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Re: Your success with a torch in the camps at night?

Unread postby Len Loader » Sun Dec 30, 2012 9:36 pm

A few years ago I witnessed wild dogs cornering an impala at Punda Maris's western fence.

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Re: Your success with a torch in the camps at night?

Unread postby gjorgi » Mon Dec 31, 2012 12:10 am

Hi everyone!! I am quite surprised that no one has mentioned this siting at Satara as I know some other forumites also saw it. Late May 2012 (can't remember exact date)....maybe after 21:00 somewhere (you guessed it, can't remember exact timeas well!!) I was still chatting away with friend next to the camp fire in the Satara campsite when all hell broke loos next to the fence close to the western corner of the camp. An old emaciated lioness had caught a wildebeest calf against the fences and had it's hind quarters in her claws and jaws while two or three hyenas had the calf by the head. At the same time one or two hyenas kept biting the lioness on the flanks. She was a sorry sight and in the end lost her meal. At one stage it even looked as if the hyenas were considering her for dessert. All this happend about 2m from the fence with onlookers taking photos, shining spotlights etc etc. It's times like these when you realise just how wild it is out there and that a meek little begging hyena transforms into a ferocious killer at a drop of a hat and that the weak will never last long. Oh, and Mattib, I think the old lioness definately used the fence to catch that calf.

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Re: Your success with a torch in the camps at night?

Unread postby PantoffelSlippers » Sat Jan 12, 2013 7:28 pm

Great thread

Not much luck myself so far at night in the camps but I do have a few:

Regular hyaena at satara
Honey badger at satara
Leopard from inside berg-en-dal
Genet at berg- en-dal (with pics!!)
Civet at lower sabie

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Re: Your success with a torch in the camps at night?

Unread postby timbo » Thu Jan 17, 2013 5:15 pm

For the first time I saw Hyena from the camp by torch
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Re: Your success with a torch in the camps at night?

Unread postby bert » Thu Jan 17, 2013 5:31 pm

hyaena at different camp fences
hippo & buff at Lower Sabie
honey badgers satara
African Wild cat satara
Genet punda maria and berg en dal
And a scops at satara/lower sabie.

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Re: Your success with a torch in the camps at night?

Unread postby rufie » Fri Jan 18, 2013 2:03 pm

Hallo There!!

I was at the Kruger in December and I stayed Shingwedzi from the 16th until the 21st of Dec and saw one Bushbuck in camp and at Satara on the 22nd of December, I saw an African Wild Cat walking between the B Block Bungalow's and about 10minutes after that I saw an Honeybadger.

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Re: Your success with a torch in the camps at night?

Unread postby Sheenaugh-Lee » Sat Jan 19, 2013 9:49 pm

I have had plenty of success next to camp fences impala, varkies, bush babies, bats, scorpion, hyenas, rhino's, bush buck, crocodile, giraffes
but I've got to say my most memorable was last Christmas we were in Berg n dal and just got back in before the gates closed me being me I had to walk along the fence to get any last glimpses of animals before the sun descended
so off i went i was alone on the trail and near the water i saw a massive croc lying on the sand dune while staring at the croc i heard a bunch of guinea fowl and the next minute i saw an ear twitching in the bush.
i couldn't believe my luck but their standing in all his pristine glory was a gorgeous leopard.
I was so excited and at the same time nervous that i only had a fence between us but OMW it was amazing anyhow so here im standing alone adrenaline pumping and Im dying to tell somebody what is standing right next to me and nobody came till about 15 min later when I saw an old lady coming along and told her lol well needless to say by the time she had phoned her sons the whole tented area of Berg n dal was their to see the leopard my camara isn't of the greatest and because of lighting i couldn't get a pic.
how disappointing anyways after deciding to leave the crowds to my sighting I walked back to the shops and on arriving their they were having a movie that night all about leopards for the folks, me being me i laughed and told them if they wanted to see a real leopard they should follow the trail theirs one next to the fence in 1 second flat every person their ran to the sighting leaving the poor ranger showing the movie standing alone with no one left to show his movie to hahaha it was classic! :D
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Re: Your success with a torch in the camps at night?

