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 Post subject: Re: Lower Sabie Sightings
Unread postPosted: Mon Jul 13, 2009 5:45 am 
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Just got back from 4 days at L/S. Had a wonderfull time and some great sightings.
On Saturday (11th) afternoon 10 mins before the gate closed a lion-jam on the bridge.

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Four lionnesses lying under a tree in which two young baboons were. The youngsters were stuck there and some of the other baboons were putting on a frantic display to get the lionesses to move off.

The same evening, from our Safari tent, we watched a lone buffalo bull grazing in the reeds next to the river. At about 11:30 that night we were woken by his very loud distressed bellowing (hope its the right word). It sounded as if he was in agony and at times almost a roar. It went on for about 30 mins and then silence. I'm sure the whole camp was awake by then. We left early the next morning so were not able to establish what happened. Does any one know?

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 Post subject: Re: Lower Sabie Sightings
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ahou@We were lucky enough to go on the sunset drive on 26 July 2009. Marty was our field ranger and boy did she give us our money's worth.
We saw the Big 4 (we would have possibly seen a leopard if not for a speeding driver who was late to get to the gate).
Marty showed us rhino, elephant, buffalo, BLACK RHINO (which she can call ;-)) and 3 beautiful male lions right next to the vehicle. We also were lucky enough to see a civet.
The male lions roared while lying right next to the vehicle and I must say it will be an experience never to be forgotten. Not only could I hear the roar but I could feel it right down to my stomache.
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 Post subject: Re: Lower Sabie Sightings
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MJ,

We were on the morning drive vehicle that you chased down to retrieve the missing camera. Boy am I glad that you tried to radio us later. We came upon the Cheetah and her cubs and watched as Will and Harry came up and intimidated her into giving up her catch, and watching how she made sure the cubs were ok while she led them off, and away from their breakfast. Until DinkyBird gets her shots up here are a few of the shots I was able to get from the road.
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Not the best shots, low light, big lens, tired arms! :)

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 Post subject: Re: Lower Sabie Sightings
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Hi to all Lower Sabie lovers!!

here are some of the Pics I took on some of the drives with Martie! Enjoy them!



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On a sunset drive:
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On a morning drive:
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I will add later a few more magic drives!! :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Lower Sabie Sightings
Unread postPosted: Thu Jan 28, 2010 3:49 pm 
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Martie wrote:
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Well the last two days was just wow, yesterday morning started off great, I went with Mads to Leeupan close to Tshokwane for our own morning drive. Just after the northern turn-off of Munshe Mountain there were 10 baby lion cubs next to the road in the grass, it was so cute and you could only see ears. One even had “bak ore”, a term used for someone with abnormal big ears.


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This looks like Bakore… (the closest translation I have is Big Ears!!)
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Check my teeth!!
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I will post again!!......

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 Post subject: Re: Lower Sabie Sightings
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Seems we all feel a bit blue without Martie :cry:

I am posting these pictures of her and Irving, which I took during a morning walk with them. I trust it is in order to do so (mods, I will understand if you delete the post).

Martie on guard while Irving answers a question by one of the guests:
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Martie and Irving, a great team together!
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 Post subject: Re: Lower Sabie Sightings
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For everyone visiting Lower Sabie in the near future.
This beautiful baby seen on one of Martie's drives, we spent about half an hour surrounded by a very peaceful breeding herd, Martie aged this delight to be about a month old, he could still fit under his Mom's belly.

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Aint he just too cute!!

Happy sightings
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 Post subject: Re: Lower Sabie Sightings
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Raymondk with a black rhino calf that was rescued after being stuck in the mud and the mother had run away. The calf was licking at my foot.

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 Post subject: Re: Lower Sabie Sightings
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Hi Foxy, here it goes. Anja, you were very lucky, not that we can complain. We desperately tried to get the wild dogs, but always just went exactly the opposite way from where the people spotted them


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 Post subject: Re: Lower Sabie Sightings
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Here's some pictures must say my respect to anyone posting pictures on the forum takes forever to upload choose 2 male and one female just to show how high she was when she jumped off then of the cheetah in tree and leopard also on saltjies gravel road and two playful elephants at the hide on the S28. Hope this works.

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 Post subject: Re: Lower Sabie Sightings
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Something is certainly happening!

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 Post subject: Re: Lower Sabie Sightings
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MaryMattMillie - I am sure you will have a really super wonderful time!

Raymondk sent in some pics for us all:

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 Post subject: Re: Lower Sabie Sightings
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Thanks MJ :D
Here is oldguy's other photo of how they saved the rhino calf!! (enjoy, it is adorable) and thank you to oldguy for sharing!!

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 Post subject: Re: Lower Sabie Sightings
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Hi Martie!!

Thank you very much for uor fantastic drive on Saturday night!! We enjoyed it thoroughly!! :clap: :clap: 3 Leopard :big_eyes: !!! on 1 drive!!! :mrgreen:
You are a guide that is dedicated and really know what you are talking about!! :clap: :clap: You really try to make your drives as interesting as possibly! Thank you for your effort and dedication... You are a star! :thumbs_up:

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Then Saturday’s sunset drive was more how I know Lower Sabie’s sunset drives.


Here are some of the pics I took on the drive! That last pic of the leopard was so close, it was with the light of my small flash and and small lens... This was the best Leopard sighting I have ever had! :mrgreen:

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went over the bridge just to get a fine picture of Lower Sabie with the sparkly warm summer sun over the camp and the sheen on the water.
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At the river a big elephant bull…the same one that have been for the last week, he stands in the water and eat the bushes on the edge of the river.

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At the place where you swim with once clothes (Lubye Lubye) the big herd of buffalos waited for the traffic jam to clear that they can cross and a herd of elephants cross right behind them.

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Robert informed me of a leopard up a head. This leopard was so close to the road I moved my truck further away from the tree when he got up. He was looking into the truck like a model posing for a fashion magazine. He eventually got down and walked away from four hyenas. I was driving parallel with this leopard on one stage I pulled my arm and light back into the vehicle…Robert even told me to be careful. Eventually the leopard disappeared and the hyenas chased us in. Two seconds later we found the leopard behind a tree hiding from these gangsters.

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Thanks for taking the time to tell us and make us :mrgreen: with all of your wonderful sightings!! Keep up the good work!!

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 Post subject: Re: Lower Sabie Sightings
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Sightings & pics from last week, 08-10-2010:

S28 south of Lower Sabie:
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Just about 5 meters beside of pad.

More of them:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/freeclimb/ ... 184666640/

Take care,
freeclimb.

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