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Re: Antelope: Eland

Unread postby Skopsie » Sun Mar 22, 2009 9:05 pm

Laksman and I had the opportunity to spend the last weekend at Tsendze. :dance: Yesterday, we went to one of my favourite (if not all time favourite) spots in Kruger. The place has yet to disappoint me in 10 visits or so!! The place is the waterhole at Tihongonyeni on the Tropic of Capricorn (S143) drive.

We saw this absolute beauty. Look at the hairy forehead, although his dewlap is small.

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He had 20 other animals in his herd. Sorry about pic quality, but they were some distance away

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But this is not all. We had two other rarities hanging around! IMHO, this could easily be the antelope pic of my life. I don’t think I would ever see this again.

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Re: Antelope: Eland

Unread postby bishop3006 » Sun Mar 22, 2009 10:27 pm

Skopsie! What a sighting! :big_eyes: Especially that last one - three scarce ones in the same picture indeed!

And about the eland - interesting that one also gets bulls, adult bulls, even dominant ones, without the lock of hair on the forehead.
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Re: Antelope: Eland

Unread postby bondm » Wed Apr 08, 2009 2:21 pm

Super picture Skopsie of the Eland, Roan and Tsessebe. Saw my first Eland there in Dec 2007 but it was about 1 km from the road. It's a good spot near that waterhole. I've seen all 3 on different occasions and once there, they seem to hang around for quite a while. Also saw ostrich there a few years ago. Had sightings of individual Elands 3 times on that trip - S143, just north of Shingwedzi and then near Klopperfontein Drift on the H1-8. On the last occasion I was driving south and as I looked out of the side window an Eland was trotting on the grass alongside the car. I stopped to get my camera and it jumped straight over the road. The only picture I got was of it's rear end dissappearring into the bush. Still waiting for a decent picture. Bond UK

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Re: Antelope: Eland

Unread postby Mgoddard » Sun Jun 07, 2009 10:47 am

Seen yesterday on the S143 Tihongonyeni Waterhole...a herd of about 35 Eland..

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And another closer pic..

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Re: Antelope: Eland

Unread postby Johann » Tue Jun 30, 2009 3:33 pm

Saw my 1st Eland in KNP since the mid-80's on 16 June 2009. A beautiful bull on the S61 less than 2km from Klopperfontein dam.
No pics though, I decided to just enjoy the sighting :D
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Re: Antelope: Eland

Unread postby Richprins » Wed Jul 01, 2009 6:35 pm

An interesting abberation from Golden Gate!

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Re: Antelope: Eland

Unread postby SamoesaWoestyn » Tue Nov 03, 2009 8:57 pm

At Klopperfontein - June 2009

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Eland in the South of the Park

Unread postby Zeeman » Thu Jan 14, 2010 1:58 pm

On two occassions in the same place pretty much I have seen Eland in the South . The Lower Sabie - Tshokwane tar road .

As you go towards Tshokwane from Lower Sabie , as the road starts to ascend towards the Nkume lookout point look on your right hand side .

I ahve seen a lone Eland Bull grazing there .

Anyone going that wat keep en eye out

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Re: Eland in the South of the Park

Unread postby Zeeman » Thu Jan 14, 2010 3:20 pm

Pity I didnt get a pic as they a bit deep in . I identified them from the horns . A game vehicle was also watching the eland and he identified it as well

He said it was very rare to see a lone Eland so far south

He also said that if you drive every single road in the park and your eyesight could see as far as the eye can see you have only seen 20% of the park so the park holds many secrets and mysteries

I have heard of people seeing a black giraffe and black impala . Very rare species indeed

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Re: Eland in the South of the Park

Unread postby johanrebel » Tue Mar 16, 2010 8:56 pm

I recall seeing a rather large herd on the slopes of Shitlhave Mountain in the early 90s, as well as a lone and very confiding bull near Piet Grobler Dam during the 2000 floods.

The other week I saw a suprisingly relaxed herd of at least 58 near Lala Palm on the Limpopo floodplain, but that is just about as far from the south as you can get without crossing into Zimbabwe.

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Re: Antelope: Eland

Unread postby bondm » Sat Mar 20, 2010 5:04 pm

Hi All, My best sighting of Eland yet - about 20 km north of Shingwedzi last December.
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This splendid bull had a harem of 8 females

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Re: Eland in the South of the Park

Unread postby Richprins » Sun Apr 04, 2010 6:26 pm

Hey, Zeeman!

Saw that bull, I assume, about 10 years ago! :shock:

Same place...

The Pretoriuskop/Transport eland also seem pretty settled, although I haven't heard of them for a while.

Shithlave seems to be there favoured area, but have seen a smaller herd on the Faai loop about 7 years ago...not the bigger herd...maybe a split.

I'm not sure that all these far Southern eland are in their natural range as far as Kruger is concerned...maybe released from holding camp a long time ago, or the H10 bull being an escapee from Moz?

They do travel great distances!

The southernmost natural population would probably be the Northern Timbavati and Shisakashangondzo area!

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Re: Eland in the South of the Park

Unread postby Stoffel » Fri Apr 09, 2010 9:58 pm

I once saw a small herd of eland between Mestel Dam and Numbi Gate (in the early 80's). I mentioned it to the gatekeeper at Numbi who told me that this small herd was captured in the north and brought down to the south to see if they would eventually move back northwards. I don't know what the outcome of that "study" was.

Since keeping record of all game seen in the park (since 1987) I saw a total of 5 eland (excluding the small herd I'm mentioning above). I saw 2 eland on the H9 betwen Phalaborwa Gate and the H14 junction on 27 June 1994.

A year later (29 June 1995) I saw my last 3 eland in the park on the H1-4 between the S90 and S127 junctions near Ntomeni.
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Re: Antelope: Eland

Unread postby SamoesaWoestyn » Fri Aug 06, 2010 7:36 pm

In July 2010 we saw a total of 29 Eland!

We saw this herd on two consecutive days at Mooiplaas waterhole.

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These two bulls on the S144, 8km north of the S143 turnoff

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On the H1-9

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At Boyela waterhole near Babalala

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Re: Antelope: Eland

Unread postby Richprins » Fri Oct 15, 2010 7:56 pm

This lone bull near Elandskuil in Northen Kruger end Sept!

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