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    THE HIPPOPOTAMUS

    by DAO Written Apr 6, 2008

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    Hippopotamus is the Greek words for ‘horse’ and ‘water’. Despite being the 3rd largest land animal, they are hard to see because they are almost always in the water. That’s because they do not have sweat glands, so it is the only way to keep cool. They can weigh up to 7000 pounds (3175 kgs). They look gentle, but they kill more people in Africa than any other animal. Never get between them and water, or close at all. All my pictures of the herd and baby hippo were taken at a very safe distance.
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    THE GIRAFFE

    by DAO Updated Apr 6, 2008

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    Only when you see a whole group of Giraffes (known as a tower) do you realise just how graceful they actually are. They are the tallest living land animal with males growing up to 5.5 metres (18 feet) tall and weighing up to 1,300 kilograms (3,000 pounds). Now that’s big! They also have the shorest sleep patterns of any mammal – just 10 minutes to 2 hours a night. They drink, very carefully, huge amounts of water so that they can range over large dry areas. Males sometimes use their long necks for ‘necking’ which is a form of combat and can even be fatal. They can be found all across Africa, but you will rarely see more than 1 or 2 at a time. I just got lucky here.

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    CRESTED GUINEA FOWL

    by DAO Updated Apr 5, 2008

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    These birds are normally shy and quiet unless they feel threatened. Then they sound a very loud, cry. They hand out in flocks of 20 or more until breeding season. Then they pair off until their young are old enough to fend for themselves. They are chicken sized and do not hang about. You have to be quick to take their picture. Their most distinctive feature is bare skin on the body and the neck that is cobalt blue. Not exactly the best camouflage out here in the wild.

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    Walking Safari

    by Acirfa Written Jan 14, 2008

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    This can be enjoyed if you don't expect to see very much, after all, if you think about it, animals can smell, hear and are attuned to anything that may be a bit threatening in a much more responsive way than we are used to, so they are hardly going to hang around for us to come along and gawp at them.
    However, if you like being at one with nature and enjoy an attempt at following tracks and lapping up knowledge from the guides about the fauna and flora, then I suggest you take the experience.

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    Game spotting

    by Thailandfan Updated Mar 12, 2007

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    Hire a car and do a trip in the Kruger National Park. Good picnic areas and nice look out points. A good place for bird watching and game spotting is the Hide at Lake Panic which is situated on the road from Paul Kruger Gate to Skukuza Camp about 6km before Skukuza.

    Another good spot is on the road between Lower Sabie and Tshokwane about 10km outside Lower Sabie turn right onto the dirt road following the signs to Mlondozi Dam. Beautiful spot to have a picnic right at the top of a Koppie (Hill). Dam below and a lot of game comes to visit.

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    THE WARTHOG

    by DAO Updated Mar 9, 2007

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    They look fierce, but just about every other animal eats these poor guys including snakes! They love mud and are usually found near water holes. Find them and there should be a predator nearby.

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    TROPIC OF CAPRICORN

    by DAO Updated Mar 9, 2007

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    The term Capricorn comes from the Latin words caper (goat) and cornu (horn) and is the name given to one of the 12 constellations in the zodiac. What this means in earthly term is this. This parallel is the farthest point south at which the sun can be seen directly overhead at noon. Located at latitude 23 degrees south of the equator; it is the southern boundary of the tropics.

    In even more practical terms, this is a great photo opportunity. Watch for animals before you get out. Take the pictures quickly! And then get back in your car before you are eaten or horribly wounded by something large and angry.

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    Elephant hall, Letaba camp KNP

    by nora_south_africa Written Oct 27, 2006

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    Please note the Letaba Elephant Hall has re-opened after extensive renovations
    WARNING!!!! the other pictures I have included in this tip are of parts of elephant skeleton and organs, sensitive ppl may prefer not to view these pictues....

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    See thousands of Mopanie worms.....

    by nora_south_africa Written Jul 2, 2006

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    Usually during February thousands of Mopanie worms breed out in the North of the Krugar National Park, At this time thousands of them cross over the main roads in the park and lots of wildlife come to eat them, quite spectacular... if you can see this!!

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    Movie

    by nichole_521 Written Aug 25, 2005

    At Skukuza we watched a movie - national geographic style - that was offered outside about animals and their young. It seemed as if the main rest camps we went to also offered movies after dark. The movie was informational and enjoyable to watch.

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    Bush Braais

    by nichole_521 Written Aug 25, 2005

    BBQ’s are known as braais in South Africa (though it seems) and a bush braais is where you have an authentic African dinner in the bush at night! I really wanted to do this activity, but at the Oliphant rest camp it was 350R/person, which was too rich for my blood, so we passed. I have heard it is worth the money though. You get a chance to be in the bush at night, hear African tails, eat wonderful food, hear and see animals and meet new people. This activity is only offered at some camps, but I know that Skukuza, Orpen and Oliphants offered them for sure.

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    Game Drives

    by nichole_521 Written Aug 25, 2005

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    During our stay we only took part in one activity which was a morning drive at the Lower Sabie camp. The price was 110R/person and was a lot of fun. An advantage to game drives over self drives is that they offer a better view, because they sit up higher than a car does! The ranger also shares much information about animal’s habitats and behaviors. Drives also give you a chance to get out into the park while the sun is still down!

    Typically there are sunrise, sunset and night drives.

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    Activities

    by nichole_521 Written Aug 25, 2005

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    Most of the main rest camps offer a variety of different activities to do while in the park such as bush walks, game drives, bush braais and breakfasts, swimming pools and golf at Skukuza. Activities are also offered at certain entrance gates.

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    The African Sunset

    by MikeAtSea Written Feb 17, 2005

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    Sir David Livingstone once said - Once you have tasted the waters of Africa you always will long back to the waters of Africa - this is the sentence that goes through my mind each time I see a sun set in the bush. One of the truely remarkable experiences.

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    HONGONYI PRIVATE GAME LODGE

    by Braveheart.southafrr Written Nov 1, 2003

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    THEY HAVE AN ABUNDANCE OF WILD LIFE ON THE GAME FARM , WITH THE AID OF A RANGER ONE CAN ACTUALLY HIKE THROUGH THE CAMP THERE ARE LOTS OF FLOWERS AND PLANTS FOR ONETOO SEE AND ALSO LOTS OF BIRDLIFE ON THE GAME FARM ....................

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