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#248403 - 06/12/17 03:34 AM Cheetah three mail  
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Thought it best to post under new thread. June and I have started on our journey to join the Cheetah three group. In AKL airport on way to SYD and then on Tuesday on to JNB.

#248404 - 06/12/17 06:25 AM Re: Cheetah three mail [Re: Ralph W.]  
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Ken and I are Rydges Hotel SYD meeting June and Ralph when they arrive from AKL. Such a treat to have friends to share the long flight to JNB.


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#248405 - 06/12/17 08:36 AM Re: Cheetah three mail [Re: Ralph W.]  
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Happy to know you are on your way.


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#248409 - 06/13/17 07:39 AM Re: Cheetah three mail [Re: Ralph W.]  
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In JNB. Awaiting the Simpsons and Websters(how nice to say that). Ocean basket last night and our first king Klip. Off to the Cradle of Humanity this morning. Can't wait for our first game drive tomorrow . Saw some families this morning leaving for safari and it brought back memories of the wonderful time we had last year with our family.

#248411 - 06/13/17 11:45 AM Re: Cheetah three mail [Re: Ralph W.]  
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Glad you made it safe Pam & Jim. We're excited to do a family safari in July 2018. I may be asking you questions and getting pointers ! Enjoy your safaris, hopefully Jim will see lots of his warthogs. Happy sightings to all.


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#248413 - 06/13/17 01:42 PM Re: Cheetah three mail [Re: Ralph W.]  
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Happy to share any info I have.

#248414 - 06/13/17 04:34 PM Re: Cheetah three mail [Re: Ralph W.]  
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We're all here in the hotel JNB. Helen and Chris were on our flight too from Sydney. Lovely to see the Turners briefly before we all headed up to our rooms. Safari here we come!!


Sheila and Ken
#248439 - 06/16/17 08:37 AM Re: Cheetah three mail [Re: Ralph W.]  
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I heard from June they saw wild dogs yesterday. They are denning in the hills so will come down to hunt every morning and evening. Bodes well those going to Madikwe. Mary Ellen this could be your year to see the wild dogs.


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#248447 - 06/16/17 07:13 PM Re: Cheetah three mail [Re: Ngaire]  
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Oh, I hope so! In Doha now, off to JNB early tomorrow. Looking forward to seeing everyone soon.

#248462 - 06/18/17 08:02 PM Re: Cheetah three mail [Re: Ralph W.]  
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We are at JAMALA. This is a lovely lodge. When we arrived there were elephants, Impala and waterbuck at the waterhole. Jim, Mary Ellen and Ken went out, the rest of us took our game drive watching the waterhole. A herd of buffalo came in and were happily drinking away and suddenly ran kicking up dust. Reminded me of the same situation we had at Narina. They were all looking in the same direction. Something spooked them but we did not see anything.

Great dinner and tomorrow we go looking for DOGS.

UPDATE TO JAMALA.
Game drives we saw lots of elephant, and general game. We waited for the wild dogs near their den and saw them through binoculars and heard them but they did not come down from the hill. Too thick for our vehicle to access the den site.

The second night lions were roaring, it sounded like right outside our rooms. So in the morning we went hunting for them. We found the female lion and followed her as she came down to our waterhole to drink, it was great seeing the lodge from the waterhole like the animals do. We never saw the male just his tracks. We also saw four rhino, elephant, zebra, giraffe and other game.

The highlight of JAMALA is the waterhole. Animals, particularly elephant, giraffe, zebra, kudu are frequent visitors. One day at lunch time a whole herd of elephant came and stayed for about 30 minutes. The little ones were totally emersed in the water. Two adolescents were pushing each other over in the water. Ken got a video. Remarkable activity. Never seen that much action from a vehicle. So very special. I stayed in twice to watch the waterhole activity.



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#248491 - 06/22/17 09:50 AM Re: Cheetah three mail [Re: Ralph W.]  
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Well major problen with Cheetah 3.

The day we were leaving JAMALA in Madikwe we got a phone call at 7.00 am. Our next destination LION SANDS RIVER LODGE had burnt down the night before. Sad news for the owner, Rob More who we know well. The rooms were okay but the main lodge was totally gone.

Fortunately they found a lodge at SABI SABI that could take us for two nights (Earth Lodge). and Selati Lodge for one night. We were really fortunate that we had somewhere to go. The group were great as Sheila said "well we are embarking on a great adventure".

Twelve of us were flying two charter planes to SZK airport for Lion Sands. At the airport the pilot of our plane telephoned in to see if we could fly directly into SABI SABI strip. That would save us a 90 minute transfer by road. The other plane was in the air heading for SZK. About 30 minutes into the flight we got approval to land at Sabi Sabi. Of course the group in the other plane had no idea and were confused on landing as they knew it was not SZK.

We had four newbies arriving at SZK from CPT. Sabi Sabi picked them up and they had no idea anything had changed until they got to the Sabi Sabi lodge and we explained this was not where we were supposed to be.

On the 10 minute drive to the lodge in our vehicle saw a black stork catch a fish. So we started with a kill right away.

I have visited Earth Lodge before but it was a high price point and had more rooms than I need. It has turned out to be great. Rooms are big, food terrific, wonderful staff and Rangers. Lodge adjusted all the procedures to meet our groups preferred schedule. Everyone is happy.

