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Letaba Sightings 2015

Unread postby Gerhardd » Fri Jul 10, 2015 5:57 am

I only got to spend two days around Letaba the past week with my daughter...

Sightings that got me pumped:

1. Big Kudu but the yellowbilled oxpecker on his back gave me big smiles as I have been searching for them a long time.
2. White headed Vulture sitting in a tree right at the river.
3. Banded sandgrouse.
4. Then the poacher's dog followed by a young male leopard on the Mopanie road just outside camp.
5. The thick tailed galagos in the camp.
6. A couple of big old tuskers in the Mopani.
7. Walking in the elephant museum with my daughter and seeing here eyes light up on how big an elephant really are.

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Re: Letaba Sightings 2015

Unread postby Philip1 » Tue Jul 14, 2015 4:49 pm

Gerhardd wrote:I only got to spend two days around Letaba the past week with my daughter...
Sightings that got me pumped:


Hi Gerhardd :) any sighting get me pumped up.
You had nice ones. :mrgreen:
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Re: Letaba Sightings 2015

Unread postby Gerhardd » Tue Jul 28, 2015 6:43 pm

Yellow-billed Oxpecker

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White-headed Vulture

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One of the big Mopani tuskers
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Klipspringer
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Re: Letaba Sightings 2015

Unread postby Elsa » Tue Jul 28, 2015 9:10 pm

Fantastic sightings and pics! :thumbs_up:
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Re: Letaba Sightings 2015

Unread postby leervis » Wed Jul 29, 2015 4:37 pm

Nice pics Gerhardd. The Yellow Billed can be so elusive. Good image of the White Headed Vully, they always look to me like a Speilberg creation.
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Re: Letaba Sightings 2015

Unread postby Gerhardd » Thu Jul 30, 2015 2:42 pm

Thank you for the kind comments...

Here are a few more...

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Re: Letaba Sightings 2015

Unread postby leervis » Sun Aug 02, 2015 7:29 am

Beautiful images, even the common Guineafowl looks like a work of art.Love the Double-banded Sandgrouse!
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Re: Letaba Sightings 2015

Unread postby RayK » Sun Aug 02, 2015 3:00 pm

Hi Gerhardd,
I've been to Letaba but never stayed there so I've got to rely on other Forumites for their experiences there. Thanks for the great photos. My favorite is the Yellow-billed Oxpecker.

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Re: Letaba Sightings 2015

Unread postby Gerhardd » Mon Aug 03, 2015 7:43 pm

Thank you for the kind words on the photos.

I would not hessitate to book at Letaba again Ray.

The big rivers close to the camp (Letaba, Olifant and Timbavati) will ensure I go back as the Lowveld rivers facinate me.
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Re: Letaba Sightings 2015

Unread postby HiggsieNJules » Tue Aug 04, 2015 11:44 pm

Hi Gerhardd, love the photos :clap:
Were staying in Letaba in November (a long wait but am really excited about our forthcoming trip) :dance: and I'm interested in where might be a good spot to try to see Klipspringers. Never seen them before on our previous 2 trips to Kruger, and would love to get to see them this time. Will also be keen to see Bushbabies in camp with a bit of luck - anything else worth looking out for whilst in camp other than what might show up down by the river of course :lol: :lol: ?

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Satara 17-19 Nov
Letaba 20-23 Nov
Lower Sabie 24-26 Nov
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Re: Letaba Sightings 2015

Unread postby Gerhardd » Fri Aug 07, 2015 5:12 am

HiggsieNJules wrote:Hi Gerhardd, love the photos :clap:
Were staying in Letaba in November (a long wait but am really excited about our forthcoming trip) :dance: and I'm interested in where might be a good spot to try to see Klipspringers. Never seen them before on our previous 2 trips to Kruger, and would love to get to see them this time. Will also be keen to see Bushbabies in camp with a bit of luck - anything else worth looking out for whilst in camp other than what might show up down by the river of course :lol: :lol: ?

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Higgsie



Higgsie,

We found the klipspringer at thr bird hide on the S62 just on the opposite side of the letabs rest camp.

Make sure when you check in to get detail for the night walk in the camp with a ranger.

You never know what will walk out of the brush to go and have a drink.

Worth it to find a spot and park for an hour and just sit and watch ...

Not only for the big animals but also the birds and smaller animals.

Remember to enjoy every moment ...
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Re: Letaba Sightings 2015

Unread postby Gerhardd » Fri Aug 07, 2015 5:12 am

HiggsieNJules wrote:Hi Gerhardd, love the photos :clap:
Were staying in Letaba in November (a long wait but am really excited about our forthcoming trip) :dance: and I'm interested in where might be a good spot to try to see Klipspringers. Never seen them before on our previous 2 trips to Kruger, and would love to get to see them this time. Will also be keen to see Bushbabies in camp with a bit of luck - anything else worth looking out for whilst in camp other than what might show up down by the river of course :lol: :lol: ?

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Higgsie



Higgsie,

We found the klipspringer at thr bird hide on the S62 just on the opposite side of the letabs rest camp.

Make sure when you check in to get detail for the night walk in the camp with a ranger.

You never know what will walk out of the brush to go and have a drink.

Worth it to find a spot and park for an hour and just sit and watch ...

Not only for the big animals but also the birds and smaller animals.

Remember to enjoy every moment ...
For more photos please visit my FB page - GID photos

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Re: Letaba Sightings 2015

Unread postby HiggsieNJules » Fri Aug 07, 2015 2:03 pm

Hi Gerhardd, thanks for the info - we'll definitely check out the birdhide as mentioned, and spend some quality time there.

Regarding the night walk you mention - is this conducted within the camp ? - I cant find any reference to it regarding placing bookings or should we just enquire at reception when we arrive ?

Lastly, please forgive my ignorance but what are you refering to when you mentioned the "poachers dog" in your first post ?

Looking forward to enjoying every moment :dance: :clap:

Higgsie
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Satara 17-19 Nov
Letaba 20-23 Nov
Lower Sabie 24-26 Nov
Graff Reinet / Camdeboo NP 27-30 Nov
Mountain Zebra NP 1-4 Dec
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Re: Letaba Sightings 2015

Unread postby Gerhardd » Sun Aug 09, 2015 6:48 pm

HiggsieNJules wrote:Hi Gerhardd, thanks for the info - we'll definitely check out the birdhide as mentioned, and spend some quality time there.

Regarding the night walk you mention - is this conducted within the camp ? - I cant find any reference to it regarding placing bookings or should we just enquire at reception when we arrive ?

Lastly, please forgive my ignorance but what are you refering to when you mentioned the "poachers dog" in your first post ?

Looking forward to enjoying every moment :dance: :clap:

Higgsie


Higgsie,

Enquire about the night walk when you check in at the camp.

Yes, the walk is inside the camp and take maybe 90min. My daughter loved it.

You can also book a sun set drive, guided trail walk or night drive during check in.

There was a dog just north of the rest camp that attrackted a leopard's attention. The leopard followed the dog and took it but the dog was finished off by the local heyna from what I understood.

The rangers mentioned that the only way a dog would be in that area is when it came in with poachers.

Hope you have a great trip.
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