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 Post subject: Re: Predators at Picnic Sites, Waterholes and Toilets in KTP
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A work mate of mine had the same "problem " with lioons in the loo's but when his wife went in no lions he went on his way and once back at the car he couldn't anderstand way wify is taking to long in the loo.

She was just about to leave the cubicle and saw the lions, locked herself back inside and sat there till the lions left. Not sure how long it took for the two of them to get the message to each other what the problem was.


:hmz: wondered will a cubicle door keep lion out, and with my luck I'm get the one with the broken lock and will have to keep the door close with my foot....

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Wow Scouter, this SANParks Forum is really working well! Thank you so much for those awesome photos of the male lion inside camp at TR and off course the story with it! Especially for the quick reaction to my question! I will definitely zip up my roof tent securely at TR in future!

Welcome and thank you NetEk for your story here in this thread! FMJ

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NetEk wrote:
A work mate of mine had the same "problem " with lioons in the loo's but when his wife went in no lions he went on his way and once back at the car he couldn't anderstand way wify is taking to long in the loo.

She was just about to leave the cubicle and saw the lions, locked herself back inside and sat there till the lions left. Not sure how long it took for the two of them to get the message to each other what the problem was.


:hmz: wondered will a cubicle door keep lion out, and with my luck I'm get the one with the broken lock and will have to keep the door close with my foot....


LOL NetEk your luck would be the same as mine eish

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 Post subject: Re: Predators at Picnic Sites, Waterholes and Toilets in KTP
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last year... in January, there was a Leopard... inside the Twee Rivieren camp :lol:

hilda, go around Sitsas to find a Brown Hyena :wink: I cross the finger

and for the loo and Lions... no problem for me... I will do like men... on the soil :lol:

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last year... in January, there was a Leopard... inside the Twee Rivieren camp :lol:

Yes anne-marie and KG & co released it the day we arrived. We were 1 day too late. :wall:

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anne-marie wrote:
hilda, go around Sitsas to find a Brown Hyena I cross the finger


Thanks Anne-marie! We'll do! I honestly hope we will see one! :dance: :dance:

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In reference to the photo of the “brownie” (on to the top of page 4 in this thread) that I published and taken by my son-in-law, Brendon on the evening of 29th December 2010 at the Nossob waterhole, just an interesting addition.

While drinking there, the "brownie" nervously looked up and stared into the darkness, away from the flood lit waterhole. He suddenly puffed himself up with his long hair standing up, so that he appeared to be much bigger than what he actually was. He suddenly decided to run off and disappeared in the opposite direction. From the dark where he was staring at, this 'fellow' appeared!

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This Nossob leopard is officially called V-Nose because of a distinct “V” shape on his nose just above the eyes! (See Astromat's official ID research on KTP leopards and a thread here in the forum regarding leopard ID's) By the way, as most of you know, it is interesting to note that 49 leopards have been positively ID'ed in KTP with names given.

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Beautiful leppie Fotomal and hmm I wondered why the brown hyena had such long hair now I understand he uses the hair like a cat does and fluffs up to make themselves look more threatening thanks for that Tidbit interesting stuff love this thread :)

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On the 30th December 2012 just after 6.30am we travelled from Twee Rivieren to Mata Mata and saw these three lions in the riverbed. Two beautiful young males and one strong female. After about 15 minutes or so, they followed the female to the side of the road and eventually made themselves comfortable right in front of the Batulama signpost.

After a while, the two male lions became intensely interested in our vehicle and walked right passed me to the rear of the car. Something about their behaviour made me a little anxious. I started the car and started driving off slowly and then they followed! I went faster and they started running. The faster I drove, the faster they followed. At about 30 – 40 km/h I shook them off, luckily with no flat tyres or scratches to my vehicle!

This is how he looked at me – enough to send cold shivers up my spine!
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Fotomaljohan, that must have been a bit unsettling :big_eyes: and I do think he was giving you the evil eye as well :D

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Morning All, some interesting stories ..........

I thought I would share some of our experiences in KTP; I don't have images as they were at night.

No. 1

While attending the Captured Experience Banquet in April 2011, we were staying in Twee Rivieren, unit no. 1. We just sat down at the fire to eat dinner when a spotted hyena ran out of the grass about 15m from us towards the pool. Apparently there were 2 regulars they were trying to get out the camp.

No. 2

Then again around the 27 December 2011, we were braaing (this time in Twee Tivieren, unit no. 3) - around 20:00 when the tourism manager, Dupel Erasmus, popped by to warn us there was a Leopard seen in the camp and we should keep at look out. 10 Minutes after he left, it walk out from between unit no 1 and 2 (there was no people staying in those units or they were inside). It walk off in the grass towards the dunes on the east side of the camp. I went to called Dupel and he went off after it in his landie.

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Christmas day last year we were staying in Urikaruus for 4 days. that evening we envited Eric (the camp manager) to join us for Christmas dinner .......... which he did. At about 21:45 we heard the Jackals barking down river. Now Jackals barking in this manner are synonymous with a Leopard in the vicinity. They eventually stopped and Eric decide to go back to his unit, but I drove him back from our unit no. 4. Lucky we did because the Leopard was around.

He must have been walking under the unit from no. 1 towards no. 4 when I was dropping Eric off because when I got back (checking around before getting out the vehicle and eric also keep his spot light on), I went to sit out on the deck again. I sat in the front left hand corner of the deck and put the torch on and there was the Male Leopard. He had just mark the tree in front of the unit and came to sit below me a 1 metre from the deck and just watched me. He sat like that for probably a minute and a half. The Leopard eventually got up and went to mark under unit no. 3 and then up the Eric's unit. He disappear behind Eric's unit. 30 minutes later, we heard the Jakcals barking up the Auob ........... so he had made his way north.

So it shows you whats around you in the Desert Camps - keep your eyes open !

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Hi shane, thank you for these incredible stories! Although this is the reason why we all visit KTP (to see and experience these wild creatures), most of us do NOT want to encounter stories like your No 1 & No2 above! I would have never given it a thought that there could be leopards inside Twee Rivieren Camp or any other (fenced) Camp in KTP!

Please let the stories (and photos) come!

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