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Re: Karoo National Park Activity Sightings

Unread postby GlynB » Tue Jul 30, 2013 9:22 pm

Arrived Friday 26th July – saw plenty of game on the way to the reception. The wind was quite hectic but we still managed to have a braai.
The wind was still very strong on the Saturday but the hearty breakfast inspired us to explore the park.
We had heard of the lions in the park but only saw springbok, plenty of Red Hartebeest and Kudu, Gemsbok, ostriches and of course zebra. Also mongoose and a steenbokkie. At night we could hear the Jackal’s warning barks.
On the Sunday 28th July we went to the interpretive centre and were told to be aware as one of the lions was in the area. We walked on the boardwalk and looked around and didn’t see anything and spent about an hour in the centre which we found to be very interesting and informative. On the way back my wife saw a lone Gemsbok on the other side of the river bank.
We got into our car and drove back to the camp stopping in the drift to see if we could perhaps spot the lion.
The next minute all we saw was dust as the Gemsbok jumped off the bank and the lion dive in mid air to try and catch his prey. The Gemsbok survived and after waiting for about 5 minutes the lion reappeared looked around and then wandered off into the bush

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Re: Karoo National Park Activity Sightings

Unread postby MATTHYS » Tue Jul 30, 2013 9:45 pm

:clap: Thanks for the feedback, GlynB :D
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Re: Karoo National Park Activity Sightings

Unread postby lion queen » Tue Jul 30, 2013 11:08 pm

Wonderful news and a great sighting........ :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Re: Karoo National Park Activity Sightings

Unread postby GlynB » Wed Jul 31, 2013 9:41 am

Struggled to insert the image, so put the link in above.

Here is the image.....

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Re: Karoo National Park Activity Sightings

Unread postby Philip1 » Wed Jul 31, 2013 10:02 am

GlynB, thank for sharing this pic with us. :wink:
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Unread postby lion queen » Wed Jul 31, 2013 12:01 pm

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Re: Karoo National Park Activity Sightings

Unread postby Stoffel » Wed Jul 31, 2013 10:04 pm

Such encounters make me look forward to my visit 13 - 24 Sep. According to the description of GlynB, it was just outside the camping area. How lucky!!
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Re: Karoo National Park Activity Sightings

Unread postby GlynB » Thu Aug 01, 2013 10:43 am

It was within 50 metres of the camp, Stoffel. But not the gates to the game drives! It was the one next to the camping area that goes to the Interpretive Centre. The one a person would least expect to find a sighting!

They do have tracking on the lions and post their positions as at 7am each morning on the Sightings Board at Reception. However their devices only signal every 4 hours, and you know how far a lion can walk in 4 hours.....

Hope you are as lucky on your trip.
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Re: Karoo National Park Activity Sightings

Unread postby doedsie » Wed Oct 02, 2013 4:08 pm

Stoffel, we must have seen each other at Karoo. We were there from 22nd September and left on 29th September. We camped on campsite 12. What vehicle did you drive and which campsite did you occupy? We did not see lion but saw many antelope. We saw grey rhee buck in Karoo for the first time and quite a number of eland in Lammertjiesleegte.
On Friday morning, it must have been shortly after 10’clock, we saw a male ostrich in the veld, about 100 metres before the turnoff to Bulkraal on the right hand side of the road. He was down on his side and it seemed, as far as we could determine, that his neck was broken, possibly in a tussle with another male. There were a number of ostriches, male and female, on the opposite side of the road and as the males were all obviously ready for the breeding season, red legs and all, we came to the “hurt in a tussle” conclusion. We waited around for the better part of 2 hours and left with not a single predator/scavenger putting in an appearance. We returned late afternoor and the poor animal was still alive with no predator/scavenger in sight.
We returned on Saturday morning and saw one jackal legging it over the horizon. The carcass had definitely been partly eaten, but most of it was still untouched. We assumed that a few jackals were probably the only beneficiaries until that time. We saw caracal and aardwolf in the vicinity two years ago so one would assume that there would be scavengers who would take advantage of such a situation.
An honorary ranger on duty, Martin v d Westhuizen, also visited the carcass a few times and was as perplexed as we were about the lack of interest in the carcass. Did anybody else perhaps see animals eating the carcass? And could such an injury indeed have been caused by a fight with another male?

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Re: Karoo National Park Activity Sightings

Unread postby Stoffel » Sat Oct 12, 2013 1:52 pm

Yes Doedsie, we should have seen each other not knowing about each other. We left on 24 September after camping on Plot No 18 for 11 nights. I was there with a white Toyota Double Cab (CAM registration) and my son with a white Fortuner (CEO registration). If you remember the little boy with his noisy plastic motor bike (and his younger sister with a smaller pink plastic motor bike) - well, they were my grand children. Sorry for the noise they made.

We had a wonderful time in the park. Also did not see lions, but were fortunate to see a .... sorry, I may not mention it. And lots of other general game.
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Re: Karoo National Park Activity Sightings

Unread postby doedsie » Mon Oct 14, 2013 7:48 am

Hahahahaha.....! Stoffel, I now know exactly who you are. The kids were really no disturbance to us.. The girl was totally colour coded and very cute. My wife said she wanted to steal her. I remeber my one female cousin had a scooter like that many years ago. 1960's. She was the fastest kid om one of those I'd ever seen.
We really enjoy Karoo. Great place to relax not too far from home.
You saw....what? Two tortoises makin' bacon, I suspect! :D

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Re: Karoo National Park Activity Sightings

Unread postby Stoffel » Thu Oct 17, 2013 3:41 pm

doedsie wrote:You saw....what? Two tortoises makin' bacon, I suspect! :D


And did the tortoises not make bacon????? Those males have a lot of energy - and no shame.

No - we saw something else. I am not allowed to say what or where. But what a privilege to see one in the Karoo.
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Re: Karoo National Park Activity Sightings

Unread postby doedsie » Thu Oct 17, 2013 3:44 pm

You remind of the joke - how do you keep a fool in suspense?

I'll tell you tomorrow.....

C'mon, tell us what you saw?

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Re: Karoo National Park Activity Sightings

Unread postby lion queen » Thu Oct 17, 2013 3:45 pm

Always great to see the unexpected or in this case the unmentionables!!!

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An Amazing sighting for Karoo....... :thumbs_up:
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Re: Karoo National Park Activity Sightings

Unread postby Stoffel » Thu Oct 17, 2013 4:24 pm

doedsie wrote:C'mon, tell us what you saw?


Doedsie - I have sent you a PM.
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