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 Post subject: Re: Tips for spotting leopard in Kruger
Unread postPosted: Mon Apr 19, 2010 10:59 am 
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My tip is to drive very slowly , 20km/h or even more slowly .

Many leopards remain unseen even when up close to the roadside .

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 Post subject: Re: Tips for spotting leopard in Kruger
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Leopards are territorial, so I marked the areas on my map were the people on the forum saw leopards. It actually work, when we get to the certain area, we drive very slow and look in, under all trees. We saw leopards on 5 consecutive day and all in areas marked on my map in 2009. 2 of the sightings, we saw on our own!


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 Post subject: Re: Tips for spotting leopard in Kruger
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Take a good look up and down the dried up gullies and spruits when the road passes them.

Listen out for the alarm calls of other animals, baboons especially.

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 Post subject: Re: Tips for spotting leopard in Kruger
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Another. Drive slowly withthe windows open and listen for a 'sawing' sound. Stop and the maker of the sound, a leopard, might appear.

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 Post subject: Re: Tips to find Wild Dog
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Mant - Most of my wild dog sightings have been in the south around the Skukuza area. I have also come accross them twice near Orpen and once between Olifants and Letaba on the sand road.

Wild dogs have vast territories and are continuously on the move, except when they are denning when they tend to hang around in an area for a few days.

Once again it is just pure luck - right place at the right time!!

Good Luck!!

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 Post subject: Re: Tips to find Wild Dog
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My tip is to watch your rear view mirrors. :shock:

I went in for a few minutes one Saturday morning after buying a Burger.
I sat at the Ngwenyeni water hole, not much going on, so I started with my hammy.
Once my hands were covered in dripping sauce my eye caught movement in my mirror...there they were, four dogs walking past the car to the water! :big_eyes:
Well that was the end of my burger.
Once my hands were clean and my shirt slightly tasty, I managed to take photo's, I spent about an hour with them while they protected the two Impala that they had killed from the vultures. :thumbs_up:


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 Post subject: Where are the Cats of Kruger?
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I have been to the Kruger Park several times over the past 15 years but the different cats (lions, leopards, cheetahs and even the wild dogs) remain a challenge to view. Can anyone please advice on when is the best time of year, and time of day, where to find these cats? :)


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 Post subject: Re: Where are the Cats of Kruger?
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Warm welcome to the forums, Wild321 :D

Go through the threads in the KNP Activities & Sightings forum and especially the sightings topics.

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 Post subject: Re: Where are the Cats of Kruger?
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Hi Wild :)

The best times of day for cats are at the coolest times of day. So in the mornings and later in the afternoon 8)
The best camp for me has always been Satara :D But people have their luck in different areas :thumbs_up:

Although cheetah can be seen anywhere in the Park, their best areas are the open grasslands on the Eastern side of Kruger. The S28, S29, H10, H1-1 are some of the best cheetah roads. By contrast, the Wild Dogs prefer the veld in the West. The H3, S25, H4-1, S114, H7 are some of the best wild dog roads :thumbs_up:

Lions are found anywhere where there is lots of prey! Satara is said by many to be the best camp for them. Lower Sabie, Croc Bridge, Skukuza and Orpen/Tamboti/Maroela are also very good.

Leopards are all over the Park but there are many in the South! Also the Southern leopards are less skittish so allow themselves to be seen. The area between Lower Sabie and Skukuza has the most leopards. Malalane area also has plenty!

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 Post subject: Re: Where are the Cats of Kruger?
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Because of the size of the park, and the roads that cover only a fraction of the area, you can call yourself lucky if you happen to find carnivores in Kruger. They roam far and wide, and unlike in private game reserves with fencing and smaller properties, a sighting is not guaranteed. We have been going to Kruger for 35 years, and sometimes we spend a week without seeing any cats. Fortunately we are birders, so the lack of cats is not a problem at all. There's always something else to look at, and the cats are a bonus if/when we find them.

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 Post subject: Re: Where are the Cats of Kruger?
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A warm welcome Wild :D

I agree with Lonhill Birders and Val. I have, however, had more sightings in the Lower Sabie, Croc Bridge area than anywhere else.

The S28, S35 and the H1-4 have been the kindest to me. My best Lion sighting has however been on the Voortrekker road and it was completely unexpected. My closest Leopard sighting was also on this road.

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 Post subject: Re: Where are the Cats of Kruger?
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For wild dogs, the area around Croc Bridge has been kindest to me, but recently Skukuza seems to be a hot spot, otherwise BnD has been good. The H7 also delivers sometimes.

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 Post subject: Re: Where are the Cats of Kruger?
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I have probably not been to Kruger as much as some of the other forumites, but I will put in my 2cents worth! :D
Kruger has been very kind to us over the years with cats, although I have never seen a Kruger cheetah and only saw wild dogs once many years ago at Letaba...
Skukuza, Lower Sabie and Satara have always given us beautiful sightings of the cats...
In my experience the best road in the park for leopards is the road between Skukuza and Lower Sabie, especially early in the mornings!
On our last trip to Kruger in 2009 we were unbelievably lucky and saw 12 different leopard sightings in 14 days, all at Skukuza, Lower Sabie and Satara!!!
For lions, the area around Satara, especially the s100 and Timbavati road has always been productive.
My best advice is drive slowly and listen to the bush... it usually tells you when there's a cat around!
Let's hope the Kruger cats (and dogs) are kind to us this year!


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 Post subject: Re: Tips on where/how to spot wildlife.
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Linger a bit at Klopperfontein, Leeupan and Matjula water holes.

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 Post subject: Re: Tips on where/how to spot wildlife.
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From my expierence I have to say, that I had good Spottings around Letaba, Shingwedzi and Satara. Maybe I´m an exception, but from the South I was pretty disappointet. In Letaba we saw once to Leopards on a Night Drive. That was an great experience.

If you want to see Cats have look in the trees. After the rain, they prefer the tarred roads. Normaly they dry out quicker then the mud.

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