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Re: needed a (permanent?) fix so.....

Unread postby Stampajane » Thu Mar 06, 2014 8:53 pm

We have found pointing a camera at them works, as well.

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Unread postby Hugh » Thu Mar 06, 2014 9:11 pm

Cameras definitely do the trick I could never get good photos of my Umhlnga troop Point the camera and they are gone
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Unread postby onewithnature » Fri Mar 07, 2014 6:15 am

ecojunkie wrote:Had a fight with a large male vervet.......and won! I don't think he expected me to fight back!!!!! He tore the mesh on the screen door and tried to steal my rolls. I saw him and pounced making him drop the packet inside the door and slammed the door closed as he had opened it a bit too. He kept coming for me, but I used the curtain to protect myself and managed to close the sliding glass door.....he promptly slid it open again!!!! I got it closed and flipped the lock, so he tried to threaten me through the glass. Had a quick look around, found a stick which I held as if it was a rifle, and he disappeared fast.

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Unread postby impyim » Wed Mar 26, 2014 4:49 am

Gosh you're gutsy taking on a male monkey. They might look cute (esp. when they're little) but they can be very pushy. :thumbs_up:

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Unread postby ecojunkie » Fri Mar 28, 2014 8:24 pm

I owe you all an apology for neglecting you.....just too much happening at the moment......

But 2 evenings ago I was asked to do a sunset drive again. It was good to be behind the wheel sharing this special place once more.....and my reward was 5 overseas folk who had never been here before! They loved everything.

We stopped first for impalas and warthogs. 2 young warties were head-butting each other in play fighting, and a couple of the young male impalas were also fighting. Cameras clicked rapidly!

Eventually we tore ourselves away, and found a croc at Matjulu bridge sunning in the evening rays from the setting sun. The gravel roads were closed so we headed up the tar road. Some cars passed us trying to fit in those last precious minutes before gate-closing.

We found 2 young ellies near the road.....happily feeding. They continued feeding, ignoring us for many magical minutes, only about 10m from us! Slowly they were coming closer and I did not want to stress them so decided to move on. One of the cars that had passed us was ahead, and stopped, and I suspected the rest of the ellie herd might be there. I had heard the engine of the car revving crazily......and guessed a bull was around. The car continued revving although no ellie appeared on the road. Eventually as I decided to move on the car came back towards us.

Then a bull ellie appeared on the road, and his whole manner told me he was not happy. Head high, swaggering walk..... I realised the 4 young men in the car had been teasing him. Rather than make a bad situation worse I rolled backwards and gave him lots of space and watched. He calmed a little, but still did the pretend feeding story and came back on the road and towards us. Gave him a bit more space.....all the time telling the guests what was happening and explaining my actions. Then he turned off the road and stood with his head into the bushes for a while. I decided it was time to move. Warned the guests we might suddenly have to speed up, but took it fairly gently as I approached him. He stood still, only turning as we got next to him, tossing his head a little and waving his trunk in our direction. Still not a happy ellie, but he knew we did not mean him any harm, and allowed us past.

After that more ellies, hyenas with pups at a den, zebras, and of course more impalas. We also had a number of birds and stopped for a community spider nest. Hippos near the end of the drive too.

So a bit quiet animal-wise, but the guests enjoyed it, and the ellie encounters were special!

Other recent trips to Skukuza for various reasons have had leopards (one on the road and then climbing into a tree and posing beautifully), lots of ellies, zebs, kudus, giraffes, wildebeest, waterbuck and bushbuck, and wild dogs.
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Unread postby ecojunkie » Fri Mar 28, 2014 8:30 pm

Early last week I also had the opportunity to join an experienced guide and 2 trainees out in the bush exploring a new walking area. We walked one afternoon and then the next morning. The ground was muddy and wet in places, and we struggled in long grass and crossing spruits (my boots eventually let in water on the second morning). But we were able to track buffalo, and both white and black rhino (getting very close to a black rhino and calf at one point), also ellies - 2 nice encounters very close to breeding herds. On the first evening on the way back to the car we saw a leopard, and followed him a bit, but he kept dodging us - we also saw female leopard spoor and realised what he was about!

It was such a privilege to walk in unspoilt areas......and for a short while to be eyes and ears for the section ranger too.
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Unread postby Trrp-trrrrrrrr » Fri Mar 28, 2014 8:43 pm

Such a wonderful and special experience EJ :clap: :clap: You sure are so lucky to be there. :mrgreen:

Just wanted to ask, are the ticks not a huge problem when out in the bush?

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Unread postby ecojunkie » Fri Mar 28, 2014 8:47 pm

Ticks can be a problem, and for that reason even when very hot I walk with long trousers and use gaitors and still spray with anti-tick spray. So far I have avoided them this way.
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Unread postby PAPA SMURF » Fri Mar 28, 2014 8:50 pm

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Many thanks for the update and info about the bush , drives and walk. Glad you still happy doing great thins and by the sound of it still enjoying your time in Kruger

keep posting -- I for one miss your interesting reports
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Unread postby Trrp-trrrrrrrr » Fri Mar 28, 2014 8:56 pm

Glad to hear you have all the necessary precautionary measures in place. 8) ... as I don't think tick bite fever can be pleasant at all. :hmz:
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Unread postby ecojunkie » Fri Mar 28, 2014 8:59 pm

Been there, done that in the past, and no it is not!
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Unread postby hilda » Sat Mar 29, 2014 10:46 am

So glad to hear from you again EJ! I am sure you have enjoyed the sunset drive just as much as your first timer guests! They were so lucky to experience an encounter with an unhappy Ellie with an experienced guide like you at the steering wheel! :clap: :clap:

What a wonderful experience it must have been to explore a new walking area and tracked Ellies, Buffalo and Rhino! Especially the Black Rhino with the calf! Fantastic! :dance: :dance:
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Unread postby Hippotragus » Sat Mar 29, 2014 12:22 pm

Thanks for the update EJ. I also miss your reports. It must be wonderful to show first-timers the wonderful place that is Kruger (a bit like taking a small child for the first time!).

Look forward to more stories of your drives, trips etc.
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Unread postby ecojunkie » Tue Apr 01, 2014 8:21 pm

Yesterday morning I suddenly heard the gate squeaking closed. Investigated and found a camper closing the gate becaiuse ellies were about and he was afraid they would come into camp. He said he would open the gate if cars came, so I left him to it as they were camped near the gate. All I could see was one young ellie on the road.

The impala herd that live around here have been spending a lot of time in the bush near the caravan at the moment. They snort and make moves away when I move, but settle down again quickly.....think they are getting used to me.

And this morning had a squirrel come into the office and investigate a bit.....then it saw me and scuttled out quickly again!
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Unread postby Porridge » Tue Apr 01, 2014 8:38 pm

Is there anyone else who is as jealous of EJ as I am? An impala herd who is getting used to our fiery imp .... Green is not the colour, believe me
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