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    Thanks Keith. We made a good team The vetgat Toere rocks!! What absolute fun and exhilaration cresting those dunes; although at times I really worried what would be damaged on the nomad with those "milkshake" corrugations shoving us from side to side

    And watching the RWC in Nossob!!! and we WON. Happy memories,

    Tx Charlotte

    PS I will get Frank to load his pictures of Mabuasahube
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter1949 View Post
    Keith, just a question from the ignorant: How do you add / edit the captions / text on your video?
    Are there a limited number of characters?
    I got to read through your excellently written and entertaining reports this morning - made me want to go back there again fo sho!
    Thank you.
    Hi Peter1949, Indeed KTP is a very special place and thanks for the kind words.

    As far as I can tell the text is the file name, I didn't do anything other than upload the clips via YouTube, their magic did the rest
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    Quote Originally Posted by Keith Newnham View Post
    Hi Peter1949, Indeed KTP is a very special place and thanks for the kind words.

    As far as I can tell the text is the file name, I didn't do anything other than upload the clips via YouTube, their magic did the rest
    Peter, it seems to be a new release of YouTube that picks up the voice narrative.

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    Thank you Keith. A delightful read. Loved the opportunity to feel like a toerist. 😊

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    Thanks Keith, for going to all the trouble with your interesting reports. I hope it is greener when we go back there in March.
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    Dear Keith
    You are probably wondering what has happened to us! Per usual we have been travelling - but now have some time to reflect on our trip, pull out the photographs and cross examine some of your wonderful write up!
    It would be remiss to not start with remembrance to our absent friends. When you travel in a group, the sharing of experiences, the banter and stories are to be treasured. We miss JAV. Our "only one Uncle", with his wonderful campfire chatter and wit; and learn from his ultra positive view on life. Such fond memories. We did our best to create a remembrance. Keith, you got us all together on the first evening at Polentswa and took a shutter delay image of us sitting around the fire with a special chair for JAV. I made an attempt to capture this with a sunset time-lapse video - which I can attach in another post. But I have captured a couple of stills from the video.
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    Firstly, you, Keith setting up the camera at sunset.
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    And finally the poignant moment when the shot is taken.Note JAV,s chair and hat on spade in position near the fire.
    We also missed Alwyn, but I am sure we will be travelling with him again in future
    Keith, I have a selection of images and anecdotes that I hope to share in future posts.
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    Default You are welcome to decypher what is going on!

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    Keith dankie awsome

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    Trooper, you and Charlotte traveling, I would never have guessed .

    Nice words and a beautiful set of images to capture a special moment.

    Look forward to seeing more, which I feel sure will validate every word I wrote in the report


    Also off traveling again. 2 weeks at Bakers bay watching a crew capture Brownies on film. Should be an exciting visit with seal pupping season starting.
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    Default Vetgat meets Vetkoek

