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Central Kruger sightings : August 2005

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Unread postby wildtuinman » Mon Aug 15, 2005 1:18 pm

@ the right time @ the right place! That's all. It was my 5th trip to the Park this year. 14 nights altogether.
Some highlights I saw on the number of different sightings:

leopard - 1 (Shi'tlahave dam)
Cheetah - 1 (Ngotso)
Lion - 6 (Pkop, LS, Leeupan, ngotso)
Rhino - Stop counting after 20 different sightings.
Reedbuck - 1 (H10)
Sharpes - stop counting after 12 different sighitngs. (Mahonie loop)
Sable - 1 (Napi boulder)
Honeybadger - 1 (Close to Lake panic turnoff)
White-tailed mongoose - 1 (LS)
Civet - 1 (Boesman's trail)
Side-striped Jackal - 1 (Boesman's trail)

And numerous lovely birds!!!

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Unread postby francoisd » Mon Aug 15, 2005 1:21 pm

@WTM: Nice photo of the Scops. Did you climb into the tree to get it? And driving a Landy in the Park surely give you the best vantage point at most sightings.

Ngotso dam area is also always good to us with a number of lion sightings at the dam itself.
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Unread postby wildtuinman » Mon Aug 15, 2005 2:02 pm

Must say that ever since I camped in Balule in May 2003 I fell in love with the place. The camp is situated in very good game country and it teems with lions. Just a pity that I visit it everytime for a weekend. It is sooooo far!! See the Balule thread soon for some pics of it there under Camps.

Just one more thing. the best breakfast I probably had in the Park was yesterday's. Hamburger and chips at the lookout in Olifants camp. What a humdinger!!!

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Unread postby wildtuinman » Tue Aug 16, 2005 7:23 am

I would have loved to post more pics but my flickr account is maxed out for this month!

As for the AWD, I could not remember any sighting on the board at either Satara or Olifants. Balule also have one(at the communal kitchen) but with no pins. In any case I saw AWD in 2003 last, so the cheetah was due. I would have opted for the cheetah in any case if I had to choose between the two.

The one thing I really enjoy about Kruger is the vastness of the area. I have been to BnD (1 night), Boesman's trail (3 nights), Pkop (3 nights), Skukuza (2 nights), LS (2 nights), Balule (2 nights), Punda (2 nights) and still have not seen a third of the Park. It is incredible!! I love that place. If it weren't for us moving house we would have returned there twice before the end of September.

One interesting sigthing was that of white-headed vulture, white-backed vulture and lappet-faced vulture nesting in the same tree just left before the low level bridge coming from Balule.

We also saw 3 Kori bustards in a space of 10 minutes. There were plenty of general game in the area. Another interesting thing was too see baby impalas, zebs and ele's. The winter realy messed with their heads.

The area is extremely dry and the Olifants very low.

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Unread postby wildtuinman » Wed Aug 17, 2005 6:05 am

Lions: Just South of Ngotso dam. We just missed the mating ritual and had to get cracking back to camp before gate closing time so no time to wait for the next moves. Saw a lone lioness at Ngotso dam just the afternoon before.

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Rhino: on the H 1-4 just north of Satara, saw another even further north the next afternoon. Was my most northern sighting of Rhino in Kruger.

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It was lovely to only enter the camps just before 18:00. It was getting dark quickly and we saw hyaneas and lions everyday whilst driving back to camp.

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Unread postby wildtuinman » Mon Aug 29, 2005 11:36 am

DVZ reports from Shumiwi: Plenty of birds(including Verreaux's and spotted eagle owl), a pride of lions(female with 5 cubs) visiting the camp, roaring all night long. Missed leopard twice. That is something new. :twisted:
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Unread postby DinkyBird » Mon Aug 29, 2005 12:49 pm

DinkyBird wrote:
Bouf wrote:
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DinkyBird wrote:Thanks for the report WTM. Ah, {*dreaming} Shimuweni - treasure the time we stayed there and walked across the mighty Letaba.



Walked.
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having a vision of DB with sandels and a beard

:angel: walk on water

:lol: :lol:

And I had to go and be practical and explain away - should have left the mystery 8) Will scan in a pic to show you.

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Last pic was taken of Shimuweni Camp from the river. One can see the difference in the level of the river to what it must have been two years later during the 2000 floods. The camp was damaged and closed after the floods for quite a while.

And the only DB family member in the pics is my son (with the backpack on in the top pic.)
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Unread postby wildtuinman » Thu Sep 01, 2005 6:46 am

More pics:

view from Olifants camp
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red-crested korhaan
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Klipspringer at the Olifants lookout outside the camp
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Unread postby wildtuinman » Thu Sep 01, 2005 7:07 am

Elephant baby near Balule
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Hyaenas patrolling the fence at Balule
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Unread postby DvZ » Thu Sep 01, 2005 1:37 pm

Hi

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