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Re: Small cats

Unread postby Gemma T » Sun Mar 13, 2011 10:52 pm

We were really lucky to see a servel on our very first visit to KNP. Not a great pic but still loved seeing it. This was on the loop close to Lower Sabie just coming in to sunset.
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We also got to see a beautiful sighting of a AWC the same trip. We turned a corner on the S100 one very misty morning at first light and he was standing right in the road - just there for a second, so no time for a photo.

We saw a genet on several occasions while waiting at the gate in Skukuza in the morning. It was always fleeting - but still special.
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Re: Small cats

Unread postby big5spotter » Tue Apr 05, 2011 8:31 pm

During my last trip to KNP I had my 1ste DAY serval sighting while driving on the S29 near Lower Sabie around 5 in the afternoon. Had it all to myself for around 10 min until it disappeared in the long grass. Pics a bit blurred was driving and taking pics while the serval was walking quite fast. Was fortunate to see it as the side he was on was burned so the grass nice short and green when he crossed the road he disappeared in the long grass almost immediately.

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Re: SIT

Unread postby Crested Val » Sun Apr 24, 2011 9:25 am

What amazing photos BB!! :clap: :clap:
I was also wondering what a SIT was, seeing it in another thread!!

We saw a SOW (Serval on wall!!) in Skukuza camp one night during the cricket weekend!! :dance:
Sadly no photo as we were just returning from dinner in the restaurant!! :cry: :cry:
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Re: SIT

Unread postby okie » Sun Apr 24, 2011 10:26 am

Wow , can I also join this club :hmz: Seen last year on the S128 :lol:

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Re: Serval

Unread postby buffalo_soldier » Thu Nov 24, 2011 7:06 pm

We saw this Serval on a sunset drive in the Pretoriuskop Area.....It was amazing!!!!

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Re: Serval

Unread postby RIAAN H » Wed Dec 07, 2011 10:05 am

hi.... seen these two servals on night drive from satara camp in october 2011.
it at the junction of h6 and h1-3. they were enjoying a lizard!

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Re: Serval

Unread postby granjan » Wed Dec 07, 2011 1:20 pm

Stunning pics! :clap: :clap:
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Re: Serval

Unread postby Pumbaa » Wed Dec 07, 2011 9:54 pm

:big_eyes: :big_eyes: :big_eyes: Awesome :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

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Re: Serval

Unread postby okie » Sun Dec 11, 2011 8:09 pm

Seen a couple of years ago early in the morning on the S128 .



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Re: Serval

Unread postby anne-marie » Tue Jun 05, 2012 10:39 pm

:dance: superb specimen :clap:
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Re: Serval

Unread postby Cape of Storms » Sun Jun 10, 2012 6:15 pm

We saw this little guy in 2008 on the h10 road near Lower Sabie. He was amazing and allowed us to follow him for a while along the road!

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Serval

Unread postby Welshboy » Thu Jun 06, 2013 9:15 pm

My SO and I have just returned to the UK from a 9 day trip to the Kruger for our 25 year anniversary and thought we should share a very special sighting with you all. We'd spent the previous night, last Saturday, at Lower Sabie and following information gathered from the forum decided to drive the S29 and the S128. The morning had started well with 2 cheetah just south of the Mlondozi turn and 2 white rhino further up the road; one of whom demonstrated the use of a midden just for us.
We were happily driving south down the S128 thinking about breakfast, around 8:10am, when we spotted a cat trotting down the road. After a quick scan with binoculars and a check of the Christo Joubert & Others guide book we followed the serval down the road. It even popped off the road for a minute and came out with its own breakfast, a blue starling and continued down the road. thankfully I managed to get a couple of pictures taken before it finally headed into the sunrise.

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I'm afraid to say that both pictures are from the back but we did not want to disturb the serval too much by chasing it down the road. It was an excellent start to the day that went on to include two lion prides as mentioned by Elsa in her current trip report. The Lower Sabie pride had cubs with them and there were actually six ladies at the dam by the end of the day along with two elephants.

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Re: Serval

Unread postby threedogs » Fri Jun 07, 2013 12:34 am

What a great sighting! :D

I am wondering if it is the same one we saw last year in September after stopping at Mlondozi. Our route that morning was H10, S129, S28! :dance: We also were not able to get great pics but it was our first serval and very exciting.

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Re: Serval

Unread postby Imvubu » Fri Jun 07, 2013 3:23 pm

Great sighting Welshboy :dance:

June/July 2010 we spent a night at Pretoriuskop. SO and son went to watch a world cup game in Nelspruit and my 1 daughter and I opted to rather go on a game drive...the 'big truck' was full of foreigners, I think the 2 of us were 2 of 4 'locals' on the vehicle. As luck would have it we saw a Serval, the 2nd one ever in the wild, and we have been on bush holidays every year for the last 15 years!!!
Well...the 2 of us were besides ourselves with excitement. Unfortunately no :cam: ...too far and too dark.
On getting back to camp,members of a group sitting next to us stated they were dissatisfied as they had not seen anything special...I could not contain myself and told them about how rare it is to see a Serval and that they would probably not see one again, they turned around and said...
"So it really was special, we thought the guide was bluffing us!" :roll: :wall:
Awaiting the next trip...

Skukuza - 29/08/15
Balule - 30/08 - 02/09/15
Shingwedzi - 02 - 05/09/15
Maroela - 05 - 08/09/15
Talamati - 08 - 10/09/15
Biyamiti - 10 - 12/09/15

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Re: Serval

Unread postby Terri-Lee » Fri Jun 07, 2013 5:27 pm

Wow, Welshboy!!! Superb and thanks so much for sharing. Serval have such a beautiful coat pattern!!!!
(I have only seen a very distant serval on a night drive from satara)

Serval are HIGH on my wishlist for coming december trip. I gather from combing through the forums that area between LS and Tshokwane is the best chance of seeing serval. As there are quite a number to roads in this area, what route N of LS would forumites recommend to increase one's chances??? Same route as welshboy S29 then S128? (I realise it always comes down to right place right time)

And early morning preferable to late afternoon?

Thanks in advance!


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