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Bye Bye Bush

After a windy and damp night (outside not inside) we woke a little earlier packed the car up, checked out and headed into the park. it was a very overcast morning and was threatening to rain again. It wasn’t long after we entered the park that the rain started making it difficult to spot as i think the animals were hiding.

We made our way into the park and once the rain stopped we started to spot some animals. we didn’t see any cats even though it seemed like we looked under every tree, rock and down every creek humanly possible.

Our spotting for the morning included:

Elephant
Elephant
Wilderbeest
Wildebeest
Ostrich
Ostrich
Ostrich
Ostrich
Fields of Zebra's
Fields of Zebra’s
Frisky Zebra's
Frisky Zebra’s
Hoggies
Hoggies
Guinea Foul
Guinea Foul
Hippo's
Hippo’s

As we were headed back to the city, we left the park about midday and said bye bye to the parks and bush – for this trip. I love being in the bush here and i hate leaving it almost as much as i am going to hate getting on that plane on Saturday 🙁

We had decided to stop off in Hartbeespoort for a bite to eat and to check out the wares at the rather decent sized tourist trap trinket flea market. I shouldn’t bag it out too much, each trip we have headed there and picked up some nice stuff. We ended up buying a few items that we hadn’t gone in looking for but picked up some really nice pictures that we were looking for so i guess it all balances out.

We arrived home later in the afternoon to three very excitable little puppies who have been home ‘alone’ since Monday when we all left – Monica (house help) has been looking after them for Charmaine and Lance.

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Pilanesberg

After a pretty good nights sleep and managing to weave our way safely through the animals last nigbt – the campground is a night time haven for impala and everywhere you turn and walk they are there ready to scare the bejesus out of you when they decide to move or you nearly walk over them – it was time to go hunting, well with a camera anyway.

Pilanesberg has an area of 572 square kilometres (221 sq mi) and has approximately 188 kilometres of road, so there was plenty left to explore.

The creation of the Pilanesberg National Park is considered one of the most ambitious programmes of its kind to be undertaken anywhere in the world. Thanks to Operation Genesis in 1979, which involved the game-fencing of the park and the re-introduction of many long-vanished species, the park now has in excess of 7,000 animals including 24 of the larger species, including the Big 5.

The park exists within the transition zone between the dry Kalahari and wetter Lowveld vegetation, commonly referred to as “Bushveld”. Unlike any other large park, unique overlaps of mammals, birds and vegetation occur because of this transition zone.

We had a slightly better viewing day today as we got to see lions.

Lion
Lion

We sat and watched them for probably an hour in the morning and then came back later in the afternoon to discover that they had made a kill during the day sometime. You could just make out the remains of the zebra lyrics by near one of them.

Can you see the Zebra ?
Can you see the Zebra ?
Hunting in the summer is hard work one must stretch often
Hunting in the summer is hard work one must stretch often
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Can you spot all four ?

February is not an ideal time to be in the parks, aside from the heat of summer the grass is thick and long thanks to the summer rains which makes spotting and shooting very difficult.

Typical spotting environment
Typical spotting environment

As you can see whilst we saw lion it wasn’t very ideal however is very typical of summer spotting and sometimes spotting in general. Having them lay about river banks and make kills right in front of you is not the ‘norm  although we all wish it was.

Some of the other game we spotted …

Elephants playing
Elephants playing
Wildebeest staring
Wildebeest staring
Zebra's crossing
Zebra’s crossing
Elephants meandering
Elephants meandering
Impala posing
Impala posing
and by the look of that cut on his front leg, a zebra counting his blessings !
and by the look of that cut on his front leg, a zebra counting his blessings !

The Pilanesberg really is a beautiful place to be.

The park as the sun begins to set
The park as the sun begins to set

 

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Off Bush

We started the day off with breakfast with the newly weds as they were off on their honeymoon and we won’t see them before we fly out 🙁

We’ve had such a wonderful time with them it was quite sad to be saying goodbye again, because as they say there is no good in bye.

So with a yummy breaky in our tummy and goodbyes done we hit the road again bound for the bush again – this time Pilanesberg National Park and Game Reserve about 2 hours out of Jozi.

We got here about lunchtime did some quick food shopping and checked into our glamper for the next few days

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Once we had checked in it was time to head into the park.

The Pilanesberg Game Reserve is located in North West Province in South Africa, west of Pretoria which is to the North-ish of Jozi

The area is fringed by three concentric ridges or rings of hills, of which the formation rises from the surrounding plains. Pilanesberg is named after a Tswana chief, Pilane.

The ‘Pilanesberg Alkaline Ring Complex’ is the park’s primary geological feature. This vast circular geological feature is ancient even by geological standards as it is the crater of a long extinct volcano and the result of eruptions some 1,200 million years ago. It is one of the largest volcanic complexes of its type in the world, the rare rock types and formations make it a unique geological feature. A number of rare minerals occur in the park. Pilanesberg Game Reserve rates high amongst the world’s outstanding geological phenomena

We had a pretty good afternoon/evening in the park, no cats but hey we can’t have it all .. can we ???

Baby fluffy Zebra
Baby fluffy Zebra
Jackal
Jackal
Giraffes
Giraffes
This sight still cracks me up
This sight still cracks me up
Weaver on the nest
Weaver on the nest
seems like home
seems like home
Waterbuck
Waterbuck
hehe .. stay classy Africa
hehe .. stay classy Africa
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