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Unread postby Krokodile » Tue Jun 14, 2005 10:28 pm

Just found another one - this was on the H1-4 south of Olifants (can't remember exactly where although on my photo's it's just after N'wamanzi viewpoint)

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Unread postby wildtuinman » Thu Jun 30, 2005 8:43 am

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Unread postby Guinea Pig » Tue Sep 06, 2005 8:31 am

Never realised just how small they were. They can't be more than 40-50cm in height. This is the one we think we saw behind Shingwedzi. My first thought was Duiker, but the colouring was wrong for a Duiker and the face looked different. After deliberations with a camping neighbour we settled on Sharpe's Grysbok.

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Unread postby Guinea Pig » Tue Sep 06, 2005 1:35 pm

Something we learnt about duiker, steenbok and Sharpe's.
They are extremely quick to run away when they spot you.
Don't assume you've missed them.
Watch where they go - that's the kid's job.
They have a curious habit of stopping dead in their tracks a couple of feet into the bushes they disappeared into.

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Unread postby Stoffel » Wed Sep 07, 2005 11:58 am

I've got three of them on my checklist. I saw the first one (1987) on the S47 - along the Letaba River towards Mingerhout Dam. It was just a quick glimpse.

The second one was two years later - on the S92 between Olifants and Balule. It was lying down and made no attempt to move.

My third sighting (and also my best) was in 2003 on the S56 (between Shingwedzi and Babalala). I have some very good video footage of this one.

Very little is still known about its habits, diet and social structure. They are known to be more nocturnal.

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Unread postby Bosnimf » Wed Sep 07, 2005 11:56 pm

On our recent trip, we saw plenty of them.
2 close to Nkumbe lookout, 1 at the Riverview near Orpen, a couple on the dirt road from Olifants to Letaba and loads of them up north.
On the sunset drive at Punda, on the Mahonie loop, we saw 20+.
They are so tiny and cute, I just love the patterns in the ears!

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Best chance to see a Sharpe's

Unread postby Wildman » Sat Aug 19, 2006 10:49 pm

I have seen Sharpe’s grysbok on the s44 gravel road between Olifants and Letaba in June of this year. It was a solitary male. Also spotted a male on a night drive on the Mahonie loop earlier.
It is a very secretive animal and sometimes difficult to distinguish from a steenbok from distance.
I think this forum gives excellent information for anyone wishing to catch a glimpse of this animal as many of the previous posts’ sightings coincide with my sightings; It seems that the Mahonie Loop area and the section between Letaba and Olifants offers the best opportunity to spot this animal.

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Unread postby Jose » Sun Nov 11, 2007 7:10 pm

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Re: Antelope: Sharpe's Grysbok

Unread postby Peter Betts » Tue Sep 30, 2008 2:32 pm

A cute antelope..seen in great light last week behind the Shipandane hide/shongololo Road

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Re: Antelope: Sharpe's Grysbok

Unread postby ecojunkie » Wed Aug 26, 2009 12:13 pm

On the sunset/night drives at Punda it is usually a case of 'Oh - another of those 'rare' antelopes....!' rather than 'Oh - impala!'.......
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Re: Antelope: Sharpe's Grysbok

Unread postby Elsa » Thu Aug 27, 2009 2:03 pm

This is the little one we saw on the Mahonie Loop in Feb.

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and a mating pair near Shingwedzi.

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Re: Antelope: Sharpe's Grysbok

Unread postby Richprins » Wed Sep 02, 2009 7:48 pm

Remarkable, Elsa! :thumbs_up:

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Re: Antelope: Sharpe's Grysbok

Unread postby deefstes » Wed Nov 11, 2009 3:13 pm

Saw this little sweetie just outside of Punda Maria camp over the weekend.

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Re: Antelope: Sharpe's Grysbok

Unread postby Nungu » Wed Nov 11, 2009 3:46 pm

In 30 years I've never seen a Grysbok - partly because we seldom travel up North (still want to - but getting the wife to agree - EISH)... and partly because we might have mistaken many a Grysbok for Steenbok....

Then in August this year my son (he turned 3 at the end of August) shouted "BOKKIE" ... I slam on the breaks.... reverse....search a while... and would you believe it... there is this little Grysbok (I must look for the pic and post it :wall: ) - he was so proud when I told him its the first one I've ever seen.

This was on the H10 near the Nkumbe viewpoint... I was under the impression that you only find them North of Letaba - but this was close to Tshokwane - :huh:

In a space of about 4 km's we saw Steenbok, Grysbok, Duiker and Klipspringer - amazing!!!
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Unread postby michel367 » Mon Jan 04, 2010 5:54 pm

Could this be one??

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