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Re: The first sighting from the gate

Unread postby shortcourse » Wed Sep 08, 2010 1:11 pm

In December last year we left Pretorioskop early in the morning and had as our first sightings: Lion, White Rhino, Elephant and then a cheetah! We spotted our first impala almost an hour and a half after leaving camp!!!

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Re: The first sighting from the gate

Unread postby Scipio » Wed Sep 08, 2010 1:52 pm

Two Sundays ago, while SO was booking us in I was watching the doggies play in the road at Phalaborwa gate. :thumbs_up:

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Re: Literally your first sightings

Unread postby Lockie » Wed Sep 08, 2010 9:27 pm

This was our welcoming party to greet us at crock bridge, our first Kruger sighting :D

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Re: Literally your first sightings

Unread postby michel367 » Wed Sep 08, 2010 9:55 pm

On a cold August morning in 2006.
Still waiting in the cue at Phalaborwa gate (the old one) there was an ellie just inside the gate munching away at the leaves of the branches he broke of the trees.
He was just a big black silhouette in the rising sun.

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Re: Literally your first sightings

Unread postby Donny » Tue Sep 14, 2010 10:26 am

Hi Guys,

I've had the fortune of seeing buffaloes as a first sighting as I entered Malelane gate over the bridge.

Same scene repeated itself at Paul Kruger gate entrance over the bridge buffs feeding in the reeds and some just resting on the islands between.

Also inside the park proper at the Malelane entrance I happened upon an elephant as my first sighting just feeding off the road on another occasion.

This April I entered via Phabeni gate and just as you exit the booms into the park proper on your right hand side there seems to be a sort of dry river bed.
Lucky to see a herd of elephants feeding here as my 1st sighting :D

But my most memorable first sighting will have to be April 2008.
Travelling alone from Joburg I was pushed for time just to make it to the park before gate closing time.
I was booked in at Pretoriuskop and headed for Numbi gate.
Made it I think literally under 10 mins before gate closing time.

Being winter it gets dark fairly quickly.
By the time I had finished up all the paperwork at the gate and a stop to the loo etc it was really dark - nightfall.
So approached reception and asked that am I going to be escorted to camp and to my surprise I was told no its fine you can go by yourself.
Always thought that once its dark you need to be escorted.
Maybe they were short staffed I don't know :huh:

Nonetheless I was thrilled to be going alone as I know from previous experience when you escorted you can't really stop for a sighting.
So I kept by fingers crossed and headed into the park.

I must admit it is eerie and disorienting driving around alone in complete darkness with not a single vehicle to be seen.
By now all day visitors were out of the park.

I excitedly continued hoping that maybe I will get to see at least something.
A few hundred metres before the S10 junction I had seen eye shine ahead having had my brights on.
Not expecting much more than an impala I approached slowly and switched off my brights.

There it lay sleeping in the road.
I could not believe my eyes.
Relaxed without a care in the world. A young female LEOPARD !!!
She just sat there looking at me.
I scrambled around for the camera but realised it was in the boot and just sat back and enjoyed the sighting.

I watched her for about 3 minutes after which I decided to angle the car so as to have more light on her.
This was her cue to move off.
She got up and melted into the long grass.

But left me with a memory that will stay with me for along time :D
Need to get there soon !!!

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Re: The first sighting from the gate

Unread postby Donny » Thu Sep 16, 2010 9:37 am

Hi Guys,

Some really great sightings as first sightings here

I've had the fortune of seeing buffalos as a first sighting as I entered Malelane gate over the bridge.

Same scene repeated itself at Paul Kruger gate entrance over the bridge buffs feeding in the reeds and some just resting on the islands between.

Also inside the park proper at the Malelane entrance i happened upon an elephant as my first sighting just feeding off the road on another occasion.

This April i entered via Phabeni gate and just as you exit the booms into the park proper on your right hand side there seems to be a sort of dry river bed. Lucky to see a herd of elephants feeding here as my 1st
sighting

But my most memorable first sighting will have to be April 2008. Travelling alone from Joburg I was pushed for time just to make it to the park before gate closing time. I was booked in at Pretoriuskop and headed for Numbi gate. Made it I think literally under 10 mins before gate closing time.

Being winter it gets dark fairly quickly. By the time I had finished up all the paperwork at the gate and a stop to the loo etc it was really dark - nightfall.
So approached reception and asked that am i going to be escorted to camp and to my surprise i was told no its fine you can go by yourself. Always thought that once its dark you need to be escorted. Maybe they were shortstaffed I dont knw

Nonetheless I was thrilled to be going alone as I know from previous experience when you escorted you can't really stop for a sighting. So i kept by fingers crossed and headed into the park.

