Back Home February 4, 2022
Today was our last day. Our flight was at 1pm and so we had plenty of time to accumulate numbers 199 & 200 on the bird trip list. We had a late start as there was no need to rush as we were only just over 2 hours away from the airport. After packing up we headed to the Sunset Dam one last time to see if we could add any birds to the trip list....
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Lower Sabie Day 3 February 3, 2022
Today was a scorcher. Predicted to get to 39 C and it got there. At 3:15pm H checked the weather app and it said 37 C, feels like 47 C. At 7pm it was 32 degrees still. It was HOT, HOT, HOT! We did leave a little earlier this AM for the morning drive and decided to head north to the picnic spot Nkhulu on the Sabie river. It was overcast this morning so that made...
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Lower Sabie Day 2 February 3, 2022
We slept in a little yesterday and only headed out shortly after 6am. It was misty as we headed north to a picnic spot that overlooks a dam. We got further delayed in getting onto the dirt road to the dam by an elephant that decided to be half in the road eating from a tree on the side of the road. He wasn't budging and we waited for 15 minutes before he finally headed more...
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Berg-en-Dal to Lower Sabie February 2, 2022
We aimed to leave later in the morning as the last change of camps was happening. As the crow flies, it is only about 60 kms between camps but we decided to take a slightly longer route via Skukuza as we had the time to do and both the road north and the one from Skukuza to Lower Sabie are known for their excellent game sightings. As we crossed one of the rivers, sure enough, another...
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Berg-en-Dal February 1, 2022
H has never liked the camp and I've been indifferent about it but I've now swung H's direction. While the setting of the camp is really beautiful - on a dam with a small river flowing into it - the camp is dark and it is seriously in need of some maintenance. You simply couldn't use the hot plate at all. I tried to boil some eggs for breakfast yesterday and after waiting about 20 minutes...
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Big 5 Day January 31, 2022
We changed camps today as we went from Crocodile Bridge to Berg-en-Dal. We decided to take the dirt road which runs along the southern boundary of the Kruger Park along the Crocodile River. Every time I drive that road I have not been disappointed and today was no exception. As we left the camp (literally right at the gate), a hyena ran across the road. It was a good start to a great day. About 10...
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Crocodile Bridge Day 3 January 29, 2022
The weather forecast was for overcast and rainy conditions the whole day. When we woke up it was only partly cloudy at that point. We decided to do the same route we did yesterday morning heading north then west and back south to camp again. The number of raptors had diminished a bit since yesterday but there were still a lot of them. About 10 kms up the road we saw a bunch of cars and...
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Crocodile Bridge Day 2 January 28, 2022
Our usual morning drive started just after 5:30am. We headed north (could only go north or west given where we are) on a dirt road up to a dam and a bird hide. The terrain is very open and teeming with wildlife. At times you can see impala, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest and numerous birds without having to turn your head even. In addition to the game, the BBJs (big brown jobs aka birds of prey) were...
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Pretoriuskop to Crocodile Bridge January 27, 2022
Today was changing camps day. The next 3 nights are at Crocodile Bridge where H and I have not stayed before. We have avoided it because it is right on the edge of the park (at the gate actually) and you can see civilization from the camp. But we decided to give it a try this time for something different. The shortest route is about 120 kms and we took a slightly longer route - maybe...
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Pretoriuskop Day 2 January 26, 2022
We decided last night that we would head to the Transport Dam which is about 25 km from the camp this morning. We figured we would just stay there for an extended stretch and see what was coming and going. The drive out was incredibly uneventful. It was unfortunately very overcast and also raining so the bird life was even lacking. We only saw hyena (one walking down the road and a mother and child in...
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