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Re: Mountain Zebra National Park Activities Sightings

Unread postby saraf » Fri Jan 17, 2014 8:12 pm

Wow, some great sightings. Love those bat eared fox cubs, so cute.

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Re: Mountain Zebra National Park Activities Sightings

Unread postby arks » Fri Jan 17, 2014 8:48 pm

:big_eyes: :big_eyes: WoW Sharifa! How thrilling to actually get to see a blackfooted cat! And I agree that Richard is a superb guide. Now I must make a plan to visit MZNP again :whistle:
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Re: Mountain Zebra National Park Activities Sightings

Unread postby Trrp-trrrrrrrr » Fri Jan 17, 2014 8:57 pm

:mrgreen: :clap: :clap: :clap: Super Special sightings and stunning :cam: Sharifa. :thumbs_up:

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Re: Mountain Zebra National Park Activities Sightings

Unread postby kite » Fri Jan 17, 2014 11:00 pm

Amazing sightings, all of them Sharifa!
I checked the dates thinking it might be an older post, but yay it's new.
Great to see your news and photos of rare animals again. :dance:

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Re: Mountain Zebra National Park Activities Sightings

Unread postby MZNP_Guides » Wed Apr 09, 2014 5:58 pm

Greetings from Mountain Zebra!

My name is Charl Lyell and I have taken over from Michael. I will keep you updated on news and activities sightings in the Park.

The Park is looking as beautiful as ever after very good rains and the winter seems to be knocking on the door! We have had very good cheetah sightings with several kills and the lions are also often seen on drives.

Also check out the topics on the cheetah and lions in the Park.

Till next time!
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Re: Mountain Zebra National Park Activities Sightings

Unread postby lion queen » Thu Apr 10, 2014 8:21 am

I'm glad the park had good rains and is looking great! :dance: :dance: :dance:

Will keep an eye on the topics, thank you!
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Re: Mountain Zebra National Park Activities Sightings

Unread postby Roberto Betta » Thu Apr 24, 2014 4:48 pm

Hey Charl, Good to find you on this forum

Did you receive my email of the lion pics r.e. our Cheetah tracking trip over the Easter W/end?

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Re: Mountain Zebra National Park Activities Sightings

Unread postby DinkyBird » Thu Apr 24, 2014 8:10 pm

A belated welcome to the forums Charl :dance:
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Re: Mountain Zebra National Park Activities Sightings

Unread postby MZNP_Guides » Mon Jun 02, 2014 5:00 pm

Hi all!

Yes, Roberto, I did receive your photos of the male lions thank you. Sure I sent you a reply.

The male lions are moving all around the Park and have been seen very regularly by guests and several times on game drives. We are doing a sunset drive during the winter and came across the 2 males last week Sunday just waking up from their afternoon siesta. They walked in front of us in the road and then stumbled upon a large herd of 50 buffalo coming for a drink near the Ubejane loop.

It was after sunset and the males started their hunting strategy. They waited for the entire herd to pass by and then chased and caught an adult buffalo after losts of dust and noise. The buffalo made a distress call and the entire herd turned around and chased the lions of the victim. The lions ended up empty handed after chasing the buffalo for a while longer! It was an amazing sighting and the guests could not believe their luck!

It was good to see the buffalo are starting to fight back!
Go buffalo!

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Re: Mountain Zebra National Park Activities Sightings

Unread postby MATTHYS » Mon Jun 02, 2014 5:06 pm

A very amazing, once in a life time sighting, Charl :mrgreen: :clap: !
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Re: Mountain Zebra National Park Activities Sightings

Unread postby MZNP_Guides » Mon Jun 02, 2014 6:00 pm

Hi everyone!

If anybody has some good photos of the cheetah at Mountain Zebra NP and know which ones they saw (maybe told during a cheetah tracking drive or by a staff member), or even if you don't know, I would appreciate some to make a cheetah ID guide for visitors to the Park.

Preferably front and side photos, of the animal walking, sitting or lying. Walking or in an upright position is the best. The approximate location and date seen could also help us with the ID. This will also help us to know in which area the cheetah are, if seen by guests and will enhance the experience of visitors to the Park as they can get some info on the cheetah they spotted.

Photos can be emailed to me at charl.lyell@sanparks.org

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Re: Mountain Zebra National Park Activities Sightings

Unread postby MZNP_Guides » Tue Jun 10, 2014 4:35 pm

Hi everyone!

So, Mountain Zebra received the first bit of snow last week Thursday! This morning it was minus 3 degrees Celcuis but the days are lovely. People are seeing a lot of aardwolf and bat-eared foxes during the day now, so worth visiting the Park!

We had a very good sighting of Nixi, one of the older female cheetah, with her 4 cubs! We were walking alongside her for several hundred meters while she was scouting the area for some lunch. The cubs are getting used to people and very adorable!

Till next time
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Re: Mountain Zebra National Park Activities Sightings

Unread postby Waterbuck » Wed Aug 06, 2014 11:25 pm

.....just clocked in at home after an epic drive from stutterheim to pretoria. Spent last night in the park and will be telling you all out it tomorrow (here on this threat) - everything from the lions to finding a cheetah that had just killed young kudu..........all in the space of little more than 12 one quick overnight stop :thumbs_up:
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Re: Mountain Zebra National Park Activities Sightings

Unread postby MZNP_Guides » Thu Aug 07, 2014 9:31 am

Hi all

The tourist activities have been very busy during the winter school holidays with some great sightings! Aardwolf and bat-eared foxes were regularly seen on game drives and by tourists doing self-drives, especially during the early and late afternoons.
Many buffalo groups seem to have moved into the mountains as there are more food and it is safer from the lions. We encountered many of these on the 3-day Impofu hiking trail in the middle of July. Morning temperatures dropped to well below zero, even to minus 6 degrees Celcius, but the days were lovely to hike and the views magnificent!
The lions are doing very well and were often seen by tourists. They have been traversing all over the Park. The Kranskop loop have been tarred and repaired and visitors can enjoy the mountain views once again on this route.
It is getting drier in the Park but it still has its winter charm. Days are getting longer and warmer so we hope for some early rains soon!

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Re: Mountain Zebra National Park Activities Sightings

Unread postby MATTHYS » Thu Aug 07, 2014 10:04 am

Thanks for the feedback/update, MZNP_Guides.
WOW @the sightings and especially the aardwolf 8)
Do hope you get the early rains !
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