Unread postby chukhamila » Mon Jan 21, 2013 1:15 pm

Leopard walking in the Timbavati river bed at Tamboti, with the baboons going mad in there usual tree.
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Re: Your success with a torch in the camps at night?

Unread postby Grantmissy » Wed Sep 18, 2013 1:45 pm

A good torch is essential in Kruger. In Punda Maria at the Safari tents there are many night animals to be seen. Hyenas – Satara along the fence, also Letaba and Shingwedzi. It would be creepy to walk round in Kruger in the night without a torch.
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Re: Your success with a torch in the camps at night?

Unread postby DSchwartzel » Thu Sep 19, 2013 8:46 am

Sounds fantastic! Some of the sightings that people have seen are a once in a life time experience. Ive seen so much in the camps at times, more than I've seen when we go out during the day. Here's some of the sightings (All the times I've been to the park):
Letaba:
Leopard, impala, bush buck, Scorpions, Bush babies, Elephant, Baboons, vervet monkeys, water buck, baboon spiders, red romans, nyala
Oliphants:
Genets, bush babies, bats, baboons, vervet monkeys, water buck
Satara:
Hyenas came right to the fence and stuck its nose through the fence to try smell us, jackals, puff adders, baboon spiders, scops owl, pearl spotted owls, mongoose, wildcat, buffalo, elephant, impala, wildebeest, a massive green centipede (One of the best camps to see creepy crawlies)
Tamboti:
Honey badgers, lots of owls
Skukuza:
Hyena in the camp, lots of spiders and snakes, leopard there by the river (Low fence), bush babies, mongoose, scorpions, bush buck, a very strange creature when I was young (didn't have torch) could have been a pangolin, lots of different bat and owl species, frogs (by the pond at the circle)
Lowe Sabie:
Barn owl, pearl spotted owl, snakes, scorpions and spiders (Too many to name) impala, elephant, baboons, vervet monkeys, genets, bush babies
Crocodile bridge:
Puff adder, baboon spiders, warthog, impala, buffalo, bush buck, genets, lots of squirrels, tortoises, elephants

Some of the sightings have been in the camps others on the fence of the camps, cant wait to add to the list! Hope more people pick up a torch and take a stroll through the camps at night!

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Re: Your success with a torch in the camps at night?

Unread postby Crested Val » Mon Sep 23, 2013 5:26 pm

Have seen Genet and Bushbaby at Punda, with the help of my torch. :dance: :dance:
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Re: Your success with a torch in the camps at night?

Unread postby Grantmissy » Mon Jan 05, 2015 7:55 am

In December last year in Skukuza we saw an African Wild Cat next to the fence with a torch.
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Re: Your success with a torch in the camps at night?

Unread postby Moira de Swardt » Mon Jan 12, 2015 3:25 pm

In Addo last year I had a little genet come and share my fire for a while until he/she realised I wasn't a rule breaker who was going to share my meal.

In December in Letaba I found two bushbabies in a tree near the river. By the time I summoned my friend they were gone, but it was a excellent sighting for me.

And bats.

During the day we had some excellent in-camp sightings. I wasn't sorry to spend time in camp under the trees at all.
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Re: Your success with a torch in the camps at night?

Unread postby Shutterbug » Sat Jan 17, 2015 8:46 pm

We really enjoy walking the fence after dark and have seen a ton of animals, Satara seems to be the best for us, but this year I am taking a special "weapon" :D I will be taking the iPhone infrared camera http://www.thermal.com/

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Re: Your success with a torch in the camps at night?

Unread postby picnic » Thu Mar 12, 2015 8:03 pm

Honey badger and African wildcat at a Satara, this past weekend. :thumbs_up:


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