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Re: Your success with a torch in the camps at night?

Unread postby Mohsin » Wed Dec 22, 2010 9:25 pm

Hey guys,

Once when i was at Talamati I saw a leopard, 2 lion, a herd of ellie, a rhino and a few sable !!! :mrgreen:

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Re: Your success with a torch in the camps at night?

Unread postby PhilHill » Thu Dec 23, 2010 11:27 am

I was in Kruger last week and saw the folowing at night -

Letaba - Spotted Hyena
Letaba - large solifuge (sun spider/red roman are common names)
Tsendze - Parabuthus Transvaalensis scorpion (have UV torch and photo - how do I load them) - these are dangerous ones - small pincers, thick tail

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Re: Your success with a torch in the camps at night?

Unread postby sandy » Thu Dec 23, 2010 8:10 pm

We love walking with our torch at night in camp and scouring the perimeter and have often been rewarded for the effort!

Satara - Cheetah
Honey Badger
Skukuza - Thick tail Bushbabies
Honey Badger
L/ Sabie - Hyena

Must admit, never really thought about snakes too much, might just put me off... that is the one thing in the bush that terrifies me. Have wonderful photos of snakes - but from the safety of the vehicle... :thumbs_up:

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Re: Your success with a torch in the camps at night?

Unread postby kallis1786 » Thu Dec 23, 2010 10:36 pm

I have seen hyaeena's at Shingwedzi and Letaba, I have also seen Lions at Shingwedzi, I have seen elephants and buffalo's at letaba. I have seen Lions at Sable Dam, and they were there the whole night, and we really wanted to see a hunt thinking a herd of buff would come and the lions would attack, but unfortunatly no other animals came and the Lions sat there the whole night, and around 3 am when we were all asleep the Lions roared and woke us all up, the lion must be being disturbed with my uncles snoring, so was telling him to stay quite, and than we were awake till the morning, and the lions left around 6, and than we left the hide trying to follow them, but they all just disappeard. sorry dont have any pics though

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Re: Your success with a torch in the camps at night?

Unread postby Grantmissy » Thu Aug 11, 2011 7:53 am

Satara – Buffalo very close to the fence :D .
Punda Maria (Safari tents) – African Civet :D
Shingwedzi – Hyena and hippo :D
Shimuwini – A large snake on the veranda :shock: when I wanted to go outside, mercifully it disappeared very quickly but I did not investigate further as I had to visit the bathroom and straight back to bed :|
Orpen – Jackal and elephant coming for a drink at the water hole :D . Honey badger in the fridge :doh:

… and others. I think a torch at night is a very handy necessity :thumbs_up:
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Re: Your success with a torch in the camps at night?

Unread postby Safrica » Thu Aug 11, 2011 3:36 pm

hey we also had Civet at Punda Maria (also coming towards our Safari tent)!

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Shingwedzi - Civet
Lower Sabie - Hyena: once eating on a Impala-carcass (crunching bones loudly!), Waterbuck, Hippo
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Re: Your success with a torch in the camps at night?

Unread postby o-dog » Thu Aug 11, 2011 5:15 pm

Nice thread...

I love spotting things from the fence at night except when you don't concentrate and get thrown to the ground by the electric fence...quite funny in hindsight but not pleasant at the time! :lol:

Ive seen some good stuff from the camps but one animal that doesn't get reported much is the Springhare...seen him for the first time some 20 years back when I didnt know what they were...we were like what the hell its like a Kangaroo but this is South Africa :wall: :wink: ...anyway after checking the guide books we soon worked it out!

So the most interesting sighting from an adrenalin point of view (except getting shocked at the fence while looking at hyenas) was in Satara when we stayed at the Rudi Frankyl House for a special occasion...

We had the lights on at the waterhole and we were sitting with legs up against the fence when first a hyena came to bathe (it was a hot summer's night) ..then a Solifuge crawled under our legs on the was sooo big we thought it was a mouse!! Glad our legs were up against the fence though!!

So anyway 15 minutes later some buffalo males (about 10) came to drink and one of them came to scratch himself on the fence pole close to us...we were quiet and didnt want to disturb him. Obviously we were on slight edge because he was like 30cm from us....suddenly all hell broke loose as some lions (4males and 4 females) came running in and ran straight at the buffalo (and therefore us)...they chased the buffalo along the fence! It was soo crazy and I still have the image in my head although its some years later...

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Re: Your success with a torch in the camps at night?

Unread postby DinkyBird » Thu Aug 11, 2011 5:33 pm

I always hope to see bushbabies in the torch light at night.

My most treasured torch light experience is when I was off to the ablutions early one morning (so it was still very dark) and as I opened the caravan door and shone my torch out ahead of me, I had my first sighting of a genet running off under the fence into the bushveld 8)

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Re: Your success with a torch in the camps at night?

Unread postby forestgump » Thu Aug 11, 2011 9:24 pm

o-dog seems to have had a great experience with the lions and buffalo !

