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Re: Best roads for Wild dog and leopard sightings

Unread postby Crested Val » Sun Sep 02, 2012 7:21 pm

We weren't lucky enough to see them, but several people have reported Wild Dog near The Phalaborwa Gate. :thumbs_up:
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Re: Best roads for Wild dog and leopard sightings

Unread postby wilddog.prg » Fri Sep 21, 2012 10:47 pm

Hi, any latest sightings of wild dogs in September? Where?
Kruger NP from the 28th September to the 19th October 2012: Punda Maria - Shingwedzi - Letaba -Satara - Skukuza - Berg-en-Daal - Lower Sabie

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Re: Best roads for Wild dog and leopard sightings

Unread postby ossendryver » Fri Sep 21, 2012 11:30 pm

wilddog.prg wrote:Hi, any latest sightings of wild dogs in September? Where?


H7, around orpen.

H2-2, near pkop
H3, H1-1 near Skukuza
S8, near Pkop.

H9, near phalaborwa gate.

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Re: Best roads for Wild dog and leopard sightings

Unread postby ekoppen » Tue Sep 25, 2012 10:22 pm

A November 2011 afternoon between Croc Bridge and Lower Sabie

[video]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YEZhfh295ik[/video]

*****2015*****
Skukuza Oct 30,31 Nov 1,2
Orpen Nov 3
Letaba Nov 6,7,8
Oliphants Nov 9,10
Satara Nov 11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22,23,24,25,26,27
Lower Sabi Nov 27,28,29
Crocodile Bridge Nov 30 Dec 1

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Re: Best roads for Wild dog and leopard sightings

Unread postby DASSIEDELIGHT » Wed Sep 26, 2012 3:06 pm

September sightings of leopard and wild dogs and cheetah.

We have just returned from KNP and on our last full day in the park on Sunday we just missed the sighting of wild dogs on H4-2 (from Croc Bridge camp) at 6 in the morning. However we were rewarded by seeing them on S28 at 4.30pm - 16 of the Croc Bridge pack including at least 6 very young doggies. Wonderful!! That afternoon we also saw 2 cheetah on the same road (S28) and had been lucky to see the same 2 the day before. We also had 2 other cheetah sightings during our trip including 4 cheetahs on H10 north of Lower Sabie! We also saw leopard. We knew there was one who had territory around the roads leading to Matambeni Bird Hide (near Letaba) so whenever we drove those roads on the last few trips we watched for it. This time we were lucky - a beautiful female right next to the road and then she presented her baby too from behind a bush! Mrs Matambeni is a mum! That sighting was on our wedding anniversary so Kruger's gift to us!
I really must try to do a trip report this time.

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Re: Best roads for Wild dog and leopard sightings

Unread postby Crested Val » Wed Sep 26, 2012 3:13 pm

Welcome home DD and PF..........so glad you had a good trip. :thumbs_up:

I do hope that you told the doggies and cheetahs, to stay put till November!!! :whistle:

...........and yes, you must do a TR!!! :popcorn: :popcorn: :popcorn:
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Re: Best roads for Wild dog and leopard sightings

Unread postby Nungu » Thu Sep 27, 2012 8:40 am

wilddog.prg wrote:Hi, any latest sightings of wild dogs in September? Where?


We saw the Orpen pack on 15 September, in the Timbavati reserve even BEFORE we hit the Orpen gate :big_eyes:

What a way it was to start the weekend... we hadn't even unpacked the cameras and biltong yet!!!
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Re: Best roads for Wild dog and leopard sightings

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Thu Sep 27, 2012 10:30 pm

DASSIEDELIGHT wrote: We also saw leopard. We knew there was one who had territory around the roads leading to Matambeni Bird Hide (near Letaba) so whenever we drove those roads on the last few trips we watched for it.


It took my dad 50 years of going to Kruger to see a leopard, and that is where we saw it DD. Thereafter until his death, no matter where we were in Kruger, he always asked "Can we go to the hide?'". For him there was only one....Matambeni.
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Re: Best roads for Wild dog and leopard sightings

Unread postby neilo » Fri Sep 28, 2012 1:04 am

Hi there,

We normally go to the park at least twice a year.
Last year and the previous year we saw 16 (2010), and about 12 (2011) on the S108, H5. This was in November both times. They must be moving to a new den in this area at this time.

Also had an amazing leopard sighting (mother and cub) in tree with half eaten kill literally on side of road.
Incredible 2 hour photoshot from 6 meters away.

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It's quite odd. We were also at the leopard shown below. Checked my nikon, 7.37am Nov 15th, 2011. The kill must have been on the other side of the road, because a Bateluer eagle came down there, and mom bolted down the tree and chased it away.

Neil.
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Re: Best roads for Wild dog and leopard sightings

Unread postby ekoppen » Fri Sep 28, 2012 3:28 pm

Road H1-3, November 15, 2011....Mom and cub with young Impala kill

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*****2015*****
Skukuza Oct 30,31 Nov 1,2
Orpen Nov 3
Letaba Nov 6,7,8
Oliphants Nov 9,10
Satara Nov 11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22,23,24,25,26,27
Lower Sabi Nov 27,28,29
Crocodile Bridge Nov 30 Dec 1

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Re: Best roads for Wild dog and leopard sightings

Unread postby neilo » Thu Oct 11, 2012 9:11 pm

Mom watched over the cub


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Re: Best roads for Wild dog and leopard sightings

Unread postby neilo » Thu Oct 11, 2012 9:16 pm

Baby dropped the impala outta the tree


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Re: Best roads for Wild dog and leopard sightings

Unread postby neilo » Thu Oct 11, 2012 9:19 pm

Being a kid is exhausting

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In 42 years it's my first time seeing a mother and young cub. Was a most amazing day.

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Re: Best roads for Wild dog and leopard sightings

Unread postby neilo » Thu Oct 11, 2012 10:20 pm

Two years in a row we have seen wild dog on the S108 and H5. Both times it was late October, Or Mid December. Pics are tough as the light is tricky. They definitely have a den somewhere in that area , and like being in the road, as they can move quickly .


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Re: Best roads for Wild dog and leopard sightings

Unread postby neilo » Thu Oct 11, 2012 10:27 pm

We were surrounded by them in the road. At least 15, barking and yapping, and biting each other. There was also a stark smell of bile, as they were regurgatating food.

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