Pilanesberg – 17 February 2013

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Sunrise over the rim of the ancient volcanic crater

Last Sunday Joubert and I accompanied my brother Niël to the Pilanesberg National Park for a day visit – as always it was good to get out of the city and into the wilds, even if only for a day. Pilanesberg’s four entrance gates are all within an easy two-hour drive from Pretoria so it wasn’t difficult at all to be at the Park’s Manyane Gate in time for it opening at 05:30. We departed again, through Bakubung Gate, just as dusk was settling over the reserve at around 18:00 that evening.

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Lake Mankwe

We spent most of the day exploring the Park along the extensive network of roads and also spent some time in the various photographic hides (two of which was damaged considerably by elephants recently and in need of repair). Here’s a collection of photographs of Pilanesberg’s mammals, birds, reptiles and fish, all taken on Sunday.

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Blue wildebeest cow

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Blue wildebeest bull

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Yellow-billed stork

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Barbel (catfish) ambushing small fish in the shallows

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Pied kingfisher

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Terrapins

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Giraffe

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White rhinoceros

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Kudu cow and calf

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Battle scarred zebra stallion

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Elephants have right of way

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Elephant roadblock

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Waterbuck drinking

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Grey heron cooling off next to the water

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Jacana walking on submerged plants

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Juvenile crocodile

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Little Egret in breeding plumage

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Impala

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Springbok, South Africa’s national animal

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Ostrich

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Curious giraffe

For more on Pilanesberg you can read all about our previous visit there in May 2012.

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9 thoughts on “Pilanesberg – 17 February 2013

  1. mjculverphotography

    What wonderful images Dries and Marilize. So lovely that you got out of the city. Who wouldn’t want to spend time away in paradise? You got some lovely shots here and I love the shot of the elephant butts as they make their way down the path. Great capture on the barbel catfish so beautifully camouflaged. For just a short outing you sure managed to see and enjoy most of what South Africa has to offer. Great post as always guys.

    Enjoy the weekend.

    Marks and Joey

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    1. de Wets Wild Post author

      Thanks Lu – His mom was constantly chewing, and with her mouth opening and closing the whole time you’d easily imagine that his ears are so floppy because of all his mom’s moaning…

      Enjoy the weekend!

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