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Karoo Nat. Park Lions

Unread postby JohanBarnard » Mon Jan 20, 2014 2:35 pm

On a recent trip to the Karoo Nat. Park we saw 7 diffrent lions in the Park.

1 male alone,
2 males together
2 females and 2 young lions with the 2 females.

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Photo taken by Bridgena Barnard

The 2 males on the Potjielekker road

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Re: Karoo Nat. Park Lions

Unread postby Leaping Lizards » Mon Jan 20, 2014 5:01 pm

Wow! That is very lucky.

You said that you saw 1 male on his own and 2 females with 2 young lions. In what area did you see the 2 young males?

For anyone in the know, am I right in saying that Johan saw all but 3 animals? Should there not also be another male and 2 more females?
I recall a lion was killed by a puff adder some time back.

Thanks and great sightings Johan.
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Re: Karoo Nat. Park Lions

Unread postby JohanBarnard » Tue Jan 21, 2014 7:10 am

Hi

The group of 4 comprised of 2 adult females and 1 young male and 1 young female.
We saw them in the close to the "WZN 1" = Waterhole Zonder Naam 1 :D


I still cannot understand why its such a big sin to name the waterholes, but let me not start.

Its in the area where the Afsaal cottage is, Hope this help.
The other adult male(picture) we also saw there.

The 2 other males on the big road towards another waterhole, wow this was a joke of a waterhole, , a dam and we could not see them drink at all, so tourist friendly :redface:

Will post pics later of the other lions we saw.

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Re: Karoo: Lions

Unread postby Friedrich von Hörsten » Wed Aug 12, 2015 9:31 am

Spent the long weekend in Beaufort West to relax in the Karoo... found 2 beautiful lionesses (they looked young) right at the electric gate to the camp, but they walked up the hill along the electric fence.
In camp, we decided to see what had happened to them, so we drove up to the swimming pool area, parked, and slowly, carefully walked to the pool.
They were close to the fence, about 50m from us, staring at hartebeest in front of the restaurant.
I sat down quietly inside the pool area, making sure that the pool was between us and them...
They both stared very intently at us, but seemed quite relaxed. I made very sure we stayed close to the toilet doors for just in case...

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Long ago somebody wrote:
And for those of you who would like to see the fence , well , here it is . All of 1 meter high , and about 1,5 meters wide .
When I asked a staff member at the reception about what she thinks about the fence being so low , she said :" They say a lion does not jump , but we will just have to see ".
I must say , I would also have some doubts about my safety if I was to see a full-grown , 1 meter high lion , glaring at me from the other side of that fence !


And that is exactly how I felt: very vulnerable! But they stayed relaxed, and after about 10 minutes started walking down the valley...

What a special moment, but I will NOT go walking along that fence in the dark...! :lol: :lol: :lol:

God bless,

Friedrich von Hörsten

Ps. The next morning before sunrise I found many people walking around inside the fence, on the fossil trail, jogging from the camp ground to reception, a husband and wife standing looking out the main electric gate on the tar road... and I wondered... what would happen if the lionesses appeared right on the other side of that gate... and a car drove through that gate at that moment....!!!
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Re: Karoo: Lions

Unread postby lion queen » Wed Aug 12, 2015 10:39 am

Oh wow!!! :clap: :clap: :clap:

And I agree, I'm not walking along the fence at night!! :)

I'm so glad you got to see the lions during your visit!!
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Re: Karoo: Lions

Unread postby GlynB » Wed Aug 12, 2015 12:57 pm

At the Karoo SANPark our scary moment was walking along the raised boardwalk to the Culture Centre and the lion was down below us in the drift! Then into the open to get into the car in the car park.

Driving through the drift the lion appeared and chased a Gemsbok straight at the car! Was not quick enough with the camera for the action, but got a nice shot after he missed the Gemsbok and stood on the bank gazing back at us.

Thinking back, I won't visit that centre again. :shock:
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Re: Karoo: Lions

Unread postby Friedrich von Hörsten » Wed Aug 12, 2015 2:48 pm

Hi Glynb

That sounds very exciting! Even at picnic sites I look over my shoulder a bit before going in...

God bless,

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Re: Karoo: Lions

Unread postby lion queen » Wed Aug 12, 2015 2:57 pm

Oh my goodness Glynb, what an amazing experience!!
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