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Re: Kgalagadi: Urikaruus Wilderness Camp

Unread postby Dreamer » Sun Apr 17, 2011 10:43 am

So true Jonkers

We were in No 4 at Urikaruus which is not everyone's favourite because of a big tree in front of the unit that obscures what is coming and going at the waterhole, BUT, we had awesome sightings of the lions that camped in front of our unit which the other units could not see... so, you are right, they are all special!!!
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Re: Kgalagadi: Urikaruus Wilderness Camp

Unread postby Munchkin » Sun Apr 17, 2011 4:58 pm

Dreamer, the same thing happened on our visit to Urikaruus, two lions decided to camp outside no 4 as well....... we were in unit 1 but were departing on the day - our neighbours in no 2 had a major problem with their fridge and decided to move over to no 4 and we heard later that they never left the camp - spent the entire day with two lions but a stones-throw away..........
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Re: Kgalagadi: Urikaruus Wilderness Camp

Unread postby Lionspoon » Wed Apr 27, 2011 9:59 am

For those who don't know yet: Eric from Grootkolk is now the camp manager at Urikaruus.
Marius left for Nossob where he took over the job as a camp manager.
And now he's finally able to live with his family.
And congratulations to Eric and his wife on the birth of their baby daughter on the 19th April 2011!
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Re: Kgalagadi: Urikaruus Wilderness Camp

Unread postby Micetta » Wed Apr 27, 2011 10:03 am

This might be good news for Nossob It can only improve

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Re: Kgalagadi: Urikaruus Wilderness Camp

Unread postby Kgalagadi Guru » Thu Apr 28, 2011 7:42 am

Morning all,

May I just make a correction regarding Eric and Marius.

Eric has been moved to Urikaruus as one of two camp assistants. Marius was indeed moved to Nossob, but his position is as tourism assistant and not camp manager. Marius is indeed happy being closer to his family now, this is what KTP strives to do is to keep the staff members closer to either home or their families in the park.

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Re: Kgalagadi: Urikaruus Wilderness Camp

Unread postby Lionspoon » Thu Apr 28, 2011 7:48 am

Sorry, for dishing our wrong info.
That's how we were told things are now.
Who is the other camp assistant at Uri?
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Re: Kgalagadi: Urikaruus Wilderness Camp

Unread postby Kgalagadi Guru » Thu Apr 28, 2011 8:10 am

Hi there Lionspoon,

My intention wasn’t to hijack the thread; I was just concerned that guests might think we have demoted the current Camp manager at Nossob which is Jan Vilander.
The two camp assistants for Urikaruus is Jaques Moss and Marius.

Don’t we all wish we could be camp managers?
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Re: Kgalagadi: Urikaruus Wilderness Camp

Unread postby Jo » Thu Apr 28, 2011 8:41 pm

Thats for sure!!!!....especially at Urikaruus

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Re: Kgalagadi: Urikaruus Wilderness Camp

Unread postby ruthp » Tue Aug 16, 2011 6:53 pm

Planning our second trip for 2012 - we would like to do Nossob - MM - 2 or 3 nights at Urik then leave for home. We will be using our small caravan - Will we be able to park it at Uri while we are there?

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Re: Kgalagadi: Urikaruus Wilderness Camp

Unread postby p@m » Sun Aug 21, 2011 9:46 pm

Hi ruthp -- see no-one has picked up on this yet.

Suggest you PM or e-mail Jannie directly to ask this as there really isn't any out of the way parking at Urikaruus.

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Re: Kgalagadi: Urikaruus Wilderness Camp

Unread postby Kgalagadi Guru » Mon Aug 22, 2011 9:34 am

Hi there Ruthp,

I have send you a PM regarding the request (Please let me know if you have received it).

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Re: Kgalagadi: Urikaruus Wilderness Camp

Unread postby ruthp » Fri Aug 26, 2011 1:43 pm

Hi KG - Haven't seen a PM since your 17.8 advising you discussing with Uri camp manager

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Re: Kgalagadi: Urikaruus Wilderness Camp

Unread postby Kgalagadi Guru » Fri Aug 26, 2011 1:58 pm

ruthp,

Please send me an email for me to reply on. I have no idea why the PM didnt reach you.

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Re: Kgalagadi: Urikaruus Wilderness Camp

Unread postby Evel » Mon Jan 09, 2012 4:45 pm

Hello everyone :) On the 5th of January I spent my first night at Urikaruus and it definitely will not be the last! The evening activity began as 4 cheetahs came down to the waterhole for a drink at sunset. The afternoon was extremely hot, so this was the first of many sightings for the night. They spent about 30 minutes with us before disappearing over the dunes. We had a lovely braai and whilst we were sitting and enjoying the warn evening, I caught a glimpse of something about 3 meters from our chalet no 2. I knew it was a leopard so I jumped for my torch out of excitement and focused on her :D . She was very relaxed and she made her way to the waterhole for a much needed drink. She stayed with us for about 5-10 minutes. So now we were wide awake and excited for another sighting.... so we waited, probably for only 10 mins, when an african wild cat came down to drink, soon after it arrived a jackal came out of the moonlight and the scared the cat off... The jackal proceeded to have a few sips from the trough. What would be next? Sipping on a glass of red, I was in my same position as earlier... waiting.. waiting... then, another movement from the same side as earlier, I thought Leopard! but what were the chances? Up to get the torch and yes it was another slightly younger one... She stayed closer to no 2, sniffing and looking around and then slowly walked to the waterhole... She drank for about a minute when my dad said to me "what are those eyes in the distance..." :shock: I moved the torch up and there were 2 lionesses coming down from the dunes into the river... the Leopard didn't see them for a few seconds but as soon as she spotted them she dashed straight passed no 2 again... Man the excitement was incredible!!!
The 2 lionesses came closer and had a lengthly drink.. the one came closer to us and was looking into the small bushes and grass about 12m away from us. I kept the spot on and all of a sudden a Cape Cobra came slithering out! The lioness kept an eye on it but cleverly left it alone... Both the lionesses then went to sit down in front of no 4.. Well now it was 11pm and with all the excitement we were not going to bed, we decided to hang around and see what was next!! A few minutes later 2 sud-adult hyena's came walking from No 1. They were sniffing around but did not see the lionesses... I thought to myself, here comes trouble for the two!! Then the one sub-adult came for a drink at the waterhole, immediately the one lioness went into stalking mode.... :shock: Seconds later she was after the hyena, the hyena only saw her a few seconds later and the chase was on.. the sub adult was wailing and laughing, the lioness was practically on top of her when she all of a sudden backed off.. the hyena scurried away into the darkness lucky too get away.. Seems like the lioness just wanted to show it who is boss!!! What an evening, I will be back in December, this time for at least 3 nights!!!!!!!!!!!! :thumbs_up:
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Re: Kgalagadi: Urikaruus Wilderness Camp

Unread postby GavinW » Mon Jan 09, 2012 5:00 pm

Thanks for sharing that Evel, and welcome to the forums..

Roll on May when we have 5 nights there!!! :dance:
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