    Yes, Vetgat meets Vetkoek. Chris and I stayed in Twee Rivieren to watch the SF against Wales in the bar. We have got a good tip for visitors to the camp. When your side has beaten Wales at rugby, or anyone for that matter, get hold of the wonderful (outrageous?) Heidi and order vetkoek. You can have curry, which I recommend, or Kalahari filling. Be warned, they are huge and delicious. They cannot fit on a dinner plate - so get one to share or invite a small underprivileged community to come help eat. There will be enough for everyone.
    Feeling sated and satisfied, we took a gentle drive in White Walker through to join Jaeger and Grey Nomad at Polentswa. I think we must have taken a different route -they saw lions, cheetah on a kill, a karakul at a kill and nice stuff. We saw nix!
    Keith has described the Polentswa routine of getting up early and sitting quietly at the waterhole. Chris and Keith were far more diligent, but we had our moments. The big brother lions were magnificent and with the wind blowing in their faces across the river bed as they walked, it seemed their manes were expertly groomed.
    Yes Keith enjoy your travels - about those brownies you commented on, how many images would you like? How many different individuals would you like to see?
    Coming up, soon.
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    Keith has given details of the Polentswa Trail road conditions. think four years of drought and maybe more vehicles on the trail has taken its toll. From 4 years ago, when 4L was only needed once or twice it has now required a dozen or more times per day. It now requires good gear selection, diff-locks and sufficient momentum on many dunes. Also, the general road condition has become corrugated and bumpy on many sections. Much more about the off road experience than the wild life this time. Despite the drought, the general landscape is still beautiful.
    Keith has supplied good images and video already.
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    Just need to add a couple of Keith trudging up a dune. And ask him what is that dark cloud billowing out of Jaeger on the dune climbs
    Sadly, Keith left after the completion of the trail, so I need to comment on a few interesting experiences.
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    Cubitjie Quap waterhole is a good early morning spot a short drive north of Nossub Camp. Shortly after arriving a brownie appeared, coming north up the road, and had a good drink. Before he was finished a lone oryx arrived and chased him away. The hyena made 5 or 6 attempts to get back to the water but the oryx would have nothing of it! After the oryx moved off we lingered a while and a series of animals arrived to drink. These included kudu and wildebeest. Also saw a lone eland that looked incredibly thin - in fact all the eland we saw on this trip looked in really bad condition. At the season we were there, from about midday to about 1500 some 5 or more bateleurs arrived daily. You can also watch the jackals hunt sand grouse, with a low success rate - but they keep trying, and catch the occasional bird.
    Nossub camp is renown for its owls and we saw a barn owl, two southern white faced owls and a pearl spotted owl. They roost daily in the same trees so easy to spot. So, Chris arrives off the Polentswa trail and finds a bat trapped in his roof top tent. He manages to remove it and,hoping it is not too injured, put it on a tree hoping it could fly away. That evening we go to see the pearl spotted owl and, yes, it has a bat in its claw and fixes Chris with a very accusing stare. Just saying!
    Need more brownies images, Keith?
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    Marie se Draai waterhole south of Nossub is also a good to spot "park off" and see what happens. We went early morning, but have seen comment that is a great late afternoon spot for photography.
    Over a short period we saw three brown hyena, of which one came to drink. To be fair I suspect that it was probably two individuals, with one looping off and approaching from a different direction.
    OK, Keith enough brownie shots, already!
    It did try to rain, but instead there were some terrible dust storms with violent winds - all folk with grounds tents running about to collapse them before they blew away. The hide was a good spot to see the storm coming and the attached image is from looking north up the riverbed as the storm approaches
    There were lions around Nossub every night we were there, adding great atmosphere with their night time noises. I got up one morning at 3am to go to the hide and was rewarded with 3 adolescents playing around the waterhole and two lionesses up against the fence. The real experience was at about 9pm the next night. There was a great commotion and noise in the river bed and it seemed most of the camp went to the hide. We were standing 4 deep in the stalls. Then 11 lion arrived to drink - simultaneously! Pure theater! I know Chris had his cell phone there and showed me an image he took. I do hope he wakes up and reads this thread and starts sharing.
    After THAT match we set off for Mabuasehube. Our very sincere thanks to the Nossub Camp manager for releasing a Riverside Chalet (they are fully equipped with DSTV, have magnificent views and extremely well appointed) for us to watch the game. We had several English folk there to share the experience with us
    Keith, you would very very proud of the Vetgat Toeriste on the complete professionalism and competence in taking on the dunes towards Mabuasehube. We spent the rest of the trip at Mpayathutlwa.
    First evening, Chris comes on the radio to say he has found a lion pair with PG 16 SV activity going on. I will keep those images to myself and instead share a nice shot of a "bunny" as this is a family friendly forum. Still -its OK to show a bit of post-coital violence and post conjugal bliss. So, there were two pair of broody lions and they kept wandering around the camps and disrupting access to showers and water. There were two kills while we there - one of the lionesses pulled down an eland cow between Mpat 1 and Mpat 2 campsites and another kill (suspected kudu) out on the pan.
    The kill near the camp was less than 5 m from the track so the photographers were out, some with incredible equipment. Once the lioness stumble off to rest for two days with a rotund belly, the scavengers started to arrive.
    There was plenty of game on the pan, and more kudu than I have ever seen. Herds of 18 or 20 animals.
    Also, I have been so absorbed in viewing the front-side of a lilac breasted rollers, that I never took notice of the beautiful green helmet when seen from the back. Included is an image taken at some distance.
    It has been great to share some images and anecdotes with my fellow Toeriste and the Forum.
    Another fantastic set of experiences in one of my favorite places in the world.

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    Troepie, your photos are fantastic. If you are not careful they are going to make you a Korporal. Seriously good pics and thanks for adding to a great thread.
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    Wow
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hedgehog View Post
    Wow
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    I am humbled, Hedgehog - so pleased to share amazing experiences. Dum vivimus , vivamus!
    Stan, coming from you as the doyen of our forum, maybe I deserve those two stripes
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