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Sep 8, 2018 - Kapama Karula (update #2)

Last night (Friday) was our last 4pm/evening game drive at Kapama (private game reserve in norther South Africa). As always another awesome drive and experience! We decided to first check look got some elephants and we did..a about 10 around a water hole. First, we had one give us a few warning behaviors (flapping ears and low trunk) and then be moved pretty quickly towards us so we backed up and he went on to a new tree to eat on. Then a smaller one/youth, got agitated and did some trumpeting. He still wasn’t happy and came right at our...

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Sep 7, 2018 - Kapama Karula (Place of Peace)

Hi family and friends! Sorry it has taken me a few days to write, our stay at Kapama Karula (place of peace) has been spectacular! Just from the airport to the lodge we saw giraffe, zebra and elephants! The lodge is unbelievable....we have our own safari guide (Abrie) and tracker (Elvis) for every drive. They are fantastic and very well educated on all of these animals, the bird and grounds and even the happenings amongst the male lions to be king (fight between 3 sons and the dad who lost and and lost an eye in the battle). Our villa has...

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Sep 1, 2018 - Day 26

I had a marvelous day! Met my group for early morning drive at 4:45am. We did not see big cats but a hyena with a pray in her mouth, two African Wildcats, big herds of elephants, a dozen or so giraffes, and a big group of baboons. The sunrise was beautiful. The sun somehow looked redder when it just rises above the horizon than Seattle’s. The night sky has at least 10 times more of stars and clear. It was so enjoyable to watch the night sky. The moon rise was orange than yellow. After we finished the drive at about 9:30am, I went back to...

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Aug 31, 2018 - Day 25

Got up very early at 4:30am to join my 5:15am morning bushwalk. A few French people, an Israeli father and son, and an Australian were in my group. The two armed rangers told us they grew up in a very remote region where there is still wildlife. They learned animal behavior, footprints and calls from childhood. After they went to school they learned English. We drove passed a fenced area and the ranger told us that belongs to 10,000 hectors wild buffalo sanctuary. In early 90th they were dying of tuberculosis and mouth-and-foot diseases....

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Aug 30, 2018 - Day 24

Shortly after breakfast I packed up, then left the Skukuza camp. From the coordinates of the Satara camp my GPS found a route that will take 2 hours and 15minutes. Halfway at a rest place I was taking a bathroom break. At a picnic table I took my snack bag out and started to eat some dried mango. While I was watching a young Vervet monkey picking crumbs from the table, another adult monkey, maybe his mother suddenly came down from a branch above me and quickly grabbed my mango bag, then she/he jumped back to the tree. This happened so fast...

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Aug 29, 2018 - Day 23

Woke up about 6:00am by a chorus of birds. Waited until 7:00am for enough light for photographing. While I was having breakfast on the patio, I noticed some birds who were watching me in the bushes next to the patio. From the tree next to the tent I saw several kinds of birds: Speckled Mousebird, Black-capped Bulbul, Village Weaver, Sombre Greenbul, White-bellied Sunbird, Greater Eared Starling and one I do not recognize immediately. After I left the patio, the birds who were watching me descended to the patio and picked every crumb clean....

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Aug 28, 2018 - Day 22

Could not sleep well last night. Too excited to hear so many wild sounds from animals that I do not know. I could only recognize the laughing kind of call from Hyena. After a quick breakfast with orange juice, bread with jam and a cup of low fat milk, I went to the gathering place. South Africans still believe that full fat milk is the best. It was hard to find non-fat milk. This low-fat milk was what the store has here. It tasted like 2% milk. I am not sure how my stomach is going to take it. 8 of us plus 2 armed rangers set off for the...

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Aug 27, 2018 - Day 21

Today is travelling day. The taxi driver showed up at Leonie’s house at 8:30am as agreed. Took me to the Civic Center where I caught the airport shuttle. The flight to Hoedspruit was on time and smooth. The flight time is about 3 hours. After we landed and were taxing into the gate, I saw 3 baboons running on some trees close to the runway. The airport is very small and has only one 1-story building. Went to the rental car window and got the car (Ford Explorer). Drove the shorter route outside the Kruger National Park. It still took me...

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Sep 23, 2017 - Moholoholo Rehab park

Brekkie at 7 then off to Moholoholo Rehabilitation Park. First an informative talk about the reasons animals come to the park. Often wild animals animals are trapped by farmers to get rid of them but the park is educating them to work with the animals instead of against them. The park is divided into two sections. One section is not open for the public because the animals have a good chance to be rehabilitated and released into one of the many game parks, but if they get used to seeing humans too often they will become easy targets for...

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Sep 22, 2017 - Kruger Park

Brekkie at 7am then on the road to meet up with other travellers for the day trip around Kruger. Our guide today was not quite as good as others have been but we still got to see the Big 5 so the day was a success. Not much more to say really, I'll let the pictures do the talking. On the way home to camp, I did wonder if we had a death wish..... travelling down a highway in an open safari vehicle, doing 100km and no seatbelts !!! 𯘞

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Sep 21, 2017 - Katekani Lodge & Kruger Park

Up before dawn for our bush walk. Quick cuppa and a rusk which is a hard biscuit thing, quite yummy. Drive into the parkthen a 3 hour walk thru the bush, accompanied by 2 armed guides. Along the way our guide, Halala Elias Smiley, told us all about the different trees and plants and what they can before used for. There is a leaf to stop the runs (cant spell the big word), a leaf to do the oposite, a branch to clean your teeth , elephant dung to burn and inhale the smoke, which helps clear your sinus, and it actually smells quite nice, and...

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May 21, 2017 - All around the park

Up at 5:30 after a very chilly night! With the toilet all the way across the camp it was time for innovation during the evening! We got dressed in the dark and headed off to a cool breakfast with everybody shivering - it was in the low 40s or so. But we were all in good spirits because we had slept for the first time on our whole trip and it was going to be a day in Kruger! We headed off at about 6:30 as that was when the animals would be most active. We headed to known watering holes in particular. We at first saw a herd of impalas that...

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