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 Post subject: Are predator sightings on top of the "To See" list?
Unread postPosted: Fri Nov 23, 2012 8:09 am 
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Many visitors to Kruger would probably have predator sightings on top of their list which are understandable as they are magnificent creatures. It is also much easier today to know where to spot predators due to improved and effective ways of communication.

I personally prefer to drive around slowly in Kruger clueless and be taken by surprise when I do see lions or leopards for example and if I don’t it is also perfectly OK with me. There are many other wonders of nature that make me a happy Kruger visitor including the peace and tranquility. I am just wondering if the majority of Kruger visitors do prefer to see predators?

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Yes I think it will always be at the top of our list along with a few others....

With our next trip we wont be using the technology method, but rather drive around and only hear of sightings from passing cars.

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Preditors are on top of my list :thumbs_up:

But I will say, that traveling alone in Kruger, it is completely different for me :wink: Your experience of the Kruger is quite different! You will find average sightings become great sightings all of a sardine! You also get excellent sightings which seem surreal! How you will feel about what you see in the Kruger, is completely unpredictable when you are alone! Your perceptions on what is 'normal' and what is 'special' are blurred. I could see a leopard and it does not 'hit me', and I do not realise what just happened, and on the same day I will find more joy in looking at the spring flowers, or having a conversation with a hyena. In my life, traveling alone in Kruger means I have a pure emotional connection with the things I see. There is no prevailing sanity on what is a great sighitng :lol: Only when you get to share the sightings, and you imagine how people will react to your leopard pictures, do you get psyched about the sightings.
I probably sound quite loony :whistle:

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:D Love big cats. :thumbs_up:


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Not on the top of my list but always disappointed when i have not seen them

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 Post subject: Re: Are predator sightings on top of the "To See" list?
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Does it really matter :?: :)

8) There are such a lot to learn from non predators as well :wink:

Predators can be great, but will not "tear" my clothes, if i do not see them. :whistle:

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It seems that for some visitors it does not matter whether predators are seen during a visit or not as the many other wonderful sightings compensate when the lions are “hiding”. It is good as it means to me less traffic around predator sightings and less stress for the animals.

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Preditors are on top of my list :thumbs_up:

In my life, traveling alone in Kruger means I have a pure emotional connection with the things I see. There is no prevailing sanity on what is a great sighitng :lol: Only when you get to share the sightings, and you imagine how people will react to your leopard pictures, do you get psyched about the sightings.
I probably sound quite loony :whistle:


Dear Cheetah, you don't sound quite loony, :hmz: you really are quite loony... but in the nicest way.

With a name like mine, I have to be careful of most predators.... being pretty close to the bottom of the food chain. Snakes scare the life out of me, but at the same time I am fascinated by them.

I enjoy all felines, strange for a mouse. Mostly I love Serval. They are the Olympic champions of their size. I also enjoy Wilddog. I just love their interaction. Reminds me of my pack at home.

What I would most like to see though are things like Honey badgers and Civet kinds of things.

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 Post subject: Re: Are predator sightings on top of the "To See" list?
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Grantmissy wrote:
I personally prefer to drive around slowly in Kruger clueless and be taken by surprise when I do see lions or leopards for example and if I don’t it is also perfectly OK with me. There are many other wonders of nature that make me a happy Kruger visitor including the peace and tranquility. I am just wondering if the majority of Kruger visitors do prefer to see predators?


Very well said Grantmissy! That's more or less how I feel about it too! :thumbs_up:

It is nice to see predators of course, but that's not all to see or experience in the Park! :dance: :dance:

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As I have gotten older, (I am now 19 and I know that I am a spring chicken compared to some other mites here :wink: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: ), I have started appreciating the smaller things and the non predators. When I was younger, all I cared about was seeing Lions, Leopards and cheetahs but now it really does not bother me. I have also recently discovered my love for birds. Even though most of the time I have absolutely no idea what bird it is, I can just sit and watch it. For me, predators are an added bonus.

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