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 Post subject: Re: Wheelchair user staying at Crocodile Bridge
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 Post subject: Nkuhlu Picnic Site
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Hi There Everybody,

I am looking to photograph Sundevalls Leaf Nosed Bat (Hipposiderus caffer) and know that there are often sightings of this species in the ladies bathrooms at Nkuhlu picnic spot, just east of Skukuza. Are they still hanging around there? (excuse the pun :D )

Report backs will be hugely appreciated! It will be incredibly interesting as i received sightings of these bats at the same spot at Nkuhlu in 2008, and if they are still using that roost it would be their 4th or so year!

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 Post subject: Re: Nkuhlu Picnic Spot Bats Still There?
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I posted this pic in October 2009.
I've been back since but never in October but I'll be there next month :dance: :dance: so I'll have a look for you.


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 Post subject: NKUHLU PICNIC AREA
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We have just returned from Kruger and we had a lovely time.

Unfortunately it was sad to see Nkuhlu Picnic Area in such state. There were plastic bags and bottles lying everywhere, even in the river.

I realize that it was a busy time, but we were there early in the morning.

It was noticed that there is only one rubish disposal on the top terrace. Can we suggest that the look into supplying additional bins for the 2nd & 3rd terrace, that way people might clean up after themselves.


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 Post subject: Re: NKUHLU PICNIC AREA
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will forward your request, thank you :thumbs_up:
But they have a real monkey problem
The vervets rule the place and if visitors do not guard their food and clear the table these "thieves" collect many leftovers , including plastic bottles and such.
Been there many times and seen the monkeys run around and into the trees with their bounty.

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 Post subject: Re: Nkuhlu Picnic Spot Bats Still There?
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It is with sad news that I report back, The Nkhulu Sundevalls Leaf Nosed Bats have moved onto another roost. This could be due to various reasons (the floods, staff chasing them away etc) but we will never really know. I did find a single dead bat hanging from the males toilet (died of natural causes most probably).

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 Post subject: Re: NKUHLU PICNIC AREA
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Thank you Bert!


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 Post subject: Re: NKUHLU PICNIC AREA
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My view on this topic is that some basic things could make a huge difference.

The ablution blocks from memory are cleaned by staff on a regular during the day, but then over night the baboons and monkey play games. I’ve often been one of the first visitors to stop in early on and then find the toilette rolls all over the place and the windows wide open. Firstly the windows needs to locked (permanently would suit me fine). Rather a very hot toilet area than one that looks like a tip and is filed with mosquitoes. Secondly a door system that is baboon and monkey proof is needed. Maybe a door lock with a code on it, the code could be printed on the wall and could be the same between both sets of bathroom.

I can imagine the poor staff cleaning up after these bandits every day and then to return to a tip site the next morning.

Some maintenance would surely repair the ‘baboon proof’ rubbish bins. They will try they damndest and are strong animals. New bins the same as the bear proof bins they have in the North America might help.

As a last resort I’ve heard that to leave food laced with lots of chilli powder or curry powder in some rice, has been used to make monkeys and baboons think that food at the spots the visit is bad for them. I’ve not tried this myself, but I’d be very tempted too if I was the person having to clean up after them all the time.

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 Post subject: Re: Nkuhlu Picnic Site
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In 2012, we were pleasantly surprised by the absence of monkeys at Nkuhlu, and breakfast was wonderful.

Regrettably, the monkeys have returned, no doubt due to tourists wilfully feeding them, for a laugh. Oh that we could shoot the tourists and throw them to the crocs.

Alas. The brazen little savages are back.



No doubt, responsible tourists can say this about indigenous peoples. I have been abused, scowled at, on more than one occasion. Frankly, I don't challenge people anymore.

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 Post subject: Re: Nkuhlu Picnic Site
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Nkuhlu is a beautiful spot - with the worst facilities! Used to do great food and coffee - not any more.

It was also one of the worst for very aggressive baboons who would race in frightening everyone and grab whatever they could.

BUT this has been going on for years. I have been visiting at least yearly for 27 years and feeding of animals has been prohibited for all that time - and been going on for all that time. We lost our breakfast loaf to vervet on our first visit to Parfuri 25 years ago whilst distracted by a kind birder pointing out a narina trogon flying over.

And tourist from China and many other eastern countries are a relatively new phenomena!

Richard

ps the loaf was worth it - never seen the trogon since!


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 Post subject: Re: Nkuhlu Picnic Site
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About 10 years ago there was an old chap called Eric at Nkuhlu.

He used a catty to chase the vervets away when they became a nuisance.

When they saw Eric, they took off.

Eric was friendly and worked hard to keep Nkuhlu neat and tidy and vervet free. Sadly I believe he was bitten by a snake and never returned there.

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 Post subject: Re: Nkuhlu Picnic Site
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Nkulu also a good spot to see Green Pigeons


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 Post subject: Re: NKUHLU PICNIC AREA
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Just to let you all know, that I have been back a few times now and have seen a big improvement. Thank you!


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 Post subject: Re: NKUHLU PICNIC AREA
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Great to hear gabbisa :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: NKUHLU PICNIC AREA
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We were there in April, and found everything in order. :thumbs_up:

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