First two game drives, two huge bull elephants, rhino, the Southern Pride with Cubs, a huge herd of buffalo, zebra, wildebeest and two different leopards.

So crisis adverted and resolution outstanding.


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#248493 - 06/22/17 11:41 AM Re: Cheetah three mail [Re: Ralph W.]  
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Jamala Lodge:

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Impala grooming each other.
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Kudu.
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Warthog.

#248494 - 06/22/17 11:44 AM Re: Cheetah three mail [Re: Ralph W.]  
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Young Female Lion going for a drink of water.
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#248498 - 06/22/17 07:07 PM Re: Cheetah three mail [Re: Ralph W.]  
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AMAZING SUNDOWNERS complete with animals.

After the afternoon drive we gathered for a joint sundowners with a popcorn tree. Bags of popcorn tied to a tree. Close by were elephants who wandered pretty near under our Rangers watchful eyes but then lumbered off to the side.

Next came a herd of wildebeest. Then the grand finale, a female, young male and six month old rhino. They walked up really close and the Rangers said be quiet. Then the female rhino turned and ran back a bit. Then the fun began.

The male and female were sparring and the little rhino was going crazy. Running around and making a high pitched squeaking noise. Never heard that before. It was amazing to watch standing about 50 yards away on foot. They were not concerned about us at all. No one was sure whether the baby was happy or worried about the sparring but the baby sure put on a good show.

Then another male rhino arrived on the scene and the two rhinos stopped sparring, little baby went close to mom and the Rangers asked us to get in the vehicles. The show was over.

Tomorrow we switch lodges.


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#248506 - 06/23/17 10:51 PM Re: Cheetah three mail [Re: Ralph W.]  
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What an exciting show !! I bet everyone was loving it. Where to next ? Ken, thanks for so many great photos...magnificent.


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#248509 - 06/24/17 10:41 AM Re: Cheetah three mail [Re: Ralph W.]  
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So we have had a great stay at Sabi Sabi. Game has been excellent. Food good and gracious hospitality taking us in at the last minute. Yesterday we saw a cheetah, they have not seen Cheetah for months and we all got to see him. Seen the Southern Pride twice, leopard, lots of elephants and plains game. One night coming back we had to slam on the breaks as we turned a corner and a rhino was sleeping on the road. He jumped up startled and lumbered off the road.

This morning I decided to stay in, wash my hair and catch up with some work. I was up having tea with those going out and was struggling - go out or stay in. Up to the last minute I was trying to make up my mind, but I stayed in. The group came back, they saw the Southern Pride, big male, females and cubs on a Buffalo kill. I seldom miss drives teach me to be lazy.

Just arrived at Mala Mala feels like coming home. We absolutely love Mala Mala. Management of Alex and Nerine is perfect, Rangers always good, Trevor the bar man incredible. Serving staff so sweet and attentive. Then you have the best room I have ever had in a safari lodge and outstanding game. What's not love.

They saw wild dogs this morning so I am praying today is Mary Ellen's magical day that she sees the wild dogs. Be back soon.


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#248510 - 06/24/17 12:28 PM Re: Cheetah three mail [Re: Ralph W.]  
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I am so sorry to hear about lion sands! What a tragedy for the owner and the employees and rangers . Glad things worked out well for Cheetah 3 though. What snags and snafus have beset you this trip, Ngaire! Fingers crossed that all goes as expected fir the remainder of your time in So Africa.
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#248511 - 06/24/17 07:09 PM Re: Cheetah three mail [Re: Ralph W.]  
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Fortunately no one was hurt at Lion Sands. It is very sad though. Fire at lodges is a big problem because there is no local fire station in the bush. Lodges are so far apart by the time they got there the damage would be done. Lodges around do send staff to help fight the fire. They band together in times of trauma. Our ranger at Sabi Sabi went to the fire.

Yes some unexpected events but in the end things worked out well for both group two and group three.

First game drive we went with Joe our new ranger replaced Theo. He was fantastic. Best friend to Jacque and very like Jacque. Good drive, fantastic elephant, two male lions, leopard and a lot of searching for the wild dogs. Unfortunately they were not found. Hopefully tomorrow.


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#248516 - 06/25/17 09:07 AM Re: Cheetah three mail [Re: Ralph W.]  
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Started with the Treehouse male leopard. He had an Impala kill stashed in a tree. We found him laying down in the grass about 100 feet fripom his kill. Kept hoping he would go back into the tree but that did not happen.

After a joint coffee stop on the way back we saw some great things. Four male giraffe and two of them "necking". We were really close and could hear the hits. They wrap their necks around and hit their opponents with their heads. We will try and send a video to Julie to put on our webpage.

Just down the road we found three male elephants about 20 years old were also pushing and shoving. They really kept at it for a long time. We were on the road and they were just yards away. At one point I thought they might knock the vehicle accidentally. I saw the ranger ready to crank the car. A great sighting.

Enjoyed that more than the leopard. We will go back to the leopard today and see if he is in his tree or if the hyenas have arrived.


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#248517 - 06/25/17 11:11 AM Re: Cheetah three mail [Re: Ralph W.]  
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Sabi Sabi:

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The Southern Pride.
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#248518 - 06/25/17 11:18 AM Re: Cheetah three mail [Re: Ralph W.]  
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Male Water Bucks.
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Black Stork.
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The water hole is way too crowded for me.
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One of the two Charleston male lions.

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Mala Mala:

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