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Re: Interesting sighting INSIDE the fence

Unread postby hoyle » Sat Jan 30, 2010 10:32 pm

A couple of years ago - about 3 I think, we were asleep in Tent 8 at Croc Bridge when I hurt an almighty crash, it was about 1 am. I jumped up - told my SO I think an elie had broken thro the fence. Next grabbed my camera and went outside - only to face an eating elie, broken fence, a couple of metres away from our tent. We phoned the ranger and they chased him/her straight thro another part of the fence. This had not been repaired by the time we left. Unfortunately my photo's were rather dark. By the time the rangers arrived he/she was eating next to the ablution block..
I believe this was not the first time this elie had done this.
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Loudest Night in the Kruger

Unread postby Carrim » Tue May 18, 2010 8:59 pm

After going to the Kruger for many years I had the most strange night ever .

We stayed in Lower Sabie in the furnished tent on the perimiter.

Once night fell , these egyptian geese didnt stop making noise till the morning . Then the hippos started and one sounded so loud we thought he is outside our hut. The lions started roaring and then the hyenas . The sound was so loud we just had to enjoy the evening , a real bush experience .It then sounded that a hippo was getting killed by both lion and hyena

My wife went to the bathroom as these furnished tents have their own WC and she found a huge iguana in the toilet and she had to go so she had to use the bush and a bat almost took her head off.
She woke alot of people with her screams
Something was hitting against our door and I thought it cant be a human must be an animal , when I went to the door to peep , I found an african wild cat trying to get in.

Was this the best night ever or the worst ? I loved it ,my wife needs counselling :(

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Re: Loudest Night in the Kruger

Unread postby Bartman » Tue May 18, 2010 9:21 pm

:funny: :funny: Carrim

I can see the funny side to this. My SO would have had a bad time as well and she would not have gone to bed until the visitor in the bathroom had been removed!! What happened to the iguana?

I would have loved just chilling and listening to all the sounds (except for the egyptian geese, they are noisy things). Must have been awesome.

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Re: Loudest Night in the Kruger

Unread postby Elzet » Tue May 18, 2010 9:34 pm

:funny: :clap: :clap:

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Re: Loudest Night in the Kruger

Unread postby Nkulu » Wed May 19, 2010 7:59 am

Truly a "African experience" :lol: :lol:
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Re: Loudest Night in the Kruger

Unread postby Jonathan D » Wed May 19, 2010 11:47 am

My girlfriend and i were staying at skukuza and for about 3 nights we were kept awake by something that sounded like a screaming baby. i thought i was going to go mad.it sounded like it was in our tent. On our last day we were packing up camp early in the morning and i heard a russel in the tree above our tent. There was a bush baby. We found out later that a bush baby sounds like it is crying. So it was worth it in the end
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Re: Loudest Night in the Kruger

Unread postby okie » Fri May 28, 2010 8:58 pm

A few years ago , we spent a night in Shipandani birdhide . The hippos were quite rowdy as usual , and of course , after "lights-out" came out onto dry land to graze , and could be heard heard munching away . At one time , it seems one of them had a bad itch , and rubbed against the hide until it was shaking to the point of almost falling over . :roll:
At least , this is what my SO told me next day . She did not sleep a wink !
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Never heard a thing - I slept like a baby . :lol:
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Re: Loudest Night in the Kruger

Unread postby ecojunkie » Wed Jul 20, 2011 8:45 am

I was camping at Doispane (unfenced ex-ranger post) in a thin nylon tent...... Lions decided to visit the waterhole just behind the tent during the evening, and 'talked' to each other loudly. I sent my sister an sms - she replied 'just tell them to say grace'. In the morning I replied to her....'they did.....all night!' It was amazing.

Next night we had all gone to bed when unearthly screaming snarling growling noises woke us up. Someone shone a red spotlight, and I peered through the gauze of my tent from my bed.....and looked straight at a hyena just a few metres away! 2 hyenas were having a scrap about something. They moved off a bit, and I settled back to sleep (we were told the previous night to stay in our tents and we would be safe, so I put that advice to practice....). Then I heard rustling, and one hyena moved between my car and my tent, tripping over the guy ropes as it went! After that all went quiet and I slept....
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Re: Loudest Night in the Kruger

Unread postby amino » Wed Jul 20, 2011 10:50 am

I was at croc bridge 2 weeks back and the lions started their bed time stories at 21:00 and lasted for a while, it sounded like they were at the gate. Managed to find him in the morning near the hippo pools. I'm not complaining as I love that sound of lions roaring, but the wife :big_eyes: :doh:

