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Unread postPosted: Sun Jun 05, 2005 9:50 pm 
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The serval is such a beautiful animal. My one and only sighting will stay with me for a long time.

On honeymoon in Kruger in October 2003, we stayed at Talamati for 3 nights. At around 10pm my wife and I and a few others from the camp were sitting in the hide sipping Windhoek, not much was happening until the serval sloped in. There was great excitement in the hide. A dutch man who'd had too many sips was adamant it was a leopard but was soon convinced otherwise. We watched it drink for around 10 minutes before it disappeared into the dark. Wonderful. My next trip to Kruger will definitely include another stay at Talamati.

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Unread postPosted: Tue Nov 15, 2005 12:23 am 
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Saw this serval on 25/10/2005 at about 5PM, on the H1-3 between the S126(Sweni) and the H6(Nwanetsi tar). Photo's not really great, but he was moving really fast, and the sun wasn't playing along :evil: Good to see serval in the day again.

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I have seen it only once! On the S28. Magic - worth a hundred lion sightings! :wink:

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Unread postPosted: Wed Aug 09, 2006 9:26 pm 
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I saw 2 servals. The first chase by horde (!!??) of baboons and run away
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and the second on the road, and just after on the side of the car, have a wash, then tranquil go away
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Unbelievable!
Wonderful!
Thanks for sharing those precious pics!

I have to confess: I am a cat lover! But, those rare (to be seen) little beasts are so special - lovely, wonderful, great pics!!!
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Apparently they really love water-i have seen a pic of one swimming before...


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here is a pic of a serval taken on the Vutomi road. I had to take it through my cars windscreen as he was about to disappear into the undergrowth.

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Yowser that is a lovely pic! :shock: :D

From my trip report...

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S36 loop across the H1. And to think we took the loop purely as a fuel-saving exercise! :D

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I had this individual all to myself on 23 April 2007 (07:00) on the gravel road to N'wamatsatsa waterhole (on the H7 near Orpen Gate).

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Unread postPosted: Mon Jul 23, 2007 7:49 am 
Seems the Crocodile Bridge area is the place to spot Serval. We had our first ever Serval sighting Saterday morning on the S28.
My husband took these shot under very unfavourable conditions.

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What a great sighting Jumbo, I love the pics from the back and front and the 2 white bands on the ears. :D

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This was my second serval sighting in consecutive visits to Kruger - it seems that they are getting common now! (See my previous post).

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We saw this very confiding serval driving east on the S100 (just before it connects with the S41), at 07:15 on 22 July. It was extremely active.

Mention was made in a previous post of the diagnostic white spots behind the ears. My guess is that these spots are 'markers' for their cubs - due to the serval's habitat (tall grass & reed beds) they are very difficult to spot. It would be interesting to get an experts opinion on these white spots.

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This time my wife and three daughters (5, 3 & 1 years) did not stay behind as was the case with my previous serval sighting in April!!

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Amazing sighting, thanks for sharing :D
Is that a wound on it's leg?


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I only saw the wound after I received my photos. Too excited at the time I guess!

It did not hamper it's mobility though.


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As with most animals, servals fight for females and territory. Very little is known about this ritual but I found this out:
The two males will sit and face each other as one of them puts his paw on the others' chest. The second male bobs his head and might bite the paw. This usually stays a stare-off but it can become a full force fight. Not sure how one of them 'wins'. :?

Sorry I forgot where I got the info, I remember it from the project I did.

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