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Some more animal holiday pictures from last week at Great Fish River Lodge at Kwandwe, a 2 hour drive east of Port Elizabeth.

No lemurs or chameleons here!!

BTW I would highly recommend this park and lodge to anyone. The staff were just brilliant, the location, accommodation and food were perfect.

I'd go back in an instant!

(Our Madagascar photos from week before are here - https://tinyurl.com/MadaPic )
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MargoZ wrote:No lemurs or chameleons here!!
They wouldn't last very long even if there were with this lot of hungry cats!!

Great photos Margo looks like you had a fantastic time.

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This beware of elephants makes our beware of kangaroo signs look almost trivial. :wink:

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This is my favourite, absolutely grand.

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Thanks for sharing these.
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My favourite too, and I bet Allanswood could create another great mini sheet with it. :D

Would be a great design for a postcard too.

Thanks for sharing these pictures... Looks like a great trip.
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MargoZ wrote:
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The FIVE legged Elephant? 8)
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Oh man ! You cant beat Africa we have such beautiful creatures and landscapes ... Margo, Glen you've put my home town on the map

Thanks Guys !!

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Great pics Margo - looks like the game presented itself very well

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What are the 2 single buck?

The bigger one looks like a young Waterbok doe and the smaller a Duiker
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ivqii wrote:Great pics Margo - looks like the game presented itself very well

Margo/Greg/anyone

What are the 2 single buck?

The bigger one looks like a young Waterbok doe and the smaller a Duiker
Well spotted, I agree, the smaller one is a grey Duiker. I am really not sure, but the other one might be a very young female Kudu, I don't think it's a Waterbok, I can't see the characteristic white ring around the backside, and their natural habitat is much more to the north.

These pics show some of the many hundreds of reasons why after living abroad for many years we returned (I left single and returned a married man!) to my home country.

For me there just is nowhere else on this planet like Kruger National Park. It is literally the size of a country (it is the size of Israel), and is Africa like it was always, completely wild. You really do feel like an explorer of old when you go there. I have been there many time, and just keep going back. And, like we can see in these pics, Kruger is not the only wild place in South Africa!
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ivqii wrote:Great pics Margo - looks like the game presented itself very well

Margo/Greg/anyone

What are the 2 single buck?

The bigger one looks like a young Waterbok doe and the smaller a Duiker
Well spotted, I agree, the smaller one is a grey Duiker. I am really not sure, but the other one might be a very young female Kudu, I don't think it's a Waterbok, I can't see the characteristic white ring around the backside, and their natural habitat is much more to the north.

These pics show some of the many hundreds of reasons why after living abroad for many years we returned (I left single and returned a married man!) to my home country.

For me there just is nowhere else on this planet like Kruger National Park. It is literally the size of a country (it is the size of Israel), and is Africa like it was always, completely wild. You really do feel like an explorer of old when you go there. I have been there many time, and just keep going back. And, like we can see in these pics, Kruger is not the only wild place in South Africa!
I think that the white "target" would be out of sight at the angle she is standing - but I think your guess of a young Kudu doe is correct looking at the hump on the shoulders

But I would think that this reserve has imported all their animals

As an Englishman who lived 47 years in South Africa I am devastated by what has happened to that beautiful country

btw for UK members the Kruger National Park is almost exactly the size of Wales
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ivqii wrote:Great pics Margo - looks like the game presented itself very well

Margo/Greg/anyone

What are the 2 single buck?

The bigger one looks like a young Waterbok doe and the smaller a Duiker
Well spotted, I agree, the smaller one is a grey Duiker. I am really not sure, but the other one might be a very young female Kudu, I don't think it's a Waterbok, I can't see the characteristic white ring around the backside, and their natural habitat is much more to the north.

These pics show some of the many hundreds of reasons why after living abroad for many years we returned (I left single and returned a married man!) to my home country.

For me there just is nowhere else on this planet like Kruger National Park. It is literally the size of a country (it is the size of Israel), and is Africa like it was always, completely wild. You really do feel like an explorer of old when you go there. I have been there many time, and just keep going back. And, like we can see in these pics, Kruger is not the only wild place in South Africa!
I think that the white "target" would be out of sight at the angle she is standing - but I think your guess of a young Kudu doe is correct looking at the hump on the shoulders

But I would think that this reserve has imported all their animals

As an Englishman who lived 47 years in South Africa I am devastated by what has happened to that beautiful country

btw for UK members the Kruger National Park is almost exactly the size of Wales
I think this is not the right thread for a political discussion about South Africa, if there is a need we can open another thread.

