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Re: Rare antelope sightings

Unread postby lion queen » Wed Apr 04, 2012 11:28 pm

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Re: Rare antelope sightings

Unread postby Flyingsailor » Wed Apr 04, 2012 11:32 pm

Saw these guys on the southern tip of the S50 ... They had a baby with them which must have been but a few weeks old!

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Re: Rare antelope sightings

Unread postby picnic » Wed Apr 04, 2012 11:44 pm

:clap: :clap: Flyingsailor, another great sighting. :thumbs_up:

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Re: Rare antelope sightings

Unread postby vibo » Tue Jun 12, 2012 7:33 am

Just returned from a great trip to Punda Maria and Tsendze!! Our first time in the far north!

We saw Eland on 3 separate occasions!! Once at Klopperfontein dam and 2x on the S49/S50 near Tsendze. We found Tsessebe at the Mooiplaas waterhole on the S49/S50 junction every day. Also saw a beautiful Sharpe's grysbok near Punda. :dance:

Btw, are there always as many Ostrich and Kori bustard around the Tihongonyeni waterhole? Breeding ground?

Silly question perhaps...how do I upload pics? :redface:
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Re: Rare antelope sightings

Unread postby Crested Val » Tue Jun 12, 2012 12:41 pm

Seen on the H1-7 last November.
(Sorry they are rubbish photos!!)

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Re: Rare antelope sightings

Unread postby vibo » Wed Jun 13, 2012 1:12 pm

The pics as promised...hope it works. :wink:

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Re: Rare antelope sightings

Unread postby El-Bok » Tue Jul 17, 2012 2:45 am

We Saw 2 Roan about a km from phalabora gate on our last trip has anyone else seen them this low? thought they were found further up? Was my favourite sighting of the trip even if no one else stopped they just kept on driving past :doh: :doh: :doh: :doh: :doh: :doh:
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Re: Rare antelope sightings

Unread postby shortcourse » Fri Dec 21, 2012 8:18 am

We recently saw a herd of sable (approximately 7 or 8) on the Voortrekker Road about 4kms from Pretoriuskop - have managed to see sable the last 3 times we have visited Pretoriuskop so have been very lucky!!!

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Re: Rare antelope sightings

Unread postby Zapman » Sun Jun 09, 2013 8:32 am

On our last trip in March we saw the elusive Pretoriuskop Lichtenstein Hartbeest on the Voortrekker road, about halfway. He was grazing with a herd of Impala, so we almost missed him.... Also saw about 9 Sables at Kruger tablets (their home). 2 Sharpe's just before the H8 (Olifants) turnoff from Letaba, one of our most Southern sightings of them. 1 Reedbuck between Satara and Olifants.

The rare antelopes eluded us for a few trips, but looks like they are back again. :popcorn: :dance:
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Re: Rare antelope sightings

Unread postby SamoesaWoestyn » Sat Jul 06, 2013 7:55 pm

As per Zapman's post, herewith the photos of the Sables and Lichtenstein...

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Re: Rare antelope sightings

Unread postby onewithnature » Mon Jul 08, 2013 5:45 am

Love these rare animals; always exciting to see them. :thumbs_up:
Tsessebe, although mostly seen north, is the easiest to see on a regular basis. Sable is less seen and we thrill every time we see a herd of these magnificent mammals -
have seen them around Pretoriuskop and Mopani, and once near Satara.
Eland less seen again, but up around Punda and Shingwedzi we have seen them a few times; and once near Phalaborwa gate.
Reedbuck is seasonal for us - sometimes we see them regularly; other times it is Reedbuck drought.
Roan we could see fairly often in the old days; however, with the relatively recent massive decline in numbers, it would be a fantastic day to see them again.
Lichtenstein's is the other one we struggle with the most and we have only seen them twice - once near Mopani and once near Pretoriuskop.
Suni - listed on the small five - we have seen only once, that near Punda.
Oribi we've also only seen once, on the Fayi Loop near Pretoriuskop.
And still waiting to see a Natal Duiker, and a grey Rhebuck (if it still exists in Kruger).
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Re: Rare antelope sightings

Unread postby Carol g » Mon Jul 08, 2013 5:51 am

On our trip to Kruger in May, we saw 9 Sable in a riverbed just before Tshokwane traveling from Skukuza side lovely sighting, as we hadn't seen them for years
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Re: Rare antelope sightings

Unread postby SamoesaWoestyn » Tue Jul 09, 2013 7:57 pm

@One, if i can choose any one of your sightings it will have to be the Suni!
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Re: Rare antelope sightings

Unread postby onewithnature » Mon Jul 15, 2013 6:20 am

What a lovely place to see them too, Carol. :clap:

Samoesa, it was a quick, but wow, sighting; my daughter and I were travelling the Mahonie Loop when we noticed a small antelope on the left side in front of a hillock. At first it looked like a baby Sharpe's grysbok but the colouring was wrong. Immediately I knew it was the rare suni antelope (which I later confirmed from a mammal book) and, with that uncontrollable tremor that marks great excitement, I lifted my camera to capture the moment. Would you believe it, but it chose that exact instant to move forward behind the hillock. We waited for almost half an hour, but it never emerged again; and though photoless, we were left with that vivid memory of a rare sighting.
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Re: Rare antelope sightings

Unread postby Carol g » Mon Jul 15, 2013 6:50 am

We also saw a Suni years ago near Shinwedzi, got a pic somewhere, very exciting to see, people asked if it wasn't a steenbok, but no it's so much smaller,never seen another one since.
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