I just returned from another weekend in the WCNP...
Having the use of one of the private houses for the last 10 years along the lagoon I often get to drive along the roads at night when arriving late.
Ofcourse the viewing isnt anything like Kruger but I have compiled a rough list of animals I have seen this year excluding my visits to Postberg.
And I honestly thought I had seen all the large Mammals that occur there when on Friday night I noticed eyes in the road and saw 2 adult honey badgers moving quickly across the road. The sighting was 10 seconds but the feeling was like seeing a pangolin or aardvark - absolute elation!
Anyway my question is this...has any forumite ever seen honey badgers in WCNP????
... as they are definately not common and I dont know anyone else who has seen them there. From what I have researched (limited though) this is the first time I have heard of them being seen in the park.
Anyway out of interest this year the list is as follows:
Honey Badgers: 2
African Wild Cat (didnt look pure): 1
Bat Eared Fox: 13
Cape Grysbok: 4
Steenbok every couple of visits. Kudu and Bontebok most visits and Hartebeest and Eland a couple of times each this year. If you drive towards Tsarbank the view over Postberg is great and I have seen many other species there including, Carcal stalking Bat-eared Fox, Springbok, Gemsbok, Black Wildebeest and one or two others.
The snake viewing has been good and the highlight was 3 different puff adders in one drive.
The Whale viewing was great a few weeks back.
Bird highlights have been Osprey, Klaas's Cuckoo, African Fish Eagle, Grey Winged Francolin (quite common), Black Harrier (common) and many others.
Spring/Summer is here, the evenings are warmer and the animals activity is always great in these conditions!
Its still the best time to visit the park now in my opinion so if you go enjoy it and hopefully you can get rewarded with the many specialities this unique park has to offer