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A Safari of Returns: Tswalu and Welgevonden, South Africa, September 2015


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Peter Connan

What a birthday present indeed! Very well handled photographically too, I love them all.

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Day 3 Evening Drive 2/9/15   As it was the OH's birthday, today was the day for the aardvark. As each vehicle leaves the lodge, the guide radios in the direction they intend to go in and if there is

Day 2: Afternoon game drive, 1/9/15   Today was the day for dogs. Although they have radio-collared several of the pack and the guide knew their recent GPS location, it still took a lot of driving a

Day 1 Tswalu Evening Drive 31/8/15   I am starting this as the official day 1 as the time at our friends lodge was an added extra and not a true safari. We had a good send off with a full South Afri

Tdgraves

Hurrah! those Aardvark photos made me smile even in the face of another Engalnd batting collapse !!

@@Towlersonsafari at least bad light stopped play....

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Peter Connan

And here I was hoping against hope for a win!

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Tdgraves

And here I was hoping against hope for a win!

@@Peter Connan I hope this will set it up well for Saturday when we are at the Wanderers!

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Great stuff...fantastic aardvark pics. Cheetah videos are nice, too.

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SafariChick

Loving this report! Wonderful photos of the dogs and aardvark - terrific!

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madaboutcheetah

Wow on the Aardvark ......... basically, winter or not - they produce Aardvarks on demand in Tswalu? Very impressive.........

 

England batting collapse wasn't any worse when compared to letting SA off the hook with 10 dropped catches (their batting confidence took a total beating in India last month) ;)

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And here I was hoping against hope for a win!

@@Peter Connan I hope this will set it up well for Saturday when we are at the Wanderers!

 

Unfortunately I suspect it's going to rain... At least, I hope it is. We really need it.

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And here I was hoping against hope for a win!

@@Peter Connan I hope this will set it up well for Saturday when we are at the Wanderers!
Unfortunately I suspect it's going to rain... At least, I hope it is. We really need it.

Don't say that @@Peter Connan I have tickets in a box!

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These photos are simply awesome. I can't wait to visit Tswalu Kalahari.

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xelas

Regarding the b'day present: Zvezda has one when we will be in Kgalagadi. Should I start whispering "leopard" in her ear after she fall asleep ^_^ ??

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Regarding the b'day present: Zvezda has one when we will be in Kgalagadi. Should I start whispering "leopard" in her ear after she fall asleep ^_^ ??

@@xelas it's a good idea, but I hope you've got her a gift as well. Do I need to start looking for braai cake recipes?

 

We did a drive looking for leopard from Mata Mata as we reckoned the rocky ledges would be perfect spotty cat territory. Be warned, there is an outcrop that looks exactly like the profile of a leopard.......

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Fantastic TR so far. Tswalu delivered, and the photography of all animals, but especially the cheetah, dogs and aardvark, is excellent!

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Day 4 Morning Drive 3/9/15

 

Today was the day for meerkats. On our last visit, we ended up going to the meerkats twice, as our initial attempt in the evening failed, as they used an alternative burrow system. The advantage of a morning viewing is that you know where they slept the night before, it is just a question of waiting for them to get up! So although the light may be better in the evening, we opted for a morning trip. When we arrived another vehicle was also there, you guessed it, containing @@Alexander33

 

It was quite cold and windy, so the little guys took their time getting up. We set up a blanket behind some bushes as a wind break and waited. And waited. The other guide was getting impatient and his guests were wandering around looking at birds etc. He asked out guide what was going on and it they would come out. Finally, at 7.30, they came out, very slowly, as the other guide was asking the question!!

 

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First just a couple of heads appeared........

 

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Gradually, more and more appeared (and disappeared)

 

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And as they warmed up, they became more active

 

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Once they were warmed up, they were off for a day of hunting!

 

Our guide had heard about another sighting, so we made our way there - a couple of cheetahs sunbathing on a small mound

 

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And back to camp for breakfast :)

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Zim Girl

Great meerkats - like the two group shots

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Great meerkats - like the two group shots

 

thanks @@Zim Girl we were 90 degrees to the left and I saw them all line up, so our guide walked us up closer to them and in front, so we could capture it!

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xelas

Observing and photographing meerkats is always great fun. Getting so close to cheetah, priceless.

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Tdgraves

Observing and photographing meerkats is always great fun. Getting so close to cheetah, priceless.

But surprising difficult@@xelas especially if they are moving.....

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Atravelynn

How ironic, your head is in the bird book when a life comes along. Good thing you pulled it out of the book in time.

 

Per your camera problems. Isn't the 7D more advanced than the 5D? So the newer camera has a little bit of a glitch not present in the previous model? Is that right?

 

Aardvarks and meerkats, both in nice light. Happy Birthday to you!

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How ironic, your head is in the bird book when a life comes along. Good thing you pulled it out of the book in time.

 

Per your camera problems. Isn't the 7D more advanced than the 5D? So the newer camera has a little bit of a glitch not present in the previous model? Is that right?

 

Aardvarks and meerkats, both in nice light. Happy Birthday to you!

@@Atravelynn It is a 5d mark iii and a 7d mark i, so no. But in a weeks' time, I will be the proud new owner of a 7d mark ii, so it'll no longer be an issue.......

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Peter Connan

@@Tdgraves, stunning photos all round, but that last one of the cheetah "covering it's mouth" while yawning is just stunning!

Who knew they had such good manners at Tswalu! :rolleyes:

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Tdgraves

Who knew they had such good manners at Tswalu! :rolleyes:

 

That's why it costs so much @@Peter Connan ;)

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Tom Kellie

@@Atravelynn It is a 5d mark iii and a 7d mark i, so no. But in a weeks' time, I will be the proud new owner of a 7d mark ii, so it'll no longer be an issue.......

 

~ @@Tdgraves

 

That's one nice step for a British wildlife photographer and one giant leap for us on Safaritalk who'll enjoy seeing here future images!

Very glad to know this.

Use it with joy!

Tom K.

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