Janine's trip report

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Janine's trip report

Janine has shared her trip to the bush with us in her reports....

Thanks Janine! Smile

 

 


 

 

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Janine wrote:

This is the video of my cheetah sighting I mentioned below in my trip report hope you enjoy it                 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x2C1V7yMXzg

considering my username you can imagine how happy i was when i watched this video! such brilliant animals!

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Janine wrote:

This is the video of my cheetah sighting I mentioned below in my trip report hope you enjoy it                 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x2C1V7yMXzg

thanks Janine !  what a great sighting !

 

 

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Very cool. Thank you for the story and the video. They are beautiful cats.

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This is the video of my cheetah sighting I mentioned below in my trip report hope you enjoy it                 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x2C1V7yMXzg

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Janine, thanks for sharing. It sounds lovely and feels almost like being there Smiling. How old would you estimate the cheetah cubs?

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Hi All, I was asked to share this by some Africammers.
 
As you can see I arrived safely after some delay this morning on the highway due to a new bridge construction the closed the high way for about 20 mins so you can imagine the back up, I arrived at Olifants at around 12pm.  33c was the tem and there was fairly heavey cloud but the wind was blowing a gale which I am sure you noticed on the cams.
 
Well after unpacking my trip started with a bang.....two ellies arrived infront of the house two young  bulls, was a lovely sighting then I was taking my city car to the air strip to pick up the game viewer and there were 7 giraffe sitting under the trees on the flood plains and a little further a herd of kudu and a large herd of impala.  I picked up the game viewer and made my way to the first dam , all quiet then the second some dab chicks which I forgot I had taken some vids and photos of two weeks back putting their chicks on their backs that was so cute. 
 
Left that dam and bumped into my friend Vera who said that the had seen 3 cheetah near hide dam and a bit around the corner from where we were chatting she had left another cub.  So I went to look at the cub cute, not a great sighting lying in the grass moved on to the other sighting in the hopes that it was better, but even worse so i headed back to the first cheetah now I never take my big slr cam with on the first drive as it seems to jinx my trips to do that, so I only  had my little sony point and shoot and my vid cam.  I took a couple of point and shoots, then was videoing the cheetah he was calling then he got up and walked along the giraffe and zeb stared curiously on, the next thing he was joined by three other cubs his size and age well I videod the sighting hope due to failing light that it came out nicely will edit it and have it ready for posting to you tube when I return to jhb. The it was getting to dark to video and they were moving off as I put my cam away I saw the one cheetah take off like a bat out of hell he chased a jackal and then a second one joined him, they never caught the jackal.  They they moved off to some other planes I did not want to hound them so left them too it, it was fast approaching being dark by then any how.
 
 Then I moved on to hide dam parked there it was already dark, and there were two dugga bulls just leaving the water hole.
 
Sat there and had my sundowner campari soda and ice with some beef biltong (Jerky), listened to the guine fowl squacking as they roosted in a near by tree, the heron was also calling and three scops owls , lovely and peaceful.  When doen I left drove around the southern side of the dam and there was mr hippo out grazing.
 
On the flood plane on the way home near the house there were zebra, the same seven giraffe and a large herd of impala.
 
And to top off the eveing a falling star.
 
Take care all

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Hey janinie thank for the great storys your as good at telling them as me Smiling love reading this thank you Laughing out loud

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Janine, you never disappoint!  Love the report and pics.  I can't believe a pig would eat a bat, or anything meat.  Wonder if he got a bad case of indigestion later?  Eye-wink

Thank you for sharing!

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thanks for the update on your trip Janine !

That snail walking under water is really interesting, I never knew they could snorkle !!!! Smiling

Love the lion pics too !

 

 

 

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Hi to my Africam friends

Nov 2009 trip to Olifants River Private Game Reserve part of the Greater Kruger

It is a while since I did a trip report for Africam, probably because I go so often to Olifants and think it can become a little boring for you all, but have been asked to write about this trip.

Well we arrived in torrential rain on Friday, we had 107mls in two days so by Saturday afternoon, all the small rivers were running and the dams were full to the brim. Lots of foam nest frogs and nests all over the little water holes and dams. The down side was that some of the impala were already stressed from the lack of grazing and browsing, so we lost from what we can see around 25 impala when the temperatures changed so drastically on Friday. 

The leopards were happy and the hyena.  

Another victim of the rain was a Giraffe which from the tracks I gather that it was startled and tripped slipping in the clay it fell on its side but even more bad luck his one leg was caught between a fallen branch and there was a tree right next to where he would try to throw himself up, if they can not get up to get their heads up from that position quickly they lose consciousness due to lack of blood to the brain and ultimately die.  This is what happened you could see he tried at least four times to get up by the tracks in the mud but eventually lost consciousness.  Well this made a pride of 7 lions happy I will put some pics of them up. These lions are not of the Olifants pride they are some lions that sneaked across from Klaseri Reserve.

We saw a lot of elephant, some lovely bulls and wonderful breeding herds with little babies, and rhino twice both times white rhino.  The light was really lousy for pictures.  Another exciting sighting we had was a giant land snail that was walking under the water took some pics of that never knew they did that.

 

Helle (my friend from Denmark)  and I also went to Grietjie which is across the river, to Antares Field Guide centre this is where we did our FGASA level one in 2006, we went to say hi to Mel and Ian it was great to see them again and they took us for a deja vu game drive around Gritjie we were privileged to see their new vulture feeding restaurant. Had dinner there and on our return in the dark in the open vehicle, we were bombarded by insects as after the rains there are always more than normal.

 

I also found a baby fruit bat its mother had died, I tried to help it but unfortunately it did not survive. 

So that evening I took it into the garden in front of the house and placed it some where, where a scavenger could utilise it. Sounds bad, but if it died in the wild, that is what would happen.  Any how imagine my huge surprise when the bush pig that visits the house ate the little bat right in front of my eyes I did not expect to see it being eaten and even less so by a bush pig. So that was my new lesson for this trip.

 

All too soon it was time to return back to Johannesburg, next trip will be just after Christmas will post some pictures here too.  I took some video of foam nest frogs spawning the foam soon as I have a min, to edit it I will post it here too.

Some Pictures for you to enjoy below

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