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Re: Rooiputs campsite 6?

Unread postby Tobieo » Mon Aug 20, 2012 9:26 pm

I have received the following photo's from Etienne and volunteered to post them on his behalf so that we can all share them.

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Etienne, will you please provide the information regarding the photo's
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Re: Rooiputs campsite 6?

Unread postby Aristocat » Mon Aug 20, 2012 9:41 pm

Wow wow wow....what an incredible experience! He looks very relaxed in that tent!! And to think that we spend hours and hours scanning every bush and camel thorn tree for those spots .... Must say will continue to keep my tent zipped though :big_eyes: :big_eyes: :big_eyes:

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Re: Rooiputs campsite 6?

Unread postby saraf » Mon Aug 20, 2012 11:33 pm

Tobieo, many thanks for helping out and hosting the photos.

Etienne, would love to know the story behind the photos, that must have been an amazingly scary experience.
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Re: Rooiputs campsite 6?

Unread postby onewithnature » Tue Aug 21, 2012 6:26 am

JanWesOosBes wrote:Hi We stayed inRooiputs 5 nights 21 Aug 2012, 2 in no6 and 3 nights in no 5. Had lions in the camp for one whole day, abou 100 m from no6. Lions roared 3 night, 2 nights in the camp. Strange how small you feel in your tent at night while they roar quite close to the tent. One morning we spotted a young leopard abou 4 km from camp, then the afternoon it came to visit. At no 1 he was in the tents, also playing with a shoe in the toilet. He was very playful, and when it started to get dark, the people quite struggled to get him away from no1,2,and 3. I'll try to post some photos.


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Re: Rooiputs campsite 6?

Unread postby etienne1 » Tue Aug 21, 2012 10:45 am

Hi everybody , Tobie thanks for posting my photos !! . The leopard is a youngster still and seemingly quite used to people . We saw her walking up from the main road and she was heading straight for the camp . We saw her lie down about 50m from the Camp site . We then thought it best to get into our vehicles and observe from there rather . She then proceeded to inspect all the Dome tents and bite shoes etc and then finally moved to the trailer tent and that was when we could photograph her. All this was happening while we had Lions about 300m down the road which in turn did a patrol of our camp site that evening . Rooiputs is high on my list of interesting camp sites and must be experienced and just bare in mind that you are in a dangerous environment and the animals must be respected . What is nice are the herds of wildebeest and springbok that gather around the camp and wonder through it . So if anyone is going to rooiputs see if you can get stand No 1 and see if you can enjoy the same experience we had .

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Re: Rooiputs campsite 6?

Unread postby lion queen » Tue Aug 21, 2012 2:13 pm

Wow unbelievable!!!! and Scary!!!!
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Re: Rooiputs campsite 6?

Unread postby AstroMatt » Tue Aug 21, 2012 2:25 pm

Wow! Now that really is a crazy sighting etienne1. You must have had an interesting nights sleep :wink:

The young leopard you saw in known as Cagn, she was born over in the Aoub river around the Auchterlonie area, she is now probably around a year and a half old. This is the second sighting of her over in the Nossob river recently so it would appear that she is now on her own and trying to stake out a territory. You can find her in my identiifcation book on my website below.
Could i also ask you to send me the details of the sighitng. If you could do that using the spreadsheet also on my site i'd be really grateful. :pray:

If anyone else has any other sightings of leopards then i'd also love to have them for my records....particularly if i cannot id them and have to make a new page :thumbs_up:
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Re: Rooiputs campsite 6?

Unread postby lion queen » Tue Aug 21, 2012 2:29 pm

Thanks for that id Astromatt.........I was just now wondering if it was Cagn!!!
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Re: Rooiputs campsite 6?

Unread postby MiTQ's » Tue Aug 21, 2012 2:33 pm

Hi Etienne thanks for sharing those amazing photos of the Leopard in your tent. :cam:

You definitely had some awesome sightings while at Rooiputs. We had campsite 1 end of May and kept a beady eye open for Lions in and around camp while putting up our Trailers rooftop tent. Although we didnt see any I was honestly quite relieved! It was our first visit to KTP and all the stories about the Lions at Rooiputs really had my nerves on edge. :redface:
But NOW we're all ready to go back there next September and will spend atleast three days at Rooiputs and yes I hope we get campsite one again :dance:

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Re: Rooiputs campsite 6?

Unread postby etienne1 » Tue Aug 21, 2012 5:48 pm

Pleasure MiTQ's , this was our first visit and really an adventure I will never Forget , I found the Roooiputs area the most scenic and do not have to venture Further than Rooiputs to see what there is to see. As I said the scenery and the Abundance of springbok, gemsbok and wildebeest is truly rewarding . I will return and include Augrabies and Mokala in my trip and look forward to Kruger later this Year .

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Re: Rooiputs campsite 6?

Unread postby Tobieo » Tue Aug 21, 2012 9:14 pm

Thank you Etienne for this photo of camp site 6 (hope the leopard has changed her habits and now visits this site as well)

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Re: Rooiputs campsite 6?

Unread postby Elize de Klerk » Tue Aug 21, 2012 9:23 pm

Cant wait for December. We will be seven days at Rooiputs. 3 nights at 3 and 4 at no 4". Hope they come to visit us :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:

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Re: Rooiputs campsite 6?

Unread postby MiTQ's » Wed Aug 22, 2012 9:07 am

etienne1 wrote:Pleasure MiTQ's , this was our first visit and really an adventure I will never Forget , I found the Roooiputs area the most scenic and do not have to venture Further than Rooiputs to see what there is to see. As I said the scenery and the Abundance of springbok, gemsbok and wildebeest is truly rewarding . I will return and include Augrabies and Mokala in my trip and look forward to Kruger later this Year .


etienne 1 if youre going to Mokala we can highly recommend Motswedi campsite. A magnificent campsite and only six of them so its not overcrowded and each one overlooks the waterhole. We stayed there en route to KTP in May.
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Re: Rooiputs campsite 6?

Unread postby Nina! » Fri Aug 31, 2012 3:23 pm

:big_eyes:
What an extraordinary experience.
Maybe I should reconsider and go camping on my next trip :D

Was the leopard as relaxed as it looked like on the pictures?
How exactly did you get her out of the tent?
Maybe she was looking for a safe place to hide from the lions?

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Re: Rooiputs campsite 6?

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Sat Sep 01, 2012 9:26 am

It is all about decent shade Nina!
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