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The April Adventure (Day 3 – 11)

3 May 2014

2563km later and 3 provinces later; I sit here in my home thinking about such a wonderful holiday and adventure.
Accompanied by my beautiful girlfriend and my brother, sister in law and gorgeous niece, Emily we headed for the Kruger National Park.
Catherine and I arrived on the Wednesday and headed off to Pretoriuskop: our first night stop.

We were welcomed by this little guy:

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I liked the feel of this campsite. It felt a lot less commercial than the second night’s site: Skukuza.
After a swim in the campsites’ pool which was cleverly created to resemble a stream trickling over some rockery we pitched our tent and headed on our first game drive.

Weirdly the common animals such as the Impala and Zebra were nowhere to be seen.
However we did spot these beautiful creatures:

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I liked how by our tent we came across this little bird:

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So chilled. We then discovered why it was so docile. It had an injured leg.
And one always wants to see a lion, right?

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And one needs to appreciate the incredible sunsets one gets to experience in the African savanna:

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Need some life perspective? How about this:

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We may be at the top of the food chain. But we are small indeed.
Before we leave the Kruger in this story, here are some more nature shots:

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From then on; we headed to Ingwelala Lodge where we met the Adam’s family (Uncle, aunt and cousins,)
Sipping on wine, watching the array of colours in the setting sky. Great dinners on the stoep (verandah).
Falling asleep to the night sounds of the bush.
I really felt relaxed and alive! Am grateful that our Aunt invited us to their timeshared lodge. Here are some picture memories:

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The trip was filled with highlights: getting to know my girlfriend some more. Hanging out with my awesome brother. But one that tops all these is my little niece learning and loving saying my name “Dawwel” she would say over and over. Priceless.

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These golden orb spiders were everywhere:

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Almost as common as annoying Hadedas and Indian Mynahs! Haha!

The golden silk orb-weavers (genus Nephila) are noted for the impressive webs they weave.  Golden orb-weavers reach sizes of 4.8–5.1 cm in females, not including leg span, with males being usually 2/3 smaller (less than 2.5 cm). Talk about female dominance! 😉

The name of the golden silk orb-weavers refers to the colour of the spider silk, not the colour of the spider itself.
I liked this cleverly taken photograph:

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At Ingwelala we chased the sunrise:

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Some of us couldn’t make it:

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From a wonderful time in the bush we headed off for Ebenezer Dam; near Tzaneen.
Each adventure requires a pizza stop:

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We scoffed these down at a quaint British feeling pub dubbed The Pot and Plow.
We were at Ebenezer for 2 jam packed days involving swimming, waterskiing, goofing around, witness sunsets:

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And of course blomming:

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Definition. Blomming, a slang word for “relaxing” or “chilling.”
My girlfriend is trying to get us to use it more. Haha!

 

 

 

 

 

(AS always, I am super grateful for another fun filled holiday. We’re told to count our blessings. And I have done that!)

Grateful.

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