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PostSubject: Springbok in Natal   Fri Apr 30, 2010 9:46 am

Pleasent suprise, my sons just paid for a ticket to fly to Durban. So will be spending the weekend trudging around Isandlawana.
Ill be in touch next week guys.

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PostSubject: springbok in Natal   Fri Apr 30, 2010 2:37 pm

hi all.
What we wouldnt give to trudge around Isandlwana for a weekend . :lol!: . Hope he doesnt forget the camera.
Looking forward to springbok"s photos. :lol: .
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PostSubject: Re: Springbok in Natal   Fri Apr 30, 2010 8:01 pm

Some guys have all the luck. Make you right with the camera.. Shocked
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PostSubject: Springboks Weekend trip to Isandlwana and Rorkes Drift   Sun May 02, 2010 1:14 pm

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1) Springbok and Son at the site of Younghusband’s last stand Isandlwana.
2) Flood plain near Rorkes drift
3) Springbok struggling up the route Melvill and Coghill took during their attempt to save the colours.


Photo's supplied by Springbok on location.
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PostSubject: springbok in Natal   Sun May 02, 2010 1:27 pm

hi springbok9.
Good pic"s , thanks pete for posting them. That flood plain looks like prime Mamba Country Suspect .
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PostSubject: Re: Springbok in Natal   Sun May 02, 2010 1:33 pm

Mamba Country scratch Help Please
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PostSubject: springbok9   Sun May 02, 2010 1:37 pm

hi Dave .
Mamba country , As in the deadly snake the Black Mamba , can be dangerous if stirred up and also Damn dangerous
if they aren"t . Idea .
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PostSubject: Re: Springbok in Natal   Sun May 02, 2010 1:38 pm

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PostSubject: sprinbok9   Sun May 02, 2010 1:45 pm

hi pete ,
Thats all you would need , the right horn and a few of them ,
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PostSubject: Re: Springbok in Natal   Sun May 02, 2010 2:52 pm

I wonder if during the Zulu attack at Isandlwana if any Zulu were bitten. I don't think i would be standing where Springbok's son is. Unless there was a rasied platform, lets say about 20 foot high. Idea
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PostSubject: Re: Springbok in Natal   Sun May 02, 2010 2:59 pm

November to March April is snake season, particularly after the first summer rains. Black Mambas are lethal and one of the world’ most poisonous snakes.

But we are in May now so Springbok and co. Should be ok.
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PostSubject: Re: Springbok in Natal   Sun May 02, 2010 3:03 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Springbok in Natal   Sun May 02, 2010 5:18 pm

The Black mamba (Dendroaspis polylepis) is the longest venomous snake in Africa, averaging around 2.5m (8 ft), and sometimes growing up to 4.3m (14 ft). Its potent venom, relatively large size, and overall ferocity of its attacks makes it popularly the most feared snake in Africa. Its name is due to the black inside of its mouth; the actual color of the skin varies, from dull yellowish-green to a gun-metal grey. It is one of the fastest snakes in the world, capable of moving at 4.5 to 5.4 meters per second (16–20 km/hr, 10–12 mph).

Despite its name, the Black mamba's skin color is actually olive, brownish, gray, or sometimes khaki in color. The younger Black mambas are lighter, appearing gray or olive green. The Black mamba’s belly is cream-colored, sometimes blended with green or yellow. The Black mamba also appears to have lateral bars running down its body. This effect is from dark spots or blotches that speckle the back half of the body and alternating dark and light scales near the posterior. Their smooth scales are at mid-body, in 23 to 25 rows. The eyes are dark brown to black, with a silvery-white to yellow edge on the pupils. The adult Black mamba's length ranges from 2.0 to 3.0 meters, with an average length of 2.2 to 2.7 meters long (8 ft).[3] There have been rare cases of Black Mambas reaching lengths of 4.3 and even 4.5 meters long (14.7 ft). They weigh on average about 1.6 kg (3.5 lbs).

The Black Mamba lives in Africa. Its distribution ranges from Eritrea in the north-east, through to South Africa, and as far west as Namibia. This includes Swaziland, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Angola, Malawi, and the Congo Basin.

The Black mamba thrives in the hot and humid environment of the region. The Black mamba returns to a permanent home after its daily behaviors (i. e. when it is not hunting, mating, or seeking quick refuge). The Black mamba is noted as playing a vital role in controlling rodent populations.It lives on rocky hills, riverine forest with downed trees providing shelter, and wooded-savannah. They have also been known to live in termite mounds and hollow trees. The Black mamba is not arboreal, but they can sometimes be found in trees.
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PostSubject: Live from Springbok.   Mon May 03, 2010 5:03 pm

1. Is the valley of the Tugela river, the troops climbed these hills on the way to Rorkes Drift, and Isandlwana

2. We Christened him Chelmsford. Its that a Donkey or an Ass. :lol!:

3. Of course there were no bush shops for the invading cols

4. This is the actual battlefield at Rorkes Drift, the stones mark the line of the front barricades

5. This is the rebuilt hospital at RD its set back from the original but gives a good idea of the feel.

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PostSubject: Re: Springbok in Natal   Mon May 03, 2010 8:59 pm

Nice photo's Springbok.

And a nice swipe at Chelmsford again. Idea
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PostSubject: Re: Springbok in Natal   Mon May 03, 2010 9:05 pm

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And a nice swipe at Chelmsford again.

CTSG. That was down to me. Not Springbok.
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PostSubject: Re: Springbok in Natal   Mon May 03, 2010 9:15 pm

Poor Old Chelmsford. Getting from all ways. Idea
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PostSubject: sprinbok in natal   Tue May 04, 2010 7:23 am

hi springbok9.
Great photo"s ,

ctsg.
As for the good Lord copping it all ways , One would think he would have been used to it . :lol!:
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