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Re: Recent Animal Sightings.(2013)

Unread postby Scouter » Thu Jun 13, 2013 6:54 am

Hi AntonA :D

We saw 3 lots of cheetah this trip - one was between Montrose and Rooibrak waterhole with a kill , then there were a pair of brothers hunting wildebeest just on the MM side of the loop to Dertiende Boorgat and they were seen in that same area 2 days later again so that seems to be their turf .. Gertie and her 3 cubs were a couple of hundred meters on the MM side of Sitzas waterhole - in fact you could see the waterhole from where we were. There was a report of the same 4 very close to Kalahari Tented Camp one morning so thats obviously where they hang out as Sitzas is only about 5 km from KTC ...

They were on the main road from MM to TR ... I think the split you are thinking about is on the Nossob side between Rooiputs and KijKij ? The old Bots road that you can take because they havent finished that last part of the road yet ? DONT take the split unless they have graded it recently - it was diabolical and took a good few years of life off the car I think :twisted: ..

Have a stunning trip and will hold thumbs for those cheetah for you .. it is already bitterly cold so come prepared for that and enjoy enjoy !!

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Re: Recent Animal Sightings.(2013)

Unread postby AntonA » Thu Jun 13, 2013 8:13 pm

Thanks so much.

Last question. When I drive down from Nossob to TR on my last day on my way to Upington where we will sleep over.

Can I drive straight down from Nossob to TR or should I rather take the Dune road?

Many thanks, :clap:

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23 + 24 Kalahari Tented Camp
25 + 26 Mata-Mata Restcamp
27 - 30 Nossob

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Re: Recent Animal Sightings.(2013)

Unread postby Scouter » Thu Jun 13, 2013 9:04 pm

Hi Anton

Yip, you can drive straight down from Nossob to TR no problem ... it will be quicker than taking either the upper or lower dune roads ...

ENJOY it so much and holding thumbs for some amazing sightings for you :thumbs_up:
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Re: Recent Animal Sightings.(2013)

Unread postby AntonA » Fri Jun 14, 2013 10:10 pm

Thanks!

The guys that do the sunset drives, any news on what you are seeing?

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Re: Recent Animal Sightings.(2013)

Unread postby Jo » Sun Jun 16, 2013 5:53 am

Twee rivieren sightings board from yesturday:
- cheetah and lion near melkvlei
- cheetah near urikaruus
- lion on marie's draai
- lion at mata mata

We just had time to take a drive up to leeudril and back- nice herds of gemsbok and springbok. Jackals still trying to feed on some of the dried out eland carcasses. Off to nossob today so will check in at the end of the week again!

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Re: Recent Animal Sightings.(2013)

Unread postby anne-marie » Sun Jun 16, 2013 9:07 am

thank you Jo :D

have a nice :dance: ... drive INSIDE the park :mrgreen:
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Re: Recent Animal Sightings.(2013)

Unread postby AntonA » Sun Jun 16, 2013 2:08 pm

Thanks Jo!
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Re: Recent Animal Sightings.(2013)

Unread postby Kgalagadi Guru » Wed Jun 19, 2013 9:28 am

Morning all,

Sorry for not being active the last month or so , but things are a bit on the hectic side.

Drives have been on the quite side but Caracal, Porcupine, Brown Hyena and Cheetah has been seen.

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Re: Recent Animal Sightings.(2013)

Unread postby Jo » Sat Jun 22, 2013 6:18 pm

So on leaving the park at Twee Rivieren, we have decided that Scouter was right on her comments earlier - also one of our quieter trips. Although we can't complain with what we saw, we just didn't see the numbers we usually see. Great herds of gemsbok, springbok, red haartebeeste. The 3 nights we had at Mata Mata was probably the most quiet days we have ever had in the park (1 lion, 1 cape fox and the usual game). We only saw 2 bat eared foxes in 7 days in winter, when they normally come out earlier and go to bed later...so you normally see more of them. No spotted hyena. We did have great, if not very distant sightings of a cheetah north of Nossob, brown hyena at Maries, leopard mom and subadult cub near Cheleka, lions near Jan se draai. This morning-lions climbing the far river bed on the way up to Leeudril (skiddy corner)....on the Auob side.... 1 lioness walking past the Mata Mata waterhole Thurs night. Highlight of the trip: Porcupine in broad daylight on upper dune road before Eland waterhole!! So as usual we loved every moment, had good sightings, but definitely on of the more quiet trips

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Re: Recent Animal Sightings.(2013)

Unread postby anne-marie » Sat Jun 22, 2013 6:39 pm

quiet... quiet :whistle:
a Porcupine :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :clap: :clap: :clap:

thanks Jo for the update :k
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Re: Recent Animal Sightings.(2013)

Unread postby WillieV » Sat Jun 22, 2013 8:12 pm

Jo we had the same experience in May, people didn't see the numbers. We had more luck than others.
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Kgalagadi May 2014 with Lion vs Leopard and the "Love Birds"
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Re: Recent Animal Sightings.(2013)

Unread postby Felix999 » Sun Jun 23, 2013 8:04 pm

WillieV wrote:Jo we had the same experience in May, people didn't see the numbers. We had more luck than others.



Even if you do not see much it is still a magical place...but I must say it is very odd that the people do not see that much cats in the last three months. :hmz:

We were there in the last 2 weeks of February and we saw cats every day except when we went up to Grootkolk. I also saw my first leopard in KTP and ended up with three leopard sightings.

Hope the sightings will start to pick up from now :D

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Re: Recent Animal Sightings.(2013)

Unread postby anne-marie » Sun Jun 23, 2013 8:42 pm

Felix999 wrote: Even if you do not see much it is still a magical place...but I must say it is very odd that the people do not see that much cats in the last three months. :hmz:
you are right is a magical place :dance:
about cats, I saw 2 différents Caracals, 4 or 5 time Chettahs, Gertie and others, not so bad in Lions... all mating :lol: , lot of AWC during the 2 last weeks of March and first days of April... and so many more critters :dance: :dance: :dance:
what can we ask for more :dance:
we don't have to search only the Big...F :hmz: ...two :lol:
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Re: Recent Animal Sightings.(2013)

Unread postby Morkel777 » Mon Jun 24, 2013 7:28 am

One of my friends also just returned and it seems from people he spoke to (didn't see it himself) there have been leopard sightings at MM camp waterhole and even Craig Lockhart-Dalkeith area recently?

Any confirmation of this?
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Re: Recent Animal Sightings.(2013)

Unread postby Jo » Thu Jun 27, 2013 7:18 am

Morkel777

We were in the Mata Mata area and at the camp for 3 nights, regularly checked the waterhole at night - no leopard, lioness and brown hyena yes. Didnt heard anything mentioned about a leopard in the area and nothing on the sightings board ...... but I hope what you heard is true, would be nice to see a leopard in that area!

A couple of snaps from last week.....

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Maries waterhole

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Maries waterhole

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2km south of cheleka

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just before Dikbaardskolk

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5km east of Eland waterhole, upper dune rd

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5km east of Eland waterhole, upper dune rd


A couple more to come :wink:


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