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Kruger catch-up – Week 9 – ending at Pafuri’s Thula Mela

So, this is my last blog post from my last week in Kruger, which is also my last week of the official Year in the Wild 2013-14. I'm still processing (in my head and heart) much of what I've seen, and I'll upload a blog in the next few weeks that tries to distill the essence of what I've learnt and felt.

Pafuri is my favourite part of Kruger. Located in the very north of the park, the scenery is completely different to the rest of the 2 million hectare protected area. Fever tree forests, lush
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Kruger catch-up – week 8 – Mopani, Shingwedzi and Sirheni

During week 8 and 9 of my Kruger trip, the good folks from 50/50 TV program came to join me in Kruger. They convinced me that I should be on TV - apparently I have a reasonable enough face (just) for TV - although I've been reassured that most of the series will feature other people and wildlife. The series runs from this November until end of next year - a five-minute insert every three weeks. We'll be shooting in the next few months around the country's other parks, cherry-picking some of the
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Kruger Catch up – Week 7 – Wild dogs and big male leopard at Shimuwini

Shimuwini Camp is one of my favourite places to stay in Kruger. It's one of the so-called bush camps (like Biyamiti, Talamati, Sirheni and Bateleur), and is only accessible to people who are booked to stay there. Also, the roads into camp are off-limits to general visitors, so you have a good chance of being alone at wildlife sightings.

I was very lucky here. Once again, most of my luck came early in the morning or late afternoon. After seven weeks of getting up every morning at 5, to make
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Kruger Catch-up – Week 6 – Difficult leopard and not much else (not really)

You have to work a bit harder at spotting wildlife in the Olifants area of central Kruger, and my sixth week in the park was probably my quietest. After a few days of seeing very little, it can start to get a bit tiresome (to be honest), especially during the heat of the day. So you learn to see the little things, and I suppose that's why the more time you spend in Africa's wilderness areas, the more you learn, because it's inevitable that sometimes you'll see NO leopards, or lions or
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Kruger Catch Up – Week 5 – Another leopard (sigh)

Things were a bit quiet this week on the wildlife front. Olifants Camp is probably the beginning of the northern part of Kruger, and so although it's a big camp, there are far fewer tourists here than at Lower Sabie and Skukuza. It's a function of wildlife numbers too - this is where the vast mopane shrubland begins, and consequently there are fewer NUMBERS of herbivores, although all the same species do occur here. But you never quite know what you're going to although it can be very
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Kruger catch-up – Week 4 – Lower Sabie, Satara and Talamati

From today, I'm catching up on my Kruger blog posts, because the past week I have been catching up on sleep! After three years of almost continuous travel, I'm allowing myself a few days to chill out!

So I'm delving back into my last four weeks in Kruger in September. I'm going to write a wrap-up of my time in Kruger soon. Right now, I am feeling lots of bitter-sweet things...and I need to get my head and heart around all the wondrous and not-so-wonderful things I have seen during my two and
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