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Wild@Heart's Cricket Weekend Sightings. KNP, Feb. '07

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Wild@Heart's Cricket Weekend Sightings. KNP, Feb. '07

Unread postby Wild@Heart » Mon Feb 26, 2007 6:48 am

Hi all,

Since there were so many forumites at the cricket .. I would expect a lot of trip reports :twisted:

Shall we please try and keep them in one topic instead of 20 - 30 new topics? It is your choice obviously but for reasons of simplicity it would really be appreciated.

As for my sighting ... Only took the Video Cam with .. but list includes the usuall game with special sightings such as

1. Steenbuck
2. Duiker
3. Elephant
4. Buffalo
5. Rhino
6. General Game ... (can also be read as LITS)
7. And a crap load of Leopard Tortoises (spotted about 11 in total over the weekend).

As was compulsory for me I went to all the relevant Sable "sighting areas" and once again found Waterbuck?

Which again strengthens my theory that Sable DO NOT exist in the Park :?

AND sadly I also saw a slender mongoose roadkill :cry:
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Unread postby Petro Rossouw » Mon Feb 26, 2007 12:16 pm

Had a wonderful, eventful weekend trip to the Park.
There is indeed Sable in the park! Saw a lone bull on the tar road from Satara to Skukuza, near Leeupan, taking swipes with his horns at 2 impala rams, who took a hasty retreat.
A cheetah stalking wildebeest, but unfortunately the wildebeest where too fast this time!!
And of course, the usual incident with a Safari vehicle who decided to park salp bang in front of us, while we were busy video taping a leopard in a tree, on the Doispan road!
Is there going to be another cricket event, as my son of 15 would realy like to be part of the fun next time?

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Unread postby Wild@Heart » Mon Feb 26, 2007 12:44 pm

I must still have sunstroke from the weekend .. coz I see that someone here posted there are Sable in the Park after I explicitly said there were no sable :twisted:

And then I see a photo of Wilddogs which I'm quite sure is doctored :twisted:

As if the physical pain is not enough .. I have to be submitted to intense mental pains of Sable and Wilddogs as well :? :mrgreen:
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Unread postby matthew » Mon Feb 26, 2007 1:50 pm

Hmmm- my sightings from the weekend:

Energade
Lucozade
Powerade
Magnesium tablets
Salt tablets
Water
Arnica
Deep heat
Ice
:lol:
Duke Pack Member- Mapoisa Mat²
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Unread postby Freda » Mon Feb 26, 2007 6:16 pm

DuQues wrote:
Elsa wrote:as I don't see a Yellow ribbon. :evil: :lol:

My thoughts exactly....

I also noticed that many forumites weren't flying the yellow ribbon this weekend :cry:
Is a fine in order here :?: say R50 donation to the Nossob cam for not having a YR :wink:

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Unread postby DinkyBird » Mon Feb 26, 2007 7:55 pm

We saw...

Impala
Kudu
Ellies
Buffalo
Warties
Giraffe
W@H
Zebs
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Unread postby DinkyBird » Mon Feb 26, 2007 7:58 pm

Jacov sms'd this afternoon:

4 rhino


He retains the title of Rhino Magnet :twisted:

And this evening:

Boring day in the Park.... ;)

Ellies, rhino, kudu, waterbuck. Fire going, cold one, nice-ish sunset.


Cruel musketeer :evil:
Sawubona
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Unread postby restio » Mon Feb 26, 2007 9:17 pm

I also saw 4 rhino. 8)

Special sightings (well, special for me) included:
- Two elephants twining trunks lovingly in the dusk, seen from a bench at Biyamiti
- Flights of carmine bee-eaters along the Sabie River
- A lovely leopard in the morning light, just south of Biyamiti
- A pride of seven lion lying on a rock in the riverbed near the N'watimihiri Causeway. They looked like they were sunbathing. But they weren't. It was bucketing with rain. :lol:
- A party of wattled plovers right next to the road
- A big female hyena on a night drive
- A dead tree full of Western red-footed kestrels
- Lynne and Bucky at Afsaal - we ended up having breakfast together. Pieter Steyn and SO were also there, so it was quite a forum gathering!
- An African rock python sunning itself in the middle of the road
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Unread postby Freda » Mon Feb 26, 2007 9:34 pm

A quick pic report from a fantastic weekend, some very unusual sightings this time :shock:
Entered the park at Malelane at 7am on the 23rd and added some pins to their board :)
On the way to Skukuza via Matjula loop, S114, Afsaal and then the tar to Skukuza we saw:
Hyaena taking a bath:
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Dad and young rhino: (we saw 10 rhino during the weekend :D )
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And just 1.7kms from Skukuza gate:
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Not a bad start :wink:
Up early for a great day of cricket and it is raining :cry: it stops while we are getting our caffeine and (in my case) nicotine level up :redface: Let play commence!
These are a few of the spectators:
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We took a walk round the pitch and decided their long jumpers must be pretty good to get over this ellie dung, :roll:
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A herd of ellies had to be enticed off the pitch with marula fruit (in a bottle) during the game:
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Somehow I don't think the mousies took the :littleangel: as seriously as they should have, well done angels :dance:
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On a fragile Sunday morning it was again raining and we made our way down to Croc Bridge stopping off at Lower Sabie.
We saw the pied and giant kingfisher:
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and the carmine bee-eater and crowned hornbill 8) two lifers for us. Image Image
The Crocodile River was almost up to the bridge, I suggest you check with the gate if you want to use this bridge in the next few days: Image
The roadkill down to Croc Bridge was upsetting, we had tortoise, francolin and a woodland kingfisher :cry:
Thankyou to everyone involved for a really great weekend :clap:

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Unread postby DavenJan » Tue Feb 27, 2007 8:24 am

DavenJan’s Skukuza Cricket Weekend Trip Report.

