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Golden Gate: ANIMALS

Unread postby wildtuinman » Fri Jan 14, 2005 6:56 am

Have anyone seen bearded vultures around there recently?

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Bearded Vultures

Unread postby Owl » Wed Jan 19, 2005 2:21 pm

Not sure if you know, but the park hopes to put a hide at the feeding location in the near future. Both Cape and Bearded Vultures are seen at the site fairly regularly. Was last there near the end of November, but there was only Cape at the site.

We did see a long-crested eagle between Clarens and the rest camp. Although not on the park list, this bird appears to be resident in the area. Wood Owl calling at night at Glen Reenen was another species one wouldn't associate with the park.

The mountain drives were teaming with grassland birds in full breeding plummage and calling up a storm.

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Unread postby wildtuinman » Thu Jan 20, 2005 6:27 am

Thanks Owl yeat again,

The eagle and owl you've mentioned is a nice surprise! How many bearded vultures are estimated to be around there? Great to hear about the future bird hide. :P

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Unread postby restio » Wed Sep 20, 2006 9:57 pm

There's a complete list of Golden Gate animals on the SANParks website.
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Unread postby restio » Tue May 20, 2008 6:52 pm

Hiya WAC! I'm pretty sure that this is the full list (well, according to the website it is! :lol:)

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Re: Identification

Unread postby Freda » Tue Oct 14, 2008 7:39 pm

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Re: Identification

Unread postby Guinea Pig » Tue Oct 14, 2008 9:53 pm

Rusty Justy wrote:Lesser Red Musk Shrew I think?? :hmz:

Just googled Kleinrooiskeerbek. English name - Lesser Red Musk Shrew. So throwing my vote with you Rusty Justy.
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Re: Golden Gate: ANIMALS

Unread postby Richprins » Wed Jul 01, 2009 6:52 pm

An interesting abberation from Golden Gate...CUSTOS 1991!

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Re: Mammal ID Needed?

Unread postby Guinea Pig » Tue Oct 06, 2009 11:14 am

These critters are living in holes in the wall next to Cabin 5 at The Highlands Mountain Retreat. Because of the location, 2200m above sea level I'm thinking Ice Rat? They're way larger than a mouse but more round than a rat.

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Re: Mammal ID Needed?

Unread postby Imberbe » Tue Oct 06, 2009 2:42 pm

It is either the Angoni Vlei Rat, but more likely the Sloggett's Rat. It is impossible to distinguish them and a few other species, except through dissection and dental structure.

The i.d. is done on distribution and habitat preference.

The Sloggets loves the high mountains, and can be found on the peaks of the Drakensberg.
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Re: Golden Gate: ANIMALS

Unread postby gmlsmit » Sun May 06, 2012 5:04 pm

We visited the Golden Gate National Park during the period 27 to 30 April 2012.
The landscape is beautiful and the weather was really good.
We traveled both the loops in the "game areas" on a few occasions unfortunately we did not see very much - only 5 Baboons and 1 Black Wildebeest and some Zebra droppings with NO raptors circling the skies.
On previous visits we saw herds of Springbok, Black Wildebeest, Blesbuck, Eland, and Zebra, a few Bearded Vultures and Black Eagles.
Where have all the animals disappeared to - as I have stated the weather was fine, therefore the was no reason why they would have sought refuge from the elements.
Just maybe it will be a good idea if the recent game counts could be made available on this thread.
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Re: Golden Gate: ANIMALS

Unread postby Duke Ellieton » Sun May 06, 2012 6:03 pm

:hmz: Seems strange gmlsmit. We were in Golden Gate last August and then again in November and had a different experience.

In August there was snow and it was -4 degrees and yet we had some good sightings. Guess it comes down to the right place at the right time.

In November Sharifa even saw bearded vultures :mrgreen:

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Re: Golden Gate: ANIMALS

Unread postby Duke Ellieton » Sun May 06, 2012 7:12 pm

Did you drive the road to the Basotho Cultural Village and the area around there - the game seemed to be concentrated in that area but we did see game around Glen Reenen too.

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Re: Golden Gate: ANIMALS

Unread postby DuQues » Wed May 16, 2012 8:19 pm

Son godin wrote:Concerning the animal numbers I can only agree that there is a decline in the areas where tourist travel. I've visited the park since 1978 and before the completion of the tar road large numbers of springbok, zebra and wildebeest were seen near Glen Reenen.

Book yourself into the Basotho village, and you'll think you are in the Serengeti! Herds of everything, just near the camp.

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Re: Golden Gate: ANIMALS

Unread postby Son godin » Wed May 16, 2012 9:52 pm

Hi GuyP,

Do you need to book for the hide to use the photography section like at Giant's Castle or is it open for all depending on space to sit.

I would like to visit during Sept and just wanted to make sure we will be able to take photo's

Hi DuQues,

I am aware of that section, but haven't stayed there before because Golden Gate is still for me where the original park was. We always approach the park from Harrismith - Puthaditjhaba side, but never thought of it as a game driving area. A friend of mine stayed there a month back before going into Lesotho and was very pleased with the accommodation. :thumbs_up:

Any one know about the road going up to Monontsha pass following a road from the park and not the detour through Puthaditjhaba? That should also be a great drive to find game if its not a private road. :hmz:
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