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Feb 1, 2020 - And the safari begins........

So we have arrived at Marloth Park, our home for the next 14 days. Marloth Park is a wildlife sanctuary situated on the southern boundary of the Kruger National Park. Marloth Park is almost a small suburb of the Kruger National Park with 5,000 houses sympathetically built into the Bush, you would hardly know they were there. Marloth has its own wildlife and boasts four of the big five with the exception of elephant , however as the crocodile river forms the boundary between Marloth Park and the Kruger National Park you are likely to spot...

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Jan 30, 2020 - Nelspruit Botanical Gardens

The Lowveld National Botanical Garden in Nelspruit, ‘grows’ magically out of the confluence of the Crocodile and Nels Rivers and offers up a magnificent array of nature’s treasures. The two rivers create spectacular waterfalls which give this Garden its visually spectacular character.

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Aug 25, 2019 - Kruger NP

An exciting all day game drive in Kruger. Departed the lodge at 0530hrs (another early start!) and at first it didn't seem as if there was much to see. Then we saw a cheetah which proceeded to cross the road in front of us and the sit patiently on the other side of the road. It was watching a kudu in the distance, before deciding to give chase in a flurry of dust. We didn't see what happened, but we don't think the cheetah caught the kudu. My guide felt thought there was another cheetah on the first side o fthe road, so we decided to wait...

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Aug 24, 2019 - Johannesburg to Kruger NP

Departed KOhannesburg at 0545hrs for transfer to Kruger National park. Took just over 6 hrs (good traffic because of the weekend) so arrived in time for a late lunch. Went out mid-afternoon for a late afternoon/evening game drive in a private game reserve in the Greater Kruger area. A bit disappointing as I had hoped to see more wildlife

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Apr 24, 2019 - 5 days in and near Kruger National Park

Saturday 20th April 2019 Tremisana Lodge to Marc’s Treehouse Camp This morning we were up at 5.30am for a bush walk in the Balule Game Reserve where we were driven from the lodge to a spot in the reserve and then went on a bush walk accompanied by a tracker and a guide who was armed with a rifle for emergencies. As we walked, she explained the different things in the bush and also showed us how to identify some things in the forest. During our walk we could hear a lion roaring somewhere in the vicinity! We ate a couple of leaves that were...

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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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