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Babalala Picnic Site

Unread postby Guinea Pig » Thu Nov 10, 2005 10:37 am

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Unread postby wildtuinman » Thu Nov 10, 2005 12:19 pm

Saw a very big tusker right there in May last year. Only prob with babalala is that the hornbills and starling drive me cuckoo! :lol:
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Unread postby Snoobab » Fri Nov 11, 2005 10:09 am

That big tusker seems to hang around there quite a lot. I took my 70yr old father inlaw who suffer badly from arthritis to Babalala. He wondered off to the toilet and stopped half way there to look at a bird in a tree when suddenly this big tusker popped his head out from behind the tree. It's still unofficial but we are still trying to register my father inlaw as holding the world 100m sprint record. :lol:

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Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Tue Jan 03, 2006 8:39 pm

This is what makes the Kruger so special 8)
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Unread postby Salva » Wed Jan 04, 2006 12:01 pm

I simply adore this place! And the loops around it are also lovely!
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Unread postby Bothali » Tue Feb 28, 2006 6:03 pm

There is a big tusker that hangs out in the Babalala / Sirheni area that we have seen on a number of occasions. We also have a picture of him. We cannot remember his name (rangers told us), but his one tusk is broken. He has an askari. He has also been seen in the Shingwedzi area.

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Unread postby wildtuinman » Tue Feb 28, 2006 7:08 pm

DinkyBird wrote:Perhaps it is Shimatsi? See here.


Exactly my thought too. I have seen this one helluva piece of elephant before in the Shingwedzi river.
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Re: Babalala Picnic Site

Unread postby BDCF » Sun Oct 25, 2009 10:56 pm

The Armored Ground Crickets? Yeah, last march 2008 I encountered hordes of them all along a stretch of the gravel road south east of P-M. Can't give rd no. as maps are packed. Leaving tomorrow early for Kruger.
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Re: Babalala Picnic Site

Unread postby ndloti » Mon Oct 26, 2009 10:14 am

Weltenman wrote:Anybody else experience those crickets walking in their millions in the mornings on the roads in the mornings in the north of the park and a the picnic site?


I have encountered them on the tar road in the immediate vicinity .

Also roan on 2 occasions just past the picnic site on the gravel loop towards Sirheni .
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Re: Babalala Picnic Site

Unread postby Elsa » Mon Oct 26, 2009 2:40 pm

When we stopped there for brunch in Feb. the attendant told us and showed us where a huge African Rock Python had made its home in the thatch roof.
Funnily enough the tables directly underneath where the snake was, remained empty the entire time we were there! :whistle: :lol:
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Re: Babalala Picnic Site

Unread postby Elsa » Mon Oct 26, 2009 3:49 pm

ndloti wrote:Do I remember a photo posted on the forum showing this ?
I did mention it in my TR Ndloti, but not sure if we had a pic as well, will have to search through them. :?
When we were there we couldn't see the actual snake but just where the thatch had been disturbed and pulled apart to form a "hole"
The attendant assured us it was in there tho!
Maybe someone else posted a pic?
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Re: Babalala Picnic Site

Unread postby Grantmissy » Wed Mar 31, 2010 1:34 pm

Does anyone know if the python is still living in the roof? Hope he or she do not give one of their mates the idea to move silently into the thatched roof of one of the accommodation units …
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Re: Babalala Picnic Site

Unread postby Walloceros » Wed Mar 31, 2010 9:22 pm

Good evening

No pythons, but saw this at Babalala in November 2008. The pride killed a buffalo close to the picnic site and whilst the adults were eating the kids went walkabout

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Re: Babalala Picnic Site

Unread postby Sundowner » Wed Mar 31, 2010 9:23 pm

Elsa wrote: but I'm sure the attendant at the picnic site will know if the Python is still there or not.


I will put money on that, quite a safe bet! :lol:
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Re: Babalala Picnic Site

Unread postby Sundowner » Wed Mar 31, 2010 9:26 pm

Walloceros wrote: whilst the adults were eating the kids went walkabout

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That must surely have been quite a nice "welcome" when you stopped there!
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