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 Post subject: Re: Predators at Picnic Sites, Waterholes and Toilets in KTP
Unread postPosted: Wed Jul 31, 2013 10:01 am 
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Hi Katja

great but scary pics. imagine surprising the lion chilling in the shade of the toilet and standing in the only way to escape for the animal... Is Union end the only picnic spot with "unsafe" toilet entrance? Why not installing a solid gate just at entrance?

During my visit in the parc, I always scanned the picnic spot carefully before leaving the vehicle....


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 Post subject: Re: Predators at Picnic Sites, Waterholes and Toilets in KTP
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Lijersdraai was the same, but they have installed a gate to the entrance now.

Saw a photo of that somewhere....will have a look and post it here....... :hmz:

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 Post subject: Re: Predators at Picnic Sites, Waterholes and Toilets in KTP
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Here is another shot of the lion that took a gemsbok about 50 meters from the gate into TR. That same evening we went out on the game drive and the guide was a little nervous about getting out to open the gate as there were two cats on the kill. We shined our lights on the cats and he quickly opened the gate and got back in.

By the way this shot was taken shortly after the kill, as you can see she is dragging it under a tree. The photo was taken on March 17 at about 3:42 in the afternoon. (if the info in my camera is correct)

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 Post subject: Re: Predators at Picnic Sites, Waterholes and Toilets in KTP
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Since I retired we've now made 8 trips to Africa photographing the various wildlife. One of our goals has been to photograph a Caracal. Well driving toward Nossob from TR we intended to get some photos of the lions on the gemsbok but no one was on the carcass so we continued on. About 10K down the road my wife (Sherry) yells caracal I thought she was kidding as I had already passed it. we stopped as it caught up to us and the sun came out and we probably got the best Caracal photos that we will ever get. Managed to take about 150 some in superb light.

An interesting aside, is that the cat is in South Africa and we're in Botswana. Where else could you do that?

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 Post subject: Re: Predators at Picnic Sites, Waterholes and Toilets in KTP
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welcome to the forum bshepardson03 :D

the Oryx at the TR's gate :hmz: I saw it the day after... with Jackals around :thumbs_up:
and then disappeared

Katja, at last a picture... sorry two pictures very well adapted with the headline :thumbs_up:
superb, thank you :clap: :clap: :clap:
we really have to keep the eye wild open in Kgalagadi :wink:

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Wow Katja! What an experience! :shock:

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@ Jan van Wyk: Thank you Jan! That lion female certainly had some serious fights in her life already! Those baby lion cubs are so cute! In three weeks time (T0-day God willing) we will depart for a six weeksexcursion to the KRUGER National Park and our first visit to MAPUNGUBWE!

@ bshepardson03: Welcome to my thread and thank you for those wonderful caracal pics. I have yet to see my first caracal in KTP!

@ Katja: This is what I had in mind when I started this thread! Thank you for sharing those one in a million photos of the lions in the Unions End toilet! Scary stuff! BUT that is why we keep on goiing back to KTP!

Like I said to Jan above, on our way to KNP and Mapungubwe. Will bring back a trip report!

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Again, quite amazing shots :thumbs_up: Thanks everyone for these :cam:

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Bshepardson, a very warm welcome to you. :D I hope we see a lot more of your experiences.

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enjoy Fotomaljohan... enjoy :dance:
have a safe trip... I cross the fingers for... a Caracal :pray:

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Hi all,

Re: Union's End picnic spot.

When we visited in September 2012 we were fortunate (unfortunate?) enough to not find the lions, but there were some fresh tracks around the toilets.

We left from Grootkolk that morning and didn't encounter another vehicle before we reached the picnic spot. There was some debate about whether to use it or not. In the (Union's? -- sorry) end after driving around the area a few times and making REALLY sure it was safe we decided to risk it -- my SO was 5 months pregnant at the time...

Of course I had to get out first "just to be 100% certain" :roll:

Look at the size of the print next to her's! :shock:


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They are big!! and not enough people realize just how huge a lion is!!!

Thank you for sharing!!!

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Interesting photo RhymeZA! How did you manage to get it like that? :hmz:

And Wow! That is a big paw print of the Lion! :shock:

Thanks for sharing! :thumbs_up:

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Welcome to the forum bshepherdson03.

We arrived on March 18th at 2R, and saw the carcass, and the lions had moved down towards the confluence.

We also caught a glimpse of the caracal at the sighting later in the day.

Maybe we stood at the gate together waiting for permits!

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Very possible. I was the first car waiting, but may have been the second in line at the booth. We tend to get out as early as possible. In March we were driving a Toyota Fortuna. Will be there again later this month, then on to Etosha, Kruger and Sabie Sands.


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