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Since I haven't posted this trip from back 2015 on this part of the forum I will do it now ;)


In september and the frist days of october in 2015 I went on a roundtrip trough three countries in the southern part of Africa.
South Africa, Swaziland and Lesotho.


The route of this trip started in Johannesburg, by the panorama route towards Kruger NP, visit to Swaziland, St Lucia, Drakensbergen, Lesotho, Graaff Reinet, Tsitsikamma NP, Knysna, Oudtshoorn en we finish in Capetown.

After long direct flight with KLM from Amsterdam we arrive late in the evening in J'burg. We only sleep in the hotel near the airport and the day after that we allready go on the road so we end up at our lodge in Sabie.

Just in case you won't see any wildlife in Kruger ;) they had some 'wildlife' near the gasstation.

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Rhinos at the gasstation.


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More wildlife.


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Landscape en route.


On our second day we went from our lodge to visit some places along the Panoramic route.
During our trip some parts we a bit more clouds and rainy and other parts we really nice and sunny. On this day it was however lots of clouds and rain...:(
Our first stop was at "God’s Window".

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However god wasn't at home so the curtains were kept shut...


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View on the road from our minibus.


We were heading towards the second stop of this day; Three Rondvales/Blyde River Canyon.

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View towards the river down in the canyon.


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More view on the landscape with some clouds.


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One of the rondavels in the clouds.


After this it got even more cloudy so not much views. We went on the move again towards stop three; Bourke’s Luck Potholes.

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Landscape


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Intriguing shapes.


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Rock and water.


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Water is very powerfull!


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Almost at the edge :D


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Church in the landscape near the Potholes.


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Pilgrims Rest.


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Art.


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View from the garden at our lodge in Sabie.


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More views.


The next day we will drive towards Kruger National Park.
Since we are with a little group we will visit a few sites again and then hoping for good weather and views..
 

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En route towards Kruger NP

Day 3; en route towards Kruger NP

Like said in the morning we gonna try and see of some of the points of yesterday have better views ;)

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This landscape near god’s window is a sort of rainforrest ;)


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Clouds are still here and some little rain also...


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Our view @ God’s Window part 2….he its much better then pic nr 4 ;) :D


after waiting for 15minutes to see of the clouds would go away we decided that it wasn't to be...so lets go towards the second attempt for the Three Rondavels.

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Here the weather was much, much better! :) We were impressed by this great view! :cool:


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Clouds are still here but the Three Rondavels can been seen better!


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Panorama @ Three Rondavels


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2 of the 3 Rondavels from closeby.


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Canyon landscape.


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He stayed on its spot for this picture. I needed the web to find out which species of bird; Gelukkig bleef ie zitten voor de foto, a Dusky sunbird.


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An this little bird was a match for its surroundings. :)


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Walking along the edge.


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Our transport during the whole trip until Capetown.


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Landscape en route to Kruger.


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We enter Kruger NP trough Orpen Gate.
After lunch we drive on towards our place to stay; Satara Camp.


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Impala’s and giraffe.


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Two become 1.


At 4pm we left the camp again with a truck for a sunset safari. :cool:

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Elephant at the water.


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Family.


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Landscape in Krugerpark. Beyin here in september before the wet season (African summer) the bushes and trees don't have to much leaves on them so better to spot wildlife :D


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Zebra.


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Zebra’s and wildebeest (gnu).


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Bigger family Elephants.


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More lnadscape.


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From our truck.


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Sun is setting.


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Old elephant bull on his walk...


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Towards the sunset.


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Orange skies in Kruger :cool:


More in the evening and the dark we saw and heard enough animals. Almost back at our camp the road was blocked.... Tarmac is nice and hot...

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You go!


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There were two of them on the road.


We had enough stories and experiences for our dinner and the first braai (BBQ)
next day was a whole day of gamedrive.
 

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Gamedrive Kruger park - part one

Day 4 – a days gamedrive in Kruger NP – part 1

Today after our breakfast at the terraces of our little stone houses at the campsite it was time for a fullday gamedrive in Kruger :banana:

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Bird in red.


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Female Kudu.


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Kudu in the back with a male Impala in front.


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Impala with birds (Red-billed oxpecker).


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A beautifull lilac-breasted roller


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Baboon.


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Peekaboo! ;)


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Giraffe.


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African Fish eagle at one of the bigger lakes with enough water still during this dry period.


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Further away less water and a hippo crosses the water.


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Fastfood Krugerpark style. Family of Impala.


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McImpala ;)


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Male Impala on the run.


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Looking in the camera. :)


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Waterbucks


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Landscape.


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Within 2 months after our visit this whole area will be very very green indeed!


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Ground hornbill (Bromvoël). An endangered species, who lives mainly on the ground.


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Lazy spotted hyena. Thanx to our guide we were able to spot this animal....


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Okay people special for you I will get up! :D ;)
 

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Was it an organised trip or your group just rent the car and drove around?
This was an organised trip, although our group wasn't too big (11 people total). With this day game drive we had our own truck to drive around... :D
 

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So, you didnt care about anything, just pay and tag along...
you could say that yes.
hotels, transport (including the flight), depending on the location sometimes also breakfast is included, some excursions are included other are optional, the rest you sort of free to go and do (or not) want you want (including drinks/lunch/dinner...
This difference also between trips to other countries...
 

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Gamedrive Kruger park - part two

Part 2 of the day gamedrive in Kruger

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We start with the wildlife highlight for me of the days in Krugerpark; Cheetahs!! :cool: :banana:


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Kudu


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Gracefully walking.


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Is there food...


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Elephant.


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Little one.


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The whole family in a dry riverbed.


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Buffalo


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Well...there is something in your nose ;) :D


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Baby buffalo.


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Real funny looking bird; southern yellow-billed hornbill.


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He or she likes the camera! :D


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Wow Angry bird!! ;) Cape starling.


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Our transport of the day.


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Baboons


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Really nice.


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More baboons.


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Lets drink.


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Searching for some water, so lets push a tree down! :D


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Impala.


The day after we go to the second country of this trip; the kingdom of Swaziland.
But we will do that driving a whole part still trough Kruger. So more animals and luck!
 

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Day 5, trying to see the Big Five :D

Day 5, trough Kruger Park on our way to the kingdom of Swaziland

Because of our little group we could take an other route with our smaller vehicle towards Swaziland.
Our guide was clear. We drive down Kruger park to the south and we cross there the border to Swaziland.
It gave us alsmost 3/4 of a day extra 'gamedrive' and trying to complete the Big Five :D ;) :cool:
Which we did during this day! :banana:

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Lions on the road.


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Male lion enroute to some bush for time to relax ;)


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Some time later we even had more luck! Leopard are seen in Kruger, but most of the time further away up a tree. This one was just beside the road! :cool:

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Leopard, stunning animal! :cool:


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Monkey with some stolen bread at our eat and drinkspot!


Along the river at Skukuza Camp site it was time for some smaller animals like lizzards and skunks.

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Colourfull!


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Striped Skink


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Raindbow Skink.


After that it was time to go south and ending our time in Kruger park. But not before we saw some Rhino's! :banana: Big Five complete! :eek:kay:

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Relaxing!


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Cute together.


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On a bridge just outside Kruger Park.


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Sacred ibis


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But do watch out while getting some wet feet ;) :D


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On a pillar of this bridge we spotted a giant kingfisher. (biggest one of the species of kingfishers)


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Landscape at the river.


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Landscape enroute to the border.


Next time we arrive in Swaziland which is one of the three kingdoms you can find in Africa (Lesotho and Morocco are the other two)
 
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