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Unread postby Freda » Tue Mar 06, 2007 8:45 pm

Like this, Elsa, also at Biyamiti Wier:
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That is close enough for me :wink: always something good to see at the Wier :D

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Unread postby Jose » Tue Mar 06, 2007 9:42 pm

Eish! That is a monster, Freda! 8)

Elsa wrote:<...> eyeballing us from the weir/river side <...>

Sort of like this...?
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Unread postby bucky » Tue Mar 06, 2007 10:43 pm

Every river and dam has them , you will without a doubt see some big ones .

Olifants river low water bridge next to balule , lake panic , sunset dam outside lower sabie are all good places to see them nice and close .

Enjoy !

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Unread postby wildtuinman » Wed Mar 07, 2007 6:22 am

I must be honest and say that I haven't seen many crocs over the cricket weekend.

But if you were to go look for some real humdingers your best bet would be the Olifants river, Levuvu river, Limpopo river and Hippo pools, close to croc bridge.

Undoubtedly the Levuvu river and Limpopo river(Crooks corner) sports the most crocs visible by tourists. Many of these crocs are man-eaters if you want to go into further detail. The Olifants Gorge(accessible from the Olifants trail) has the highest croc density in Africa!

The biggest monster I have ever seen was @ Hippo Pools. It looked like the sunken K-141 Kursk Russian nuclear cruise missile submarine that beached on a sandbank there.

Even the guide there said to me that it was the biggest croc he has seen in his life. And he sees crocs everyday of his life!!! I remember the true story of a man-eater croc in a tributary of the Croc river a good few years ago. People disspeared in that area, the croc was shot and when sliced open human remains were found in it, including a wrist watch and some bangles. the croc was so large that half of it hung of the back of the bakkie it was transported in.

I have read that the biggest croc in Kruger was 4.8m(if I remember correctly) and weighed close to a ton. I think the Hippo Pools monster tops that!

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Unread postby rothk » Wed Mar 07, 2007 4:52 pm

Can you imagine that the whole water was full of them ....

you cannot see them on the picture, but we made a recording with the camcorder ... and you really see a lot of them in the water.

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Unread postby Ludwig » Thu Apr 05, 2007 12:45 pm

When we were at Matambeni Hide in May 2005 one afternoon we saw 58 crocs outside the water. Certainly there have been some more below the surface.

Unfortunelly the distance was to far to get good photographs but with the cam I got some nice video scenes.

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Baby nile crocodile

Unread postby gregz » Tue Jun 05, 2007 9:53 pm

The Nile crocodile is one of the 3 species of crocodiles found in Africa, and the second largest species of crocodile.
Its range covers most of Africa south of the Sahara, and the island of Madagascar.
Known as a man-eater, it has been hated, revered (especially in Ancient Egypt where crocodiles were mummified), and worshiped.
The Nile crocodile can, and sometimes will, easily snatch and devour a human.
While it is no longer threatened with extinction as a species, the population in many countries is in danger of vanishing.

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Unread postby Jumbo » Mon Jul 23, 2007 8:08 am

Taken at Sunset Dam on Saturday:

These Impalas went right around the dam to go and drink next to the Crocodiles that were lying on the edge….quite strange, don’t you think?
Might it be that they feel safer when they can see the crocs?
Some of them however got very close to the crocodiles. :shock:
(photos were taken by my husband, I forgot my camera at home :cry: )

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Re: Baby nile crocodile

Unread postby Imberbe » Thu Jul 26, 2007 2:24 pm

gregz wrote:The Nile crocodile is one of the 3 species of crocodiles found in Africa, ...


I am only aware of the nile crocodile and the African slender-snouted crocodile that is found in Africa. Which is the other?
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Unread postby timbo » Thu Jul 26, 2007 2:45 pm

The african dwarf croc.
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Crocs and Hippos

Unread postby ice » Sat Nov 24, 2007 11:22 pm

a few months ago I came across a pool where both hippos and crocs were living in...in one corner there was dead hippo, belly up...judging from the stench I would think it had been dead for a few days when we got there...yet there were no appearant signs that the crocs had started to feed on it...so I wonder:

do they generally NOT eat hippo meat? or does it take for time for the hippo to decompose before the crocs are able to tear it open? what about other animals (lions, hyenas): shouldn't they try to get a share of it? it was quite close to the shore, not very deep in the water...

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Unread postby Imberbe » Sun Nov 25, 2007 8:28 pm

Crocodile have no problem eating hippo meat! Nor do they have any problem to tear open a hippo.

They do it through the so called "death roll". They grab hold of the prey, and turn their whole body, thus tearing off pieces.

As to your observation ... there could be many explanations.

Maybe they had started eating, but it weren't obvious from your vantage point.

Maybe they had eaten previously, and had no appetite?

Maybe some other hippos kept them from the dead one?

And yes, other predators and scavengers will also eat dead hippo. They will even wade in to the water and try to pull the hippo ashore.
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Unread postby Nico » Wed Jan 16, 2008 1:45 pm

In this little video you see a very old Crocodile on the Road near Lower Sabie at the Sunset Dam. :shock:

[video]http://nl.youtube.com/watch?v=0onK0Xy3-kU[/video]
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Unread postby Pumbaa » Wed Jan 16, 2008 10:40 pm

Nice one Nico,

thanks :thumbs_up: especially if still some people think sunset dam is a get out point :redface:

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Unread postby LadyRaven » Fri Mar 14, 2008 8:15 pm

Okay... So... I think that only Nile Crocodile is found at Kruger Park, but I saw this little lad last month... Is he just a young Nile Croc?

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