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Re: Lions in the Mountain Zebra Park

Unread postby jad » Sun May 05, 2013 12:51 pm

Just a couple of questions:
1, Will the cheetah tracking still take place
2, The hiking trails with a ranger the one day and three day carry on
3, Will we still be able to climb Saltpeterkop
4, Will the View Points still be open

Patto I am sure it is safe still in the main camp but even if there were no fencing I would still camp there. Some parks do not have fences and I have not heard of anyone being eaten by a lion mosquitos yes but no lion.

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Re: Lions in the Mountain Zebra Park

Unread postby Mountain zebra » Mon May 06, 2013 8:10 am

Patto wrote:I have one question, and I am hoping you will help put my mind at ease. When I was at the park last month (which I really loved), I noticed that the fence around the camp is quite low (a lot lower than that at Kruger or even Addo for example), but did have a different design to the normal fence.
I am sure the fence is safe, I just want to put my mind at ease that it is. Can you please share with us the thinking around how it was ascertained that a "lower" fence in comparison to the "norm" would be safe.


Hi Pat
The fence around the restcamp and picnic sites in Mountain Zebra NP is the same as in other parks with lions such as Karoo NP. It is a lower fence than a game fence since it is designed to be less obstructive to the views that visitors enjoy in a restcamp or picnic site. The outside of the fence is angled at about 45 degrees to the inner upright fence which would make it difficult for a lion to jump over (the lion would have to jump a much greater distance than jumping over an upright fence). It also has a trip wire to prevent lions (or other predators) crawling under the fence. One of the main reasons we keep lions in a boma before release is so that they can experience the electric fence and realise it will shock them if they touch it so that they will avoid fences when they are released.
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Re: Lions in the Mountain Zebra Park

Unread postby Mountain zebra » Mon May 06, 2013 8:18 am

jad wrote:Just a couple of questions:
1, Will the cheetah tracking still take place
2, The hiking trails with a ranger the one day and three day carry on
3, Will we still be able to climb Saltpeterkop
4, Will the View Points still be open


Hi Jad,
All the activities, including cheetah tracking and guided walks (morning, 3day and Salpeterkop) will operate as usual since these are led by an armed guide who has experience leading walks in areas with potentially dangerous game (including lions).
There are only 2 viewpoints - one on Kranskop and one on Rooiplaat - where visitors were allowed to get out of their vehicles. These will operate as in Addo where visitors can get out of their vehicles at their own risk - check the surrounding area before you get out of your vehicle to see if it is safe to get out for a short while.
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Re: Lions in the Mountain Zebra Park

Unread postby Bartman » Mon May 06, 2013 8:50 am

I have been to MZNP many times and did not know about the view points where you may get out of your vehicle. Are these signposted? Where exactly do we find these?

We were fortunate to see the lions last weekend :dance: They looked in excellent condition.
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Re: Lions in the Mountain Zebra Park

Unread postby lion queen » Mon May 06, 2013 9:00 am

Bartman wrote:I have been to MZNP many times and did not know about the view points where you may get out of your vehicle. Are these signposted? Where exactly do we find these?

We were fortunate to see the lions last weekend :dance: They looked in excellent condition.


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On the map it's marked as viewpoints....... :thumbs_up:

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Re: Lions in the Mountain Zebra Park

Unread postby Bartman » Mon May 06, 2013 10:32 am

Thanks Lion Queen

I see from the map there are 7 view points. Does this mean we are allowed to get out at all of these spots?
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Re: Lions in the Mountain Zebra Park

Unread postby lion queen » Mon May 06, 2013 10:48 am

Bartman wrote:Thanks Lion Queen

I see from the map there are 7 view points. Does this mean we are allowed to get out at all of these spots?


No, some of these view points are just a view point from your vehicle.

Only two of these are where you can alight from your vehicle. Signs will be put up to say that you may get out of your vehicles at your own risk at these two points.
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Re: Lions in the Mountain Zebra Park

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Mon May 06, 2013 1:02 pm

Thanks for all the info MZ.

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Re: Lions in the Mountain Zebra Park

Unread postby jad » Mon May 06, 2013 1:58 pm

Thanks you Megan I will probably see you in June or July and hopefully the lions as well

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Re: Lions in the Mountain Zebra Park

Unread postby Bartman » Mon May 06, 2013 2:23 pm

Many thanks Lion Queen for the info :thumbs_up:
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Re: Lions in the Mountain Zebra Park

Unread postby Bartman » Thu May 16, 2013 11:31 am

Hi guys

Is there any news on the lions at MZNP? How are they doing and where have they been spotted recently?
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Re: Lions in the Mountain Zebra Park

Unread postby Mountain zebra » Thu May 16, 2013 3:11 pm

Hi Bartman,
I don't have any photos but the lions have been mainly around the Rooiplaat area lately. The males and lioness split for a while but joined up again on the Rooiplaat plateau. They have been preying on wildebeest there.
Some visitors have been lucky enough to see them...hopefully some of the lucky ones will post photos soon.
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Re: Lions in the Mountain Zebra Park

Unread postby Trrp-trrrrrrrr » Sun May 19, 2013 5:16 pm

Thanks for the update Mountain zebra. :thumbs_up:
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Re: Lions in the Mountain Zebra Park

Unread postby M.Paxton » Tue Jun 04, 2013 7:02 pm

Greetings All

The big cats have been spending most of their time up on Rooiplaat. The boys moved down from Rooiplaat and caught a large Eland bull close to where the gravel road meets the tar road on the main road.

The lioness was seen catching a bushpig, killing it and the leaving it. Wondering if pork is in her diet?

The lions have so far caught Mountain Zebra, Wildebeest, Hartebeest, Bushpig and Eland.

The males have moved in the direction of the 2nd Picnic spot. This is pic of them on the road up to Rooiplaat.
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The lioness caught a mountain zebra last week and after she hadspent a few days eating her fill she left to go and admire the view.
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Her she is again.
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Re: Lions in the Mountain Zebra Park

Unread postby saraf » Tue Jun 04, 2013 7:09 pm

A very discerning lioness, hope she appreciated the view!

Have you had any snow there yet? It will be interesting to see how the lions cope if you get any.

As always, thank you for the updates and photos.
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