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 Post subject: Re: Crocodiles in rivers that flow through Kruger
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BB, interesting question.

I am close to Lanseria and every so often there are rumours of crocs. We have a couple of hippos, for sure. The animal kind, that is. :hmz:

I once saw a water monitor, the biggest I have ever seen in my life about 10 metres from the Jukskei. A moniter that size could fuel rumours of crocs.

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 Post subject: Re: Crocodiles in rivers that flow through Kruger
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Bush Baptist wrote:
I wonder for instance, if there are any crocs in remote parts of the Orange river?


Nope, too cold for them. They like sub-tropical to tropical areas. After the floods of 1988, we discovered the skull of a hippo on the banks of the Vaal river, which flows into the Orange. I have read several books about presence of hippos in the Vaal system, but the blerrie Boere and Souties killed them all when they trekked into the interior.


Talking about the Boere and Voortrekkers. They were stupid to go with a wagon and oxen into the interior, and thereby suffered severe deprivation. If they had waited for a hundred years, they could have taken a train. :whistle:

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 Post subject: Re: Crocodiles in rivers that flow through Kruger
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Crocs are found in all rivers west of Kruger, and sometimes as far as Tzaneen they were found. Klaserie Dam is a good example, as I found crocs there a fortnight ago, and the dumb people swim and ski there. :wall: :wall: :wall:

What peeps don't realise is that nature reserves, farms etc abounds in the area west of Kruger. On our way to Hoedspruit from Orpen gat, on the main road 6km's from Hoedspruit we had a great Lion Hunt, next to the road 2 weeks ago. They were fenced in from the road, but it was still good. :thumbs_up:

I had Lions, hyena, BBJ and various other wild animals at my house when still staying in Phalagat. :whistle:


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 Post subject: Re: Crocodiles in rivers that flow through Kruger
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There are quite a few crocs in Rust de Winter dam which is about an hour north of Pretoria in the Elands River.
I have personally caught one with a fishing rod a few years ago. They have been in that dam for ages. . .Way before all the game farms etc. sprung up all over the place.
My brother have also had a close encounter of the scaly kind when we were still kids.
As they say. . . any pool bigger than a bathtub in the Lowveld should be considered to house a resident croc.

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 Post subject: Crocodile Blocking Olifants High Water Bridge
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This happened on Friday the 21st of September 2012.
The croc was stuck on the bridge but thanks to the Ranger Rendani and his team, they got him back safely.
Photos by Absalom

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 Post subject: Re: Crocodile Blocking Olifants High Water Bridge
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WOW OS, thanks for posting that. Certainly high excitement.

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 Post subject: Re: Crocodile Blocking Olifants High Water Bridge
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The rangers said that it was sitting on the bridge, then when a car came past it got scared and run into the fence and got stuck there.


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 Post subject: Re: Crocodile Blocking Olifants High Water Bridge
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Glad all was well that ended well! :clap:

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 Post subject: Re: Crocodile Blocking Olifants High Water Bridge
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This might make things a bit clearer.


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 Post subject: Re: Crocodile Blocking Olifants High Water Bridge
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Thank you for the full sequence of photos.
Glad there was a 'happy ending'.

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 Post subject: Re: Crocodile Blocking Olifants High Water Bridge
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:) ossendryver :D Just shows what even a car jack can do in the wild :wink:

Nice pics :clap:

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 Post subject: Re: Crocodile Blocking Olifants High Water Bridge
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Thank you for posting the photo’s and narrative Ossendryver :thumbs_up: and thanks to the Sanparks Rangers who assisted the croc to return "home" safely. I hope that he or she told the others that it is not safe out there

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 Post subject: Re: Crocodile Blocking Olifants High Water Bridge
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Thats awesome. Nice work guys.

My question: It looks a long way down what if he didnt get stuck? and he got through and had a couple meters drop possible onto some rock which is clearly visible in background! all thing happen for a reason

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 Post subject: Re: Crocodile: Nile
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A photo of a Nile Crocodile at the Nsemani dam close to Satara.

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 Post subject: Re: Crocodile: Nile
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They are extraordinary animals; I always hope for a good crocodile sighting. Great pic Leeukos

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