I must admit it is eerie and disorienting driving around alone in complete darkness with not a single vehicle to be seen. By now all day visitors were out of the park.

I excitedly continued hoping that maybe I will get to see at least something.
A few hundred metres before the S10 junction I had seen eyeshine ahead having had my brights on. Not expecting much more than an impala I approached slowly and switched off my brights.

There it lay sleeping in the road. I could not believe my eyes. Relaxed without a care in the world. A young female LEOPARD !!!
She just sat there looking at me. I scrambled around for the camera but realised it was in the boot andjust sat back and enjoyed the sighting.

I watched her for about 3 minutes after which i decided to angle the car so as to have more light on her. This was her cue to move off. She got up and melted into the long grass.

But left me with a memory that will stay with me for along time
Need to get there soon !!!

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Re: The first sighting from the gate

Unread postby adw » Tue Oct 05, 2010 8:29 pm

Usually Impala or Zebra but its just great to get into Kruger!
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Re: The first sighting from the gate

Unread postby Riverrat » Thu Oct 07, 2010 10:22 pm

a) 15 years ago we stayed at Maduma Boma near Klaserie and first thing on the way to Orpen Gate was a mangey Cheetah on the public road outside the park..then another 3 as we entered atthe Orpen camp water-hole and another 2 lions 3 km further down the road. I think we saw 23 lions that day.

b) 2 weeks ago: arrived from JHB just in time for Pretoriuskop gate closing....First thing next morning was 1 black rhino, then 3 white rhino, then an ellie and then 3 wild dogs by 7am.....8 am: first 2 lions,.... 9am: 5 hyena and a side-striped jackal, 10am: 2 huge herds of buffalo, half a dozen more rhino, heaps of ellies and a cheetah by 12am and 2 more lions on the road by 2pm...........the luck continued all weekend incl leopards.
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Re: The first sighting from the gate

Unread postby Divine7polo » Wed Oct 13, 2010 6:34 pm

October 2009 within minutes of entering Crocodile Bridge gate we saw two cheetahs and funnily enough the last thing we saw on our way out on the same day at almost the same spot where the cheetahs were, was a hyena sleeping on the road. A couple of years ago saw several rhino shortly after entering Malelane...good topic! Will be there on Friday ....can't wait - will let you know what the first animal we spotted was when we are back! :D
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Re: The first sighting from the gate

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Wed Oct 20, 2010 12:32 pm

Always get your camera ready before you enter the gate for this very reason. You never know when you will see something. A few years ago, friends saw wild dogs between Orpen gate & reception, a few hundred metres then.
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Re: The first sighting from the gate

Unread postby mattmillielibby » Thu Feb 10, 2011 6:18 pm

August 2010-First sighting after coming in at Malelane Gate was a Saddle-Billed Stork :D
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Re: The first sighting from the gate

Unread postby Jaco V » Thu Feb 10, 2011 10:13 pm

Bush Baptist wrote:Always get your camera ready before you enter the gate for this very reason. You never know when you will see something.


So true! A friend and I took our sons, then 5 years old, for a father-son camping weekend at Berg-en-Dal. Entered at Malelane, turned of on the road to camp, and drove into a traffic jam few km down the road. Leopard in a tree. The camera was conveniently stashed in the load bin of the bakkie....... :evil:

These days the camera is taken out at the gate if not before.
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Re: The first sighting from the gate

Unread postby Bushmom » Thu Feb 10, 2011 10:29 pm

We have had a leopard just past Phabeni gate followed by three white rhinos abou a kilometre further with an elephant as a third sighting! The lion and buffulo had to wait until later in the day :lol:
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Re: The first sighting from the gate

Unread postby ColWD » Mon Feb 14, 2011 7:55 pm

In all the years, there are two sightings which stand out in my mind.

In '99, we entered at Malelane and within a few minutes saw wild dog take an impala (still have the video, hence I can recall the year) To this day, its only the successful hunt I have witnessed!

The second one was most far more recent; had just entered at Numbi and suddenly out of the bush appeared a large male leopard. It was a very short sighting, but a great start to our trip :)

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Re: The first sighting from the gate

Unread postby cheetah2111 » Tue Feb 15, 2011 2:11 pm

Many many years ago ...
over 15 years ago

we entered Paul Kruger gate, and stopped to get drinks out the cooler bag, and we spotted wild dogs lying under a tree.

Another time we entered Paul Kruger for a day trip and saw an armadilo run across the road :big_eyes: :big_eyes:
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