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 Post subject: Re: The Orpen Honey Badger
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We also had the little rascal when we were there in October, but luckily he waited until we went inside before trying to raid our balcony :doh: , maybe I looked a bit dangerous to it that's why it decided not to confront us while we were outside :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: The Orpen Honey Badger
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The Honey badgers there seem to be an ongoing problem and there are many tales of evening visits, even one that assisted with the dish washing! Here

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:big_eyes: No wonder those ratels are a problem if guests leave unwashed dishes about :sniper: (Definitely NOT the ratels at fault here!)


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 Post subject: Re: The Orpen Honey Badger
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You don't have to leave dirty dishes, they will get into anything, the people in the chalet next to ours left a bottle of cooking oil out and the badger got hold of that and emptied it all over the veranda :doh:

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 Post subject: Re: The Orpen Honey Badger
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Meercat wrote:
Experienced the Honey badgers raiding our campsite in Satara in September, the bugger got into the cooler box and stole a lekker piece of biltong while we were at the ablutions !!!! happened approx. 9pm


Now that is a critter with good taste. :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: The Orpen Honey Badger
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When I was there in 2011 they weren't aggressive with us...

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But with this kind of thing it can happen. We only saw them once and we stay for 4 nights if I remember correctly.

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 Post subject: Re: The Orpen Honey Badger
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Hi Everyone. Thanks for the replies. The Badger(s) didnt visit early again but continued with their midnight raids for the next five nights. I spoke to the camp staff and apparently they have even tried mounting the fence into concrete but the badgers have burrowed right under that too. I imagine thats why they have raw red patches on their backs. I think there is more than one and that the one I ran into early in the evening was perhaps more aggro than the other one. I must emphasise that at no point did we leave food out or dirty dishes either. The lady who cleaned our hut gleamed with maternal pride when I complained about the raider and informed me that he specifically loves cheese and cooking oil. So there you have it :shock:


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 Post subject: Re: The Orpen Honey Badger
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The HB is a single minded beast. When it puts its mind to something, it is obsessed.

Also, it is equipped with the most amazing digging tools around.

We have seen one in Kgalagadi disappear into a hole it dug in seconds, after earth flew in all directions.

Just keep out of the way and enjoy the sighting!

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 Post subject: Re: The Orpen Honey Badger
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Well, I will be sure not to leave any those items or anything else for that matter for Mr Orpen Badger when we are there beginning of March.
Strangely enough we have never to date had a nightly visit from a HB there, Satara or KTP on any of our stays!

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 Post subject: Re: The Orpen Honey Badger
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Me neither Elsa.

I feel deprived. :wall:

I also haven't had lions or other predators at an otherwise deserted picnic site.

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 Post subject: Re: The Orpen Honey Badger
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A few years ago we "encountered" the honey badger/s at Orpen. I heard crashing and banging in the middle of the night and, torch in hand, went to the door of the chalet. I saw up-turned dustbin and a recognisable black and white figure!!

The next morning I saw that it/they had been on the draining board and tried to get into our car fridge that was plugged in next to the sink. Luckily, the fridge was wedged under a cupboard and it didn't move - there were, however, paw prints on it!

We have also seen them at Satara and Tamboti camps in the past. We didn't see any on our most recent trip to Satara and I was wondering if the new dustbins, which can't be turned over, have stopped them coming into the camp so much.

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JeanniR wrote:
Maybe you two should start leaving Mr Honey Badger things outside the bungalow Elsa and BB :tongue:


Don't put illegal thoughts in our heads. :naughty:

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 Post subject: Re: The Orpen Honey Badger
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Elsa wrote:
Strangely enough we have never to date had a nightly visit from a HB there, Satara or KTP on any of our stays!


I got chased by one at Maroela a few years back :lol:
Saw some at Satara Camping site...

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