But I have to disagree in the strongest possible terms. Since 1994 apartheid has ended, millions of people have joined the middle class, millions of government-subsidized houses have been built for the poor and handed out, basically for free, millions who never had water or electricity now have it, the economy is growing steadily at 2-3% per year, our cities are modernising and growing, our road, rail, airport and port network is expanding, and, most importantly, everyone in this country has had their dignity restored.

And white privilege has ended. Devastating, yes.
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zaguy I am somewhat startled by your vehemence as nowhere did I mention anything about race or skin colour

But I do like your spectacles - the lenses are a very attractive hue
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Folks, can we get back to the Kudus and Duikers and Springboks please. 8)
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What are the 2 single buck?

The bigger one looks like a young Waterbok doe and the smaller a Duiker
You guys might know these antelopy things better .. many of them look the same to me!

All our photos above and below were taken with a little point and shoot cheapie camera. The tourists that carried about big cameras with zoom lenses and decent settings would have got things 5 times better and larger than these. Especially at night/dusk it was near useless. :(

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Glen you and Margo should be very proud of those pics

The guy with the long straight horns is a Gemsbok

And I think the one with the crooked horns and the black face is a Hartebees
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Beautiful pics of a beautiful reserve! The antelope with the short curly horns are roan, and the ones close to the end of your series, just before the elephant pics, are impala. We call the impala Bushveld sheep because there are so many of them :-)

You were lucky to see so many of the Big Five.

I might add to Glen's recommendation of this reserve that the Eastern Cape is malaria free, while Kruger still has a small risk of malaria. A (government-run) national park that is also very popular and very special in the Eastern Cape is the Addo Elephant Park.
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It seems you had a very nice and interesting tour!
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I might add to Glen's recommendation of this reserve that the Eastern Cape is malaria free, while Kruger still has a small risk of malaria.
Yes we stupidly took the course of malaria tabs that that make Margo as sick as a dog. Not a SIGN of a mozzie whilst there! :twisted:

We liked Cape Town a lot, so have booked there for New Year's Eve this year And Xmas Day up in Accra Ghana via Germany.

South Africa is an INCREDIBLY low cost destination for any first world country. We booked the 2 level Presidential Suite at a leading Brand Hotel in Cape Town for NYE for $A70 a night inc tax.

We stayed at the same place, same rate, last month. :mrgreen:

We and caught up there with member Greg Nichol for a drink or 3 on the huge corner balcony. :mrgreen:

I carried some "Desert Magic" drying books and some other bits and pieces over with me to save him on the mailing costs. :mrgreen:

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Oooh, I just noticed this thread... I feel a souvenir miniture sheet coming on. :D

That cropped Zebra panoramic is a beauty.

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AND - YOU didn't even send me a COGH postcard! :twisted:
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Ha!

CGH is in a large National Park, so do not think there is even a PO with that name in it these days! It is pretty much where the Indian and Atlantic Oceans merge together.

I'll email you a larger high rez pic of the Zebras if you want to play around with it!
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I'm tired and the caffeine is wearing off... here's a first draft:


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I put 2 images together and gave it a catch phrase
Maxi card? Postcard with punch out stamp?
I think I do my best work when I'm half asleep.

Zebra's to follow after nigh-nigh's
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Well done ... but topping your Chameleon Mini Sheet from the photos we took in Madagascar will be hard to top!
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My first mini-sheet. :D

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I quite like it, just a bit of fun using your images.
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Just an interesting bit of info, the vast majority of people think the Indian and Atlantic Ocean meet at Cape Point. This is certainly due to very clever marketing by Cape Town, the famous Two Oceans marathon and the people of Cape Town claiming the honour.

But actually it's at Cape Agulhas, about 200km further south. It is a much less dramatic area, basically just a windswept rocky outcrop. That's probably why it never gets as many visitors as Cape Point :-)

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Allanswood wrote:I'm tired and the caffeine is wearing off... here's a first draft:


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I put 2 images together and gave it a catch phrase
Maxi card? Postcard with punch out stamp?
I think I do my best work when I'm half asleep.

