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 Post subject: Re: Game viewing at full-moon
Unread postPosted: Thu Oct 31, 2013 7:37 am 
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If possible we try to book our Kruger visits when its full moon :) It is very special to see the big full moon rising over the Kruger veldt.


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Moon rise over the Olifants gorge with the reflection over the water reaching towards you allmost matches any absence of lion calling


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 Post subject: Re: Game viewing at full-moon
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I remember a drive from Lower Sabie with Irving Knight. He stopped, turned the engine and lights off and asked us to bear with him. We sat for 5 minutes and watched the most spectacular moon rise. The moon was orange when it first appeared. We didn't see any game at all on that drive, not even an impala, but its one that will say with me for life.

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 Post subject: Re: Game viewing at full-moon
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I can’t think of anything more spectacular than a full moon rise anywhere in Kruger. If you can, try and book accommodation at a river side camp when it is full moon.
This year I did our booking during the period of full moon to new moon. (Unfortunately we are missing the fool moon by 4 days) :(
I found in our case that all the cats, big and small, are more active during these periods. But then again it isn't all about the felines of the park :naughty:

For those who are interested in it
This year over December, and a bit into the new year, the moon stages look like this:
03/12/2013 New Moon
04/12/2013 Moon Perigee Moon Rise: 06:16 Set: 20:05
09/12/2013 1st Quarter
17/12/2013 Full Moon Moon Rise: 18:42 Set : 04:59
20/12/2012 Moon Apogee
25/12/2013 3rd Quarter
01/01/2014 New Moon

* Apogee is the farthest point from the earth. Perigee is the closest point to the earth and it is in this stage that the moon appears larger.
**21/12/2013 Summer Solstice

So for those of you who happen to be in Kruger on the 17th December 2013 make sure to not miss the full moon rising over Kruger :popcorn:

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 Post subject: Re: Game viewing at full-moon
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With regard to the eclipse question, here in sunny (chuffing rainy) Kernow, we had a full eclipse in 1999. It was surprising how much light still came from the very last sliver of the sun before it went dark. Then as it came light again the seagulls all went bonkers - it completely threw them. Before I saw it, i wasn't that bothered about being there but now I would make every effort to see one if i had the chance again.


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saraf wrote:
I remember a drive from Lower Sabie with Irving Knight. He stopped, turned the engine and lights off and asked us to bear with him. We sat for 5 minutes and watched the most spectacular moon rise. The moon was orange when it first appeared. We didn't see any game at all on that drive, not even an impala, but its one that will say with me for life.


I can just imagine the atmosphere!
Fantastic :thumbs_up:


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 Post subject: Re: Game viewing at full-moon
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Thanks RemiE, I am in Satara on the 17th, just wanted to google the cycles, now I dont need to!
Looking forward to it.


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 Post subject: Re: Game viewing at full-moon
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Thanks RemiE, I am in Satara on the 17th, just wanted to google the cycles, now I dont need to!
Looking forward to it. :dance:


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 Post subject: Re: Game viewing at full-moon
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What a lovely topic! Thank you all for your beautiful, very interesting contributions! What an awesome read! :clap: :clap:

Bahamut wrote:
Another small contributing factor to periods of hunting.Note the white under the lion's eye that reflect more 'star' light into the eye during dark night. The hyaena does not have this benefit.ImageAnother small contributing factor to periods of hunting.Note the white under the lion's eye that reflect more 'star' light into the eye during dark night. The hyaena does not have this benefit.


This is VERY interesting! Thank you Bahamut! :dance: :dance:

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Thanks RemiE, I am in Satara on the 17th, just wanted to google the cycles, now I dont need to!
Looking forward to it. :dance:


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You are very fortunate to be in Kruger on the 17th of December. The last time I was in Kruger during full moon it was so 'bright' that the trees casted shadows.

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