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 Post subject: Re: spotting tips
Unread postPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2009 1:18 pm 
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Scan the skies as well, a large number of circling vultures could indicate the presence of a kill.


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 Post subject: Re: spotting tips
Unread postPosted: Tue Apr 07, 2009 4:04 pm 
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Slow down and if possible park to the side and out of the traffic movement at a bridge or river crossing. This has proved extremely successful for us. We spotted leopard in the river bed at Biyamiti Weir and another time spotted a movement across the river while crossing the Letaba river enroute to Phalaborwa from Shimuwini. At first I thought it was a saddle billed stork which turned out to be the tip of a tail of a leopard. Watched him approach the bridge and and actually stroll under the bridge and come out on the otherside. Had a family from Australia pull up alongside us while the leopard was still 30 metres away on the riverbank and even though we were telling them exactly where to look they didn't see it for at leadt 5 minutes before the twitch of a tail caught their eye.
Birdlife is also prolific around the water. Carmine bee eater, kingfishers and often one of the eagles or raptors. You need to just sit and listen and watch for movement.
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 Post subject: Re: Where/how to spot wildlife
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I came across this stunning article about do's and don'ts to see animals. Tell me what you think : http://justhow2.com/?p=112

Thank you moderators for showing me where to post this :lol:

And a more advanced how to spot animals in kruger guide : http://justhow2.com/?p=140

When last did anyone see any wilddogs near pretoriuskop ?>


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 Post subject: Ngotso area, best cat spot in kruger ?
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I have never been to Ngotso area without finding a leopard or lion.
In fact if someone visits me and wants to go into the park to see a cat, I'll drive in at Orpen and go up to Ngotso dam,Nyamarhi area for the day.
I have never been let down.
I drive ultra slow when i hit that area , and there is always something there.

I know there are many good roads in the park , but a spot of just a few running km's that always delivers?

Anyone else who can back me up with my assertion that it always delivers ? :huh:

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 Post subject: Re: Tips for spotting leopard in Kruger
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We've been really lucky in getting sightings of leopards - we saw 13 on our last trip. To be honest a lot of the time getting sightings is to do with getting tip offs as to where they have been seen recently. We are always at the gate well before it opens and often we have been given great tips about where people have seen things the day before etc. In fact those early morning conversations have led to great sightings and also some long standing friendships!!

The area around Satara has also been very good to us, especially around N'wanetsi. We saw 5 leopards in one day around there last August.

Another hint I have heard about and has paid off for my Dad is if someone says you've just missed a leopard - but it's gone. It's sometimes worth while hanging around for a bit as they can come back!!

A willingness to wait within sight of a kill for a long time will also often reward you with a sighting. We stayed in a layby by the side of the H4-1 for 6 hours last August and we rewarded by seeing a leopard cub playing around the base of tree where the kill was. The cub was really playful and almost teasing us. We saw it several times over the hours and were eventually forced away by an overwhelming need to go to the loo!!!
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 Post subject: Re: Tips for spotting leopard in Kruger
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I agree with 2 of the above postings,

Luck does play a big part, as do tip offs and also the tip about once you have viewed the Leopard, hang around for a while, we have had some of our best sightings of them the second time around, sit quietly and they often retrace their steps and reappear almost in the same place or a little further away but still viewable.

Some say early morning or evening is the best time but we had a super sighting in the middle of a scorching hot day in Feb!


Good Luck. :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Tips for spotting leopard in Kruger
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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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