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 Post subject: Laine's Sightings : KNP 11 to 13 Nov 2005
Unread postPosted: Fri Nov 11, 2005 7:54 am 
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Arrived before gate opening...Entered Malelane gate. Raining.

Have seen so far: Buff, ele and giraffe. They are now busy looking at 5 Hyaena pups and some adults running around feeding them.

Great sightings so far! And great for the rain!!

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Awesome noise by the hyaena. Plenty of ground water. Also saw 2 bateleurs and a pair of klipspringer.


She likes rubbing it in! OK that is it. I am taking the road to Kruger this weekend. I have to go.

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Got this from WTM .. who seems to have gone home already ... Oh right .. it's Friday!

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Low level bridge at Skukuza. Surrounded by 4 juvenile lions and 2 adults. Very curious litte one staring at me through the window. All playing around the car

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Sorry, I have been a bad boy. Lain sent me 3 sms'es so far, but I've been too busy to come and post. Anyway, here they are

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Just arrived at camp now after an exciting day. Saw plenty. Hope WTM put my sights in. Another Lion and CHEETAH


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Hi, please tell all that I am sitting at the cam right now. Nothing here so I am thinking about makin a run for it to give you all a wave


I said that the cam image is still bad and we won't see her, so she shouldn't waste her time...

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The bush is settling down for the night. The Francolins are making a racket, daddy baboons are calling bedtime and the night birds begin. Ah, pure bliss

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This just in

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Bad news, didn't do the walk, SO twisted his ankle and it swelled up like a balloon!! Men!! And yes I know WTM, I am a ninny!! Seen a lot today

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I took the libery of sms'ing her happy birthday from everyone ;-)
I also asked her if the babies have dropped yet
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Hi there. To answer your question, no babies but moms look ready to pop. Today went up to Satara via Timbavati. Saw lots of general game invl Rhino and two baboon troops having a massive fight with lots ofbarking and screaming on the road. Missed two CHEETAH sightings both times by a nose hair. Definite ID of a cape vulture!!!


Interesting thing is that I got updates from Jose re babies, and it's a little contradictory... Shows you that because of the size of the park, that things are not in complete unison across the park. Even though Jose is close by.

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Jose & Katydownunder must have missed Laine with Minutes at Timbavati picnic spot yesterday.

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Today have once again gone out at 4:30 and went almost to Olifants. Once again plenty general game with plenty Ellie. Going on Sunset drive tonight so will update after


I'll post it when I have it ;-)

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Cape Vulture!?!?!?!

Wow!!! Lucky ninny!! Where did you see this?

They just left the Park now. Very heartbroken... Drive last night: Verreaux eagle owl :mrgreen: genet, hyaena and thye dappled one!! What a trip!!

Watched the leopard for about 20min right next to the road. bushbaby and tiger snake too were seen. Was one of her best drives ever she says. :D

Well done ninny!! Very happy for you! :D

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Where did she stay?

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hello everybody!!!!!!!!!!! :D

what a trip indeed!! really really enjoyed and the sunset drive made up for not going on the morning walk! (yes i know....im a ninny for not going on my own!!)

I asked Marius, our very intelligent driver, why the impala had not had their babies yet and he said that it should be anytime. I then asked if they have the ability to keep them in until conditions are just right and he said no...this is in fact untrue. They cannot hold their babies in...just depends when the Rutt took place and according to him..the rutt was late this year.... I did see a few baby zebra and the cutest giraffe baby...but did not see the baby boom i expected.

The leopard on the night drive was pure bliss.. (SO spotted her, so it made up for his injury! :wink: ) she then walked towards the road and stayed around for about 20 min to half an hour... was just great and at least ended the weekend on completing the big five!

Will try and fill in the empty spots later....but damn i have so much work to catch up on... and being 30 i have to take things slow now... :redface: :lol:


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Hi Laine

Looks like we missed each other. I must admit, I forgot my yellow ribbon at home :redface: :redface:

Anyway congrats on spotting the leopard. I wonder if it is the same one we saw last week? Altough our driver / guide said the one we saw was a young male.

Good luck catching up on the workload. :wink:

PS - not sure when you were supposed to go on morning walk, but I spoke to a ranger who assisted in Sunday morning walk and he said it was not that great and they did not see much.


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really really enjoyed and the sunset drive ... The leopard on the night drive


I'm confused here :? Did you go on BOTH a sunset drive and a night drive or ... ?? :? Sounds like a good camp for a drive :D


:lol:

it was the sunset drive but i saw the leopard when it got dark...hence the reference to night drive! :redface:


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it was the sunset drive but i saw the leopard when it got dark...hence the reference to night drive! :redface:


Got it, Laine! :lol: Sounds like I should definitely book a sunset drive from Tamboti next year 8)


definitly...and hopefully u get Marius... he was a brilliant driver/guide with quite a lot of knowledge and a wicked sense of humour... he is at the moment doing a post graduate on lion census which i found immensly interesting...... :D


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