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Post by great dane » Thu Apr 21, 2016 11:20 am

Well back from our little walk in Kruger and as I (and probably also some of you) regularly go to the bush I thought we could use this to share stories and pics.

This time we did the Sweni Wilderness Trail, a three night/two day walking experience. Not really a trail as you stay in the Sweni Camp from where you do two daily walks, morning for around 5 hours and a short 2 hour evening walk. Did the Olifants Wilderness Trail last year and this has now turned into our favorite Kruger actively.

Before the trail we had two night in Tamboti Tented Camp near Orpen, and were treated to two nice Leopard sightings, beside the more usual stuff.

First on just outside camp on Saturday morning
ImageLeopard_16Apr16-KNP by Aviation Adventures South Africa, on Flickr

The other at 1 pm Sunday at Girivava waterhole near Satara, seems to be blind on one eye but as it was first seen like this years ago, it seem to manage just fine.
ImageLeopard_17Apr16-KNP by Aviation Adventures South Africa, on Flickr



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Post by great dane » Thu Apr 21, 2016 11:38 am

Our first walk turned out to be an adrenalin fueled adventure. Walking along the rivers on an overcast day we saw a few rhinos returning to the safety their waterholes, all good and lots of relaxed hippos seen.
ImageHippos_18Apr16-KNP-walk by Aviation Adventures South Africa, on Flickr

A little later when standing talking about a Buffalo scull were came across, a sound of running large feet were heard and a split-second later a large hippo bull was charging us from the bush some 7 meters away. Our quick reacting guide got us behind him so he could have clear short, meanwhile the back-up guide fired a warning short infront of the hippo. I missed most of this trying to get behind the bush and more importantly the riffles. Next I saw the hippo was side on, 2-3 meters from the guide, now moving away from us but towards the back-up guide a further 7-8 meters away. He stayed cool and fired another warning shot helping the hippo decide to turn away. All this happened in 2-3 seconds and photography was not really a priority at the time. I did catch this of the culprit running off after the second shot.
ImageHippoCharge_18Apr16-KNP-walk by Aviation Adventures South Africa, on Flickr



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Post by Moertoe Pilut » Thu Apr 21, 2016 12:05 pm

Some nice shots as usual, thanks for sharing GD! :thumbs:


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Post by Bell 407 » Thu Apr 21, 2016 12:18 pm

GD, what a fantastic post. And those pictures of the Leopard are brilliant. So clear. Remind me again of the equipment used?

Walking in the bush on a guided tour is something I have only done once before. Also in the Kruger and we were also charged by a big fat mother of a Hippo :thinking: Great experience and just sad we haven't been back in a while.

Over the past 5 years we have frequented the Cathedral Peak area and do enjoy the freedom of your own outdoors. A few pictures below of some different animals and scenes as captured.

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Post by Raffles » Thu Apr 21, 2016 6:01 pm

Eish, poor chameleon lost its tail! Thanks for sharing. My mikkendruk won't manage such nice shots. I shall have to wait until I am rich to buy a new one.



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Post by great dane » Thu May 05, 2016 11:54 am

Guess Lesotho can be considered bundu :scratch:

The road as seen from the top
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On the way up
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A hightlight from the top
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Went past AfriSki going home, unfortunately not cold enough for the sprinklers to deliver any snow
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Fairly spectacular sunset :cool2:
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Post by Bell 407 » Thu May 05, 2016 12:03 pm

GD that is one beautiful sunset picture :clap: :clap:



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Post by great dane » Mon Jun 20, 2016 1:28 pm

As requested by Moertoe elsewhere, a few pics from this long weekends tracks and signs course at Sabi Sands :smug:

Our instructors - a fellow plane spotter! Or was it birds, never mind can't remember now
Imagedrive_June16-ANT by Aviation Adventures South Africa, on Flickr

It was all about tracking but we still ran into a fair few animals including this little leopard
ImageLeopard_June16-ANT by Aviation Adventures South Africa, on Flickr

Red eyes after a booze cruise ?
Imagered-fly_June16-ANT by Aviation Adventures South Africa, on Flickr

One of the small critters in camp under UV light at night
Imagescorpion_June16-ANT by Aviation Adventures South Africa, on Flickr

Buffalo hiding between the trees on the left - always exciting walking in the wild.
Imagewalk_June16-ANT by Aviation Adventures South Africa, on Flickr

The obligatory sundowner :Like:
ImageSundowner_June16-ANT by Aviation Adventures South Africa, on Flickr



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Post by Bell 407 » Mon Jun 20, 2016 1:48 pm

Good thing that Moertoe asked you to post some pics here as they are wonderful. The young leopard is my favourite :champion:



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Post by Moertoe Pilut » Tue Jun 21, 2016 10:40 am

Stunning pics as usual GD, thanks for sharing :utheman:



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Post by 87Juliet » Tue Jun 21, 2016 6:04 pm

Eish, those leopard pics are truly spectacular!

My missus showed me a vid taken yesterday morning just above Lourensford farm in Somerset West of a prime age leopard walking down a farm track... There's apparently plenty of them in the mountain area behind Somerset west. I have yet to see one in the flesh though.


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Post by great dane » Mon Jul 18, 2016 4:26 pm

Another visit to the bush - taking visitors to Madikwe for the weekend :good:

Waterbuck portrait
ImageWaterbuck_15Jul16-Madikwe by Aviation Adventures South Africa, on Flickr

Agile Elephant getting out of the river
ImageElephant-1_15Jul16-Madikwe by Aviation Adventures South Africa, on Flickr

Lioness coming for us :outtahere:
ImageLion_16Jul16-Madikwe by Aviation Adventures South Africa, on Flickr

Last the highlight when we had the privilege to follow these the brother for half an hour :yeeha:
ImageCheetah_17Jul16-Madikwe by Aviation Adventures South Africa, on Flickr

ImageCheetah-2_17Jul16-Madikwe by Aviation Adventures South Africa, on Flickr



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Post by 87Juliet » Mon Jul 18, 2016 5:52 pm

Amazing photos GD!!


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Post by Moertoe Pilut » Mon Jul 18, 2016 6:06 pm

Magnificent pics GD :utheman:



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Post by Bell 407 » Mon Jul 18, 2016 9:33 pm

Absolutely wonderful pics GD. You got that camera working well for you now :clap: :clap:



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Post by great dane » Tue Jul 19, 2016 8:06 am

Thanks guys. Yes the winter light is pretty nice, but it comes at the price of being frozen to the bones when in an open car :surrender:



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Post by Bell 407 » Tue Jul 19, 2016 8:11 am

great dane wrote:but it comes at the price of being frozen to the bones when in an open car :surrender:

Yip, always a bit of pain required to get a good picture :fingerroll:



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Post by great dane » Mon Aug 15, 2016 12:17 pm

From the recent trip down south - Cape Francolin up and close at Agulhas NP.
ImageCape-Francolin_07Aug16-Agulhas by Aviation Adventures South Africa, on Flickr

Southern Rights playing in the Walker Bay near Hermanus . . .
ImageCannoe_09Aug16-Hermanus by Aviation Adventures South Africa, on Flickr

ImageSouthernRight-head_09Aug16-Hermanus by Aviation Adventures South Africa, on Flickr

ImageSouthernRight-tail_09Aug16-Hermanus by Aviation Adventures South Africa, on Flickr



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Post by Bell 407 » Mon Aug 15, 2016 12:20 pm

GD :clap: :clap:



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Post by Raffles » Mon Aug 15, 2016 7:57 pm

Thanks for sharing :thanx:



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