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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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Our 2012 in Pictures

For the final challenge of 2012, we decided to submit a selection of photographs of the various accommodation units we stayed in while exploring South Africa’s wild places this year (you can click on the images for a clearer view).

Have a look here for more submissions in this week’s challenge.