Morning all, briefly here is our report.
We entered at Phabeni just after 0915 and headed along the S3 and our first sighting was Buffalo, then hyena, then nothing. Even Lake Panic only had hippo, crocs, Egyptian geese and white faced ducks.
Did however see leopards (tortoise)
Here are a couple, see hole in shell
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Booked in and drove to the village for a non practice. Did watch some young guys showing how to play cricket.
Our sundowner drive started with little, even on maroela loop!
Struck gold on way back along H4-1
about 5 lions lazing about, honestly, look carefully.
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We then came across the secret Bafana-bafana training camp, some elephant playing soccer with a plastic bucket. (only on video unfortunately) but it had Jan and I laughing at their antics.
Back to get ready for Selati and saw this guy next to us. Think he was put off by the sign though!!
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Saturday early headed for rhinosterkoppies (s114), stopped at the dam for coffee and rusks in the rain to look at the buffalo, then spotted the odd one out. See the rhino?
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Happily the weather improved as we headed for the cricket ground and we had a terrific day, two good games. I even managed a few runs. This is me batting against Skukuza.
Thanks to deville for the super photo. I won’t show you the one of my wickets spread all over the place!!!
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This must be the triumphant Skukuza team as they are holding the trophy!
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Well done angels. I read somewhere MM suggesting me for coach for next year. Do you know how much training I did this year?

Great evening at the Golf Club, good food, good company.

Sunday we headed off for Croc Bridge via Lower Sabie, in the rain.
Lots of ellies with babies crossed in front of us, but it was too wet to open the windows.
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Came across this lovely bee eater when it wasn’t raining
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And finally these guys gave us their opinion on the weather.
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Had a super time and look forward to next year. Thanks again to everyone who worked so hard to make the weekend such a success.
Dave
Long live Cricket@Skukuza

Si thi

Ready for the next Cricket Weekend!

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Unread postby DinkyBird » Tue Feb 27, 2007 9:15 am

Sms from Jacov and Reinette just in....

3 letters, L I T!!!!!!
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Unread postby bucky » Tue Feb 27, 2007 2:31 pm

This is from the Sunday morning .
I will do Fridays and Mondays once I find my video cams cables , as there is a video snippet I need to host here .

Got out the gates seconds after they opened , and decided to head up to Tshokwane , as there were reports that duke had been sighted at silhoweni dam .

We were looking at a giant kingfisher on the bridge that crosses the river midway between Skukuza and Lower sabie . when a gent told us of a pack of wild dogs just up the road .
Naturally we headed for this sighting immediately , seen as we have not seen wild dogs in about 5 years .

We found them , and followed them in the pouring rain for about 30 minutes as they moved up and down the road , until the pack suddenly moved into the bush and was gone from sight .

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We met up with Deville and SO at the sighting , and told them about the duke sighting , so they also headed north to Tshokwane .

Across 1 of the small river bridges we came across this scenario involving these 2 parties .
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A little more on this later :twisted:

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Unread postby Jaco V » Wed Feb 28, 2007 8:50 pm

Ok, I'll post for Reinette and myself. {for some reason we always end up seeing the same stuff..... :? }

We entered the Park on Friday at Numbi, accompanied by W@H. He left to go to Pretoruiskop, while we took the S1.

Best sightings of the morning was of 2 Dark Chanting Goshawk. One hunting next to the road, the other catching and then feeding of a lizard.

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As have been reported, we also saw loads of Leopard........... Tortoise. They seemed to be every where!
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Spot the Lion
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Unread postby Jaco V » Wed Feb 28, 2007 8:53 pm

Still me posting...

At the cricket I spotted some strange looking Angels.... I swear the one on the right has 5 o'clock stuble on her cheeks! ;)
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We left Skukuza on Sunday and headed down to Pretoriuskop where we stayed till Tuesday. The plan was to do the Mandlabantu 4x4 trail, but with the rain on Monday, and only 1 vehicle, I did not want to chance it. Off course the rain stopped and sun was out the moment I decided not to do the trail!! :evil:

"Hey stop reversing, I wanna see your yellow ribbon!!!"
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A lone Tsessebe on the Fayi loop

Off course the rhino did not dissapoint.....
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Unread postby Jaco V » Wed Feb 28, 2007 8:56 pm

Ok, last post. Promise!

Afsaal's resident Scops Owl
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And then the highlight for Tuesday morning. Reinette spotted her first Leopard (and a LIT at that) in the Park!!!!
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"Now where is that Angel with my beer?"
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