Starting from north to south with a torch in hand..
Punda Buffalo,spotted hyena,thick tailed bushbaby, civet
Shingwedzi Spotted hyena,civet,genet,scrub hare,rats
Bateleur Scrub Hare,buffalo, monstrous centipedes and solifuges
Letaba Elephant,buffalo,spotted hyena,spring hare,bushbuck,bush baby,waterbuck
Shipandani hippo and too many mosquito
Shimuwini scrub hare,duiker,elephant,buffalo,hippo
Sable Hide Leopard,Elephant,impala
Satara Spotted hyena,african wildcat,civet,honey badger,buffalo,elephant
Orpen Black backed jackal,buffalo,elephant
Talamati white rhino,elephant,buffalo,black backed jackal
Maroela spotted hyena,honey badger
Tamboti Leopard trying to catch baboons,honey badger,genet,spotted hyena
Sand River bushcamp Leopards eating bushbuck, spotted hyena
Skukuza Spotted hyena,thick tailed bushbaby,
Lower Sabie spotted hyena,hippo
Croc Bridge Bushbaby,spotted hyena
Berg n Dal Genet,spotted hyena
Malalane spotted hyena , civet ,scrub hare
Pretoriuskop barn owls,scrub hares,impala,spotted hyena
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Re: Your success with a torch in the camps at night?

Unread postby Bushbuddies » Sun Aug 14, 2011 1:17 pm

Wow - after hearing about o-dog's lion and buf interaction, and seeing forrestgump's list... my sightings seem not so impressive... :redface: But the more reason to look for more! :thumbs_up:

I'll post a few sightings of our recent trip:

Genet at Satara:


Genet at Letaba:


As well as Thick-tailed Bushbaby at Letaba:


Terrible pic :slap: of Civet at Shingwedzi (from Restaurant):


Genet at Punda Maria:


Previous visits we saw Hyena at Skukuza. Elephants and Hippo at Lower Sabie. Elephants, Hyena and impala at Croc Bridge. African Wild Cat at Satara.

We really saw such a lot of lovely animals in camp at night on our last visit - decided to buy a better spotlight for next visit! :thumbs_up:
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Re: Your success with a torch in the camps at night?

Unread postby cheetah2111 » Sun Aug 14, 2011 1:46 pm

Wonderful shots Bushbuddies :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
Here is that Shing Civet :wink:
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Re: Your success with a torch in the camps at night?

Unread postby barcelona » Sun Aug 14, 2011 1:46 pm

Ok...This WAS a favorite of mine, and after seeing a snake curled on the road (did not identify, as thankfully it was far up the road so I turned an ran!) I have since been a bit paranoid (but I am so addicted I still do it !)

Berg-en-Dal: Bushbuck at fence, Hyena, nasty snake that scared me
Skukuza: Hippo at fence, hyena, genet, impala
Lower Sabie: Ellies, Heard a hippo close by but couldn't see it, lion
Olifants: hyena
Letaba: the imfamous letaba bushbuck :think:
Satara: Sitting at the waterhole with a torch, you can see just about everything! Giraffe, Zebra, Lion, Civet, Buffalo, Hyenas hyenas hyenas!, Impala, Elephants....Once, sitting on one of the benches, I kept telling my SO it felt like there were bugs crawling on me. He said it was my imagination, until I finally asked him to turn the torch on me and discovered I was COATED in large ants! Thankfully I had fleece on, and they were biting into it. Ran back to my camp peeling off my clothes as I did (what a sight!) :wink:
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Re: Your success with a torch in the camps at night?

Unread postby Ladybug » Mon Aug 22, 2011 2:08 pm


Me and my Fiance was sitting at camp fire, listning to everything around us. My back was facing the pavement between the tents. The whole time we were sitting there my fiance tried to freak me out with "Look... whats that?" and there would be nothing when I look back. Then suddenly his eyes got all :shock: and just point backwards.. I wasnt falling for this one and kept looking forward... Next moment someting black and white was walking up to me. It took me 2 jumps to get myself locked up in my tent till the next morning.

I got such a fright that I was unable to identify what ever it was..Until cheetah2111 posted the picture of the all came back to me... No need to run that fast..nothing with biggg yellow teeth :slap:

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Re: Your success with a torch in the camps at night?

Unread postby TreeQueen » Mon Aug 22, 2011 6:04 pm

Cool thread!

Here is my list of the most memorable sightings with or without a torch:

Berg-en-Dal: An impala ran into the fence whilst we were camping one night. Obviously must have been chased by something. Saw a genet walk past the front entrance of our tent and I almost died!

Letaba: An elephant was right on the fence enjoying some green leaves from a tree. That experience was quite scary as you could just 'feel' the elephant's breathing. Can't explain it! Also watched a few thick tailed bushbabies jump around in the trees.

Skukuza: A little bat flew inside our chalet (the units that have the 'enclosed outside patio' section) and into an empty coolerbox that was on top of the fridge. We gently let him free on the grass outside. Shame he was so dazed but finally flew away into the night sky.

Orpen: Two honey badgers on our patio!

Satara: Two honey badgers sleeping and cuddling behind our next door neighbours' chalet.


Have also seen a few scorpions as well as the little bushbabies.
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Re: Your success with a torch in the camps at night?

Unread postby Boslaaitie » Tue Aug 23, 2011 1:45 pm

Lower Sabie - 2 Leopards in front of restaurant and ellies
Biyamiti - Rhino, Elephant, Buffs
Punda - Ciwet, Thick tailed bushbaby
Letaba - Thick tailed bushbaby, lions with buff kill at restaurant
Satara - honey badger
Tamboti - Honey badger, genet
Berg en dal - rhino , buffs, ellies

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