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Kruger Park #2 .. or simply we Smashed it !!!!!

So there really isn’t too much to write to about today as the number of sightings was down significantly from yesterdayย  .. aww that suks doesn’t it !!! hmmm well ok not really ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

Our only sightings today were – Leopard, Cheetah, Rhino, Elephant, Rhino and umm something else, let me think .. oh yes thats right a live lion kill right in front of us – about 3 meters away, at one point i thought we going to be in the kill it was that crazy for about 15 seconds.

So okay the day was pretty bl**dy good !!!!!

We headed in via a different gate to – the Phabeni gate – and saw a giraffe and some elephants…

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Giraffe
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Elephant

… before we came across an buffalo herd, a reasonably large one at that blocking the road.

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Buffalo Crossing
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Buffalo

We sat watched them slowly make there way across the road before on down the road a little more where we hit an animal jam – cars all over the road and necks straining in one direction – can only mean one thing Cats ! Yep Leopard down in the gully. As you can see the picture isnt pretty and isnt going to win any awards but this is a real life live leopard just doing its thing.

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Leopard Sighting

We sat and watched whilst it wandered up the gully before disappearing into the grass.

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Leopard

After the leopard sighting we decided to head down one of the roads didn’t go on yesterday unfortunately the sightings were pretty low and the usual impala lining the sides of the roads

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Impala

We came to an intersection and decided to get off this section and start to head back towards the area we were in yesterday. We came across the dam and were watching two Rhinos when a car pulled up and asked if we had seen the lion pride just off the road – which we hadnt – so we headed back up the road and there right beside the road is a big male lion. now i don’t know how tash missed him, it was her side of the road but she did !!! So we sat and watched him for a few minutes before he decided to cross the road in front of us and join a few of the females on the other side in the shade.

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The one she missed !!!

We decided to see if we could get a better view from the top road, which we couldn’t so we made a decision to go back down to the dam. As we got closer to the stopping area impala starting running everywhere and suddenly there were about 6-7 lionesses running in all directions …

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On the run

This poor girl was all like what happened where is everyone ..

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Girls Im over here …

… and then we realised over in the shrubs they had caught one and the fighting, clambering and grunting had begun …

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Stacks on

We stayed and watched them for probably an hour. It was quite amazing that they had decided to kill in the middle of the day so they must have been either bored or hungry, but i really don’t know how that little impala was going to feed the 7-8 of them given the big male took some fairly big chunks with him. We were so close to them you could hear the crunching of bones and grunting and fighting as they tried to steal from one another, it was pretty amazing.

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Yep thats lunch done
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Do not mess with her !

We left the lions to sleep off their kill in the shade of the shrubs and headed off back on the back roads again where we saw Rhino …

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Rhino

… giraffes doing yoga …

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Yoga move ?

By this time we were in need of some fuel so headed to the nearest camp to fuel up when we came across another car jam, and what should we see – a cheetah wandering the river bank with elephants and rhino

Cheetah in the distance
Cheetah in the distance
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Playful

Fueled up we started our trek back to one of the main exit gates. Yesterday when i was saying the elephants are big as cars, this is what i was talking about !

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These dudes are big !

On the way out we passed some Hyena/possibly wild dog we weren’t 100% sure which and a herd of elephants with a teeni tini bubba in tow

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too sweet man !

So that was our second day, i wonder what our third day will have install for us ๐Ÿ™‚

PS, anyone i south africa with accommodation please apply within, as it is possible we will not be allowed back at Charmaine and Lances LOL ๐Ÿ™‚

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Kruger Park #1

Paul Kruger gate is about 40kms from the lodge and after a bit of a slow start we arrived at the gate to get our day tickets. Now it is a world famous park with some pretty awesome – ok brilliant – animals but come on!! Charging foreign tourists four times the price of locals that’s complete highway robbery. I get local prices and we have them at home but they certainly aren’t asking the foreign nationals to rob a bank when offering the service etc at home. For any with a South African passport, temp resident, perm resident, or ID card its 70Rand per day per person, for foreign nationals its just under 300Rand per day per person. So once we determined that the mortgage extension would cover the entry price for the next few days we headed off into the park.

