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Caracals in TMNP

Unread postby CraigAB » Mon Sep 21, 2009 12:59 pm

I got so excited about this that it inspired me to register for the 1st time on here and write up my story!

I'm a tourist guide (and have been for a very busy 10 years) and while driving with clients on Signal Hill Drive, on Wednesday 16 September, in broad daylight, I saw a caracal casually sauntering through the fynbos and across the road. Probably slightly closer to the kramat than to the car park at the end of the road. This was my 2nd sighting ever, the other being in the Addo Elephant National Park last year. I could hardly contain myself, let alone explain to my clients what it was and what a rare treat it was, in the short time before it disappeared!

I'm waiting for my clients to email me the picture they took. They felt bad that it came out a bit blurry but I assured them a blurry photo of a caracal is still something quite special!

I told my friend and fellow hiking companion Andy N. about it. He said that he's also seen caracal twice: On the slopes of Lions Head, above Fresnaye, close to the top houses where people walk their dogs, and near the top of Table Mountain on the India Venster route.

Any other sightings to report?

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Re: Caracal on Signal Hill

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Mon Sep 21, 2009 1:42 pm

Welcome to the forum fellow TG!

Great sighting :dance: :mrgreen:

There was another report on the forum of a caracal sighting on SH, about 2 months ago. Maybe someone can link it here!
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Re: Caracal on Signal Hill

Unread postby CuriousCanadian » Tue Sep 29, 2009 10:32 pm

Craig has asked me to post his sighting for him....

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Re: Caracal on Signal Hill

Unread postby CraigAB » Tue Sep 29, 2009 10:51 pm

Thanks so much for helping me to share that!

It aint gonna win any prizes, but I'm still chuffed that we actually got a photo of such a rare sighting!

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Re: Caracal on Signal Hill

Unread postby Caracal » Wed Sep 30, 2009 7:50 am

Indeed an awesome sighting.....right in my home town !!!! :thumbs_up:
Thanks for sharing CraigAB :D
There have been a couple of caracal sightings along the Constantia greenbelts as well. But not when I am strolling along them :evil:

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Re: Caracal on Signal Hill

Unread postby hillsfam » Wed Oct 14, 2009 6:26 pm

This is very exciting. I was checking out the forum, since I'll be in Cape Town for only a weekend in about two week time. Imagine being able to spot a caracal in Cape Town. I've also had 2 caracal sighting, both during September past in Addo Elephant National Park. We had to seperate daytime sighting, in two completely different areas and cleary two different animal - one was a big handsome animal and the other obviously a young animal, but no less handsome. The younger one was about 3m from our car. We felt so privledged.
Will be looking out for the resident caracals in CT - maybe its our lucky year!

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Caracals in TMNP

Unread postby Leaping Lizards » Fri May 24, 2013 8:22 am

Hi there guys. What is the status of Caracal in TMNP? Yesterday afternoon I came over Hospital Bend and saw road kill in the road that looked a lot like a small Caracal, judging by the colour and I am sure I saw the ear tufts. Is this possible? If yes, how big is the caracal population on the actual Table Mountain part of the park? I hope the loss of a young caracal will not be a big blow to the population. Are the fences appropriate for medium sized animals like caracal and porcupine etc?
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Re: Caracals in TMNP

Unread postby SofieP » Thu Jul 18, 2013 7:12 pm

I meet a full grown Caracal close to Rhodes memorial last week when I was out walking my dog. It was literally 2 meters from us, but ran away as soon as it discovered us.. I asked the guards that drives around what kind of cats that live in the area and that I had just spotted one and they immediately answered caracal and I got an impression that it wasn't a big deal to see one (I just moved to SA from Norway in dec and was SUPER excited about the sighting), but I tried to look up how common they are in the area but I couldn't find any thing...

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Re: Caracals in TMNP

Unread postby arks » Thu Jul 18, 2013 7:18 pm

Hi SofieP and Welcome!

I would also be super excited to see a caracal -- anywhere! :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: You can bet that I will pay a visit to the Rhodes Memorial area soon. What time of day did you see your caracal?
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Re: Caracals in TMNP

Unread postby SofieP » Thu Jul 18, 2013 7:37 pm

Thank you very much:)
It was around 5-5.30 PM, and only a 10 min walk from the restaurant so it was really a shock for both us and the caracal I think. haha.. It looked me straight in the eyes and jumped around and disappeared into the bush, it was a very cool experience :D .. We were actually heading down to have closer look at the zebras that were close to the highway and there it was.. My dog was maybe one meter from it, but luckily he didn't notice it :lol:

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Re: Caracals in TMNP

Unread postby wanderw » Thu Jul 18, 2013 8:26 pm

Hi SofieP and a big welcome to the forum! :dance:
Definitely a special sighting! :thumbs_up: I have lived in CT all my life and have walked on the mountain often, and have never come across a caracal!
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Re: Caracals in TMNP

Unread postby andynct » Wed Jul 31, 2013 2:13 am

Leaping Lizards wrote:Hi there guys. What is the status of Caracal in TMNP? Yesterday afternoon I came over Hospital Bend and saw road kill in the road that looked a lot like a small Caracal, judging by the colour and I am sure I saw the ear tufts. Is this possible? If yes, how big is the caracal population on the actual Table Mountain part of the park? I hope the loss of a young caracal will not be a big blow to the population. Are the fences appropriate for medium sized animals like caracal and porcupine etc?


In my opinion, road kill is an indication of the health of the population.
I've seen Caracal on the slopes of Lions Head, just below the top Table Mountain cable way station and a friend has photographed them on signal hill.
That seems to indicate they are doing quite well.

If the recently introduced Klipspriger population increases and does well that will also help the Caracal.

See my friend's pic on Signal Hill.
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Re: Caracals in TMNP

Unread postby Leaping Lizards » Wed Jul 31, 2013 9:18 am

Thanks Andynct

I will start to keep a look out for these guys in the future. :shock:

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TMNP - Caracal - roaming free

Unread postby 4O4-5O4 » Thu Jun 26, 2014 2:32 pm

I pulled this recent article from our local Bulletin community newspaper. Photos courtesy of Colleen Oxtoby. And thought I would share.

Very exciting to know that caracal are still running free in TMNP, despite it bordering a city the size Cape Town. What a blessing to still have such wildlife in our suburbs and visiting our gardens. And what beautiful animals these two are!

Just goes to show, one doesnt need to drive hundreds of miles to find the beautiful elusive cats.

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Re: TMNP - Caracal - roaming free

Unread postby shfish » Thu Jun 26, 2014 9:24 pm

Hi 404-504

Thanks for drawing attention to this article. I live in the South Peninsula, Cape Town, and Caracal sightings are common around Glencairn/Simon's Town, particularly near Dassie colonies. A friend of mine in Glencairn was fortunate enough to witness a Verreaux's Eagle nab a Dassie in his back yard ( mountainside ) only to be robbed of it's kill by a Caracal that suddenly appeared out of the fynbos! Who needs to go to Kruger! :lol:


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