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 Post subject: Re: Predators at Picnic Sites, Waterholes and Toilets in KTP
Unread postPosted: Mon Mar 04, 2013 11:25 am 
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Morning All, some interesting stories ..........

I thought I would share some of our experiences in KTP; I don't have images as they were at night.

No. 1

While attending the Captured Experience Banquet in April 2011, we were staying in Twee Rivieren, unit no. 1. We just sat down at the fire to eat dinner when a spotted hyena ran out of the grass about 15m from us towards the pool. Apparently there were 2 regulars they were trying to get out the camp.

No. 2

Then again around the 27 December 2011, we were braaing (this time in Twee Tivieren, unit no. 3) - around 20:00 when the tourism manager, Dupel Erasmus, popped by to warn us there was a Leopard seen in the camp and we should keep at look out. 10 Minutes after he left, it walk out from between unit no 1 and 2 (there was no people staying in those units or they were inside). It walk off in the grass towards the dunes on the east side of the camp. I went to called Dupel and he went off after it in his landie.

No. 3

Christmas day last year we were staying in Urikaruus for 4 days. that evening we envited Eric (the camp manager) to join us for Christmas dinner .......... which he did. At about 21:45 we heard the Jackals barking down river. Now Jackals barking in this manner are synonymous with a Leopard in the vicinity. They eventually stopped and Eric decide to go back to his unit, but I drove him back from our unit no. 4. Lucky we did because the Leopard was around.

He must have been walking under the unit from no. 1 towards no. 4 when I was dropping Eric off because when I got back (checking around before getting out the vehicle and eric also keep his spot light on), I went to sit out on the deck again. I sat in the front left hand corner of the deck and put the torch on and there was the Male Leopard. He had just mark the tree in front of the unit and came to sit below me a 1 metre from the deck and just watched me. He sat like that for probably a minute and a half. The Leopard eventually got up and went to mark under unit no. 3 and then up the Eric's unit. He disappear behind Eric's unit. 30 minutes later, we heard the Jakcals barking up the Auob ........... so he had made his way north.

So it shows you whats around you in the Desert Camps - keep your eyes open !

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 Post subject: Re: Predators at Picnic Sites, Waterholes and Toilets in KTP
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Thank you BB, now I know NOT to walk around inside TR campsite without being on 'high alert'! Your time is now fast approaching, so get the lenses ready!
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These pictures of the male lion at Campsite No 5 were taken by Bea St Arnaud during their visit to Rooiputs in December 2011.

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I believe there are many stories to be told (and photos) of the Rooiputs lions!

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 Post subject: Re: Predators at Picnic Sites, Waterholes and Toilets in KTP
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Cheetah family at Kij-Kij waterhole:

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Lions at a waterhole in the Auob riverbed, not sure which one though but was either the 1st or 2nd waterhole going down south from Mata Mata:

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 Post subject: Re: Predators at Picnic Sites, Waterholes and Toilets in KTP
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OK, let's get the focus back after that 'stretching' exercises!

Taken in December 2010 on the Auob!
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There were four of them at the waterhole.
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 Post subject: Re: Predators at Picnic Sites, Waterholes and Toilets in KTP
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Great thread! :thumbs_up:
I think the following pix are from the same sighting you posted FMJ.

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Up close and personal with your son-in-law's car?

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Hi,

These photos were taken at Mata Mata in early January 2012. There was a pride of 5 lions (3 came to drink and the other 2 stayed in the bush). They were later joined by a couple of Hyenas which resulted in a few fireworks.

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I can think of worse ways of having your sundowners interrupted :cam:


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Some great interesting stories in this thread.

This guy caused a little trouble a few visits ago:

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He wouldn't leave the car alone:

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This happened at Craig Lockhart.

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Some sightings from our deck at Urikaruus no. 4:

Gertie and cubs.

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The resident males.

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Tracy keeping an eye on them.

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A very hot day at Kamersboom:

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In April of last year, we were at the Rooiputs waterhole, when we saw a male leopard stalking this ground squirrel. I was convinced I am about to see my first leopard kill! He was tense and very careful!

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However, by the time he came close to the squirrel, the squirrel just disappeared into his burrow and the leopard decided to sit and wait next to the hole for a good 20 minutes or so, before he gave it up!

Where did he go?
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We had 5 hyeanas kill a Gemsbok right next to our cabin at Urikauus on 17 may last year. This is what we saw the next morning :D


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And at Lijersdraai:


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both lion pics from Craig Lockart, beginning of feb 2013

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brown hyena and cheetah taken at kwang

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We saw this Genet at Houmoed in that big tree right by the Waterhole now beginning of March at noon!!

It was really overheating!!!

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These two lionesses caught a Gemsbuck less than 20 meters outside TR on Sunday 17 March 2013. Right next to the camp fence.

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They moved off a bit and then the Brownie saw a chance to get a bite for breakfast!!!

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