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Re: Loudest Night in the Kruger

Unread postby Wild@Heart » Fri Jun 15, 2012 6:47 am

A few years ago there was a massive lighting storm in Skukuza. No rain, no wind .. just lightning running across the skies and smashing with the force of a 100 hippos charging for the river. I thought I was in a club somewhere in Jhb. Was an amazing sight that went on for about an hour (maybe I should not stand outside with lighting striking like that) :lol:

If I had my camera back then, I could have had awesome lighting strike photo's :?
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Re: Loudest Night in the Kruger

Unread postby Bren » Mon Jun 18, 2012 12:17 pm

In June 2011 we stayed at Tamboti for 2 nights. Amazing camp. :clap: While we were having our braai in the evening the elephants were grazing in the river bed and the baboons were on the opposite river bank forraging and playing in the trees, so it was one of those wonderful bushveld evenings. The elephants moved off and as night fell it was really quiet. The nightjars were calling and a lone hyena could be heard in the distance. Soon it was lights out and then all hell broke lose :twisted: . The baboons had obviously been lying in wait :sniper: and as soon as the last light in the camp went out, they all crossed the river bed and made their way into the camp. The raid was on! Dustbins were being attacked (depsite all the effort that has been put into making them baboon proof), tents were being used as trampolines and a fight club had been set up. The baboons were fighting and screaming, the hyenas in the river bed where cheering them on, the Franklins were more stressed than normal and the Guinea Foul had a lot to say about their sleep being disturbed. In the morning my husband told me that he needed to go to the toilet but he was too scared to venture out of the tent, so he spent the whole night just concentrating on how badly he needed the toilet, needless to say, at first light he was out the door like a cheetah to get to the toilets, but we stopped dead in our tracks when the honey badgers that were raiding the dustbin ran passed us. We still laugh about that night to this day. :lol:
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Re: Amazing things seen from/within Camp fences

Unread postby George P M » Fri Jun 29, 2012 1:59 pm

:D Seems this topic hasn't enjoyed any attention for a while! Let me be the one to start it off again!!

We spent 5 night at Tamboti recently - the camp was almost empty - and had quite a few nocturnal visitors! The resident Ratel swept by a few times, a Civet gave us the once-over on two of the nights, but the 'stars of the show' were two familes of Dwarf Mongooses (Mongeese? Mongii??) who scampered around the tent, as well as a Large-Spotted Genet who actually came up onto the deck a few times every night! And NO, we didn't feed them!! On the third night we were there, he brought along his mate as well.... Pity I don't speak Genet - they hung around for ages!! Just sat there, quietly looking at us! Would have loved to chat to them.......

Yes, the local Hyenas did their patrolling, and Yes, the local Vervets and Baboons hung around as well - tried a few times to rob us of our food - but the Genets were fabulous!

It's not only the 'big and hairies' that are captivating....

Just PLEASE don't feed any visitors.........

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Re: Amazing things seen from/within Camp fences

Unread postby Geckophobe » Tue Jul 17, 2012 10:36 am

We have never been so lucky with in-camp sightings as in the past week. We have never seen a honey-badger before- so in Tamboti we also had a few very nice sightings of the resident honey badger as well as the large-spotted genet, a large one and a smaller one. They also spent hours with us. These sightings were so special, and the kids were very excited. Unfortunately the monkeys managed to break into our tent- the tent (21, with a lovely view) was torn at the window in front and they managed to take a bag of biltong from the fridge top, and caused some havoc. So be careful. Then, in Skukuza my six year old daughter spotted bushbabies. There we were told by a very friendly couple that there were scops owls in the tree at number E114 in Satara. Low and behold, when we got to Satara, it just so happened that we got allocated huts number 113 and 114 :o and we could view the lovely little creatures all the time. We could hardly believe our luck. In Satara we merely had to stroll to the perimeter fence to be met by two huge hyenas (patrolling the fence), and an African wild cat- also a first for us.
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Re: Amazing things seen from/within Camp fences

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Tue Jul 17, 2012 1:03 pm

:thumbs_up: Geckophobe, it's not just about the big 5 is it?
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Re: Amazing things seen from/within Camp fences

Unread postby ossendryver » Sat Jul 21, 2012 7:22 pm

Mating Leopards!!!
from Skukuza deck on the 3rd of July.

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2 Male Lions
From Lower Sabie 3rd of July, same day as leopards

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