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 Post subject: Best bet for my Kruger "Wish List"
Unread postPosted: Mon Feb 09, 2015 4:05 pm 
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Hi there! I will be visiting Kruger in April for three nights. We will stay at Crocodile Bridge. I already saw most of the major animals but there is a few other smaller creatures still missing. I would like to know if anyone of you saw any of the following and if so, where would be the best bet for them in the Crocodile Bridge area? A lot of them are nocturnal so your best chance would probably be a night drive. Have you seen any of them on a night drive from Crocodile Bridge?

Here is the list:

-Bushbaby
-Thick-Tailed Galago
-Bushpig
-Common Reedbuck
-Side-Striped Jackal
-Otter
-Ratel
-Genet
-Civet
-Serval
-Caracal
-Aardvark
-Porcupine

I know most of these species are VERY VERY ELUSIVE, but I just wanted to try my luck!


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 Post subject: Re: Best bet for my Kruger "Wish List"
Unread postPosted: Mon Feb 09, 2015 4:26 pm 
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Of your list:

SS Jackal - I have seen them on the S28

Reedbuck - H10 north of Mlondozi


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 Post subject: Re: Best bet for my Kruger "Wish List"
Unread postPosted: Mon Feb 09, 2015 4:30 pm 
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We saw Bushbabies and an African civet on a night drive from CB a few years ago and more recently a Porcupine just as we were setting out on our drive as gates opened on the H4-2 almost opposite the S25 intersection.
Honey Badger on the S28 also early in the morning.
2 Side striped Jackals on the S26 in the past.
Reedbuck also on the H10.
Enjoy your trip and good luck with your sightings! :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Best bet for my Kruger "Wish List"
Unread postPosted: Mon Feb 09, 2015 4:34 pm 
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Thanks Yoda and Elsa for your quick reply! You definitely helped! Right place at the right time... hope someone else can help with the other species!


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 Post subject: Re: Best bet for my Kruger "Wish List"
Unread postPosted: Mon Feb 09, 2015 4:37 pm 
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Firstly, welcome to the forum Hamman

Secondly, your list is short of a few other "wish-list" animals, such as the Pangolin, the easter bunny and the elusive unicorn. I am sure that there are a number of forum members here that have a similar list to yours, some shorter and others, longer.

I have seen 11 of the 13 on your list in various parts of the park, but I must add that I have been going there for over 30 years. What has eluded me from your list is the bushpig and the otter. While I would love to see these in KNP (I have seen them elsewhere), I do not have an obsession to "tick" them off any list, but rather simply accept what the park has to offer at any point in time - that way, any unusual or rare sighting can be seen as a bonus while you unwind and simply enjoy the privilege of being in Kruger.

I trust that you will see a few on your list (and hope you do see more than a few), but please do not allow a lack of elusive sightings to spoil your trip in any way.... If you can reduce your list by one for every trip you take, you will do better than most.....

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 Post subject: Re: Best bet for my Kruger "Wish List"
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Hi Hamman, we had a great serval and baby sighting last year on the H4-2 odd 10km south from Lower Sabie.

Also Reedbuck on the H10.

Otter on the lower water bridge just outside LS.

Honey Badger closer to Skukuza.

Enjoy the trip and happy sightings!! :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Best bet for my Kruger "Wish List"
Unread postPosted: Mon Feb 09, 2015 4:52 pm 
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Scottm, thanks for the welcome! I know my list short the Pangolin but I know they're EXTREMELY RARE so I didn't bother to ask! I also didn't include species not found in that area like Roan- or Sable Antelope. Don't get me wrong, I'm not obsessed with getting these animals being ticked off a list. I would just like to see them and to get the best chance to do so! Not seeing any of them would definitely not ruin the trip! These rarer and small creatures is very exciting and entertaining to watch! Thanks for the tip about the otters Lion Queen!


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 Post subject: Re: Best bet for my Kruger "Wish List"
Unread postPosted: Tue Feb 10, 2015 7:46 am 
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Hamman, your best bet for some of those creatures would probably be a night drive from CB - I have never been disappointed when going on a night drive. CB area does have pangolin - someone posted pics of one that were taken about an hour before we drove teh same road on the night drive. Timing is everything.

Scottm wrote:
rather simply accept what the park has to offer at any point in time - that way, any unusual or rare sighting can be seen as a bonus while you unwind and simply enjoy the privilege of being in Kruger.


I could not agree more - last year we had an amazing few days in the Kruger, and my son commented that the only thing that could make it better was one of "those moments" that you see on videos where the impala being chased by the cheetah jumps in the car, or a live action kill. But when we left, he also commented that we should not be sad - we saw so much that the animals need a rest after our visit from being looked at so much!

I have never had a bad day in Kruger, no matter what I see or don't see.


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 Post subject: Re: Best bet for my Kruger "Wish List"
Unread postPosted: Tue Feb 10, 2015 7:49 am 
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Karin, what have you seen on the Crocodile Bridge night drive?


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 Post subject: Re: Best bet for my Kruger "Wish List"
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There are bushbabies in the camp - go to the camping area just as the last light of day fades and look quietly out for them, you should see them along the fence and then making their way around the camp site. The little ones, which are so very cute.

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 Post subject: Re: Best bet for my Kruger "Wish List"
Unread postPosted: Tue Feb 10, 2015 10:14 am 
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Thanks for that tip Dinky Bird! We will be camping so I will definitely have a walk to see them!


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 Post subject: Re: Best bet for my Kruger "Wish List"
Unread postPosted: Tue Feb 10, 2015 1:51 pm 
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Hamman wrote:
Karin, what have you seen on the Crocodile Bridge night drive?


On your list -
-Genet
-Porcupine
-Bushbabys every time

also puffadder - was special as it was not road kill

my personal favourite - African Wildcat

And then - Lion, hyena, rhino, little antelope, jackal, the normal herbivores & birds, the list goes on and on


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 Post subject: Re: Best bet for my Kruger "Wish List"
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On our night drive from CB we saw side striped jackal,civet and serval.During our last stay we saw a civet in the camp.


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 Post subject: Re: Best bet for my Kruger "Wish List"
Unread postPosted: Thu Feb 12, 2015 10:17 am 
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Scottm wrote:
What has eluded me from your list is the bushpig and the otter. While I would love to see these in KNP (I have seen them elsewhere),


I believe Otters are seen regularly along the Sabie, but never seen one myself :cry:

And Bush Pigs along the Sabie to the east of Skukuza, and also along the Levuvu and north there-of.


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 Post subject: Re: Best bet for my Kruger "Wish List"
Unread postPosted: Thu Feb 12, 2015 10:20 am 
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I have just seen your list again,

Ratel = Honey Badger :redface:

They are seen regularly in Satara, Orpen and surrounding bush camps, mainly at night.
I have also seen one on the H4-2 near Skukuza, first thing in the morning.


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