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Re: The first sighting from the gate

Unread postby Andreas_79 » Wed Feb 16, 2011 11:03 am

In 2007 i came to Africa for the first time. After graduating i travelled for a few months and in Africa i did an overland tour from Cape Town to Nairobi. During the tour we visited a lot of parks like Etosha, Okavango Delta, Chobe and a few more. We saw a lot but we didn´t see a leopard.

In 2008 i visited KNP for the first time. We entered through Malelane Gate and the first animal we saw was a leopard high upon a tree :big_eyes: . As i haven´t seen a leopard before this very first sighting made me loving KNP from the first moment.
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Re: The first sighting from the gate

Unread postby Dupacc » Wed Feb 16, 2011 3:15 pm

We've found that, coming from the city, it takes time for our eyes to "adjust" to the veld. :hmz: :hmz:

So for the first hour or so that we are in the park, we usually only see Buffaloes, Ellies or Giraffes before we start seeing little wonders like reptiles, birdies and smaller animals. :whistle:
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Re: The first sighting from the gate

Unread postby Philip1 » Wed Feb 16, 2011 4:19 pm

Arriving at Punda Maria gate +- 6 am and booking in towards the end of April 2010, had some coffee and did our thing. We left approx. 6.12 am enroute to Singwedzi. Before the H13-1 (2Km from gate), we saw 5 young male Lions and two females lying on the tar road. We spend a bit of time and left. After turning onto the H1-7 towards Singwedzi, two Hyenas was ''jogging'' for about 1.5 Km on the road infront of us. That is how our trip started.
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Re: The first sighting from the gate

Unread postby Grantmissy » Thu Sep 06, 2012 12:53 pm

For us it is usually Impala but during May this year we saw leopard about a kilometer after entering at Malelane gate
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Re: The first sighting from the gate

Unread postby johanrebel » Sun Sep 09, 2012 8:51 pm

Lion within meters/seconds of the gate a number of times (forget how many), also several leopard sightings very close to or even right at the gate.

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Re: The first sighting from the gate

Unread postby Crested Val » Sun Sep 09, 2012 9:07 pm

Usually impala, warthog, giraffe, buffs............occasionally an ellie or 2. :thumbs_up:
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Re: The first sighting from the gate

Unread postby Super Mongoose » Sun Sep 09, 2012 9:27 pm

On our trip in April just after Phabeni Gate, there was a pair of Fish Eagles at the Hlulamadvodza river, near the road, the best for a fairly new birder like me.

I don't remember much of my preschool years in KNP, but I remember my dad use to pay us 1c for every impala we saw and luckily we couldn't count that far, so we only wanted to see impala from the minute we entered the gate - that kept us occupied!
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Re: The first sighting from the gate

Unread postby Kicker Cat » Thu Oct 04, 2012 9:40 am

Phabeni Gate - Leopard at the Albasini Ruins, Buffalo right next to the car park and at the low water bridge
Last Saturday Leopard 4 km from the gate - at the crossing

Malelane - Leopard with in the first K, another occasion Lion about two K's in

Numbi - Cheetah 2 k's from the gate (three weeks ago)

Mostly these have been in the early morning

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Re: The first sighting from the gate

Unread postby rufie » Wed Oct 10, 2012 1:28 pm

Hallo there!

My first sightings from the gates where:

Punda Maria : Buffallo

Phalabaorwa : zebra's

Numbi : Impala

Orpen : Hyena and lions

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Re: The first sighting from the gate

Unread postby timbo » Fri Dec 28, 2012 4:32 pm

Once when entering the park through numbi, we saw nothing for the first hour or so we were there and then saw a beautiful young female leopard.

In november, good friends went into the park at numbi and there first encouter 4k down the road was a leopard and a further 100m down the road was wilddog
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Re: The first sighting from the gate

Unread postby umtali1 » Fri Dec 28, 2012 6:33 pm

When entering at the Numbi gate in 2008 the first animal we saw was a Lichenstein's Hartebeest. Quite something.

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Re: Literally your first sightings

Unread postby Grantmissy » Tue Feb 26, 2013 7:30 am

My first sighting as a child in Kruger was of the graceful Impalas. To this day I just cannot drive past or ignore them, my first impression of them was just too pleasant. After that we saw baboons monkeying around and for a child well … lots of this :lol: :lol: :wink:
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Re: Literally your first sightings

Unread postby JeanniR » Tue Feb 26, 2013 7:45 am

I don`t know how old I was... probably 3 or 4..

But I remember the wild dogs just outside the gate of Pretoriuskop.. And a Kudu in the camp..with the biggest horns!!

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Re: Literally your first sightings

Unread postby Carol g » Tue Feb 26, 2013 3:14 pm

When I met my SO almost 37 years ago I didn't know the difference between an impala and a lion, SO made it his mission to educate me and took me to Kruger. Armed with a book on all the animal types found in Kruger, a note book and pen, we drove into Kruger at numbi gate.

The very first animal we saw was a lion and of course I thought I was very clever to have identified it.

Talk about beginners luck!!!

At least now I am able to identify a few more animals than a lion :D
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Re: Literally your first sightings

Unread postby Jock » Wed Feb 27, 2013 10:16 am

Can't say I remember the warthog Elsa, but I certainly do remember you hiding behind the map. The baboons and monkeys were you favourite!!!!

I think the first sighting I remember is of two cheetah on a log. No idea how old I was.
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