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 Post subject: Re: The first sighting from the gate
Unread postPosted: Sat Mar 30, 2013 9:55 pm 
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11 Feb 2013 pair of ellies crossed road 20m in front of us on approach to Numbi gate.

Our first visit so didn't even realise we were approaching the gate!

Went on to see all of big 5 on day 1!

Can't wait to be back

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Great day Steve, obviously the ellies were a good luck charm or omen! :thumbs_up:

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That's what the girl on reception said, and she was so right!

Planning a return in October, think we're addicts now.

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Yesterday met a couple of guys at Ratelpan They saw 6 cheetah just before Orpen gate

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 Post subject: Re: The first sighting from the gate
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My First sighting which is truly memorable was 3 Male Lions as soon as I entered Punda Maria Gate, very Early in the morning, who took over the territory on that day from an OLD OAK who ruled the Punda Lands for years and years.

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 Post subject: Re: The first sighting from the gate
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We were fortunate twice when entering Malelane gate to see leopard after a short distance from the gate.

We also have seen lions just after entering the Punda Maria Gate on that first gravel road :thumbs_up:

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who took over the territory on that day from an OLD OAK who ruled the Punda Lands for years and years.
:) Kallis I do not think the lions that we have seen on that morning were the one's that took over from that Old Oak.

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 Post subject: Re: The first sighting from the gate
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Punda Maria is simply an awesome Gate to spot Lions, although many disagree on these forums, but a lot of people who enter and stay at Punda are treated to the Lion Sightings, and the same goes with Shingwedzi. I personally have had Lions as a first sighting many a times staying at Shingwedzi or entering Punda Gate early morning.

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who took over the territory on that day from an OLD OAK who ruled the Punda Lands for years and years.
:) Kallis I do not think the lions that we have seen on that morning were the one's that took over from that Old Oak.


Grantmissy, it depends on when you saw them, because the first gravel from Punda Gate happens to be Thulamela Loop which falls under the pride boundary of the Old Oak, and therefore there is a good chance that you might have seen them.

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I just thought I would ask everyone on this group if they get the same feeling as me everytime you enter the gates of Kruger.

I feel like my heart is skipping a beat, in the excitement, and that particular feeling in the heart of anticipation that something might just appear out of the bush. It is simply amazing to have this feeling early morning, and than out of no where you have a first sighting.

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Good idea Kallis.

Excitement, anticipation and that feeling that I am entering a totally different world in which the animals rule. My senses are on full alert.

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 Post subject: Re: The first sighting from the gate
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kallis1786 wrote:
I just thought I would ask everyone on this group if they get the same feeling as me everytime you enter the gates of Kruger.

I feel like my heart is skipping a beat, in the excitement, and that particular feeling in the heart of anticipation that something might just appear out of the bush. It is simply amazing to have this feeling early morning, and than out of no where you have a first sighting.


My experience, exactly. :thumbs_up:

My most exciting first sighting was Sable after entering Numbi. It was a year when there had been a very bad fire and the veld was decimated. I doubt they would have been visible otherwise.

One year it took ages to have my first sighting. It was belting with rain and most animals were taking shelter.

At some point I saw movement and took a picture of these magnificent Kudu.

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 Post subject: Re: The first sighting from the gate
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In general we see the following more regularly as first sighting depending on the Gate that we enter:

Pafuri – Kudus
Phalaborwa – Impalas
Orpen – Elephants
Malelane – Giraffes
Phabeni – Cars and various other Automobiles

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 Post subject: Re: The first sighting from the gate
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Once seen hippo as we went over the bridge into Melalane gate.

Otherwise usually Impala.
The first herd or two, you stop. After that.... :lol:


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Kallis , I can relate. I physically(although probably mental) feel like a weight has lifted from my shoulders :D time slows down AND you dont have to put on a seatbelt!

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 Post subject: Re: The first sighting from the gate
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In February we spent 3 weeks in Kruger. We entered at Phabeni Gate, drove along S1 and saw after 1/2 hours drive a Leopard in tree. On the way out again on S1 we saw another Leopard in tree but this time very close. I hope when we come back in October we will see another leopard.... wishful thinking!


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