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Re: Sightings at Entrance gates

Unread postby leon_ » Mon Oct 29, 2012 7:41 am

I have never been lucky enough to see a predator/rare antilope within 10km of a entrance gate!! But on my last visit to Kruger I managed to spot a leopard spoor about 20m from the reception at Malalane Gate, on the island between the two lanes of traffic.

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Re: Sightings at Entrance gates

Unread postby timbo » Fri Dec 28, 2012 4:02 pm

Ive seen hyena and lion cross the bridge at Paul Kruger gate. Hyena outside the gate and next to the fence at croc bridge
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Leopard at Malelane Gate (on foot)

Unread postby wyld@hrt » Fri Jan 03, 2014 10:18 pm

Had the most incredible, and awe inspiring experience while leaving the park yesterday. We decided to leave the park through Malelane Gate and arrived there at just on 18h10. Nobody was around at the time except the guards so my partner sauntered lazily around looking to go to the toilets but not actually going and I just wandered around looking at the sighting boards and went to the boom gate looking to throw my coke can away.

I got to the other side o the boom near the recycle bins in the centre and.... there it was; Leopard standing on the verge just behind a bush with just its head showing, not even 10 meters away and probably more like just 7 or 8 (he was on the entry road side). I quickly hissed to SO and she came to me wondering what I was on about. I moved to the recycle bin (I thought that was a better option than to turn away) and got a quick picture away. He then moved into the open on the other side and moved deeper into the bush like a ghost that was never even there at all....

Has anyone ever had that experience at a gate, or indeed anywhere in Kruger?

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Re: Leopard at Malelane Gate (on foot)

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Sat Jan 04, 2014 5:37 am

What an incredible experience Wld@hrt :big_eyes: :big_eyes: :big_eyes: :big_eyes: I think I might have needed the toilets after that.
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Re: Leopard at Malelane Gate (on foot)

Unread postby tent dweller » Sat Jan 04, 2014 5:49 am

We also spotted a leopard close to Malelane gate yesterday as we were leaving, maybe the same leopard? :shock:
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Re: Leopard at Malelane Gate (on foot)

Unread postby Trrp-trrrrrrrr » Sat Jan 04, 2014 5:56 am

:big_eyes: Have not had an experience like this. :big_eyes: ..but sure is spine chilling stuff. :hmz:
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Re: Leopard at Malelane Gate (on foot)

Unread postby ecojunkie » Sat Jan 04, 2014 6:13 am

I have encountered all of the big 5 plus hippo and hyena around the gate. Some while walking around and others from a vehicle. It is an unfenced reception area and folk wander around as if it is perfectly safe......It is not! Security guards do call folk back when they see them wander off. Even children are allowed by parents to run around unaccompanied.

When I drop guests off at night there after a drive I do not leave until I see the vehicles driving out.
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Re: Leopard at Malelane Gate (on foot)

Unread postby hilda » Sat Jan 04, 2014 9:35 am

What an exciting and unexpected experience wyld@hrt! :dance: :dance:
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Re: Leopard at Malelane Gate (on foot)

Unread postby barryels » Sat Jan 04, 2014 11:47 am

Must have been quite an experience :big_eyes: . Seems that all the sightings happened close to gate closing time :hmz: .
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Re: Leopard at Malelane Gate (on foot)

Unread postby Mfezi » Sat Feb 08, 2014 2:14 pm

Thanks for sharing your experience with us!! I have never had an experience like that, but taken the excitement into consideration when I do see a leopard, I can just imagine what it must have been liked at that moment... :clap:

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Re: Leopard at Malelane Gate (on foot)

Unread postby okiedudeswede » Sun Apr 13, 2014 9:22 pm

I know this isn't really SANParks, but your amazing story reminded me of something that happened on Friday afternoon. I am fortunate enough to have a friend who owns a house on Dinokeng Game Reserve and we were there for the weekend.
I am very interested in birds and we had just stopped for sundowners and I spotted a pygmy kingfisher so myself and 2 of my friends started following it on foot with binoculars. We were so focused on the bird that we all got a massive fright when one of the guys by the vehicle shoulted for us to get back on the vehicle.
not even 20m from us were 2 lionesses sitting just staring at us motionless. Had that guy not warned us we would have carried on walking straight at them. :? :shock:
Fortunately they started running as soon as he shouted.
We learnt our lesson from that I tell you. Always look carefully at your surroundings! :big_eyes: :big_eyes:

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Re: Leopard at Malelane Gate (on foot)

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Mon Apr 14, 2014 5:47 am

Okiedude.... love your name :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

I agree, these animals are invisible at times. I am actually surprised that there are not more incidents in the wild.
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Re: Leopard at Malelane Gate (on foot)

Unread postby Grantmissy » Mon Apr 14, 2014 7:19 am

Wyld@hrt that must have been an experience :thumbs_up: altough I think a bit :shock:.

wyld@hrt wrote:Has anyone ever had that experience at a gate

Not yet, but I guess it is a possibility that it can happen anywhere in Kruger. Only elephants at Mooiplaas picnic spot one day when all the picnic goers went in this mode :pray:.
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Re: Leopard at Malelane Gate (on foot)

Unread postby Moira de Swardt » Mon Apr 14, 2014 7:32 am

My very first night drive ever gave us a leopard at the Pretoriuskop gate just as we were returning.
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Re: Leopard at Malelane Gate (on foot)

Unread postby Porridge » Mon Apr 14, 2014 12:17 pm

I remember a morning walk north of LS about 8 or 9 years ago, where we had been tailing a black rhino and staying well back, for obvious reasons given how "friendly" blackies are. The grass was about waist height and we were following a game trail, when about 8 or 10 metres in front of us a spotted blur exploded out of the grass on the left side of the path and hurtled off to our right. Blackie didn't even notice, but for us, well, it took a while before the legs remembered that they were meant for walking and not doing jelly impressions ...
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