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Re: :Morning walks at KTP?

Unread postby Micetta » Sun Oct 31, 2010 5:40 pm

Wouldn't it be irresponsible not to be a bit afraid of them..

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Re: :Morning walks at KTP?

Unread postby GavinW » Sun Oct 31, 2010 7:23 pm

[quote="Imberbe"]It sounds to me like the Kgalagadi guides are afraid of lions! Unlike the KNP guides! [/quote
That's only because the KTP lions are twice the size
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Re: :Morning walks at KTP?

Unread postby ndloti » Mon Nov 01, 2010 9:37 am

Kgalagadi lions larger ?

A myth , according to researchers .
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Re: :Morning walks at KTP?

Unread postby anne-marie » Mon Nov 01, 2010 9:48 am

not for the guides
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Re: :Morning walks at KTP?

Unread postby Imberbe » Mon Nov 01, 2010 12:31 pm

To the guides they seem at least 3x the size!

But Ndloti is correct, there is no scientific backing for the idea that the Kalahari lions are bigger, etc.
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Re: :Morning walks at KTP?

Unread postby Micetta » Mon Nov 01, 2010 12:37 pm

I'll take a ruler along when I go to KTP

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Unread postby Imberbe » Mon Nov 01, 2010 12:52 pm

:doh:
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Re: :Morning walks at KTP?

Unread postby Kgalagadi Guru » Mon Nov 01, 2010 1:55 pm

@ IMBERBE. Afraid......who said that? When can I book your walks to go and find the cats??

The lions in KTP appear larger due to the fact that they ARE more muscular that their Kruger brothers due to all the dunes they have to climb and the distances they need to walk to cover their territories. The KTP lions also tend to be a bit heavier.
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Re: :Morning walks at KTP?

Unread postby Imberbe » Mon Nov 01, 2010 2:21 pm

So ... they will hit you harder than a KNP lion!

As for a walk .... ANYTIME!
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Re: :Morning walks at KTP?

Unread postby ndloti » Mon Nov 01, 2010 3:03 pm

[quote="Imberbe
But Ndloti is correct, there is no scientific backing for the idea that the Kalahari lions are bigger, etc. [/color][/quote]

I think my source was a book by Dr G M Mills , but I do stand corrected on this one ...
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Re: :Morning walks at KTP?

Unread postby Nina! » Mon Nov 01, 2010 3:24 pm

Hi Kgalagadi Guru,

Just wondered... Did you ever see suricates (meerkats) on your walks?

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Re: :Morning walks at KTP?

Unread postby Kgalagadi Guru » Mon Nov 01, 2010 3:36 pm

Nina,

Yes we do, although they do move a lot from den site to another, so if we know where they den then we usually walk there as it is so mych fun just to sit and watch them.
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Re: :Morning walks at KTP?

Unread postby Nina! » Mon Nov 01, 2010 3:43 pm

KG,
That sounds great! I can very well imagine how much fun that must be
I am keeping my fingers crossed that the suricates/meerkats will chose a "known" den in March..
Jasetoni is a huge meerkat fan and I think if we would see meerkats on a walk, he would want to do a walk every day we spend in the Kalahari.
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Re: :Morning walks at KTP?

Unread postby Kgalagadi Guru » Mon Nov 01, 2010 4:34 pm

Let me know befor you come to the park and I will keep my eyes and ears open to see where they will be
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Re: :Morning walks at KTP?

Unread postby HappyHippo » Thu Nov 11, 2010 10:57 am

@ Jannie

Just got back from my SA/Namibian Holiday and what must I read? We missed the lions - but we really had a most wonderful walk with you nonetheless ! Thanks again for being such a great guide!

@ everyone
I can only recommend doing a walk - it was quite exciting because you never know what you see next, very informative and we learned a lot about the Kalahari and just a great opportunity to get out of your car. And maybe you are more lucky and don't turn around BEFORE you bump into those lions...

Petra, new addict to KTP


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