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 Post subject: Re: Exploring KTP In October
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wow a whole family of Cheetahs.... :dance: :clap: :clap: :clap:
far North :dance:
have you some pictures where the Cheetahs are... not sleeping :hmz:

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 Post subject: Re: Exploring KTP In October
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Tobieo –Thank you and that is exactly what a saw when taking the shoots but I was not sure if I was to low and worried about the ground in front creating a distraction on the photos.

Hilda – I agree cape cobras in photos for me as well. Thanks for the nice comment on the springbok photos. The squirrels are always entertaining and good to observe sometimes and not take photos but these guys were begging to get their photos taken. The slender mongoose during the trip proved very difficult to get photos off they are just so quick.

Pumbaa – 100% re the impalas if you get creative they provide fantastic subject for photos.

Foxy – I know KTP has less variety of game than saw KNP but there is plenty if you take the time to look.

Lionspoon – Just about do start digging. There is a spot no far outside Grootkolk heading south where you are basically at eye level and that day lucky enough to have springbok on the mound. I also like the first one.

Carol g – Carol there are few places mostly Nossob River where this type of opportunity is provided by the low road but not always with animals. I agree snakes a also have a phobia but trying to get over it. Glad you enjoyed the cheetah.

Barryels – thank you for the nice comments and you are so right it is great to sit on the patio and watch the animals come to the waterhole and also the small animals moving around camp – special times to be remembered.

Trrp-trrrrrrrr – Thank you and glad you enjoyed the springbok photos as they are a little different. The cheetah just lay there and basically said take as many photos as you want. It was nice to have them all to ourselves which can sometimes happen in KTP.

SurfCindy – Glad you love the springbok photos as when as was taking them I was unsure of how they would look.

Kyknetta – Thank for the nice comments and as most of you know doing a trip report takes as much time as the trip and just as much planning.

Meandering Mouse – Glad you learning a lot me to as I research for information. Regarding the waterhole at night not the best shoot but does give an idea of what it is like. Only in KTP!

Gatita – As you said I was happy to find cobras and also think I found the snake you told us about will post photos in a few instalments time for you to confirm. I believe with cheetah you need inner legs let’s see if my next post helps.

Jan van Wyk – Thank you for the very nice comments. Not in your league as far as photos go but yes we had great sightings.

anne-marie – Exactly I have never in all my trips seen cheetah this far north so it was a real bonus sighting. Yes I have more photos I will post.

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Day 8 - 10th October - (Continued)

As requested here is more of the cheetah family.

It was one of those special times in KTP where we had the animals close calm and all to ourselves. We spend a good 30 minutes with them before they slowly got up and calmly strolled off to a shaded tree about 300 metres from the waterhole.

Cheetah

Cheetahs can breed at any time of year, but they tend to mate in the dry season. Baby cheetahs are born about three months later, at the start of the wet season. There are usually three to five cubs in a litter, and each new born cheetah cub weighs only 5 to 10 ounces (142 to 284 grams).

The mother cheetah hides her cubs until they're five or six weeks old; after that, the cubs follow their mom and share her kills. They wean when they're around three months old and live with their mother for about 18 months. The female cubs then head off on their own, while the males remain together for life in a coalition.

Cheetahs live to be about 12 years old in the wild.

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:clap: :clap: :clap:
beautiful images!
Special times!!
Thanks for sharing.
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This TR just gets better and better. Stunning images, amazing narration and some great info. Loving every minute of it.


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WoW About your cheetah pictures :mrgreen: :big_eyes:

They posed so nicely for you :thumbs_up:

Love also your birdies and the squirrels :popcorn:


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Wow!!! Kesheshe the Cheetah :cam: are just stunning. :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

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Kesheshe the cheetah pics are absolutely stunning, thanks for sharing :clap: :clap: :clap:

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Don't think there will be an ID for the cheetahs, like the family on the other side.
Cheetahs on the Nossob side are not well know, I'm afraid.

But I'll compare them to the shots I got and see if they were seen by someone
else before. Maybe we get lucky.

Great photos and very 8) to have them for yourself.
Franco told us the next day that 'someone' had seen cheetahs up there the
day before we arrived. Now I know it was you and Penny. :thumbs_up:

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More photos to help with ID:

Cheetah

Cheetahs are very vocal. They make a unique bird-like sound called a "chirrup" when they're excited or calling their cubs. They can't roar like lions or tigers, but they do growl, hiss, snarl, moan, bleat and purr.

They get the moisture they need from the bodies of their prey, so cheetahs rarely need to drink water.

Cheetahs are the only cats with black tear marks on their faces. Scientists think these might act as sun protection, like football players painting black marks under their eyes.

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I have a few of them walking which I will post later.

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That youngster is showing off his/her pretty canines!
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What beautiful creatures. 8) Your pictures have captured all the elegance of these lovely and most graceful of creatures.

I was quite surprised the first time I heard a Cheetah mew, it really is a sweet sound from such a large animal. It is difficult to view them as predators though when they are captured at rest.

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What a stunning series of photos in an ode to Cheetah!! Lovely

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Besides that I love cheetahs the "chirrup" stole my heart when I first heard it :thumbs_up:

Thanks Kesheshe :popcorn:


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Oh my word!!! those Cheetah images are stunning. :clap: :clap: :clap:

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