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 Post subject: Re: Animals in camps
Unread postPosted: Thu May 02, 2013 4:13 pm 
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In 80's there was a resident Leopard in the staff camp in Skukuza.
He could be heard at night on the roofs.


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 Post subject: Re: Animals in camps
Unread postPosted: Thu May 02, 2013 4:26 pm 
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Not to talk about honey badgers and genets :whistle:


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 Post subject: Re: Animals in camps
Unread postPosted: Thu May 02, 2013 4:28 pm 
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Some of the more 'modern' camps have been built with as little a 'footprint' as possible, and bush within the camp has been untouched, like Mopani and Tamboti.

It is posible, and even probable that there are animals, especially nocturnal ones, hiding up in this bush. I have seen pics on the forum of a serval in Mopani visiting a braai.

I suppose it is dangerous to humans, but they seem to go for their natural prey first. There was a leopard shot in Letaba a few years ago. It had walked down the 'main' road past people and was stalking a bushbuck.

Also a few years ago, at Timbavati picnic site, friends we took there the previous day returned to see leopard run across the crowded site to take out a bushbuck in front of their eyes.

But there have been people taken as well.

I suppose nobody checks the gate(s) 24/7 and maybe there are small holes in the fence.

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 Post subject: Re: Animals in camps
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ww29 wrote:
Hi all

Yesterday some on Kruger latest sightings posted a photo of a hyena in front of their braai in the Satara guesthouse. I have just seen now a photo of a leopard by one of the huts in Mopani camp. The photo was taken around 11am this morning and posted on Latest Kruger sightings Facebook page.

Are animals in the camps becoming a more 'regular' occurrence? I imagine that a leopard ins potentially quite dangerous if confronted? Not sure if the camp manager of Mopani was told of the incident - will see if I can find out more info.

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It was reported to camp management.......... :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Animals in camps
Unread postPosted: Thu May 02, 2013 4:51 pm 
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Sorry guys, but we are supposed to be in the BUSH, the home of the animals. We are the ones who are the intruders :twisted: they do not really want to eat us, just watch out and give way to the animals!!! Stay out of their way or stay out of the parks. No place can be 100% safe.....not even the centre of Joburg :whistle:


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 Post subject: Re: Animals in camps
Unread postPosted: Thu May 02, 2013 5:12 pm 
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I know it is not Sanparks, so I will not mention the name of this place, but look at these cats in camp !!!

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I stayed in this specific unit last week ,

my point is that even in an open camp with no fence, I am safer than in a city.
The cats would have eaten far more people if they were hunting us.
As long as we do not leave food around , that will keep them coming back every night.

After dark do not let your kids run around, put them to bed.
Expect the unexpected.

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 Post subject: Re: Animals in camps
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Forestgump thanks for the pics, just imagine opening the door of your unit and finding Mrs lion there :shock:

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 Post subject: Leopard in Mopani
Unread postPosted: Thu May 02, 2013 6:24 pm 
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Hi does anyone know anything about the leopard that was seen around noon today in Mopani camp?

Saw a picture of a huge male leopard standing next to a black bin next to a hut. His shoulders are high above the top of the bin.

The picture was posted on my Iphone latest kruger sightings app.

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 Post subject: Re: Leopard in Mopani
Unread postPosted: Thu May 02, 2013 6:42 pm 
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There is a photo on Latest sightings Facebook page, Leopard is now back in the bush.


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 Post subject: Re: Animals in camps
Unread postPosted: Thu May 02, 2013 8:07 pm 
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Here is the link to the photo as per requested:
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid ... 307&type=1

And here is the following update:
Leopard was safely removed from the camp this afternoon and is now back in the bush


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 Post subject: Re: Animals in camps
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Thanks for the update - good to hear it ended well for the leopard


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 Post subject: Re: Animals in camps
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Thanks for the link, ossendryver. Much appreciated!

Wow, just show one should never let your guard down even within the relative safety of a camp. It is human to relax a bit more and not be on high alert on the lookout. But with such a sighting it let one think twice.

Glad no one was hurt and that the leopard was removed safely from the camp as well.


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 Post subject: Re: Animals in camps
Unread postPosted: Fri May 03, 2013 8:17 pm 
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Nice picture of the leopard. And good to read that the leopard is safe back in the bush.
We 'just' saw hyena, badger and african wildcat in Sataracamp last week and genet and bushbabys in Punda.

Yes, we are visiting their habitat so you can expect 'everything'.

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 Post subject: Re: Animals in camps
Unread postPosted: Fri May 03, 2013 10:36 pm 
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Micetta wrote:
Not to talk about honey badgers and genets :whistle:


Honey badgers - yikes! Genets I have experience of. Not in SA but in Kenya.

Picture the scene, (don't work too hard - it's a turn of phrase). It is 3am and I am in a tent in a camp but pretty close to the bush.

After numerous beverages in camp earlier that evening I need to head to the adjoining bathroom. I sit down and wait!

Within a minute I hear commotion on top of the tent and think the baboons are at it. They get closer to the bathroom! I'm getting a bit worried but I am in the tent and safe.

All of a sudden more commotion and I see major rustling above the bathroom door - no problems as I am in the tent and safe! More commotion and I see a spine pressed against the canvas at top of the bathroom door! Getting more worried but I am in the tent and safe!!!

The spine moves downwards - hang on there may be a gap between the bathroom tent and the main tent!!! Surely there isn't a gap top get through?!?!

A small lizard drops into the bathroom. OK there's a gap - sh*~@t!!!! 5 seconds later major commotion and a genet appears in the bathroom! MAJOR SH*~@T!!!!

The lizard is frozen. The genet looks around for 3 seconds and then grabs the lizard, scoffs it in front of me then scoots up the gap between the two tents and leaves!

BEWARE - bathrooms and living areas are separate in safari tents!!!


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 Post subject: Re: Animals in camps
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