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Augrabies Night Drive Sightings

Unread postby Augrabies Guru » Fri Nov 19, 2010 8:35 am

Last night sightings 18/11/2010
I will post sightings with each nigthtdrive on from now on, the following game was spotted during a 2 hour drive.
4 Hartmann Zebra
5 Gemsbok
2 Paires of Klipspringer
2 Eland
1 Porcupine
1 Striped Polecat
3 Scrub Hares
1 Spotted Eaglw Owl

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Re: Augrabies Night Drive Sightings

Unread postby Micetta » Sat Nov 20, 2010 9:45 am

Hi Mario! Are there morning drives or walks too?

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Re: Augrabies Night Drive Sightings

Unread postby Augrabies Guru » Sat Nov 20, 2010 10:49 am

Hi Micetta
Yes we have morning drives too, which go out at 8:00,this time is a little late and i have to take it up with management to go out earlier.
Minimum persons is 4 for for both night/morning drives.
The Dassie trail is a short trail about 5km long wich take about 3hours,a map will be available at the reception.(Selfguided trail)
I will correspond this time through to you.

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Re: Augrabies Night Drive Sightings

Unread postby Panekoek » Sat Nov 20, 2010 11:00 pm

Hi

I am going to be there on the 3rd of Jan and looking to go on a night drive. How long are they and how much do they cost?

Thanks in advance :)

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Re: Augrabies Night Drive Sightings

Unread postby Augrabies Guru » Sun Nov 21, 2010 8:36 am

Hi Panekoek
R130-per person/minimum has to be 4, before a drive can go out.
Approximately 2 hours long.
Starts at 7
Bookings have to be made before 5 at reception.
Formal education in conservation can be obtained through UNISA,by doing National Diploma, it takes about 3years of which 1 year is practical,through distance learning about 5 years.19 subjects in total and 3 practical courses.
Appointments for rangers to perform basic conservation duties requirements are as follows:A grade 12 certificate
Firearm competency certificate(in some instances)
A valid code B drivers license
added advantages would be to study in the field of conservation.
Knowledge of the Protected areas Act.
Hopes this help,suggest to contact UNISA

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Re: Augrabies Night Drive Sightings

Unread postby Augrabies Guru » Mon Nov 22, 2010 10:00 am

Micetta
Morning drives will go out at 6.

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Re: Augrabies Night Drive Sightings

Unread postby Micetta » Mon Nov 22, 2010 11:09 am

Augrabies Guru wrote:Micetta
Morning drives will go out at 6.

Thank you Mario! How long does it last? Is it early enough to book the day before or is advanced booking better?

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Re: Augrabies Night Drive Sightings

Unread postby Augrabies Guru » Tue Nov 23, 2010 9:58 am

Micetta
To book the day before is fine,the duration is about 2 hours.

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Re: Augrabies Night Drive Sightings

Unread postby Augrabies Guru » Tue Nov 30, 2010 8:04 am

By entering the game area after just 20mm of rainfall there were a change in the vegetation as Black Thorn Acasia Mellifera has started to get some leaves.Just amazing what a drop of water in this arid region can do.
A herd of eland was spotted with a pair of Verraux eagles flying close over us.
gemsbok,springbok,giraffe,hartmann zebra,porcupine,spotted eagle-owl,nightjars and hares was also seen.
One of the larks was almost confusing tourist as it seems that somebody was whistling at us,after noticing it close to the truck.

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Re: Augrabies Night Drive Sightings

Unread postby ossendryver » Thu Dec 02, 2010 1:03 pm

when i went there a year ago
i woke up at 3 am to leave for the kgalagadi and i saw the leopard crossing the road. it was incredible

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Re: Augrabies Night Drive Sightings

Unread postby Augrabies Guru » Fri Dec 03, 2010 8:33 am

Ossendrywer for Augrabies that was a great sigthing,all depents where you are at that moment,there was a similar sigthing by one of the rangers on the entrance road a couple of months ago.

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Re: Augrabies Night Drive Sightings

Unread postby ossendryver » Fri Dec 03, 2010 11:11 pm

how many leopards are there

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Re: Augrabies Night Drive Sightings

Unread postby Augrabies Guru » Sat Dec 04, 2010 11:49 am

I had a drive this morning and this is what we have seen,giraffes browsing in dry river bed close to waterhole, troop of baboons,lots of springbok,klipspringers and a very young leopard tortoise passing the road.
lots of dassies,yellow mongoose and ground squirrels as well.

Ossendrywer the park is divided in 3 sections and base on observations by rangers and night drives this is what we have Western Section 1 leopard sighting.
Central Section 7 sightings,1killing
Northern Section 1 sighting,2killings on 1sight and 1 on another.
There migth be more or less,could be that the same leopards is seen more than one's as the area is so rocky and as soon as these animals are spotted they move of.The sighting on the Western Section was early morning and on the Northern section as well.
Indirect precence of them are find as killings,spoor and faeces. There is at this stage no formal program to determine the precise nr. of leopards.

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Re: Augrabies Night Drive Sightings

Unread postby ossendryver » Sat Dec 04, 2010 1:56 pm

ok so it was just being at the right place at the right time

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Re: Augrabies Night Drive Sightings

Unread postby Augrabies Guru » Wed Dec 08, 2010 10:29 am

Ossendryver you was definitely at the right place at the right time.
My best sighting was a few years ago on a nightdrive when I was sitting on the back of a landrover and doing the spotting.Only 3 metres away,the leopard was sort of crawling away from us with it's back towards us.


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