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 Post subject: Re: Animals in camps
Unread postPosted: Thu May 02, 2013 4:28 pm 
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Some of the more 'modern' camps have been built with as little a 'footprint' as possible, and bush within the camp has been untouched, like Mopani and Tamboti.

It is posible, and even probable that there are animals, especially nocturnal ones, hiding up in this bush. I have seen pics on the forum of a serval in Mopani visiting a braai.

I suppose it is dangerous to humans, but they seem to go for their natural prey first. There was a leopard shot in Letaba a few years ago. It had walked down the 'main' road past people and was stalking a bushbuck.

Also a few years ago, at Timbavati picnic site, friends we took there the previous day returned to see leopard run across the crowded site to take out a bushbuck in front of their eyes.

But there have been people taken as well.

I suppose nobody checks the gate(s) 24/7 and maybe there are small holes in the fence.

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 Post subject: Re: Animals in camps
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ww29 wrote:
Hi all

Yesterday some on Kruger latest sightings posted a photo of a hyena in front of their braai in the Satara guesthouse. I have just seen now a photo of a leopard by one of the huts in Mopani camp. The photo was taken around 11am this morning and posted on Latest Kruger sightings Facebook page.

Are animals in the camps becoming a more 'regular' occurrence? I imagine that a leopard ins potentially quite dangerous if confronted? Not sure if the camp manager of Mopani was told of the incident - will see if I can find out more info.

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It was reported to camp management.......... :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Animals in camps
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Sorry guys, but we are supposed to be in the BUSH, the home of the animals. We are the ones who are the intruders :twisted: they do not really want to eat us, just watch out and give way to the animals!!! Stay out of their way or stay out of the parks. No place can be 100% safe.....not even the centre of Joburg :whistle:


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 Post subject: Re: Animals in camps
Unread postPosted: Thu May 02, 2013 5:12 pm 
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I know it is not Sanparks, so I will not mention the name of this place, but look at these cats in camp !!!

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I stayed in this specific unit last week ,

my point is that even in an open camp with no fence, I am safer than in a city.
The cats would have eaten far more people if they were hunting us.
As long as we do not leave food around , that will keep them coming back every night.

After dark do not let your kids run around, put them to bed.
Expect the unexpected.

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 Post subject: Leopard in Mopani
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Hi does anyone know anything about the leopard that was seen around noon today in Mopani camp?

Saw a picture of a huge male leopard standing next to a black bin next to a hut. His shoulders are high above the top of the bin.

The picture was posted on my Iphone latest kruger sightings app.

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 Post subject: Re: Animals in camps
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Here is the link to the photo as per requested:
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid ... 307&type=1

And here is the following update:
Leopard was safely removed from the camp this afternoon and is now back in the bush


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 Post subject: Re: Animals in camps
Unread postPosted: Thu May 02, 2013 8:40 pm 
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Thanks for the link, ossendryver. Much appreciated!

Wow, just show one should never let your guard down even within the relative safety of a camp. It is human to relax a bit more and not be on high alert on the lookout. But with such a sighting it let one think twice.

Glad no one was hurt and that the leopard was removed safely from the camp as well.


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 Post subject: Re: Animals in camps
Unread postPosted: Fri May 03, 2013 8:17 pm 
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Nice picture of the leopard. And good to read that the leopard is safe back in the bush.
We 'just' saw hyena, badger and african wildcat in Sataracamp last week and genet and bushbabys in Punda.

Yes, we are visiting their habitat so you can expect 'everything'.

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 Post subject: Re: Animals in camps
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Wow, we left Mopani on May 1 so just missed the leopard by one day. We did have AWC in the camp at Satara which was great. We were out on our usual night stroll after dinner in the camp when we spotted the AWC run past. My partner was unfazed and said, "it's just a cat !". I said yeah it's a cat, an African WILD cat. He thought it was someones pet, lol. To his defense, it looks just like a dometic cat. Same walk I found a blue waxbill sleeping on a bush. So close I could have picked it up. His head was tucked under and partner thought it was dead until he lifted his head to take a peek at us. Also hyena but they were on the other side of the fence.

Some of my favorite moments from the trip had to do with animal encounters in the camps. Honey Badgers in Tamboti, naughty monkeys in many places, a huge hairy spider living in the recycle bin at Lower Sabie, tons of little frogs in the shower and on teh fridge at LS, and the huge lizard behind our fridge in Mopani that when we stepped closer to get a better look suddenly jumped out trying to catch a cricket with his long tongue, sending us both jumping backwards at least 5 meters ! Then there was the elephant at the toilets at Mlondozi Dam !

I can't wait to go back !


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 Post subject: Re: Animals in camps
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Last year early October during the short school holiday, I camped in Berg and Dal and the one evening the foot steps in the bush turned out to be a honey badger!! Was great to see one of those again. :dance:


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 Post subject: Leopard in Biyamiti Camp?
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I stayed in Biyamiti this long weekend and there was a report from the people staying in unit 1 that they saw a leopard in camp while they were on a walk along the fence on Sunday morning. The rangers told us they were setting up a cage trap in the afternoon to catch the leopard. They were patrolling the camp the whole day and told all visitors to stay close to their chalets. Has anybody got any news or updates on this as I'm interested to know if they caught the leopard? :hmz:


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 Post subject: Re: Leopard in Biyamiti Camp?
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Dear Evel

Indeed, it is true that the leopard was spotted at Biyamiti bushcamp on Sunday morning. The section ranger was called to set up a trap. Rangers are busy searching the camp day and night to trace the animal. We will continue to monitor the situation closely.

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 Post subject: Re: Leopard in Biyamiti Camp?
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Bush Baptist wrote:
No wonder I haven't seen leopard near Biyamiyi on my visits. I was looking OUTSIDE the camp. :roll:

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 Post subject: Re: Leopard in Biyamiti Camp?
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Duke Ellieton wrote:
A visitor got the fright of his life when taking an early morning walk and coming face to face with a leopard. The leopard growled, turned around and moved away.

SANParks staff handled the situation very well informing us on what is going on and what precautionary measures to take.


Now that is what I will call a rude awakening!! :roll: Glad all turned well for animal and human...


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 Post subject: Re: Leopard in Biyamiti Camp?
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Carol g wrote:
Hope they look inside the chalets too, imagine booking in and finding a leopard stretched out on your bed :big_eyes: :big_eyes: :D


Well, well!! Except for the initial fright of my life, I will see it as a welcome gift from Biyamiti camp / SANPARKS :dance: :lol:


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