Once in the park we started to make our way to Skukuza camp, followed by Lower Sabie then Crocodile Bridge before making our way back to Paul Kruger gate just on closing time – well actually a little late due to a big ass bull elephant that decided he was king of the road and no-one was getting past him, so we all played turn around and drive off pretend we don’t want to go that way till he decided to get off the road when we all turn around again and head off for the gate again. These massive beasts are not be questioned when they decide they want the road you give them the road no questions asked !

Our sightings for the day: Elephant, Rhino, Giraffe, Buffalo, waterbuck, kudu, impala, wildebeest, warthogs, hippos, crocodiles, spotted hyaena, chacma baboon, vervet monkey, tortoise, lizard, and birds galore so we did pretty well except for the cats ๐Ÿ™ but seriously the elephants are bigger than the car and 1 second they are there the next they are gone, so if you can lose an elephant spotting cats is like i may as well buy a lotto ticket i would probably have more chance, but we are going to try !!!

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Dont try and mess with these guys
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The ugly stick – Wildebeest
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Here i am !
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Mr Giraffe
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Beautiful Kudu
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Waterbuck
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Mr Eliphant
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Naww little bubba Zebra and Mum
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Mr Warthog
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Drink time
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Leopard Tortoise
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Impala – Lion Fast Food – check out the Big M on their butts !!!!
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Cute Vervet Monkey
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Baboon in the tree

 

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To Kruger we go

Monday morning and it was time to leave the soon-to-be married to themselves for the week whilst we headed north to Kruger National Park. Frank and Shirley were loaning us their unit at Kruger Park Lodge which was just awesome of them to do.

So with all of our gear and food loaded up and hopefully the crazy highway traffic disappearing we started the drive north. We arrived in Kruger late in the afternoon and settled into the unit.

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The lodge
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The lodge

Once we were settled we headed up to the hippo hide to see what the crazy most dangerous animal in Africa was up to!

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Poor little guy has seen better days
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No mum isnt eating baby ๐Ÿ™‚
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This little guy was having a ball !

With the light fading we headed back to the unit to light the braai and settle in for the night.

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The Party

Well the time had arrived – well for the first party any way – Bernadine and Steve’s party at Frank and Shirley’s. We had all done our shopping and jobs yesterday ready for both the party and the week ahead. So it was up and at ’em early, the cars loaded up and the whole family piled into the cars. We headed off to Frank and Shirley’s whilst the boys headed off to Ross’ hockey matches before joining us a little while later.

The house and yard looked spectacular, Scotty was cooking up a storm with the lamb on a spit and the weather was glorious.

Bernadine and Steve had flown in from New York that morning and were still upright so things were going swimmingly.

It was a great day and hopefully they had as much fun as we did ๐Ÿ™‚

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All set up
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Scotty tending the meat
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hmm yes it appears security needs a good talking to at the main gate !!!

 

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Garden Rugby

Today we headed up the road a little bit to the Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens at Roodepoort . The gardens are just beautiful, such a large open space so close to the city that i never knew about before this trip. We explored the gardens and climbed to the top of the ridge for a bit of a view. Phew hiking at 1700m above sea level is pretty serious effort !!!

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Witpoortjie Waterfall
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black-headed heron (Ardea melanocephala)
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Mating Butterflies
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Koppie Foam Grasshopper (Dictyophorus spumans)
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Black Headed Oriole
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weaver birds’ nests hang from the trees
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“Parktown prawn” is a common name for Libanasidus vittatus
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A view of the gardens from the ridge, the cone thatch roof is the entrance

From the gardens we grabbed some ingredients for breaky tomorrow, a quick bite to eat for lunch and then headed home from where we headed off to get Charmaine from work, Dylan from Cricket and then onto Ellis Stadium for Super Rugby.

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As it turned out the local team, the lions schooled themselves in how to lose a football pretty darn well, so in other words they lost ! but it was a brilliant night.

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