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Re: Recent Animal Sightings.(2013)

Unread postby RhymeZA » Wed Apr 23, 2014 9:19 am

Hi all,

we spent 8 nights in the KTP from 12-20 April. It was brilliant! Didn't drive as much as usual as we had a 14 month old with us.

Some sightings & comments:

Twee Rivieren:
Was quiet sightings-wise. Only big cat spotted was a leopard close to Leeuwdril. Some African Wild Cat markers on the sightings board though. No lion or cheetah.

We did see some bat-eared foxes between Samevloeiing and Leeuwdril early one morning.

Auob
The southern section was VERY quiet. We saw our first heard of springbok 50km (seriously) from Twee Rivieren. From there on however the sightings more than made up for it :mrgreen:

Saw lion at Montrose (1x male), Rooibrak (1x male & 3 ladies -- one with collar) and between Sitzas and Craig Lockhardt.

We also saw the cheetahs Jo mentioned above. Chatted to people who saw cheetah further south in the Auob and had a cheetah hunting steenbok at Kieliekrankie :dance:

A glimpse of a spotted hyena at the den site south of Urikaruus.

Cape fox (Charlie??) at Urikaruus next to unit #4.

A lot of springbok and blue wildebeest in the riverbed.

Mata-Mata
Quiet at the waterholes. Were entertain by the squirrels, meerkats in camp though. Also look out for white-faced owls in a tree about halfway from the camp gate to reception, northern side of the road.

Nossob
Quiet in camp. Did not hear any lions :cry:

A lot of lion sightings up north (almost every waterhole) but note that visibility is difficult due to vegetation.
We saw lion at Kwang, Marie's and Kransbrak.

Cheetah close to Cheleka -- far off in the distance.

And then definitely the highlight of the trip: Leopard in the road between Marie's and Kaspersdraai! :dance: :dance: :dance:
I'll download pics and post on the Leopard forum in due course.

We saw thousands of Gemsbok on the Nossob side -- they easily outnumbered everything else combined.

General
We saw a lot of raptors, less owls than last time & no Eland. No barking geckos which was quite disappointing. A lot of black backed jackal as you'd expect. No african wild cat.

There are lots of mosquitoes and we had bats in both units at Twee Rivieren. Roads weren't bad -- we saw the grader a couple of times.


I hope this will help? I'll gladly answer some questions if you have.

Rudolph
Dec 2014 - Karoo & Mokala
June 2015 - Orpen & Biyamiti
? 2015 - Kgalagadi

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Re: Recent Animal Sightings.(2013)

Unread postby anne-marie » Wed Apr 23, 2014 5:10 pm

thank you Rudolph... great to have some news from the park :thumbs_up: :dance: :dance:
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Re: Recent Animal Sightings.(2013)

Unread postby inado » Wed Apr 23, 2014 7:26 pm

Great news Rudolph, thanks for the information! :clap: :D

Can you please specify where the spotted hyena den south of Urikaruus is?
That would be great.

27 more days to KTP :dance:
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Re: Recent Animal Sightings.(2013)

Unread postby Parkfanatic » Wed Apr 23, 2014 9:08 pm

I can concur almost 100% with RhymeZA... we were there from the 3rd to the 12th April and the game distribution we experienced was exactly as described.

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Re: Recent Animal Sightings.(2013)

Unread postby anne-marie » Wed Apr 23, 2014 9:22 pm

Parkfanatic wrote:I can concur almost 100% with RhymeZA... we were there from the 3rd to the 12th April and the game distribution we experienced was exactly as described.
:thumbs_up: thank you :)
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Re: Recent Animal Sightings.(2013)

Unread postby RhymeZA » Thu Apr 24, 2014 9:03 am

inado wrote:Great news Rudolph, thanks for the information! :clap: :D

Can you please specify where the spotted hyena den south of Urikaruus is?
That would be great.

27 more days to KTP :dance:




Hi Inado,

I'll have to disappoint you on two counts:
1. I'm quite sure the den site is on top of / other side of the ridge on the western side of the road. The last couple of times we've only had glimpses of hyena at the top of the ridge.
2. I'm not sure exactly how far south of Uri -- didn't measure the distance only scanned the top of the ridge and hoped. Best guestimate would be about halfway between Uri and Kamqua. Maybe some else knows?

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June 2015 - Orpen & Biyamiti
? 2015 - Kgalagadi

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Re: Recent Animal Sightings.(2013)

Unread postby inado » Thu Apr 24, 2014 6:29 pm

Thanks Rudolph :thumbs_up:

I'll keep my eyes open.

Regards Ina


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