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 Post subject: Re: Wildlife around Sirheni
Unread postPosted: Mon Nov 03, 2008 2:14 pm 
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Thanks for respnding so quickly to my question! :clap:
I am now so excited I can't wait! :D
By the way we are also staying in Punda for 2 nights so our schedule looks like this:5 July PM,6 July PM,7-10 July Sirheni :dance:


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 Post subject: Re: Wildlife around Sirheni
Unread postPosted: Mon Nov 03, 2008 2:27 pm 
We will be staying at Sirheni in about two weeks time….I will report back to this topic on what we saw. We also love this camp and have had some great sightings over the years….the S56 is one of my favourite roads in the park. :D


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 Post subject: Re: Wildlife around Sirheni
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Wow 4 nights at Sirheni, fantastic.
I was there in August, it was better than I imagined. The dam means you overlook water, so there's plenty to watch out for without even leaving your cottage.
On the private road we got held up by a large herd of ellies. There were lions up at Babalala, and all manner of antelope on the tar road towards Punda. We also did the Northern Plains trail!
The night drive was excellent too, lions, honey badger, side striped jackals, civets and much more.
The river road is beautiful too.
I just couldn't think of a more perfect place to spend 4 nights (and I'm not looking like getting to Sirheni til 2012 at earliest).

Two warnings, there's no electricty sockets in the chalets so recharge batteries etc beforehand, or bring a car charger.
The wildlife is not wall-to-wall up North, but its all the more rewarding when you do find the animals and learn their daily routines.


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 Post subject: Re: Wildlife around Sirheni
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Jumbo wrote:
We will be staying at Sirheni in about two weeks time….


:mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

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 Post subject: Re: Wildlife around Sirheni
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Sirheni is just wonderfull , look out for the resident Leopard at daytime , also listen to his sawing in the evening . Elephants in the area - nearly always at Babalala picnic spot - once saw leopard spoor near the toilets at Babalala - also sighted Roan near to Babalal , go there and just enjoy it .

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 Post subject: Re: Wildlife around Sirheni
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Leopards,ROAN!! :dance: :dance: :dance:
I Can't wait!!!!!!!


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 Post subject: Re: Wildlife around Sirheni
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Now staying for 5 nights at Sirheni from the 13th to the 18th! :D 8)


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 Post subject: Re: Wildlife around Sirheni
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 Post subject: batman mopani and shingwedzi sightings (23 Dec - 02 Jan 2009
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Hi all,

Just back from a very rainy northern kruger but it was awsome to be back in the bush, especially my favourite camp Shing. here is a list of what we came accross on the trip:

kudu
nyala
bushbuck
grey duiker
steenbok
sharpes greysbok
impala
1 x roan
waterbuck
giraffe
elephant (2 big tuskers 1 at both camps)
buffalo
hyena
cheetah (mother with 3 cubs near babalala)
blackbacked jackal
3 x african wild cat
2 x black mamba
4 x mozambique spitting cobra
1 x brown house snake
3 x sand snake
1 x african rock python (3 meters)
tortoise
large spotted genet
door mouse
hippo
crocodile
mongoose (slender, dwarf, banded)

260 birds in 10 days with 1 lifer - teminks courser, no collard palm thrush. lots of harriers (african marsh, pallid, montegue's) dwarf bittern. lots of rapptors and many more.

Unfortunately no lion or leopard, but they were being seen regularly, lion mostly netween mopani and shing and leopard south and north of shing. Wild dog were also seen a couple of times on the mophongolo loop. One of my highlights was watching the water flow over the dry shingwedzi river bed and seeing the river slowly full up. I hope everyone has an amaizing 2009.

warm regards

Batman

p.s. cant wait to get back to kruger!!!!
3 x chameleon


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 Post subject: Re: batman mopani and shingwedzi sightings (23 Dec - 02 Jan 2009
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Wow Batman, seems you had a great trip. Very lucky seeing all the snakes, almost makes up for the lack of lion and leopard sightings. :dance:


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 Post subject: Re: batman mopani and shingwedzi sightings (23 Dec - 02 Jan 2009
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Hi batman

Was at the Shingwedzi area last week aswell. Also had some nice sightings, altough I struggled to find the cats there. Also saw loads of snakes, including the (same?) phyton (on the s50?) Did see quite a few lions though, but no hyena, cheetah or leopard. DID NOT see a single HERD of ellies or buffalo!! :doh: Thought there were LOADS up north.. Just shows you :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: batman mopani and shingwedzi sightings (23 Dec - 02 Jan 2009
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1 x roan


:clap: :clap: :mrgreen: :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: batman mopani and shingwedzi sightings (23 Dec - 02 Jan 2009
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Hi Batman

I were based in Shingwedzi in 1999/2000. Fortunate enough to see the Collared Palm thrush regularly during summer as it kept in the garden areas of the staff housing. One morning around 07:00 I found him sitting on the mirror of the night drive vehicle having a go at himself. I suppose he could not believe that he was not the only one of his kind in the camp.


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 Post subject: Re: batman mopani and shingwedzi sightings (23 Dec - 02 Jan 2009
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Great to hear that wild dog still being seen up north. It was several years ago that I saw them on the Shingwedzi beyond the dam.

Richard


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 Post subject: Re: batman mopani and shingwedzi sightings (23 Dec - 02 Jan 2009
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The river filling up, but have been something to see! :dance:

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