28 am

Hi Pumbaa - count me on this bus! Looking forward to see what you found.

Cheers,

Joe


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