Zebra's to follow after nigh-nigh's
This is fantastic- I especially love the catch phrase.
Isn't he a great lion....so majestic and dignified (until he rolled on his back and showed off his bits)
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Here's another one. Went with the Zebras.


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Then kept playing around:

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The black backgrounds make everything pop out, especially on screen.

I can see a whole theme now; make the Lion the stamps with Zebras on the edges, make the Elephant the stamps with Lions on the edges, etc. 8)

When I can perfect the perfs, someone might think they're real, maybe.



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Great pictures !!

Those lions & Leopards weren't thinking 'Yummy, a Stamp Dealer' were they ???

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I like your work Greg - you have a talent there for sure.

PS If they were a sheet, and you took the two zebra stamps out to use, you wouldn't be left with a very nice picture!
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Can't help it, had to take my mind off something else and I love my animals....

I like this one, had more time to think about it and worked out the perf problem.


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This size doesn't show the amazing thing my software did adding a watercolour effect!

This gives you a better idea. Now I might try and actually paint the images in watercolour.

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Fantastic...can't believe this came from our modest photos! Looks far more glamorous 8)
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Just a couple of pictures of the Great Fish Lodge at Kwandwe where we stayed in a delightful bungalow, looking over the river. A short walk from a beautiful central eating and relaxation centre.

Just half a dozen bungalows, so very personal service, and I couldn't recommend the facilities, staff, food and general ambience enough.
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Fascinating! Not sure how you got those animals to pose the way you did, but what a great job! :lol:

Thank you for sharing! (by the way, the only thing separating the room from the wild is glass! Good thing a tiger didn't know that!)
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Andyref2 wrote:Fascinating! Not sure how you got those animals to pose the way you did, but what a great job! :lol:

Thank you for sharing! (by the way, the only thing separating the room from the wild is glass! Good thing a tiger didn't know that!)

lolol - a tiger would have to travel quite a long way :mrgreen:
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Well an Elephant drinking from the swimming pool outside the door was adventure enough for us! :lol: :lol: :lol:

The Lodge has a strict rule that a security guard needs to accompany you to and from the rooms.
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Sorry, meant to type Lion. I could see why security would be required to get outside. A snake would scare me, forget the rest of the animals!
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A bit late on this thread ...

So much potential -Great Fish River Lodge the whole area all forgotten by the 1st world -and so so so affordable.....

Those buck you wanted to know yes your right the Kudu Ewe and well the second one i dont think its a Duiker its a Young BushBuck very common to the Eastern Cape.

And the photos are fantastic going back for December to relax my possie down the coast near Jefferies Gamtoos Blue Horizon Bay taking the boat to.

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GregN wrote:
And the photos are fantastic going back for December to relax my possie down the coast near Jefferies Gamtoos Blue Horizon Bay taking the boat to.

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Ha!

We'll be back in Cape Town for New Year's Eve. 8)

Where is all the partying .. down on the waterfront there?

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Glen,

Cape Town on New Year's Eve can be fantastic - there is a lot of partying at the Waterfront, yes, but lots of people like to hang out in Long Street or along the Sea Point beachfront. I would hazard a guess that Camps Bay beach area might also be really busy.

I lived in Cape Town for almost two decades but have been away for a while, so things might have changed ... If I were there for New Year I would probably go to Long Street, or perhaps the Waterfront. Or both :-)
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Thanks for the info zaguy. :mrgreen:

We fly the 6 hour flight today Ghana to Jo'burg, and then to Cape Town for New Year's Eve.

We will check out those locations - thanks!

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Glen,

You must have fun in South Africa on New Year's Eve.. Lots of things to see and do in one of the world's most beautiful city, Cape Town.

I am from Northcliff, Johannesburg and currently live in Greece. Seeing all these photos really makes me homesick.

You must enjoy it to the fullest.

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Spartacus, I also lived abroad for some years, I lived in Dubai in the UAE, but later I just got really bored there. Now I am back home, I live just down the road from Northcliff, near Cresta :-)
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Re: On SAFARI in the Eastern Cape, South Africa - holiday pi

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zaguy

That's amazing, I too lived in the Cresta area. I lived there for over 23 years. Just on the borders of Northcliff and Greymont Hills, close to Beyers Naude drive.

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