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 Post subject: Re: Wildlife in Camps
Unread postPosted: Fri Sep 28, 2012 3:05 pm 
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The added excitement of night time sightings is one of the things that make trips to the park great.

SO and I stayed at Tamboti for the first time a couple of weeks ago. We had heard so much praise for it on the forum that we knew we had to try it. We are also now hooked on it.
We were in tent no. 40 at the very end of the row. During our first night we were awoken by the sound of what sounded like the recycling bins being rattled. We waited until we suddenly heard the sound of 'feet' padding up our tent steps and then we quickly opened the top of the stable door and looked through the mesh door to see our guests - 2 quite big honeybadgers. They must be finding it rather disconcerting now that the locked recycling bins hold the food trash. Of course some people can't be bothered so put it in the plastic bins on their balconies so the HBs probably do find something each night. My SO also spotted them again at first light when they were scooting across the riverbed.

As usual this trip we also saw the Lesser Bushbabies at Berg n Dal and Croc Bridge and their larger cousins at Letaba. We also had a Genet at Shimuwini. At Letaba we perfomed our usual nightime hunt for scorpions in the cracks in the trees. Our only disappointment this trip was the lack of moths and their predators the geckos. We only saw some at Croc Bridge. We think it might have been because of the chilly and windy weather that we had for quite a few days.

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 Post subject: Re: Wildlife in Camps
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DASSIEDELIGHT wrote:
we....looked through the mesh door to see our guests - 2 quite big honeybadgers.


I must have stayed at Tam more than most, and have walked around at night but never seen the HBs that others often see. :wall: :wall:

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 Post subject: Re: Wildlife in Camps
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I've seen them several times; mostly they're quite unafraid of people, although they do show some skittishness. Strange how some people seem almost destined to see certain species, while others have to wait sometimes years before they catch up. :hmz:

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I have seen 2 in Kruger 'proper' and a few in Kgalagadi, but I would live to see them in Tam.

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BB, they usually knock over the dustbins any time after dark, but more likely in the later evening. Just got to get your ear tuned in and you'll be up and photographing them!

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