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 Post subject: Re: Your success with a torch in the camps at night?
Unread postPosted: Tue Dec 21, 2010 2:45 pm 
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great thread!!
i love doing this because i often get rewarded.
last weekend i saw:
bush babies on the roof of our bungalow at -letaba
poisonous scorpion that i nearly stood on in our bungalow at -letaba
squirrel at -shingwedzi
other trips
lion at -skukuza
hyenas at -satara
elephants mating at -shingwedzi
Genet at-satara


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 Post subject: Re: Your success with a torch in the camps at night?
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Can you share some of your snake-spotting tips, Macktheknife?


Hi Jeffgordon, on some trips to Kruger I've seen absolutley no snakes at night then sometimes on one particular trip I'll get lucky and see it all. Finding snakes is always my sole intention when venturing around the camps at night with a torch and anything else is just a bonus. I concentrate on looking where the ground meets structures like walls (low or high), large trees or rocks and also (if possible), near water where they might come in search of frogs. The python was shown to me by a first class ranger who knew I was interested in seeing one, although this was not actually spotted within a camp. When looking for snakes it is advisable to know your snakes well and always keep a safe distance (even from those that are not considered venomous), in order to give them the freedom they deserve and also for one's own safety. :D


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Interesting
Thanks I'll use this advice next time I'm in a camp.

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Hey guys,

Once when i was at Talamati I saw a leopard, 2 lion, a herd of ellie, a rhino and a few sable !!! :mrgreen:

It was one of the best trips i had !!!

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 Post subject: Re: Your success with a torch in the camps at night?
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I was in Kruger last week and saw the folowing at night -

Letaba - Spotted Hyena
Letaba - large solifuge (sun spider/red roman are common names)
Tsendze - Parabuthus Transvaalensis scorpion (have UV torch and photo - how do I load them) - these are dangerous ones - small pincers, thick tail


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 Post subject: Re: Your success with a torch in the camps at night?
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Finding snakes is always my sole intention when venturing around the camps at night with a torch and anything else is just a bonus. I concentrate on looking where the ground meets structures like walls (low or high), large trees or rocks and also (if possible), near water where they might come in search of frogs.


Aah, that was my mistake, Macktheknife. I was just looking IN the trees, scanning all the branches.

I am back in Lower Sabie for 5 nights in early January, so I will report back on whether your tips led me to success.

And don't worry, I will be keeping a very healthy distance from any snakes I see. I have a strange fascination with snakes. I am terrified of them, but like a rubbernecker at a road accident, I just can't help looking for them!


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We love walking with our torch at night in camp and scouring the perimeter and have often been rewarded for the effort!

Satara - Cheetah
Honey Badger
Elephant
Hyena
Civet
Skukuza - Thick tail Bushbabies
Elephant
Monkeys
Hyena
Honey Badger
Hippo
L/ Sabie - Hyena
Baboon
Buffalo

Must admit, never really thought about snakes too much, might just put me off... that is the one thing in the bush that terrifies me. Have wonderful photos of snakes - but from the safety of the vehicle... :thumbs_up:


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 Post subject: Re: Your success with a torch in the camps at night?
Unread postPosted: Thu Dec 23, 2010 8:16 pm 
sandy, nice sightings any :cam: I'm with you on the snakes .


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I do have Picnic, will post them as soon as I get a break from the Christmas rush, will have a house full from tomorrow :D


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 Post subject: Re: Your success with a torch in the camps at night?
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Do enjoy ,will keep my eyes :big_eyes: open for the :cam:


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 Post subject: Re: Your success with a torch in the camps at night?
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I have seen hyaeena's at Shingwedzi and Letaba, I have also seen Lions at Shingwedzi, I have seen elephants and buffalo's at letaba. I have seen Lions at Sable Dam, and they were there the whole night, and we really wanted to see a hunt thinking a herd of buff would come and the lions would attack, but unfortunatly no other animals came and the Lions sat there the whole night, and around 3 am when we were all asleep the Lions roared and woke us all up, the lion must be being disturbed with my uncles snoring, so was telling him to stay quite, and than we were awake till the morning, and the lions left around 6, and than we left the hide trying to follow them, but they all just disappeard. sorry dont have any pics though

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 Post subject: Re: Your success with a torch in the camps at night?
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kallis1786 sounds like a great outing sleeping with some lions near ,snoring :whistle:


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lol, it was and quite scarry when thinking if lions could open the gate into the hide, lol

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Satara – Buffalo very close to the fence :D .
Punda Maria (Safari tents) – African Civet :D
Shingwedzi – Hyena and hippo :D
Shimuwini – A large snake on the veranda :shock: when I wanted to go outside, mercifully it disappeared very quickly but I did not investigate further as I had to visit the bathroom and straight back to bed :|
Orpen – Jackal and elephant coming for a drink at the water hole :D . Honey badger in the fridge :doh:

… and others. I think a torch at night is a very handy necessity :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Your success with a torch in the camps at night?
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hey we also had Civet at Punda Maria (also coming towards our Safari tent)!

at the fence:
Shingwedzi - Civet
Lower Sabie - Hyena: once eating on a Impala-carcass (crunching bones loudly!), Waterbuck, Hippo
Balule - Hyena

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KNP-trip No. 8: 2014!
30 November: Pretoriuskop
1-2 December: Lower Sabie
3-4 December: Satara
5-6 December: Balule
7-8 December: Letaba
9-10 December: Tamboti

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