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 Post subject: Traffic Jam - Least Exciting Sighting
Unread postPosted: Fri Mar 01, 2013 1:47 pm 
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Well we all know that at cat sightings, it is not unusual to get a traffic jam.

But what is the least exciting sighting that you have been at that there was a traffic jam.

I had 2 on my recent trip in December.

First was a Kudu male. Deep in the bush, behind trees. Really not a great sighting. But for some strange reason, there was quite a crowd. In fact, 2 of the game viewing vehicles (not SANP) had an accident trying to get a better view.

The 2nd one was just outside B & D.
There was a small herd of Impala with a few lambs. And quite quickly a jam built up.
I guess it was everyone coming and going from camp and there was the "cute factor" too.
In a way nice to see people stop at the little things.


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On a very quiet morning along the Biyamiti loop, a favourite road of jeep jockeys, I battled to get past a few of them who were explaining about the ground hornbills in the burnt veld because there was not a cat in sight in the whole area!

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 Post subject: Re: Traffic Jam - Least Exciting Sighting
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I think it was back in 2007 when friend Anton, friend flipp and myself decided that us three families will go together to KNP.

Now friend Anton and his SO are keen botanists :roll: :roll: We were a mere 5km into the park (we entered via Numbi gate) when friend Anton stopped at a magneficent tree of some sort (till this day I don't know the species or anything else :redface: ). Anyway, friend flipp stopped and so did we. And there we were: three cars stopped next to the road, staring into the veld. :twisted: When the next car came, we said nothing, but just pointed towards the magnificent tree. And the next car stopped, and the next, and the next.

We kept on pointing towards the tree. In the end everyone saw the leopard, or cheetah, or eagle, or civet or whatever, except for us. 8) 8) 8)

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 Post subject: Re: Traffic Jam - Least Exciting Sighting
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:hmz: Yoda and all other Mites, that is what Nature do to Nature lovers. :clap: :D

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 Post subject: Re: Traffic Jam - Least Exciting Sighting
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ndloti wrote:
I am in the habit of stopping randomly - usually in well wooded areas - and listening to nature , most passers by seem perplexed at my behaviour when my reply is that I have not seen a leopard / serval / ...

Ndloti :great: :great: :great: :great: :great: :great:

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 Post subject: Re: Traffic Jam - Least Exciting Sighting
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On the Croc River road I stopped one evening because I was aware of a lovely sunset developing behind us. The guests happily took photos, appreciating the beauty. Several cars stopped to find out what we were looking at....and went on disgusted when I said 'the sunset'. Eventually one of the guests (who were enjoying the joke) asked if he could answer the next car....and took great pleasure in pointing out the great sunset!!!!!!

Have had a similar reaction sometimes when stopping to talk about a particular grass or even a termite mound.

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During January this year, between Letaba and Satara Camps, there were two chameleons in the road mating and there were quite a few cars where the people were admiring the chameleons. Interesting was the new arrival of cars and the occupants enquiring where we all see the lions, cameras ready :) . I was happy for the chameleons though, as they took the limelight as it was their moment to cause a mini Kruger “traffic jam”

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Recently there was a huge traffic jam at the Letaba crossroads.

We dutifully sat in the queue, hoping that we would see something unusual. :pray:

Imagine our disappointment when we realised that it was just a road block by the cops, who were checking permits and licences!! :wall:

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 Post subject: Re: Traffic Jam - Least Exciting Sighting
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I love it when we sit with our Cam and people ask "what do you see?" and i point to a little "Purple Flower"....the expressions on their faces and then charging away, unreal. :)
.....and others who will share with the excitement, causing a mini Jam :thumbs_up:

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I have never been at a traffic jam at a purple flower :big_eyes:


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 Post subject: Re: Traffic Jam - Least Exciting Sighting
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DinkyBird wrote:
one can probably start a serious traffic jam with some 'pie in the sky' sighting, drive off and come back a few hours later and have a good giggle at the masses 'spotting'
:doh: :lol:

I find Kruger jamming a stressful happening and I rarely become interested and seldom excited - I just want to move on as quickly and far away as possible from the congestion of cars, petrol fumes and finger pointing.

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 Post subject: Re: Traffic Jam - Least Exciting Sighting
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We stopped one day to check out a possible sighting just near Lower Sabie camp. It turned out to be a "I-thought-I-saw-rus". But as you all know this is a very busy part of KNP so there was very soon a traffic jam around us so we "played the game" and continued to point excitedly into a thick bush and claim we could see lion there. Naughty I know, but the other cars had parked us in so we decided to have some fun :lol: :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Traffic Jam - Least Exciting Sighting
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:lol: :lol: :lol:

I can remember when Heksie was driving me around Paul's plaas once upon a day, and a build up of cars could be seen yonder by the grass flats South of Afsaal :hmz: Now we know the usual game of 'calling' what the cause is of the jam? :wink: Heksie goes for her usual call - leopard; while I went with Rhino ... however neither were close to the truth. The cause of cars was on account of blue wilderbeest and zebra!! I had to pinch myself just to check if sanity had forsaken me :? But strue's Bob cars were parked off and it seemed that Krugerians had taken up a sudden interest in watching common game for long periods :shock: :clap: Just to be sure, we asked the nearest car what they saw, to which they replied "Zebra and wildebees' in a matter of fact tone 8) Well it was a great day for Krugz :thumbs_up:

Heksie and I proceeded to perplex followers as we stopped religiously at every tree along the riverine roads to conduct our March Golden Orb census 8)

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 Post subject: Re: Traffic Jam - Least Exciting Sighting
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Canis Lupus wrote:
Once I was driving on the Skuk/LS highway and got fed up with all the big 5 hunters come speeding towards us to join in the action whenever we stopped to look at anything interesting, be it a bird, tree or mammal. I decided to teach them a lesson. :twisted:
I stopped at a herd of impala concealed in some delagoa thorn trees, rolled down the windows, got out the binoculars and camera and pretended to be very excited. They soon demanded what we were looking at where as I explained in an excited whisper "If you look carefully beyond that thorn tree about 20 metres into the bush you will see an Impala ram". The looks on their faces was as priceless as seeing a leopard.


LOL Canis your story makes me think of the time I did a similar thing I was getting irritated with these people behind me who everytime I stopped to admire the general game weren't impressed with me well I decided to start my own roadblock and get rid of them all so I passed them all with a long line of cars behind me I drove and then suddenly hauled anchor and braked well seeing my reaction of braking in such a hurry and grabbing my cam they all demanded to know what Id seen so I told them a leopard has just run in front of the car and into the thicket I made as if I was still interested and then made an excuse of needing the loo desperately and if any of them get a photo to email it to me I even gave them my email add and drove away the whole road was blocked with everyone looking for my so called leopard and SO and I got to have a comfortable drive laughing all the way back to camp LOL :D

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 Post subject: Re: Traffic Jam - Least Exciting Sighting
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We stick a sign in our rear window

"We stop for everything"

Filters out the "waar is die leeus?"

Also helps to always have your Roberts open on the dash, even when looking at a Leopard in a tree. :whistle:


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