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 Post subject: Re: Wildlife in Camps
Unread postPosted: Tue Aug 11, 2009 4:48 am 
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That is sooooo cute. Thanks DocD :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Wildlife in Camps
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I stayed in Tamboti about 2 weeks ago. One morning at about 8 I went for a walk along the fence when I heard a very strange sound a few 100 metres away. I also heard something that sounded like a snarling cat. I didn't dare go any further...The next day we saw a big troop of baboons. It turned out that the only thing I heard was the "barking" of baboons...but is still was scary!

I saw some cat or dog footprints in Tamboti, I guess it was an African Wild Cat..

We went to Satara twice. The first day we saw one (Pearl-Spotted??) Owl at the parking, and the next day we saw two! Photo's:

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 Post subject: Re: Wildlife in Camps
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MPR - Stunning pics. We also saw footprints at Tamboti's entrance, but it did not look like an African Wild Cat. It looked much wilder (and bigger)... :shock:

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 Post subject: Re: Wildlife in Camps
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Were lucky enough to see genet outside our unti at Biyamiti and then also an experience I never thought I would get to see but HONEY BADGER at Satara camp. Also the Scops owl near reception at Satara and a rock monitor at the Lower Sabie Camp.

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That wasn't our food we gave it. He raided the camp and found someone's braai leftovers in the rubbishbin which he just pushes over. No-one volunteered to take the food away from him:-)
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 Post subject: Re: Wildlife in Camps
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Great photos Jehoshaphat! :clap: :clap:


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 Post subject: Re: Wildlife in Camps
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iLoveMeerkats we were probably about 1.5 to 2m away from them. The one was so busy eating and the other one waiting for a chance to eat that they were not bothered by the whole crowd of onlookers. You can actually follow them around because you hear the bins being knocked over and the people chasing them away. One woman (a foreigner) was so afraid she went and sat in the car!

Surprisingly it was the 2nd of 3 honey badger sightings this trip!! Our first time ever to see these animals and we see them 3 times :dance: But only did I get photos of the ones in the camp.

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 Post subject: Re: Wildlife in Camps
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Here's some pics of Shine in Shimuwini camp

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 Post subject: Re: Wildlife in Camps
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Shine appears to be very tame. Which brings me to question: People obviously feed her/him. :naughty: How healthy can Shine be? Not surviving on a natural diet.
The bushbuck at Timbavati picnic spot never looked very healthy.

......Human interference as usual...... :evil:


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 Post subject: Re: Wildlife in Camps
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Just got back from Kruger on Sunday. We found this little chap sitting in a tree right above our braai area in Satara. He was there all day, but disappeared as soon as we lit the fire. Obviously not a smoker! :)

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This is the tame bushbuck at Timbavati
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Last year we stayed at Talamati and had a real problem with the baboons. One day I walked from the chalet to put something in the car and by the time I'd turned around 2 baboons were already inside. They took every gap they could get.

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 Post subject: Re: Wildlife in Camps
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Beautiful photos Flutterby! :clap: :clap:


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 Post subject: Cats and animals inside camps???
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Has anyone ever seen a lion or leopard ect. inside a camp?? or anything else? besides bosbok and impala ofcourse


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 Post subject: Re: Cats inside camps???
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I've heard stories of leopard on occasion, but never seen one in a camp. I don't know how I'd react if I did. :hmz:

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 Post subject: Re: Cats inside camps???
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Hi Nimrod.

There is a few cases of especially leopard entering camps, most often via the tree route. These are some of the most dangerous situations you can have, since the situation can easily turn in to a tragedy.

But I must stress that this is an absolute exception, to the point where it always causes great uproar when it happens. This is also dealt with immediately in the most appropriate way for the specific situation. It is not left to sort itself out or accepted as being part of the nature experience.

Last year a leopard had to be shot in Tamboti camp, precisely in such a situation.

I have seen, and un-knowingly donated some meat to, a badger in Maroela camp. :roll:

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:thumbs_up: That honey badger is very resident there.

Imberbe, what is the best thing to do in the rare circumstance that one is faced with a leopard in camp at night? Stand still and back off slowly, or stay put and wait for him to leave, or ...?

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 Post subject: Re: Cats inside camps???
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With a leopard you do the following, and in this specific sequence:

1. Pray
2. Avoid eye contact at all cost. This is seen as aggression.
3. If there is a chance that he thinks that you haven't seen him, just continue moving as if you haven't seen him, and move away from him.
4. If there is a direct confrontation, avoid eye contact and slowly back of, while still facing him.
5. If worst come to worst, fall to the ground rolling in to a ball and cover your head and neck with your arms, and your stomach with your legs. Lie still.
6. Pray

Eich ... :doh:

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