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 Post subject: Re: Recent Animal Sightings.(2013)
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Great news Jo, thanks for the feed back!!

Sounds as if you had a great trip!! :clap: :clap: :clap:

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 Post subject: Re: Recent Animal Sightings.(2013)
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thanks Jo :k

there is still... many Cheetahs in the Auob river :dance:

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 Post subject: Re: Recent Animal Sightings.(2013)
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Why o Why is this thread so quiet?!?!?!? :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry:

Was the KG banned from the Forum?.......I hope not.....maybe his young child is taking up most of his time........been there done that :roll: :roll: :roll:


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 Post subject: Re: Recent Animal Sightings.(2013)
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Hi!
We just came back from a wonderful trip to the Kgalagadi!
We camped at Polentswa for 4 days. The handsome old lion was no more.
An impressive young black mane Lion and 2 younger ones form a new group.
We heard but did not see a leopard at night.
At all the waterholes, (Polentswa, Kwang and Nossob and more) were at least 3 - 4 Lanner Falcons trying to catch Namaqua doves or Sandgrouse .
The treat of our Trip was to spot a barking gecko, who did not mind to be photographed !
The next 3 days we camped at Nossob.
(Kaapse reen) Misty rainy weather was a bonus.
We heard a male Lion close to camp and the next day found him at Marie se Draai with two females.
The last day we were at Nossob, just after it rained , I spotted a Violet Woodhoopoe from the hide :D
Good to be back, counting the months to our next trip!
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 Post subject: Re: Recent Animal Sightings.(2013)
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Violet woodhoopoe??? Not common scimitarbill, which is common there.

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Violet Wood-Hoopoe... still one who doesn't read :wink:
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thank you for the news :thumbs_up:

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BB , thanks for helping me!
It is a Greater Scimitarbill.
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 Post subject: Re: Recent Animal Sightings.(2013)
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:thumbs_up: this one knows how read a book :lol:
magnificent :clap:

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 Post subject: Re: Recent Animal Sightings.(2013)
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Thank you for the updates! :clap:

We are from mid May 16 nights :dance: :D :dance: in the park.
I am thankful for every tip - owl nests, hyena or cape fox den.

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 Post subject: Re: Recent Animal Sightings.(2013)
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Please remember that participation on the forums by SANParks staff is entirely voluntary and most have to do it in their own time and at their own cost.


I liked the posts the Guru s of KTP and Augrabies
what was seen on a drive, cam and so on
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 Post subject: Re: Recent Animal Sightings.(2013)
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Hi all,

we spent 8 nights in the KTP from 12-20 April. It was brilliant! Didn't drive as much as usual as we had a 14 month old with us.

Some sightings & comments:

Twee Rivieren:
Was quiet sightings-wise. Only big cat spotted was a leopard close to Leeuwdril. Some African Wild Cat markers on the sightings board though. No lion or cheetah.

We did see some bat-eared foxes between Samevloeiing and Leeuwdril early one morning.

Auob
The southern section was VERY quiet. We saw our first heard of springbok 50km (seriously) from Twee Rivieren. From there on however the sightings more than made up for it :mrgreen:

Saw lion at Montrose (1x male), Rooibrak (1x male & 3 ladies -- one with collar) and between Sitzas and Craig Lockhardt.

We also saw the cheetahs Jo mentioned above. Chatted to people who saw cheetah further south in the Auob and had a cheetah hunting steenbok at Kieliekrankie :dance:

A glimpse of a spotted hyena at the den site south of Urikaruus.

Cape fox (Charlie??) at Urikaruus next to unit #4.

A lot of springbok and blue wildebeest in the riverbed.

Mata-Mata
Quiet at the waterholes. Were entertain by the squirrels, meerkats in camp though. Also look out for white-faced owls in a tree about halfway from the camp gate to reception, northern side of the road.

Nossob
Quiet in camp. Did not hear any lions :cry:

A lot of lion sightings up north (almost every waterhole) but note that visibility is difficult due to vegetation.
We saw lion at Kwang, Marie's and Kransbrak.

Cheetah close to Cheleka -- far off in the distance.

And then definitely the highlight of the trip: Leopard in the road between Marie's and Kaspersdraai! :dance: :dance: :dance:
I'll download pics and post on the Leopard forum in due course.

We saw thousands of Gemsbok on the Nossob side -- they easily outnumbered everything else combined.

General
We saw a lot of raptors, less owls than last time & no Eland. No barking geckos which was quite disappointing. A lot of black backed jackal as you'd expect. No african wild cat.

There are lots of mosquitoes and we had bats in both units at Twee Rivieren. Roads weren't bad -- we saw the grader a couple of times.


I hope this will help? I'll gladly answer some questions if you have.

Rudolph

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 Post subject: Re: Recent Animal Sightings.(2013)
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thank you Rudolph... great to have some news from the park :thumbs_up: :dance: :dance:

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