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 Post subject: Re: WANTED: Twee Rivieren Leopard and 2 cubs - Regular Updates!
Unread postPosted: Wed Jan 13, 2010 5:00 am 
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Hi,

Bear with the quality of these pics, she was a bit far. In the first I have included the rock by which Maja and the cubs where, the two holes in it are very distinct. This is about 1.8km from the Twee Rivieren gate on the hill on the left travelling north. She was hanging around this area daily, either on the left in the hill or on the right in the big tree across the river with the sociable weaver nests. Some evenings she would drink water at the waterhole just outside the gate, just before the sun sets.

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 Post subject: Re: WANTED: Twee Rivieren Leopard and 2 cubs - Regular Updates!
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We also saw this leopard and her two cubs on the 1st Jan 2010. She was half hidden behind a rocky outcrop just after the turn off to the landing strip..on the left hand side driving towards Samevloeing....past the tree with the huge weaver's nest in it. On the 28th Dec we saw a smaller leopard in that tree..possibly her previous cub ?????


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 Post subject: Re: WANTED: Twee Rivieren Leopard and 2 cubs - Regular Updates!
Unread postPosted: Wed Jan 13, 2010 9:47 am 
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On Dec 27 at around 6am we came across a leopard carrying a cub in her mouth. This sounds like it was in the same spot, not far from TR. We watched as she crossed the road (from right to left) and walked along the ridge poking her head into holes in the cliffside. She was obviously relocating the den and eventually must have found something to her liking as she disappeared. We wished we'd been able to hang around to see if she went back to fetch another one but we had to get to Nossob. Glad to hear there was one more!

I'll try to post the pics when I can get them off my husband's computer....


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 Post subject: Re: WANTED: Twee Rivieren Leopard and 2 cubs - Regular Updates!
Unread postPosted: Thu Jan 14, 2010 11:51 pm 
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Hey there...
I have also just returned from 2 weeks in the paradise of the Kalahari and were trested to the 2r female on many ocasions...
We saw her 3 times between the 30th of Dec and 31st of Jan.
Around her den site(which she has now moved) and at the waterhole by the camp...

When we returned on our way out on the 9th Jan, we watched her drink from the Samevloeing waterhole and the she returned to her new den site (which has been well described)... this was the first time we actually witnessed BOTH cubs!

She is quite small but she is the most stunning female, so relaxed around cars!
(We also saw a huge male near Achterlonie in a cave about 3kms from Kamfersboom!!!)

hope you guys find her... if you remain in the area and you bound to find her!!!
and would love to hear further when you return...
over and out... :)

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 Post subject: Re: WANTED: Twee Rivieren Leopard and 2 cubs - Regular Updates!
Unread postPosted: Sat Jan 16, 2010 5:42 pm 
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Hello all...sorry I haven't posted any pics or responded to queries, fortunately Eddievonb has given about as much if not more as I could have! The picture of the 'bear rock' is a perfect landmark, it cannot be missed, it is towards the end of the 2nd 'rock dune' and there is usually a car or 2. Just be patient and she will show herself! Have not had a chance to look at my pics but will post if any are worthwhile (don't think so after seeing Eddie's :mrgreen: :D ). Pikasso, if you haven't left yet...have an awesome trip and drive safely!!

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 Post subject: Re: WANTED: Twee Rivieren Leopard and 2 cubs - Regular Updates!
Unread postPosted: Sun Jan 31, 2010 10:12 am 
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Hi Pikasso

Hope you are having a marvellous time in the Kgalagadi! My friend Piet Steyn from Bloemfontein was in Twee Rivieren a week ago. I told him to look for the leopard and cubs while there. His report: We went out looking for the leopard, when two Irish tourists told us to look at 3 cheetahs that were surrounding a bush, very wary, keeping their distance, but definitely very interested and even aggressive about it. After a while they left and went to drink at the waterhole right by the entrance gate, but suddenly a leopard appeared out of the bush and disappeared over the dunes.
Could it have been the previous cub?

Piet Steyn did not see the lions with cubs at Dikbaardskolk, but they had 2 lionesses resting 2 meters from them underneath the hide at Nossob one day!

God bless and bring us lovely stories when you get back!

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 Post subject: Re: WANTED: Twee Rivieren Leopard and 2 cubs - Regular Updates!
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Thanks Friedrich and Anne Marie!


We are just back :? !

We could not see Maja and her cubs, but a few other people were lucky to see them and told us about them. One week ago the family was doing well.
One funny anecdote is that we were told in TR that Maja spurs were seen... INSIDE the camp, between two chalets :shock: :mrgreen: !!!
Funny too is that Bruce, the tourist assistant in Urukaarus precisely told us the day before that when you camp in a tent, even in the fenced sites, you must close it as some leo may want to jump above the fence and come to the easiest pray, that is you if the tent remains opened :wink: ...

There is also a springbok inside the camp. It's been inside for weeks it seems :D !

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 Post subject: Re: WANTED: Twee Rivieren Leopard and 2 cubs - Regular Updates!
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Thanx for the update and welcome back Pikasso! :D Great to know that the family are fine! :thumbs_up: As for seeing Maja's spoor inside TR :shock: , but she was also known to come into camp with Jannie(her first cub who was named on the forum).

Seems like you and Vahine had an awesome trip! :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: WANTED: Twee Rivieren Leopard and 2 cubs - Regular Updates!
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Any news about the leopard family?
I did not see her and the cubs on my recent trip. :( A lot of people were looking for the family but no luck! Last sighting was in early February, now it seems that Maja and the cubs have moved. However, another female with 2 young cubs has been seen at Houmoed recently! :dance:

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 Post subject: Re: WANTED: Twee Rivieren Leopard and 2 cubs - Regular Updates!
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wanderw :( :( Sorry you missed this.
I HAVE NEWS!!! :D :D :D
Don't know which family it is but will post pics here in a few days time.
Spent five hours with a mum and two cubs 14km out of TR. Took SO to camp before and returned for another 2 hrs. Next morning another couple of hours but we then needed to move on a bit. On our return trip a few hours later she was still in the tree.

(Care for a cuppa???, happy to give you a preview anytime, give me a call :thumbs_up: )

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 Post subject: Re: WANTED: Twee Rivieren Leopard and 2 cubs - Regular Updates!
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@Dreamer ...... :popcorn: :popcorn:


@Anne Marie : you saw a leopard at Kanaguass in september :mrgreen: :mrgreen: ...Probably our beloved Kanna !!! :dance: ....Pregnant :dance: :dance: .............................Please if somebody have news !!!!! :popcorn:

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vahine go here
http://cid-6b793c55d3d09a81.skydrive.li ... aspx/Kanna
maybe you recognize... "your" Kanna :dance:

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 Post subject: Re: WANTED: Twee Rivieren Leopard and 2 cubs - Regular Updates!
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Anne Marie, did you check the dots? To me it is not Kanna at all :| ...
But hey, it's good if there is more than on eleo in the area :D !

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Any more updates on the TR female(Maja) and her 2 cubs?

They were last seen by Dreamer in early March - near Houmoed. From past appearances, Maja's home range seems to be the Twee Rivieren/Leeudril/Houmoed triangle. If anyone has seen this little family recently, please post here! :pray:

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 Post subject: Re: WANTED: Twee Rivieren Leopard and 2 cubs - Regular Updates!
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We saw Maja and her cubs on the 29th March at Houmoed and the dunes above it respectively. You have to look closely - the second one is behind her hind legs.

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Touareg has pictures of Maja in his TR and he was in KTP a week after me.

See here, if you're interested.

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